After we read the reviews we decided to stay away from El Nido town and go for Verde Safari. We were not disappointed. In fact, it was even more serene and secluded and relaxing than we expected.
We arrived with the bus from Puerto Princesa in the middle of the night. We expected to arrive at 11pm, but after a few plane delays and a late bus, we only left Puerto at about 9pm. Anne welcomed us in Puerto Princesa and accompanied us on the trip. Doug, meanwhile, was waiting for us in El Nido town. He ended up waiting for us till 3am (Thank you!), and then was still in a good mood, telling us a few stories about the area and showing off his offroad skills. When we arrived, we couldn't see much when we arrived, but we were definitely up for a surprise, when we woke up the next morning.
The beach is huge and the sand soft (beware of sand flies), the water is warm and there was literally no-one there, except for a few lovely kids from the village next to Verde. The food is great, the staff and owners are friendly and the rooms are exactly what we wanted: a nice and cozy bed, a functioning shower and toilet and purified water.
On our second day we went with Doug on a boat trip to an abandoned island, had grilled fish on the way and did a bit of snorkling. It was great to just sit on the boat, have a drink, relax, be in awe of the beauty surrounding you and hop into the sea from time to time.
Overall, an amazing stay and definitely worth coming back (from Singapore).
Doug and Anne, you built a lovely place there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Verde Safari is a secluded beach, 28 km north of El Nido. It's facing west with a beautiful beach and awesome sunsets. We have a couple of Fan Rooms with private bathrooms offered with free breakfast and stand up tents with complete bedding. A common full bathroom facility is available for campers and day visitors. We have rock climbing, beach volleyball, paddle boat and some skimboards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Verde Safari El Nido, Palawan Island