El Nido, Philippines: Shimizu Island

Final Destination – Shimizu Island

Shimizu Island, El Nido, Palawan

Wondering why they call this island after a Japanese name? According to locals there, the island was named after a japanese scuba diver who died near the island because of insufficient oxygen in his tank. That’s it. Shimizu’s main attraction is the narrow stretch of powdery white sand and the beautiful marine life just a couple of meters from the shore. Clams and a school of colorful fishes are just around the waters of Shimizu that’s why the island is a great place for snorkeling. During our visit, numerous foreigners were there enjoying the snorkeling and swimming. Mind that, beautiful ladies in two-piece sunbathing is a common sight. And according to the Spanish students whom I met there, El Nido is a wonderful and a must-see destination in the Philippines – particularly in Palawan. One of them said that they enjoyed their stay specially the hospitality of Palaweños. According to them, they will come back for sure. We are there until noon and we took our lunch under the shade of the trees. The food is great, with fresh grilled fish, grilled pork, mangoes and crabs. Our island hopping ends there due to limited time schedule. But, short as it is, the visit is quite remarkable and memorable. I have come and experienced El Nido and though our early morning trip got delayed it’s still worth the wait.

In El Nido, there are lots of superb services while there are selection of enriching experiences and natural beauty to offer while preserving the environment. So while the price seems steep at first glance, it actually isn’t since you need not pay anything extra. The place is spectacular, views all around are phenomenal. The water is the clearest for diving and snorkeling. To put it simply, if you can afford going here, do it! Everything was absolutely perfect.

And instead of writing a long review, I think it boils down to “just go and experience it for yourself!”. It was awesome! Overall, this is a fantastic place to stay, with truly breathtaking views. If tourists loved to come back, I definitely will.

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