|Quiet time at Corong-Corong|
Walking through Calle Real at any time of the day or night, I keep bumping into what I call the United Nations crowd -- European backpackers, American sunbathers, Germans quaffing beer early in the day, even the Russian couple who owns Centro, the internet cafe serving really good coffee, open 24/7 with matching Russian pop ditties. Not that it's uncomfortably noisy approaching that of Coron but fact is, the main commerce really happens at the heart of the poblacion.
You can even tell electricity has come back at 2pm without a watch as the main thoroughfare becomes a bit noisier and shops become more alive with curious kibitzers and wandering customers. Walking back either through the main road to Corong-Corong (designated as Zone IV) which we called home for four days, it does feels like retreating to a quieter El Nido, especially when most tourists have gone on to the other islands and you're left with the locals or during the evenings, when most of the guests have gone back to their digs. In Tagbanua, Corong means 'enclosed' and it does make sense to find peace and quiet here as the zone is enclosed by the cliff.
|Another perspective showing Taraw Cliff|
|Lagalog playing around with the neighborhood dogs • Thanks Anna for the snapshot|
|Golden, Telesfora's resident Lab hanging out just outside the room|
Info on getting to El Nido: There are two bus lines that now ply the Puerto Princesa - El Nido route, Montenegro's RoRo and newcomer Cherry, alternating from 5am onwards, between aircon and non-aircon buses. One way fares vary from P275 - P285 (roughly around US$8)for air-conditioned buses. Travel time: 6-7 hours. • Vans also ply the route though I'm biased to taking the bus for long trips like these -- less claustrophobic, with more leg and shoulder space.
Read my other posts on El Nido:
Escaping to the islands, kayaking in a deserted lagoon, and sailing to a beautiful sunset