Categories
Palawan Philippines Travel

El Nido | Imorigue Island, Malapari Islet Hopping and Mangrove Sidetrip

So you have done all the tours in El Nido Palawan from Tours A, B, C, D and E. The west side of El Nido, the Bacuit Bay in particular does have dramatic limestone karst islands and captivating beaches, but El Nido doesn’t end there. The other side, the El Nido east coast holds more islands to explore and stunning white sand beached to bum around. Sibaltan is the jump off point for these island adventures. I have written about some of the islands of Linapacan, now discover the limestone of Imorigue Island. From afar it looks daunting but the locals swear on how rich the marine life surrounding its waters are.

The Malapari Islet already under Taytay Jurisdiction
The Malapari Islet already under Taytay Jurisdiction

Malapari Islet

Taking a break from snorkeling, we headed to this islet they call Malapari Islet. I was told by our guide that it’s already part of Taytay. It has a small beach on both side but there were too many sea urchins that we didn’t care to swim anymore. There’s a low hill for a 360 view and leafless trees where some birds were perched before our arrival disturbed them. Surprisingly strong 3G cellular signal as well.

Cave stop on the island for our lunch
Cave stop on the island for our lunch

Cave Lunch

We traced back our route at Imorigue Island and this time we visited a cave somewhere in the middle of this long limestone island. This was such a nice idea. I watched as our boatman and guide bring a table inside a cave and prepare our lunch. The cave has a big enough chamber, shallow without any unpleasant smell. I bid my companions “Bon Apetit!” to get started and they were amused with the little French I know, likewise they tried to converse with me with little English they know. They guy has better English skills and I learned that they are travelling in the Philippines for two weeks only and is close to the end of their trip. Their favorite was the Rice Terraces in Batad. The French guy shamelessly took the last mango admitting they never had mangoes as sweet as this in France.

Beach at Malapari Islet
Beach at Malapari Islet
Our boat docked at Malapari Islet with Imorigue Island at the background
Our boat docked at Malapari Islet with Imorigue Island at the background
Hill with a leafless tree
Hill with a leafless tree
Our guide prepares our lunch
Our guide prepares our lunch
Our lunch of chicken, salad and mangoes
Our lunch of chicken, salad and mangoes

Dewil River Mangroves on the next page…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.