Sunday, March 13, 2011

Philippines - Cadlao Lagoon

El Nido is known as the Jewel of Philippine tourism. It is the perfect island destination for naturalists and ecotourists.
It houses one of Palawan's greatest natural treasures: the Bacuit Archipelago.

The Bacuit Archipelago is like Vietnam's Ha Long Bay and the Phi Phi area of southern Thailand, only more beautiful and astonishing. You can explore the bay on a local banca and discover the stunning lagoons and white sand beaches. The place is so romantic that it has inspired a number of impromptu and atypical weddings and the big lagoon has always been the favourite place.

The towering limestone karst cliffs, unique in this town, rank El Nido as anyone's dream. With its limestone cliff scenery, it makes you wonder how such a magical place exists in such a small town. The view from the town's foreshore is simply breathtaking.

Cadlao Island is known locally as “mini Tahiti” and rightfully so. Located at the southwest of the island, about a 25-minute boat ride from the town proper, Cadlao is known for its white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons and lush forest cover. Cadlao beach boasts of fine, creamy white sand, a gradually sloping sea floor, and crystal clear waters. It’s perfect for snorkeling, swimming, and just for wading in. As a bonus, the island is also home to Cadlao Lagoon and its beautiful rock formations. Before entering the lagoon you are greeted by a garden of corals teeming with schools of small colorful fish. The area is good for snorkeling. Of all the islands in El Nido, Cadlao has the highest limestone peak at 609 meters above sea level, with a land area of 1,006 hectares.

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