The town traces its roots from a small Tagbanua village called Talindak. Some time in the 16th century, waves of migrants from Cuyo Islands came here to settle. In the 1800s, the Spaniards arrived, and they moved to the part where the present-day Población and Mabini are located. The first Spanish families were the Canovas, Vázquez, Ríos and Rey. In 1890, the Spaniards renamed it as Bacuit. At the time, the center of the town was Cabigsing, then known as Inventario. Chinese families moved into the area about the same period, first settling in Langeblangeban. The first Chinese settlers were named Lim, Chin, Liao, Edsan, Ambao, Que-Ke, Lim Piao, Yu His, Pe Phan and Pe Khen.
We arrived in El Nido around 12:30 p.m. after being on the road for nearly six hours. We immediately took a short break at the view deck before heading to the town proper. The viewing platform already presented us the fantastic view of beautiful beaches and clear blue sea, the mountains and greenery. Upon arrival at the town centre, our travel companions suggested the Marina Garden where we immediately got a room. It’s located directly next to the beach.
The room costs 1900 pesos or about 33 €. We were a little disappointed. The room was in the new part of the hotel, and it was clean, but it somehow looks a bit shabby. Some small things like wobbly headboard, a loud air conditioning unit, (re. the electric power is only from 4:00 p.m. till 12:00 midnight) no fridge or TV (a fridge would have been good since we love to keep some cold drinks) and a rather small and uncomfortable bathroom. We had to fill the bucket for flushing the toilet. And since there was no electricity, the bathroom was too dark. Our companions opted for the more basic room at the “native cottages”. Maybe a plus was it’s proximity to the beach as well as the town centre. There are numerous hotels in El Nido and in almost every price category. I’ve been to another hotel on previous trips, and theirs are also very acceptable. Next time I’ll be in town, I would probably prefer to try another one.