We all awoke refreshed and got ready one by one, having our breakfast of egg, toast and nanas, lovingly made by Dan. He then organised our tricycle to take us to where we met the tour group.
Our tour on the first day included a number of lagoons and beaches, and a lot of snorkelling. The islands of El Nido are the most beautiful and incredible things I have ever seen. The water is stunning, ranging from crystal clear, to turquoise, to deep blues and emeralds in the deeper waters. The beaches are all perfect and the rock formations are wonderful too. Basically, I enjoyed myself very much.
We began at a lagoon and snorkelled around seeing different types of fish and coral. When going through in to the lagoon there was an small opening in the rocks, both snorkellers and kayakers both went through this hole. Many of the Chinese (stereotypically) could not swim, and they weren't very polite with their paddles or when they were holding on to the Filipino guides in their life jackets being pushed along.
The second lagoon we went to was just as beautiful, although I think my favourite part was going round the islands on the boat.
Once lunchtime came we stopped next to a private beach, we weren't allowed on it though, just the small stretch of sand which was about 50 metres long. This is where we had lunch. The boat crew set up a table and cooking area and put lechon style pork, freshly caught bbq'd fish, a salad or tomato, cucumber and red onion, mangos, bananas, and other various fruits out for us to dine on. It was delicious. I tried the fish, but ended up having to give it to Kieren as the eyes staring at me, the crispy skin and the weird mushy poo like stuff inside put me off, royally.
Back on the boat we went to another island with huts along the beach front, we made a beeline for it and I lay down and promptly slept for the entire hour and a half stopover.
Next stop was back to the bay we had got the boat to start off with. We got very confused as we did not know how to get back, but luckily Kieren spotted the restaurant he had walked to the night before, so he was able to direct us. We got back and Dan welcomed us with open arms. We went to our room and showered and got ready for dinner.
We walked towards the main beach for our evening meal but stumbled across a pizza restaurant on the way and decided to stop there as the prices looked fair. The pizza was goooooood. Gabbi and I had solo ones which were plenty, but Kieren went for the regular. He finished it though, fair play to him. As we were finishing our meal, we saw dave from the beginning of the Philippines. We all chatted for a bit and arranged to meet up with him that night for a few drinks at the reggae bar.
We returned to our room and Gabbi and Kieren slept, slept for bloody ages, I just wanted to go out as I didn't want too much of a late one. f*** being hungover on a boat. But alas it got to half 10 and they finally agreed to wake up and start predrinking... I was getting a bit fidgety by this point. Half 11 rolls round and we eventually go out to to the reggae bar. As we are walking to the reggae bar we saw some rather lovely dogs, Gabbi and I cracked up as they looked very regal and were sizing people up, suggesting that tourists were below dogs. It amused us for a lot longer than it should have. At the reggae bar we joined dave, Phil and a few people they had met. It was a nice evening, but it started raining so everyone rushed inside. We danced and drank for a while, the music was good and all these local Filipinos who did not look old enough to be there were ridiculously wasted. Gabbi and I decided to go home as the night just wasn't really going anywhere. We made it back, despite not really being sure of the way!