Manila is a frantic, chaotic yet strangely charming metropolis. Skyscrapers pierce the sky, shantytowns line the rivers, gleaming malls sit alongside urban parks offering a selection of fusion dining and spanish tapas restaurants. Dig below the surface to discover a creative arts scene combined with a penchant for artisan markets and a desire to enjoy life.
From Manila we fly to El Nido and the contrast couldn’t be more different. El Nido is the gateway to the fabulous Bacuit Archipelago. The town, sandwiched between towering limestone karst cliffs and Bacuit Bay, is muddled with restaurants that cater to tourists. Centre stage is the looming Cadlao Island, located just offshore.