I was organizing some of my pictures recently, and came across some I took in El Nido 11 years ago. Back then it was a sleepy little town and I don’t think there were even any island hopping tours. There were bangkas, but they were much smaller and typically used for fishing.
This is what Bacuit Bay looked like in 2005!
Rizal Street. Skyline Restaurant and Midtown Bakery are still there in the same spots today!
There were a lot more locals that sold fish door to door.
There used to be a small elementary school downtown, much closer to the beach than it is now. And they had the cutest uniforms.
There used to be a lot of monkeys along Caalan Beach. This was taken in front of what is now Makulay Beach Bar.
There also used to be a lot of turkeys.
Some things haven’t changed. Snake Island is still just as beautiful!
We went fishing earlier this week using similar reels, and caught the same type of fish!