El Nido is firmly on the tourist trail in the Philippines so I had read a lot about it prior to my visit and I was really looking forward to it. I had seen beautiful pictures of pristine beaches but upon arrival it was a very dirty, smelly, busy ramshackle town. Having not spent any time in South East Asia for 9 years it was a really shocking awakening and I remembered quickly how grotty Asia can be (and thats saying something considering I had just got off the plane from Africa).
Luckily I booked accommodation right on the beach so we had a nice view…..of about 100 boats and all I could smell was sewage. So straight away I knew this was not a beach to swim at.