We spent our first day in El Nido exploring the town (it's very small so this didn't take very long). It began to rain so we took cover in a little resto-bar to get a drink and wait for the rain to stop. We were pretty confused because it seemed like we were the only tourists there. The restaurants were empty, there were only locals on the streets and the beaches were deserted.
We spent the afternoon kayaking and found a little private beach on an island where we swam and found crabs and went snorkeling. The view was beautiful and the water so warm. We paddled back before sunset (which is very early here, around 6:30 all year). For dinner we had fresh barbecued fish on the beach and afterwards met up with some of Brent's friends who had arrived that day.
The next day was spent in a similar fashion: breakfast at the Alternative Inn with a beautiful view, kayaking all morning and afternoon, discovering private beaches. This time we stayed on the water to watch the sunset (because you can't quite see it from El Nido) and paddled in as the stars came out. It was another incredible day. For dinner we went to the same restaurant for barbecued fish and again got drinks with Brent's friends. Alcohol is incredibly cheap in the Philippines, a bottle of rum is less than $2 Canadian! It's cheaper to buy a whole bottle at a convenience store than a rum and coke at a restaurant! So we sat on the patio at their hostel and drank some incredibly cheap rum and cokes for the evening.
The next day we had a private boat tour organized with some of Brent's friends from exchange to some nearby lagoons. We spent the day swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun, and they even provided us with lunch! Fresh fish and chicken that they barbecued on the boat, rice, and lots of fruit! My stomach wasn't feeling great that day so I stuck to the sweet bananas and pineapple, yum! We came back around sunset (actual time doesn't really seem to exist in El Nido, instead you tell time by the roosters and the position of the sun) and had dinner at the Art Cafe. I headed to bed early that night because I was exhausted and I'm pretty sure I was fast asleep before my head hit the pillow.