El Nido: Celebrating Natural Diversity
El Nido, also known as the Municipality of El Nido, is one of the most known and important areas in the protected province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is situated close to Manila, almost 420km away, and 240km away from the capital city of Palawan, Puerto Princesa. It has a population of approximately 31,000 people.
The Municipality covers a total land area of 466 sq kilometers at the northern tip of the mainland and borders South Chinese Sea, the Linapacan and the Sulu Sea in the East. Its geography is interesting, as it consists of 45 islands and islets, each one of a great formation and diversity. In every travel guide, El Nido is presented as one of the most important and diverse ecosystems in the world, featuring amazing formations and elements; the immense limestone cliffs in the area are equally impressive to the famous Krabi in Thailand. The entire area is protected by international organizations and laws, due to the unique flora and fauna.
The amazing formations in the region include more than fifty white sand beaches, five different types of forests – the evergreen rainforests situated mostly in the mainland, the semi deciduous forests, the limestone forests, the beach forests and the mangrove forests found along the rivers and creeks – and three major sea habitats.
El Nido also boasts a large collection of birds, featuring sixteen endemic and ten threatened species of birds; there are also seven species of sea mammals endemic to the Philippines and especially this area, while the native dugong is one of the most known mammals in the region. Sea turtles, a hundred different species of corals and more than seven hundred species of fish are also found there.
El Nido is a great place to travel to; it has a vast array of hotels and accommodation options and is considered one of the friendliest places in Palawan.
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