Sea Kayaking El Nido in a Traditional Bangka Boat

Sea Kayaking Palawan: El Nido to Monkey Point



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After our adventure to Dilumacad Island, Preston and I decided to paddle around in Kris and Kristen’s bangka boat for an afternoon without the gear that we took on the overnight trip. We pointed the little craft towards “Monkey Point,” we gave it the name the first morning we were in El Nido because we spotted a monkey perched in the twisted branches of one of the trees leaning out over the South China Sea. It is unlikely that anyone else calls this place “Monkey Point”.

  • Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005

    Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005
    Unlike the morning that we decided to spend the night on Dilumacad Island, the sun was shining brightly before our planned afternoon paddle to Monkey Point. Hindsight being 20/20, we should have waited an extra day for the trip to Dilumacad.

  • Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005

    Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005
    Preston and I named this rocky coast "Monkey Point", because the first morning we were in El Nido we spotted a monkey perched in one of these gnarly trees on the bank. It's unlikely that anyone else in the Philippines calls this landmark "Monkey Point," but the name stuck (for us at least).

  • Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005

    Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005
    Preston paddled the bangka back and forth a few times past my perch on Monkey Point so I could get a few dramatic photos of Cadlao Island in the background.

  • Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005

    Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005
    The shallow waters around Monkey Point are brilliantly blue.

  • Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005

    Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005
    Cadlao Island really did make a great background for this shot.

  • Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005

    Monkey Point bangka boat trip; El Nido, Palawan - February 2005
    Preston is now an expert in bangka navigation.