Cadlao Island is intriguing. Just like Mayon Volcano, in Albay, she is both a virgin and a tease.
One minute she is shrouded with mystery, covered with fog and clouds, leaving too little of her sight for your pleasure. But when she reveals her beauty at a time when she feels she is ready to divulge her self to you, you cannot help but just admire her from afar.
She carries with her a secret. Beyond her imposing charm lie at least 40 islands and islets that you need to experience.
But Cadlao Island alone should be enough reason for you to visit El Nido. The biggest among the islands that comprise the Bacuit Archipelago and home to the highest peak in El Nido, Cadlao is a sight that cannot be missed.
Even the gloomy weather cannot hide that mysterious appeal, such as when I first saw her on October 2010.
The next day, she was calm and accommodating. For the rest of my six-day stay in the island, she stayed that way.
When I left El Nido, however, she put up her mysterious side once again, an act that had me wanting to know her better. It was if she was telling me there’s more to her that I haven’t known yet.
Seven months after, she was a sight of serenity.
And when I went to see her again March this year, I discovered a side of her I have not seen before. Approaching from Coron, she appeared mightier and rigid.
Even if I have been to El Nido thrice already, I haven’t really gotten to fully deconstructing Cadlao’s beauty. Her enigma lives on.
Let’s discover her soon, shall we? Love and light, everyone. Go, juanderlust! 😀
- The first three photographs were taken in October 2010 with a Sony D90 digital camera, while the last two photographs were taken with a Canon 550d in May 2011 and March 2012, respectively.