El Nido Sunrise Kayak

To make the most of our last day in El Nido, Peter and I decided to get an early start.

I’m quite the morning person (Nobody likes a morning person. I know.) but even still, getting up at 5:30AM was a struggle for me after the long day of island hopping we had the day before. #Firstworldproblems

Nevertheless, our alarms went off and by 5:45 Peter and I had made our way to meet the Miniloc Resort staff member waiting for us. He handed us a paddle and we were off in a kayak to catch the morning sunrise.

El Nido Sunrise Kayak - an early rise to paddle to El Nido's lagoons to catch the morning sunrise - El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines

The water in the early morning is nice and calm compared to the afternoon waves that crashed into the kayak and filled it up with water. But the downside is it’s low tide. Make that very low tide.

El Nido Sunrise Kayak - an early rise to paddle to El Nido's lagoons to catch the morning sunrise - El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines

After Peter paddled the two of us to the Big Lagoon it was clear the water was way too shallow to really enter the lagoon and I wasn’t really getting the view I wanted of the sunrise either.

El Nido Sunrise Kayak - an early rise to paddle to El Nido's lagoons to catch the morning sunrise - El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines

view from the Big Lagoon

“Thanks for paddling us here. Now could you paddle us back towards the resort?”

El Nido Sunrise Kayak - an early rise to paddle to El Nido's lagoons to catch the morning sunrise - El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines

Peter was such a trooper considering it was barely 6AM.

Once we settled on a spot to take in the view, I could see that the sun was finally starting to peek through. A successful El Nido Sunrise Kayak I still think.

El Nido Sunrise Kayak - an early rise to paddle to El Nido's lagoons to catch the morning sunrise - El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines El Nido Sunrise Kayak - an early rise to paddle to El Nido's lagoons to catch the morning sunrise - El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines

 

 

I’ve seen a few gorgeous sunsets, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been up early enough to catch a quality sunrise.

El Nido Sunrise Kayak - an early rise to paddle to El Nido's lagoons to catch the morning sunrise - El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines

Getting up early for the sunrise kayak was definitely worth it (although next time I wouldn’t leave the resort until 6 or 6:15).

With brilliant blue waters splashing around us and limestone cliffs towering above us, it was the a surreal setting for taking in the sunrise and starting off our final day in El Nido.

El Nido Sunrise Kayak - an early rise to paddle to El Nido's lagoons to catch the morning sunrise - El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines

  • How beautiful is that? I’m not a bit jealous…honest.
    I’m a morning person too though and my husband often has the exact same expression on his face as Peter!!
    M x

    • Finally! Another morning person who can relate to me. Luckily Peter wasn’t too cranky waking up for the kayak ride

  • colleenpence

    What an amazing sunrise! Totally worth getting up for. Just gorgeous!

    • I agree! I’m glad we woke up for the activity

  • What beautiful, peaceful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the pictures

  • I would be more of a morning person if I was somewhere like this! A great post – total wanderlust now!

    • Haha true! Waking up in the morning isn’t usually this beautiful 🙂

  • This whole weekend looks spectacular (and worth the travel effort to get there), but I think this may be my favorite part (so far)! I love sunrises but so rarely get a chance to see them (unfortunately not a morning person). I bet it was pretty amazing out on the water – it certainly looks beautiful 🙂

    • It was honestly the best holiday I’ve ever been on! This sunrise definitely makes me want to catch more early mornings when I’m on vacation

  • Dee

    El Nido is one of my dream destinations in the Philippines. It’s so gorgeous! You’re so lucky you got to go. 🙂

    • You must go soon! El Nido was paradise. There are so many places in the Philippines that I want to travel to.

  • greenglobaltravel2

    Wow, looks like a gorgeous outing! There’s nothing quite like a sunrise over the water 🙂