Chris and I had been hoping for the longest time to try sailing. So during our 15-day vacation in El Nido, we did it!
Prior to that, we celebrated our first year anniversary. Sailing added to the spectacle of the occasion.
How it went
Anyone who will try this activity is required to take a course. There are different options. We took the 1.5-hour course that explained the basics of sailing.
A guide taught us every little thing we needed to know. Before he began, he asked us five things that we knew about sailing. For instance, he asked us how we would know where the wind was coming from. Chris got all the answers. He got the water motion, the small color coded flags tied on the boat, signifying wind directions that tied on the boat, and three more things I have already forgotten. (I wasn’t actively listening, sorry. Oops.)
The guide explained every tiny detail. He made sure that we were fully informed about the things we needed to know before embarking on a trip to the sea. He also explained what to do if the sailboat capsized.
We enjoyed learning many things about sailing. The course took almost 2 hours because of the wind that day. In sailing, all your actions depend on the wind.
But what if there’s no wind to keep the boat moving? Well, that’s what the paddle is for. That will be tiring, though.
After the course, we went back to our hotel room at El Mahogany Beach Front Resort to pack and prepare our stuff.
What to bring:
The following items are already on the boat:
√ Life vest
√ Emergency phone (in case something unfortunate happens)
√ A map showing us the points where we’re allowed to sail in, dock and do some activities like snorkeling
√ A paddle
And then we were off to some adventures!
Chris was mostly in charge of sailing, but we worked as a team. He was the captain and I was his crew. We worked together to sail in the middle of the ocean.
What’s interesting about it
We were in charge of our boat. There was no guide to help us, so it was total freedom. We were free to choose the islands we’d go to (but of course, only those on the map). We went to Pinagbuntayan Island, a sort of private island that is an ideal place for snorkeling. It was wonderful to have sailed across the sea and docked on the island considering that we were first timers.
We kept on sailing through the wide blue ocean, waited and hoped for good winds and enjoyed the time sailing together even though Chris wasn’t feeling well that time.
On our sailing day, Chris @resiak_c did almost all the job even though he wasn’t feeling well. We were a bit stuck in the middle of the ocean ? since sailing ⛵️ means relying your movement through the wind ?. In that case, we worked as a team, an amazing team like we always are! ????? . . . . How’s sailing ⛵️ for you? ? . . . . . #travelgram #couplegoals #travelstyle #travel #travelstroke #travelers #couple #wanderer #instagood #instadaily #photooftheday #letsgosomewhere #globetrotters #asiandestination #passionpassport #palawan #asia #philippines #escape #worldtravel #worldtravelers #escapesanddiaries #itsmorefuninthephilippines #ElNido #rx0 #love #sailing #sail #team #amazingteam
As the guide advised, we had to be back before 5pm. Otherwise, they would come and rescue us especially if they didn’t receive a message from us.
In late evenings, wind is scarce, so it would be difficult to go back to the shore. It’s important to listen and follow the guide’s rules for your own safety.
Why try sailing
It’s entertaining and challenging. It will also test you on the water. Yes, you could also do other traditional water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, banana boating and the like, but sailing is a whole new level of adrenaline rush. It gives both a different sense of adventure and practical knowledge on the sea.
Sailing is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve experienced so far in travels. Have you tried? If not, so many reasons why. I’ll tell you soon on www.escapesanddiaries.com ?? . . . . Only @el_nido_sailing ⛵️ . . . travel #travelstyle #traveladdict #travel #travelstyle #traveladdict #travelstories #philippines #travelblogger #bikini #beachbum #bum #Philippinessummer #wanderer #wanderlust #iamtb #sunkissed #summerdestination #passionpassport #globetrotter #summer #travelers #vacation #beach #sail #sailing #nacpanbeach #beautifulmorning #elnidopalawan #palawan #gltlove #glt ##escapesanddiaries
In total, we paid P3,500. We started off at around 130pm and finished sailing at around 530pm. We got a special discount from Uzband that specializes in this water adventure. They also design other water activities such as water camping. Special thanks to Uzband for this incredible sailing experience. To know more, you may inquire through their official Facebookor Instagram pages.
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Disclaimer: Although we were given a discount, this isn’t a sponsored post. Review is written by me.
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