Coffee Of The Day: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Coffee Of The Day: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
[Coffee Of The Day: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines]

I arrived in El Nido after a cramped, knee busting, 6 hour mini van ride from Puerto Princesa. After being uncanned from our sardine tin I headed straight to The Alternative guesthouse to unwind from the days travels. I had been recommended this lodging by Jodi at, who worked here for two months. I had only planned to to be here for two days, but after seeing the view from this lounge pod my plans soon changed. First order of the day, after ordering a coffee, was to change my flight. I’m staying here for a while.

Part of the appeal of my job is to find interesting office space to work while I travel around the world. I often find myself working on a bed in a guesthouse, so I like to get out to a cafe at least once a day to break things up. I’m not a sit on the beach and do nothing type of guy, but I do like walking along the beach, and even better to have a cafe with a beach view. In this case the beach is underneath my table, with the soothing sounds of the sea lapping the base of the building.

This little nest above the sea might be a little too comfortable though. I know that working on a beanbag is not conducive to getting work done. I have personally tested this out with many summers plonked on a beanbag with a laptop while watching the cricket. Yes, I don’t think this will ever be called a productivity pod. I will leave any heavy duty work I need to do for when I am without distraction at a table. For now though this will make an ideal place to reply to emails and do my daily web reading.

The Alternative Guesthouse - El Nido, Philippines
[Yours Truly, hard at work at The Alternative Guesthouse – El Nido, Philippines]


  1. What a view! I haven’t been to El Nido, but I heard a lot of good reviews about it. Hopefully i can visit soon and will try to stay in the same guesthouse. Who wouldn’t want to stay there? 😀

  2. El Nido is on top of my dream destination list. I’ve already been to Coron, an islands at the north of Palawan and it was one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been. 

  3. Holy smokes, that lounge pod is ridiculous.  I love working while sitting on sofas so I could definitely see myself working there.  I’m tacking this one onto the list of places to visit.

  4. hello,mercifully,you can now fly direct to el nido from manila.the art cafe in el nido has the deal as well as excellent food and much more.if you like halong bay you will love el nido i’m sure.happy trails to you.


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