On a visit to the Philippines to explore some of her heritage, Kate Ceberano went to El Nido off the north coast of Palawan Island. One of the 7107 islands making up the archipelago, it's not easy to get to but worth the effort.
El Nido, a marine and wildlife reserve, is about 420 kilometres southwest of Manila, and is a favourite destination for island hopping. Scuba diving is a popular activity with over thirty sites suitable for varying levels and skills.
It's been called the Philippines' Last Frontier and is made up of towering limestone islands, estimated to be 250 million years old.
Kate was amazed to find over fifty beaches and private, serene lagoons. Caves lead to hidden beaches and there is a diverse variety of wildlife.
She found her way to Miniloc Island Resort, set in a cove with a dramatic backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs. Reminiscent of a coastal village, Miniloc's charm is topped off by clear waters teeming with tropical fish. At the end of the pier, guests snorkel alongside metre long groupers and hundreds of sergeant majors, damsel fish, fusiliers and other multi-coloured tropical fish.