With 50++ bands congregating on El Nido over the course of three days, it was pretty easy to slip into a musical coma at the Lio Beach Festival. We got ourselves covered not just when it came music, but also on engaging, action-packed activities. We've rounded up a stellar list of things that gave our Lio experience a unique spin!
Taking a quick bartending course at Manille Beach Bar. Famed mixologist Larry Guevarra of Liquid Concepts Philippines walked us through the different spirits we needed to create our own alcoholic concoctions.
Shopping for souvenirs at the Lio Beach Market. We scored some unique Palawan handicrafts to add a touch of boheme into our living space. These tribal masks were handcrafted by the inmates of the Iwahig Penal Colony, a settlement where prisoners engage in vocational activities were available which includes farming, fishing, forestry, and carpentry.
Jogging along the long stretch of fine sand beach. We had a chance to pass lush green vegetation along the way and some jittery crustaceans scuttling about. The highlight: Walking along the old wooden port and watching the sunset paint the sky crimson!
Biking around El Nido's many attractions. This environmentally-friendly alternative would slow down any pace, allowing us to commune with the natural wonders that the entire island is famous for. These bamboo bikes were just the ticket.
Island hopping. El Nido is replete with islands of white-fine sand beaches, limestone cliffs, lagoons and sand bars. We got a chance to do the usual—don some fins and snorkel through the underwater scenery.
Gliding around the tranquil waters of El Nido with a kayak. Some activities provided the entertainment and fitness range of kayaking. Not only did we get an extremely efficient workout that targeted your entire body, kayaking in Lio also enabled us to admire the tranquility of the surroundings without the noise of a motorboat.
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Photographs from Rafael Fuchs-Simon, Riccardo Bragato, and the author