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The livelihood of fisherman in El Nido Palawan island

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The livelihood of fisherman in El Nido Palawan island

El Nido, a captivating paradise on the Philippine island of Palawan, is well known for its immaculate beaches, clean waters, and breathtaking limestone structures. Beyond its natural beauty, El Nido is also known for its thriving fishing community, which not only supports the local economy but also provides a mouthwatering selection of seafood delicacies to fulfil the appetites of any cuisine enthusiast. This blog will examine the daily lives of fishermen in El Nido, the greatest fishing locations, and the scrumptious seafood dishes they prepare with their catch.

Generations of fishermen have made their living in El Nido by taking use of the rich marine resources that surround the island. Many residents still rely heavily on fishing as a source of income, and it is crucial to maintain this lovely area’s traditional way of life. The fishermen of El Nido employ a variety of methods to catch a wide variety of fish and other marine life, including handlines, nets, and spears.

Best Fishing Spots:
El Nido has a wide variety of excellent fishing locations, many of which are alive with marine life. Here are a few places that these fisherman visit:

The nearby El Nido island of Cadlao offers a wide variety of fish species, including snapper, grouper, and mackerel. Additionally, the coral reefs in the area draw a vibrant assortment of tropical species, forming a refuge for snorkelers and divers.

Due to its unusual shape, Dilumacad Island—also known as Helicopter Island—offers fantastic fishing chances. You can pull in fish like barracuda, tuna, and occasionally even sailfish here. The stunning environment of the island gives your fishing trip an added element of magic.

Tapiutan Island: Tapiutan Island boasts a seductive combination of tranquil waters and abundant marine life. In these crystal-clear waters, anglers can expect to capture reef fish, squid, and lobsters. Tapiutan Island is a great place for both fishing and relaxing because of its beautiful surroundings.

Seafood specialities:
The foundation of the area’s gastronomic tradition is the seafood that the fisherman of El Nido catch. The local cuisine offers a variety of delectable delicacies that are expertly and carefully prepared. In El Nido, these seafood dishes are a must-try:

Kinilaw is a form of ceviche made using fresh, raw fish or seafood that has been marinated in vinegar, calamansi juice (Philippine lime), and spices. It is a classic Filipino meal. The catch of the day, like as tuna, mackerel, or grouper, is frequently included in El Nido’s kinilaw, providing a blast of zesty flavours.

Fish for grilling is available in a broad range from El Nido’s fishermen. Whether it’s red snapper, barracuda, or dorado, you can pick your favourite catch and have it expertly grilled. This straightforward recipe is a fantastic delight thanks to the smokey flavour and soft, flaky meat.

Sinigang sa Miso: Typically made with pork or shrimp, sinigang is a well-known sour soup in the Philippines. Fresh local fish is frequently used into sinigang in El Nido, giving it a distinctive touch. Tamarind or guava are used to flavour the soup, giving it a tart and energizing taste.

Fishermen’s livelihoods in El Nido, Palawan Island, not only support the local population but also offer tourists a unique culinary experience. Clean fishing grounds, an abundance of marine life, and the natives’ culinary prowess combine to produce an exquisite feast of seafood specialities. El Nido offers a thorough immersion into the world of fishermen and their abundant ocean harvests, from the pleasure of catching your own fish to relishing the genuine tastes of traditional cuisine. Grab your fishing gear, discover the beautiful places, and savour the finest seafood treats El Nido has to offer.

Explorar Take-Over at Mrs B – Pop up in Phuket

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Explorar Take-Over at Mrs B – Pop up in Phuket

Join us for an exclusive takeover event with Explorar Hotels & Resorts culinary ‘pop-up’ team at Mrs B on Wednesday 17 June. Experience holistic mixology paired 4-course dinner by Explorar’s Culinary Director Raphael Kinomo and Head of Mixology, Joey Lai with Dj Tim Sargeant keeping the ambient settings under control behind the wheels of steel.

Priced at THB 2,000 + per guest for the 4-course menu, a vegetarian option is available.

19/1 Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang
Phuket, 83110 Thailand

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Samui Elephant Spa: An Unforgettable Adventure with Gentle Giants

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Samui Elephant Spa: An Unforgettable Adventure with Gentle Giants

Welcome to Samui Elephant Spa, where majestic elephants roam freely in a lush paradise. Prepare yourself for a day filled with incredible experiences, heartwarming encounters, and a deep connection with these magnificent creatures. In this blog, we’ll take you through the delightful itinerary that awaits you at Samui Elephant Spa.

Before we embarked on our adventure, we took a moment to understand the importance of an elephant sanctuary like Samui Elephant Spa. Unlike traditional elephant tourist attractions, this sanctuary prioritizes the well-being and happiness of these gentle giants. They provide a safe and nurturing environment where elephants can roam freely, engage in natural behaviours, and receive proper care from experienced mahouts (elephant caretakers).

The journey begins by preparing a special treat for our elephant friends. Under the guidance of knowledgeable staff, we learnt how to mix rice and bananas, creating a nutritious and delicious supplement meal that elephants adore. This activity allows you to contribute to the elephants’ well-being actively and serves as a bonding experience between you and these incredible animals.

After preparing the elephants’ meal, it was time to meet these magnificent creatures up close and personal. We were introduced to these gentle giants, each with unique personalities and stories. As we offered them the food we prepared, we witnessed their sheer joy and gratitude, creating a connection and building trust between us and the elephants.

It was time to venture into the breathtaking jungle alongside the elephants. Surrounded by the serene beauty of nature, we witnessed these remarkable animals exploring, foraging, and interacting within their natural habitat.

Accompanied by experienced guides, we embarked on a scenic trek, where the elephants led the way. Returning from the jungle, we prepared to get a little dirty as the elephants guided us towards a muddy oasis. The therapeutic mud not only provides a cooling respite but also helps to protect the elephants’ sensitive skin. This playful activity allows you to experience the elephants’ joyful nature firsthand. We joined them in the mud bath, and it was truly an unforgettable experience.

Once we finished the mud bath, we headed to the river for a refreshing experience. We grabbed a brush and joined the elephants in the river. It was very surprising to notice how thick the elephant’s skin is. As the scrubbing session came to an end and the day drew to a close, it was time to indulge in one more unique experience—a Thai noodle soup cooking class. Led by skilled local chefs, we learnt the secrets of creating authentic Thai flavours. From selecting fresh ingredients to mastering the art of balancing flavours, you’ll create a delicious bowl of Thai noodle soup. This culinary adventure serves as a perfect finale to a day filled with remarkable encounters and an empty stomach!

Samui Elephant Spa offers an enchanting and ethical elephant sanctuary experience that leaves a lasting impact on both you and the elephants. From preparing food for these gentle giants to walking alongside them in the jungle, indulging in mud baths and river play, and finally, engaging in a Thai cooking class, every moment is filled with wonder, joy, and a deep connection with nature. Discover for yourself and embark on this incredible journey creating memories that will stay with you forever.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts Influencer Competition: ‘Best Job In The World’

Explorar Hotels & Resorts Influencer Competition: ‘Best Job In The World’

Explorar Hotels & Resorts today announced the official launch of their “Best Job in the World” competition in search of a full-time social media influencer to develop content and videos for their social media channels. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to live in the hotel full-time for two months, creating content for the brand while travelling to different locations showcasing the destination, culture, and experiencing the finest of the hospitality industry.

The competition is open to both individual and pair influencers that are passionate about travel, hospitality, and creating engaging content. Applicants must have a strong social media presence and be able to demonstrate their ability to generate high-quality content that resonates with a wide audience, as well as be ready to live the Explorar Hotels & Resorts lifestyle for two months or longer on Thailand’s legendary Koh Samui or Koh Phangan islands.

“Being such a digitally forward-thinking and content-driven brand, we’re excited to launch this competition and find the best social media influencer to join our team,” said Tim Sargeant, Co-founder & CMO of Explorar Hotels & Resorts. “Our goal is to show the world our hotels and destination through the eyes of a creative content creator, while also providing them with an incredible opportunity to live and work in our properties and experience the best of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Thailand.”

The competition will last one month, from May 5 to June 5, 2023, and entrants must submit a short video displaying their unique content-creating skills in line with the Explorar Hotels & Resorts concept and distinctive offering to guests. To be eligible, the entry must include the hashtags @explorarhotels and #BestJobInTheWorld. Explorar Hotels & Resorts representatives will judge the videos. The winner will be revealed at the conclusion of the competition and will begin their new full-time position as a social media influencer.

The winner of the competition will be a full-time influencer for Explorar Hotels & Resorts creating engaging content for the hotel’s social media channels, including Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. They will be in charge of creating high-quality movies, images, and textual content that represent the hotels, the destination, and the region’s culture. The winner will live in the hotel full-board (food, drink, and laundry included), as well as have access to all of the hotel’s daily activities, services, and facilities, as well as travel to various spots in the region to capture the essence of the destination.

“This is truly the best job in the world,” Tim Sargeant exclaimed. “We can’t wait to see the incredible content that our new social media influencer will create, and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

For more information about the “Best Job in the World” competition and to apply, please visit the Explorar Hotels & Resorts website.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts Support Phuket Non-Profit Foundation.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts are proud to support Phuket’s famed annual Melbourne Cup event in collaboration with Phuket Has Been Good To Us, with special voucher stays up for auction, raising awareness and funds for education in Phuket, Thailand.

The event will feature Fashions on the Field, best-dressed competitions, the screening of the race, live and silent auctions, bids, and more. Highlights include a complimentary glass of bubbles for all the guests on arrival, followed by free-flow beverages from 10 am to 1 pm. Proceeds from this event will go to Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation.

Explorar Hotels & Resorts have proudly provided 2 vouchers for the silent auction to raise additional funds for this important cause, including 2 nights stay including breakfast for two in a Deluxe Sea View Room at Explorar Koh Phangan, and 2 nights stay including breakfast for two in a Junior Spa Bath Villa at Explorar Koh Samui, with a total value of over THB50,000.

The Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by a group of women who were deeply affected by the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004. The foundation aims to help children and families by providing them with education and other resources to help them rebuild their lives.

The event is held at the popular Firefly Pool & Restaurant located at The Pavilions Phuket, on Tuesday 1 November.

Tickets are in the form of Donations: Priced at THB 3,500 


View the event details here

Explorar Koh Phangan Celebrates Opening Weekend!

Get ready to celebrate our opening weekend with a party to remember on 1st and 2nd October 2022!

Explorar Koh Phangan is counting down to opening day, and what better way to celebrate than a weekend full of events, from international Djs and FREE Free flow, to bonfires and cuisine from around the world!

Guests will enjoy on 01 October, the Explorar ‘Signature’ party with FREE free-flow on selected drinks, live food stations of international tapas, tacos and Mexican wraps, salads, sushi, and specials on ‘Explorar Buckets’. Priced at THB 1,099 net.

Continue the celebration with ‘The Resurrection’ on 02 October, featuring late breakfast until 12 pm with fresh coconuts & free-flow Bloody Marys for the adventurous who wish to lean into the afternoon. Continue with chilled poolside music, healthy food and live burger stations; plus our signature Beach Bonfire in the evening, priced at THB 899 net.

The Explorar Koh Phangan opening party will offer an unforgettable experience. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our little holiday island!

View the event details here

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