My favorite at Sea Slugs would always be their Tanigue in lemon butter sauce and their Shirley Temple. That’s what I always order there. My friends who work for the El Nido Resorts always order pizza when they are in town from the resort.
We were there a lot that I took a lot of photos at different times. This is one of the places in El Nido that we could be seen just hanging out and about.
The restaurant is open the entire day and is a good place to have breakfast. If you’re going to have breakfast with a view like this, why not?
I have photos of Sea Slugs taken in 2006 when they were just starting out. It used to look like this:
Here is the photo from my Before-and-After Photo-documentation Project.
Even the alley in between Sea Slugs and Og’s Pension looks a bit different.
During the day, on a slow hour, the resto can be empty, with just the staff hanging out. Also, there is no electricity from 6am til 2pm.
I remember arriving on my first day there this year, seeing the surf boards in the corner and going “Whoa! Surf boards! In El Nido!” Because my friend Ver, who used to surf in La Union and Baler, but is now based in Boracay sort of complain about the unavailability of surf boards in Boracay. I teased him about it, posting a photo, tagging him on it and saying, “Look Ver! Surf boards! In El Nido!”
The surf boards are there because of Mike. The guy with the guitar. There are actually surf spots in El Nido. The waves can come as early as October but are best during the month of December. Right in front of Makulay Lodge and Villas, in Caalan, is a reef break. But I used to take a paddle boat around that area, and I know how the corals look, and I don’t think I would want to surf there without adequate protection. Or maybe, not surf there at all. Oh, after my near-death experience at Monaliza point in La Union, I always think twice about going out on reef breaks. That’s just my little side story.
During the night, Sea Slugs can be really crowded. People flock to Sea Slugs because of the good food, great acoustic music, and the fact that it’s right by the beach. The service can be really slow because they have a small kitchen, but the place is great for just chilling out, and completely forgetting that it’s been an hour and your order hasn’t arrived yet.
My friend Rej does some sets there every now and then, with Mike. I would always ask her to do a cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” for me.
But mostly it’s Mike and Toptop who do the sets at Sea Slugs. The restobar has live music playing from 6:30 all the way til 10:30 in the evening.
What’s really fun here is that anyone can just jam. There didn’t seem to have been a night when one of the guests did not come up and play or sing.
Most nights we were at Sea Slugs, the guests are predominantly foreign tourists. Some nights we would just be the only Filipinos there.
The music has to stop before 11pm though because there are lodges near the bar and people are trying to get a good night’s sleep for their various activities for the next day, like diving, island hopping, trekking, so on and so forth.
Despite El Nido being such a small town, and there doesn’t seem to be much of a night life, there are a few bars with live music open til two in the morning.
Truly, there are so many things one can do in El Nido.
And people know how to have a good time. You just have to learn how to sit back and relax.
- El Nido Philippines – El Nido Palawan: El Nido Dinings & Restaurants
- El Nido Palawan: Eat
- El Nido Restaurants: Places to Eat at El Nido Town
- Trip Advisor: Seaslugs Bar and Restaurant
- Lonely Planet: El Nido Restaurants – Sea Slugs
- El Nido Restaurant: Sea Slugs Beach Bar
- Geckogo: El Nido Travel Guide: Sea Slugs Beach Bar and Resto
- Travel Philippines: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines (Updated December 2, 2009)
- Sea Slugs Beach Bar and Restaurant on Facebook