A Complete Travel Guide to El Nido, Palawan

Updated: February 13, 2014

A Complete Travel Guide To El Nido, Palawan

17 Things To Know About El Nido

Most Filipinos have misconception that El Nido is an expensive place to be. Little did they know that they are just misguided by the seductive marketing of Ayala Corporation’s luxurious Hotels and Resorts. Nope, El Nido is not about expensive hotels or resorts, El Nido is a very humble place that is cheaper than living in the Metro. Read more.

How to get to El Nido

There are several options to get to El Nido. If time and comfort are important concerns, taking a direct flight to El Nido via Island Transvoyager or sometimes SeaAir will be your best bet. However, if budget is concern there are cheap flights (Cebu Pacific, PAL, or AirAsia) going to Puerto Princesa City, which will be your portal to El Nido. Or if you’re coming from another part of Palawan like Coron, you may also take a ferry boat going to El Nido.

Where to Stay: Cheap lodgings, Backpacker-friendly, budget hotels

There are 4 locations to choose from when staying in El Nido. Read more.

Travel Cheaply in El Nido: Budget & Expenses

Would you like to have an idea how much local transportation, souvenirs, tours, snorkeling gears and etc., cost? Read more to find out their costs.

Local Eats: Restaurants, music bars, bakery

Art Cafe, Aplaya, Squidos, Sea Slugs, Midtown Bakery, The Alternative are just few of popular dining around El Nido. Read more.

10 Things to Bring when Island Hopping

Island Hopping is the major tour activity in El Nido. Read more.

Suggested El Nido Itineraries

The recommended number of days to stay in El Nido is 4, but it wasn’t enough for me – I stayed in El Nido for 6 days. However, if you’re flexible enough to stay for 3 days, or 5, I suggest reading my sample itineraries which may be helpful for your trip planning.

Points of Interest: Island and Inland Tours

There are a lot of tours and activity that’s waiting for you in El Nido and each tour is a whole day activity. There are 4 island hopping tours to choose from: Tour A (main attraction), Tour B (beaches and caves), Tour C (beaches and lagoons), and Tour D (pristine island beaches).

If you’re sick of water, Inland tours is also available which comprise of Nacpan and Calitang BeachMakinit Hotspring, Nagkalit-kalit waterfalls and Ille Cave, and Taraw Cliff Climbing.

4 Simple Things to Do in El Nido

  1. Buy fresh coconut juice when in 7 Commando Beach (part of Tour A)
  2. Catch the nice view of sunset from Corong-Corong Bay or Calaan
  3. Try fresh fruit shakes (avocado or mango) from JM’s Fruit Stand near Squidos (town proper)
  4. Lastly, since you’re in El Nido, try the Nido soup

More Blogs to follow trip to El Nido

  1. Guide to Traveling to El Nido – A neat El Nido travel guide great for digital nomads
  2. Puerto Princesa to El Nido – Yet another comprehensive transportation guide to El Nido
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  • http://mustachioventures.blogspot.com Mustachio

    Wow a comprehensive guide! Many thanks!!


    Ada Reply:

    You’re welcome Mustachio!!


  • http://adbenturera.wordpress.com/ leandra

    an awesomely complete guide, ayos! El Nido is one of my dream destinations pero i dunno when i would have the chance to go, mashallah soon….

    and if i do, i’d definitely refer to your guide, maraming salamat Ada! :)


  • http://www.zuuzrap.com Dan

    Sarap naman! Kailan kaya ako makakapunta Palawan?!? Thanks sa TIPS!


  • http://www.facebook.com/annemeajanelalove19 Anne Mea de Vera

    Hi, I really love your blog. We are planning to go to El Nido this September, I’m just wondering if the weather by that time is good? Super magagamit ko yung DIY tips mo sa El Nido. :)


    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Anne, I traveled in El Nido September too and the weather was changing from time to time, rainy to sunny to rainy to sunny.


  • Kristine Magleo

    Thanks Ada for this very helpful blog! :) My fiancee and I are planning to spend 2 weeks there on March. We want to spend a week in Coron and another at El Nido, I don’t know how will we do it or what itinerary to make without using the ferry because I’ve been reading not so nice reviews about the ferries. Will you give me some tips Ada? I want my Aussie fiancee to love Philippines more! :)


  • Priya Jha

    Great info..Also read my short write up on El Nido : http://www.squidoo.com/celebrate-love-and-life-in-the-secret-lagoons-of-el-nido


    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Nice write up Priya!


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My name is Ada, an old-fashioned, curly, jumper, wanderlust, who enjoys budget and DIY traveling.

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