My El Nido Travel Itinerary and Expenses

There’s no ATM in El Nido, so I brought Php 7,500.00 cash and surprised that there was remaining Php 1,000.00 in my purse after the entire trip!
Ever since I was little, traveling to El Nido has been my life-long dream.  I even recall El Nido as the place where Nido milk is being manufactured when I was younger. That’s why when I finally traveled there, it somehow gave me a sense of accomplishment.

I traveled alone in El Nido as it has been difficult for me to look for a travel buddy with the same schedule as mine. Having said that, planning and budgeting prior to my travel was not easy. I needed to figure out how would I make my stay marvelous yet on a budget plan.

Below, you will see how I spent my 6 days and 5 nights trip to El Nido. I have included my itinerary and my estimated expenses during my entire stay. Take note: I didn’t have an itinerary when I traveled there, I just created this itinerary for the sake of this blog post so you will have an idea.

El Nido Sample Itinerary

Author’s note from the above image:

  • I only stayed at Tay Miloy’s Inn for 2 nights as I have friend who lives in El Nido and their family hosted the rest of my stay. This wasn’t my original plan as I am too shy to stay at their place, however; my friend and her family are too good and insisted.
  • I didn’t really drink or done party party every 6:30 PM. I just put it there for fun.
  • I availed Tour A twice as Tour B wasn’t available that time, and ahhhhh the second time around was still awesome! The original price for Tour A was Php 800.00 including snorkeling gears but they only offered Php 500.00 plus snorkels.

El Nido Travel Expenses

Author’s note from the above image:

  • There’s no ATM in El Nido, so I brought Php 7,500.00 cash and surprised that there was remaining Php 1,000.00 in my purse after the entire trip!
  • Did you notice that I spent too much on dinner and lunch?  I am on strict budget but my travel will not be complete without dining at famous and fancy restaurants in El Nido.
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  • http://www.frugalexpat.com frugal expat

    Hi Stumble on your blog. Great post! I like the transparency of your travel expenses.

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    Ada Reply:

    Thank you!

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  • http://www.grasya.com grasya

    im going to Palawan soon, might swing by El Nido.. thanks for this blog post

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    Ada Reply:

    Your welcome Grasya! Enjoy El Nido!!! I really miss it

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  • http://www.philippinetraveler.com Adelle

    i so agree with you on not scrimping on food! i’d rather be kuripot when it comes to accommodations but never on meals. i like your lay-out of expenses..

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  • Carmelita Amador

    Hi Ada,

    Great travelling post! We heard about you before and that my husband may be related ( cousin ) to your Dad, the Amadors knew him as Chochoy Lajara. We have visited El Nido as tourist and stayed in 3 island resorts. Some day we want to return to El Nido as travellers to experience it’s natural beauty without the high cost.

    We will visit Candelaria in February 2013 for LMI high school reunion.

    Please keep in touch.

    Carmelita Amador ( Auntie? )
    Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Ada Reply:

    Hi Tita!! :O El Nido is awesome and will definitely go back there again! I traveled there alone HAHA.

    We were in Candelaria last February 2012 for the Amador Family Reunion and it was nice to meet the entire clan :D. Hoping to meet you too someday. I added you on Facebook ;)

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    Carmelita Amador Reply:

    I am honored you called me Tita . Your such a free spirited and smart young lady. Hope we can meet in person when we visit Candelaria in February 4-10, 2013.

    Tita Carmen

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  • http://www.walkflypinoy.com paul | walkflypinoy.com

    great budget guide. will definitely bookmark this. been planning to go to El Nido for such a long time. i should make it happen summer next year. i should. haha. cheers!

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    Ada Reply:

    HAHA!! Hoping it would finally be pushed through!

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  • ronan

    Hi. I saw your Nacpan & Calitang Tour is at PHP500. Is this per person or is it just for the transportation hire? Thanks.

    Btw your itinerary and expenses are of great help. Keep it up. :)

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    Ada Reply:

    Hi Ronan! Thank you! Total cost to hire a motorcycle is Php 1,000, so if you’re two, that would make Php500.00 each. You can try to negotiate though ;)

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  • http://twitter.com/eatmykimchii Joy Marian

    Hi! I actually know Nelly, the girl you met in El Nido and she suggested to check out your blog. Your blog is indeed very helpful! We’re going to Palawan next week but I have some questions, where did you avail the island hopping tour a & c, is it from Servant Tours? Is it P300 per room or per person at Tay Miloy’s Guesthouse? Thank you. :)

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    Ada Reply:

    Hi Joy!!

    I’m glad you visited my blog. So you will not travel alone right?? If you’re in two to three groups, Nelly and I actually discovered that there’s more cheaper place than Tay Miloy’s Guesthouse. I recommended El Nido Skyline Inn or The Alternative Inn. You can check their number here to make reservations: El Nido Budget Hotels Accommodations.

    They have rooms which are good for two to three person and only costs Php 600-750 pesos.

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  • http://gomiguelgo.blogspot.com miguel

    Very Detailed.This is very helpful for my Solo Trip soon. Thank You for sharing Ms Ada.

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  • http://pinoywanderingboy.blogspot.com/ Mach

    Wow, cheap nga. I’m planning to stay for 3 days in El Nido and based on my estimate, I’ll spend more than 6k. Lol

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Kung sa mamahalin ka mag-stay na lodging makaka6K ka talaga hehe, ako kasi sa tig 300/night lang woot. :-D

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    Mach Reply:

    Planning to stay at La Banane, so feeling ko makakamura din ako kahit papano. Hehe!

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Awesome! Pero don’t forget to taste the “comfort” side while traveling in El Nido. Like nung ginawa ko, sobrang tipid ko pero indulge ko sarili ko sa masasarap na food hihih.

    Enjoy your El nido journey mach! I’ll be looking forward to it on your blog ;-)

    Mach Reply:

    Hey Ada, thanks so much! Your blog has helped me plan my El Nido trip. :-)

    Mach Reply:

    Oh by the way, I added your site to my blog roll. Hope you don’t mind. :-)

    Ada Lajara Reply:

    AWW Thanks Mach!! Love your writing style!! Addict na ako hihih. Added you back!! Thanks bunch. Hope to see you on the road soon! :-D

    Mach Reply:

    You’re the sweetest! Thanks. It goes without saying that I love your blog especially your photos. See you around. :-)

    eve Reply:

    Hi Mach have you gone there or stayed at that place yet? If so, how was it? Thanks

    Mach Reply:

    Hi Eve. As a matter of fact, I did. I had an unpleasant experience though, but otherwise, it was a cheap place which was also good for meeting travelers. Here’s my review of La Banane: http://www.pinoywanderingboy.com/2013/02/el-nido-hostel-review-la-banane.html

    eve Reply:

    Oh really? That’s crappy hey? Sorry to hear that. Not to rub it but I am hoping I’ll have a good one hehe

    Mach Reply:

    I’m hoping you’ll do too. :-) Seriously.

    eve Reply:

    I tried to post a comment on your negative experience with a hostel staff from Banana but for some reason it didn’t go through. Any who, it boils my blood just thinking about how s/he treated you. Just can’t believe that. Does he think Filipinos abroad get better treatment from white people? Ugh! if anything, we experience discrimination! What is it about Filipinos treating white people better than their own? Seriously?!? I could slap the guy hahahah! There, I vented enough lol.

    Ada Lajara Reply:

    One more review to read on Mach’s blog about La Banane is about bed bugs. I would definitely put bed bugs on his hair while he sleeps. HAHA

    eve Reply:

    Oh I know! I thought Mach was just complaining about bed bugs! Sheesh….I’d put the biggest bug on his head LOL!

    Mach Reply:

    Haha. I can imagine him shrieking with all those tiny suckers on his hair. But I guess he’s gotten used to it by now.

    eve Reply:

    Oh and thanks for the bed bugs post, I’m now itchy all over. Hehe
    I’ll tell my coworkers who plan on visiting to avoid banana at all cost.

    Mach Reply:

    Do me a favor and slap the guy for me, will you? Haha. No, I’m okay. It’s part of what makes my experience in El Nido memorable

  • dianne uy

    wow! good blog! actually we are planning to go to el nido next month and I’m a bit worried about our trip el nido-puerto. we are only going for a shuttle van that leaves on 5am, I’m worried ‘coz our flight schedule is at 12:30 noon and there’s a risk that we have to wait for other passengers ’til 5:30 am until the driver calls it a no show. can we still make our flight even if we leave at 5:30am?thanks in advance!

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    When I was in El Nido, my flight back to Manila was around 3PM and I have to be at the PP airport by 2PM. I took the shuttle around 8am, the van waited for the passengers until 8:30am. Around 12:30pm, we were already at the PP airport! (A total of 4 hours only)

    What I can suggest to you is book a van that has expert drivers with roads from El Nido and PP. And that van is Eulen Joy. Here’s the contact number: Eulen Joy (Shuttle Van) +63919-716-2210.

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    dianne uy Reply:

    wow thanks ada! :D

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  • cctin

    hi, can you give me all the cheapest inn there?

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi, I have a separate post about it, if you want, here it is: http://www.adaphobic.com/philippines/palawan/where-to-stay-in-el-nido-cheap-accomodations/

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  • eve

    Hi. Is it safe to travel alone from Puerto Ptincessa to El Nido? I don’t know anyone in Palawan. Would people take advantage of tourists? I always paid the cab driver extra when they ask for a tip because I’m afraid they might end up mugging me or be mean to me.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Eve, yes it’s safe. I traveled alone too from PP to El Nido. But of course, still keep your eyes on your belongings and always be alert ;-) There’s no cab in El Nido, only tricycle and bus hehe.

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    eve Reply:

    Thank you Ada. I’m leaving next week and can’t wait to see this island. I saw it on Canadian travel channel and since then I’m hooked! I won’t be there till end of march right through April 6th. Another question: where do you think I should scuba dive in Palawan? I read that Boracay is the 7th best scuba diving in the world but I find it pricey and apparently it’s just like Mexico. I’ve been to Cancun and other cities in Mexico but never been to Boracay. I’m not really into clubbing but I love, love dancing…however, I’d rather be scuba diving while in the Philippines haha! Thanks in advance for all the tips. Your blog is so informative and the pictures are beautiful! Crossing my fingers I’ll come back in one piece hehe.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi again! If you really love to try diving, Coron is the next best spot in Palawan (aside from Tubattaha reef). Just ride a boat from El Nido to Coron. For sure, you’ll be staying another 2 days in Coron because of Island hopping. Coron is awesome and you should check that out too!

    Ada Lajara Reply:

    AHAH! I don’t like much clubbing too as I don’t know how to dance HAHA! Enjoy your trip here soon. You can always send me a message if you have further questions ;-)

    eve Reply:

    Hey you’re so awesome! I’d love to to send you a text. Would you be ale to email your number to me? And this adaphobic, is it you?

    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hey there eve! Yes, this is me, Adaphobic. You can email me at adaphobic@gmail.com I would be happy to give you my number in case. ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/henry.liboon.9 Nonette Lib

    Hi Ada, i have been reading your posts and found it very, very useful…i love your blogs and i wish to make one myself…ha..ha…since i am very lakwatsero, i decide to share my trips with my friends who kept on asking how i did those travels…spread around the globe, i am sure i can be of help…please help me how to start a blog…thanks Ada, hope to see you in one of my future destinations…warm regards from new jersey with love…he..he..

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Thanks Nonette! Starting a blog is easy, start from blogger.com or wordpress.com first ;-)

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  • Diana Cruz

    Ada! just got back from El Nido! it was indeed a paradise! lurve tour c! hidden and secret beach!!! imy! :)

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Diana! How are you?! HAHA!! Yes Tour C is wholesome! Although nahilo ako after sa sobrang laka ng alon haha! IMYtoo!!

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  • neil dayrit

    nice blog. want to check if reception of hotel in el nido are still open at 3or4 am in the morning? they are telling there is curfew in some hotels in el nido. we are leaving at 10pm from puerto prinsesa, want ot be sure that we can sleep in our hotel for few hours. thank you for the reply.

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  • Lorna

    Hi Ada. I found your blog while searching the net about El Nido. Your blog is very informative! My husband and I are going home to the Philippines next year for a family reunion and I am looking something exciting to do. Thank you very much for the above information.

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