Among all the places in the Philippines, El Nido is one of the best. My visit and stay in the place was quite unexpected, reason why I was able to explore this heartwarming place in Palawan Island. The place is widely known for its white sand, beautiful beaches, gorgeous coral reefs, crystal clear water and warm people. Currently, El Nido has been included as one of the beautiful beaches in the whole world according to CNNgo! To give you some background, the succeeding are my ideas on how to explore the place.
How to get there
The easiest way to get in El Nido is flying with airplane. The famous airline flying directly to El Nido is AIRSWIFT (website here). Flying with this airline is quite expensive. It would cost you around seven thousand pesos (Php 7,000) to ten thousand pesos (Php 10,000) for just one way trip, but the cost will guarantee you direct flight in the heart of El Nido and a welcoming of their crews in the terminal. You can also do cutting trip to save much money. You can book a promo ticket through Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airline from Manila to Puerto Princesa and travel through a bus or a van for five hundred pesos to six hundred pesos (Php 500 to Php 600) from Puerto Princesa to El Nido within 5 to 6 hours.
Where to stay
There are plenty of accommodations around El Nido and you can choose between expensive and affordable one. But if you’re like me, I will choose the affordable accommodation. The following are my suggested affordable inns you can check on.
1. Inngo Tourist Inn rate starts from Php 1,397
2. Citrine Tourist Travel Lodge rate starts from Php 1,218
3. Ipil Suites rate starts from Php 2,492
4. Aqua Travel Lodge rate starts from Php 1,996
5. Zaniyas Pension rate starts from Php 1,603
6. Garnet rate starts from Php 1,598
7. La Salangare rate starts from Php 1,597
8. Island Front Cottages and Restaurant rate starts from Php 1,197
9. Balay Paragua rate starts from Php 1,57210. Dormitels El Nido rate starts from Php 1,078
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What to do
GO ISLAND HOPPING AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
Best thing to do in El Nido and you should never miss is ISLAND HOPPING. There are many islets to hop and explore in the place, that’s why no wonder El Nido is one of the best islands in the world. There is Travel and Tour just around El Nido offers Island Hopping and they are all can guarantee you the best island exploration.
Here are the Famous Island Hopping Tours you can choose:
Tour A composed of Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon and 7 Commandos Beach, that is Php 1,200 per person.
Tour B includes Entalula Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave and Cathedral Cave, that is Php 1,300 person.
Tour C includes Hidden Beach, Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine and Star Beach, that is Php 1,400 per person.
If you are not yet satisfied with those lovely islands, you can still enjoy the Tour D which includes Bukal Island, Ipil Beach, Nat-Nat Beach, Cadlao Lagoon and Paradise Beach that would cost you Php 1,200 per person.
VISIT THE TWIN BEACH
Located in Nacpan El Nido, you can witness this famous twin beach. You can get there through a motorcycle. The beach is also one of the well-known tourist spots in El Nido, so I advise you guys to take some time in the beach. There are also cottages and food houses in the beach.
EXPLORE EL NIDO BY RIDING A MOTORCYLE
Many foreigners enjoyed riding the motorcycle going to the beach and to different El Nido’s tourist destinations; you too could enjoy the ride.
GO DIVING AT BACUIT BAY AREA
Ready your diving suit and explore the deepest of El Nido’s sea and you will never get disappointed with those gorgeous coral reefs.
GO TARAW HIKING
You can choose between Hiking the Taraw Peak for three hundred fifty pesos (Php 350) for extreme adventures or try El Nido’s safest taraw adventure with Canopy Walk for five hundred pesos (Php 500)
WATCH BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS OF EL NIDO
Beautiful sunset? El Nido has the amazing one! While having some time in the beach side you can witness its beautiful sunsets and yes I am in love with it ;)
SPEND A DAY IN LAS CABANAS
Spend a day in Las Cabanas beach resort and you’ll get a hangover with the views of different rock formations and zip-line adventure.
EAT DIFFERENT SEAFOODS BY THEIR ALA CARTE AT THE BAY SIDE
During night time there are food ala carte at beach front, you can have it with those different drinks and enjoy the ocean breeze with music tuning around.
Where to eat
Food trip is always a big thing for me especially going to new places. There are restaurants in El Nido you can choose based on your taste, and on my short stay in the paradise the following are my bet.
1. Art Café Restaurant
2. Habibi Restaurant
3. Mezzanine El Nido
4. Cadlao Resort & Restaurant
3 Day Sample Budget Plan
I hope these ideas will be a great help for you in touring around El Nido in the future. I am glad to hear any thoughts from you, kindly share that in the comment section below.