Enchanting El Nido

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Palawan didn't get the "best island in the world" title for no apparent reason. Apart from the world - renowned Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, This island does have another gem in the north - El Nido.

Nestled in the far end of Palawan. El Nido was once a sleepy town. Now, they have arisen to a tourism hub. Backpackers from all parts of the world flock to El Nido. This explains the town's economy boost - which is a good thing.

How to get there

From Puerto Princesa, take a  5 - 6 hour ride to El Nido via bus or van. 
Van Fare - Php 600 -700 per person (one way)
Bus Fare - Php 400 - 500 per person (one way)

Since we stayed at Tay Miloy's Inn, they offered us an all-in package which includes Puerto Princesa Airport - El Nido transfers.

A van took us from Puerto Princesa Airport to Tay Miloy's Inn.

Tay Miloy's Php 9,500 All - In package for two persons
includes the following:
3 - nights stay in an air-conditioned room with daily breakfast
Choose 2 island hopping tours
Airport - El Nido Transfers

Or you can also reach El Nido via public transportation. No need to hire Van services and pay a hefty price. 
  • From the airport, ride a PUJ going to San Jose.
  • Inform the driver to drop you off the terminal where buses are available for El Nido. Fare is Php 10
  • Take the Cherry Bus which will travel for 4 - 5 hours. The fare is Php 500. 
  • Locals highly discourage taking the RORO due to the increasing number of accidents.
What to do

El Nido offers spectacular island hopping activities and breath-taking trekking adventure

Island Hopping Tours

Tour A - Lagoons and Beaches
  • Secret Lagoon
  • Big Lagoon
  • Small Lagoon
  • Shimizu Island
  • Seven Commandos Beach
Tour B - Caves and Coves
  • Pangalusian Island
  • Pinagbuyutan Island
  • Vigan and Snake Island
  • Cadugnon Point and Cave
  • Pinasil Island and Cathedral Cave
Tour C - Shrines and Hidden Beaches
  • Helicopter Island
  • Hidden Beach
  • Talisay Island
  • Secret Beach
  • Matinloc Shrine
Tour D - Beaches
  • Ipil Beach
  • Caldlao Lagoon
  • Paradise Beach
  • Pasandigan Beach
  • Natnat Beach
  • Bukal Beach
Special In-land tour (Tour E)
  • Nacpan Beach
  • Calitang Beach
  • Nagkalit-kalit Falls

Adventure - seekers also include Taraw Cliff on their itinerary. The trek will last for about 45 minutes - 2 hours depending on your level of fitness. Just be extra careful with the pathway. It tends to be slippery during the rainy season. But it's definitely worth the risk as it boasts a picturesque view of the Bacuit Bay.

Where to stay

There are several accommodations in El Nido; ranging from Mid-range hotels to backpacking hostels.

We stayed at Tay Miloy's Inn. It's located in the heart of El Nido's town. 

Rate depends on Kuya Rod of Tay Miloy. Please contact this number: 0939 469 7192

See some recommended hostels below:
Where to Eat

Food will be the last of your problems when you're in El Nido. They have heaps to offer! They have everything that would perfectly fit your budget. Walk and explore the place for great eats.

As for us, our package included a breakfast; a very simple one.

Here are some of the highly recommended food hubs
  • Happiness Beach Bar - offers Mediterranean , middle - eastern cuisine. A lot of the folks recommend that you don't miss the Falafel.
  • Altrove Restaurant - indulge on their famous pizzas.
  • Art Cafe - offers a variety of food: pizza, pasta, salads, homemade ice cream and cakes.
What are you waiting for? Book your trip to Palawan and experience what El Nido has to offer!

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