2019 EL NIDO PALAWAN Travel Guide | Hotels, Resorts, Tours, Packages

 NIDO, PALAWAN TRAVEL GUIDE | BUDGET, ITINERARY  El Nido  Palawan Travel Guide | Hotels, Resorts, Tours, Packages

 EL NIDO, PALAWAN TRAVEL GUIDE

Here’s your updated travel guide to help first-time travelers with the basic information they might need when visiting the place.

EL NIDO, PALAWAN TRAVEL GUIDE | BUDGET, ITINERARY, HOTELS, TOUR PACKAGES

 El Nido  Palawan Travel Guide | Hotels, Resorts, Tours, Packages

As of this writing El Nido, Palawan remains to be my favorite vacation place in the Philippines.

The place,  being part of the Island is a coastal community composed of 45 islands and islets. From its spectacular towering cliffs to its white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, caves that can take you to hidden beaches, and a very diverse variety of wildlife, El Nido is no doubt one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines.

One very exciting activity when visiting the place is the Island hopping wherein guests can explore various beaches and enchanting lagoons with tranquil turquoise-green water surrounded by spectacular limestone rock formations. The islands and islets of the place have a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone. This is why sinkholes and caves are very common and are great attractions of the place.  Many well-traveled visitors compare the karst backdrop of El Nido, Palawan similar to those found in Ha Long Bay, Krabi, and Guilin.

 Apart from Island hopping, this destination offers a wide array of activities that will surely delight each of her guests. Activities which you may like include scuba diving as the place has over 30 dive sites for varying levels and skills;   cliff climbing and spelunking for the more adventurous ones;  kayaking, and windsurfing. If you wanted to see more of the place,  you can also hire a motorbike for easy mobility.

Because of the beauty of the place, tourism became the main source of income in the place.  The beachfront area has exploded in popularity over the years and is now largely a party area. Of course, the place is still not as crowded or as the festive as Boracay when it comes to beach parties.  The place is also known for water sports such as diving, snorkeling, and kayaking.

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EL NIDO, PALAWAN ISLAND HOPPING TOUR PACKAGES

The place is a top destination in the Philippines for   Island hopping. Various tour operators are offering 4 Tours (A to D)  and their prices are almost the same. Your own hotel can help you book your tour as most of them (if not all) are connected with any tour operators on the island. Tour operators will normally pick their guests from their hotels early morning to start the tour. All tours are inclusive of sumptuous buffet meals prepared by the staff during the trip.

Here’s a short description of these Island Hopping Tours

El Nido, Palawan: Tour A

BOOK THE CHEAPEST EL NIDO TOUR A HERE

  • Places to be visited: Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Simizu Island, Secret Lagoon and 7 Commandos Beach
  • Schedule: 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Includes: Lunch, mask & snorkel, life vest, and guides to assist you

Please click here for my review  of  “TOUR A” (LAGOON AND BEACHES)

El Nido, Palawan: Tour B

BOOK THE CHEAPEST EL NIDO TOUR B HERE

  • Places to be visited: Entalula Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, and Cathedral Cave
  • Schedule: 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Standard Rate: 1,300 Pesos/person
  • Includes: Lunch, mask & snorkel, life vest, and guides to assist you

El Nido, Palawan: Tour C

BOOK THE CHEAPEST EL NIDO TOUR C HERE

  • Places to be visited: Hidden Beach, Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine and Star Beach
  • Schedule: 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Includes: Lunch, mask & snorkel, life vest, and guides to assist you

El Nido, Palawan:  Tour D

  • Places to be visited: Bukal Island, Ipil Beach, Nat-Nat Beach, Cadlao Lagoon and Paradise Beach
  • Schedule: 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Standard Rate: 1,200 Pesos/person
  • Includes: Lunch, mask & snorkel, life vest, and guides to assist you

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EL NIDO, PALAWAN BUDGET 

Van Transportation from Puerto Princesa to El Nido – P700/pax (one way)

Hotel – P900 ( I stayed at Gemini Traveler’s Lodge, Air-conditioned with Private Bath)

Island Hopping Tour Packages:

  • Tour A – PHP 1,200/pax
  • Tour B – PHP 1,300 /pax
  • Tour C – PHP 1, 400 /pax
  • Tour D – PHP  1,200 /pax

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HOW TO GET TO EL NIDO FROM PUERTO PRINCESA 

The most popular way to reach the place is via Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan. In going to Puerto Princesa, there are several flights from various airports in the country like Manila, Clark,  Cebu and Iloilo through Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia.

More affordable transportation, ideal for groups or budget travelers to reach Puerto Princesa is by sea. It takes 18 to 22 hours from Manila on board the 2Go Travel. 2Go Travel calls on Puerto Princesa once a week.

2Go Travel – Schedule  Manila to Puerto Princesa

Open Voyages from MANILA to PUERTO PRINCESA CITY
Vessel Departure Arrival
Date Time Day Pier Date Time Day Pier
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER JUN 14, 2019 07:00PM FRI PIER 4 JUN 15, 2019 07:00PM SAT PUERTO PRINCESA PIER
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER JUN 21, 2019 07:00PM FRI PIER 4 JUN 22, 2019 07:00PM SAT PUERTO PRINCESA PIER
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER JUN 28, 2019 07:00PM FRI PIER 4 JUN 29, 2019 07:00PM SAT PUERTO PRINCESA PIER
*Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

 

HOW TO GET TO EL NIDO, PALAWAN FROM CORON, CUYO, ILOILO, AND CEBU BY SEA

From/To Cuyo, Iloilo, and Cebu, Montenegro Shipping also travels to Palawan once a week.

From Coron, it takes approximately 10 hours from Coron to Puerto Princesa on board To Go Travel.

To Go Travel – Schedule Coron to Puerto Princesa, Palawan

 

Open Voyages from CORON, PALAWAN to PUERTO PRINCESA CITY
Vessel Departure Arrival
Date Time Day Pier Date Time Day Pier
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER JUN 01, 2019 08:00 AM SAT CORON PIER JUN 01, 2019 07:00 PM SAT PUERTO PRINCESA PIER
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER JUN 15, 2019 08:00 AM SAT CORON PIER JUN 15, 2019 07:00 PM SAT PUERTO PRINCESA PIER
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER JUN 22, 2019 08:00 AM SAT CORON PIER JUN 22, 2019 07:00 PM SAT PUERTO PRINCESA PIER
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER JUN 29, 2019 08:00 AM SAT CORON PIER JUN 29, 2019 07:00 PM SAT PUERTO PRINCESA PIER
*Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.


HOW TO GET TO EL NIDO FROM PUERTO PRINCESA

Upon arrival at Puerto Princesa, you still have to cover about 220 kilometers of a highway to get to reach the destination. This is why it would be great to take the earliest flight possible from your place of origin so that you can reach Puerto Princesa very early as well. Of course, you don’t want to reach the place at night.

BOOK A VAN IN ADVANCE

If you want to ensure of a ride from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and vice versa, you can book in advance on this link:

BOOK A SHARED VAN TRANSFER FROM PUERTO PRINCESA TO EL NIDO (VICE VERSA) HERE

If you are a budget traveler, take a bus. Two companies ply the Puerto Princesa-El Nido route every day. Outside the airport, take the tricycle and ask them to bring you to the bus terminal for El Nido.  It takes about 6-8 hours, depending on how many stopovers the bus will take on the way.

Van:  If you book your trip to the place through a Travel Agency, they can also book a van for you. However, a lot of Vans are waiting just outside the airport to bring you to the destination. The trip usually takes 5-6 hours.

LEXXUS TRIP SCHEDULES FOR A VAN IN PUERTO PRINCESA AND EL NIDO, PALAWAN

 

PUERTO PRINCESA TO EL NIDO                                              EL NIDO TO PUERTO PRINCESA

TRIP NO. DEPARTURE TIME TYPE OF VAN TRIP NO. DEPARTURE TIME
TOYOTA COMMUTER 1 4:00 AM
1 5:30 AM TOYOTA COMMUTER 2 5:00 AM
2 7:00 AM TOYOTA GRANDIA 3 7:00 AM
3 8:00 AM TOYOTA GRANDIA 4 8:00 AM
4 9:30 AM JOYLONG MAJESTIC 5 9:30 AM
5 11:00 AM JOYLONG HIVAN 6 11:00 AM
6 1:00 PM TOYOTA GRANDIA 7 1:00 PM
7 2:30 PM TOYOTA GRANDIA 8 2:30 PM
8 4:00 PM TOYOTA COMMUTER 9 4:00 PM
9 5:30 PM TOYOTA GRANDIA 10 5:30 PM
10 8:30 PM JOYLONG MAJESTIC 11 8:30 PM
TOYOTA GRANDIA 12  AirAsia

SPECIAL TRIP FOR AIR ASIA MORNING FLIGHTS

2:00 AM

ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL @ PPS 8:00AM

SPECIAL TRIP FOR EL NIDO TO SABANG

BOOKING FROM TRAVEL AGENCIES

4:00 AM

IF THERE IS 9PAX RESERVED

DIRECT TRIP FROM EL NIDO TO UNDERGROUND RIVER

The schedule may change without prior notice.

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LIST OF  EL NIDO, PALAWAN HOTELS, AND RESORTS

It would be best to book ahead of your hotel/resorts when visiting the place. For certain months, more guests are visiting the place. Listed below are hotels and resorts wherein you can book directly your room. Just click the link and it will bring you directly to a booking site.

BUDGET HOSTELS/INNS

Our Melting Pot Hostel
Real Street, Philippines, 5313
BOOK YOUR EL NIDO RESORTS/HOTEL ROOM HERE  

Relucio Travellers Pension, Palawan, Philippines

Blessed Inn
Rizal Street, Barangay Maligaya,

Forever Blessed Home
Serena Street, Barangay Buena Suerte  Palawan, Philippines
BOOK YOUR EL NIDO RESORTS/HOTEL ROOM HERE  

Bnky Bed and Breakfast
Calle Amboy, Brgy. Maligaya

Big Creek Mansion
Zone 3, Barangay Masagana,
BOOK YOUR EL NIDO RESORTS/HOTEL ROOM HERE  

ALESTON Secret El Nido Hotel
Bacuit Station

Alexzus Backpackers Travel Lodge
Calle Amboy (beside Giecel Pension),   Palawan, Philippines, 5313
BOOK YOUR EL NIDO RESORTS/HOTEL ROOM HERE 

Kalinga Beach Resort
Sitio Caalan,   Palawan, Philippine

Mochileros Guesthouse
Real Street corner Tabanca, Brgy Masagan

Karizma InnRecently  
Pecado Street, Barangay Maligaya

Lualhati Garden Cottage
Rizal Street, Philippines, 5313

Lolo Oyong El Nido Pension House
Rizal Street, Barangay Maligaya Zone 1
BOOK YOUR EL NIDO RESORTS/HOTEL ROOM HERE  

Arkitel Bed and Breakfast
Amboy St. Brgy. Maligaya,  Palawan, Philippines, 5313

MEDIUM PRICED RESORTS AND HOTELS

El Nido Beach Hotel
Calle Hama Street, Brgy. Masagana

El Nido Four Seasons Resort
Barangay Corong Corong

Sophia’s Beach Guest House
Barangay Corong Corong

BOOK YOUR EL NIDO RESORTS/HOTEL ROOM HERE

El Nido Beach Hotel
Calle Hama Street, Brgy. Masagana

Arkitel Bed and Breakfast
Amboy St. Brgy. Maligaya

Swiftlets Inn
Balinsasayaw Road, Maligaya,  Philippines, 5313

LUXURY RESORTS AND HOTELS

Matinloc Resort
Matinloc Island
BOOK YOUR EL NIDO RESORTS/HOTEL ROOM HERE

Cauayan Island Resort (El Nido)
Bacuit Bay, Palawan, Philippines, 5313

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WHERE TO EAT EL NIDO, PALAWAN

If you visit the place for an Island Hopping, lunch is already provided. For your breakfast, not all hotels offer free breakfast and not all of them have restaurants as well. But there are a few restaurants along the beach which offer breakfast. I recommend for you to take your breakfast to the beach to see how people prepare for the Island Hopping Tours which are the major activities on the Island. Moreover, the beachfront also offers a great view while dining.

At night time, most tourists prefer to dine also along the coastline or beachfront of El Nido, Palawan. This is also my favorite place to eat for dinner because the beach is a little livelier as compared to other parts of the place. However, I noticed that the food in the area is a bit pricey.

For those who are really on a tight budget, there are small grocery stores available in the area which sell cup noodles, coffee, bread, waters, drinks, etc.

 

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HAPPY TRIP TRAVEL TIPS

  • There is no  ATM insight at the place, so you better carry enough cash that will last you throughout your entire stay. There’s the Western Union though so in case you run out of money, you can ask your friends or family to send you cash.
  • Always wear your life vest. Don’t underestimate the water.
  • if you have an action camera, bring it. The underwater scenes are spectacular.
  • Don’t step on the corals, and don’t litter.
  • Always bring your emergency medicines when visiting El, Nido Palawan.
  • Sunscreen is a must.
  • Bring extra batteries for your camera and power bank for your mobile phones.
  • Some foreign tourists process their visa extension in Puerto Princesa.

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20 Comments

  1. Jeff Solomon

    Is it comforable to travel alone in El Nido? What’s the recommended hostek to stay at? Among the tours, which is the highly recommended? How much is the expected buget to prepare? Thanks,

    • Yes, it’s safe even if you’re alone ..kindly search El Nido Hotels on this site…so many hotels and pension houses at El Nido, need not worry .Have a happy Trip and thank you for dropping

  2. This is such a beautiful looking place. I am not one for doing much swimming but I would definitely like to explore some caves.

  3. CourtneyLynne

    Omg can we say dream destination?!?! I would love to travel there one day!!! Looks like a beautiful place!

  4. What a great guide! El Nido looks like a beautiful place to visit.

  5. The water looks so beautiful. And this is one of the most thorough travel posts that I have ever read.

  6. I don’t mind crowds or touristy areas. I’d love to visit and maybe even dive a bit there.

  7. Nicole Escat

    Nice photos! Palawan is really amazing. Your information would be helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a beautiful place! Your pictures are gorgeous, I would love to visit it!

  9. Lawrence Hamilton

    El Nido, Palawan. The Phillipines is a beautiful exotic place to begin with. But El Nido provides such a beautiful view and 45 islands to discover. Love it!

  10. Elizabeth O.

    That’s amazing. I had no idea Palawan had 45 islands alone. El Nido is such a beautiful place and I would very much love to tour it someday. Thanks for sharing all these details and prices!

  11. Two summers ago I won a trip for 2 to Miniloc Island, El Nido Palawan courtesy of Ayala Malls. It was the best 3D2N stay we had in the island and also the place is so awesome! One of the best vacation spot we need to go to.

  12. The Philippines are truly gorgeous. I have never been there before but I would love to visit.

  13. This is gorgeous! It really makes me want to go to the beach 🙂

  14. Awesome! I have been researching to go to El Nido, I really want to visit the great Palawan this summer. I will check out your itinerary and budget posts

  15. Wow!!the sight scenes are superb,blue sea water along with untouched beauty of nature.Such an wonderful place to relax the mind.When it comes about the night life it also seems pretty enjoying as well.Overall a great place to spend some quality time .

  16. this is one of my dream destinations… Palawan has so many wonderful spots to offer and El Nido alone is already a paradise… I don’t know how to dive nor swim though haha so maybe once I get there I will settle myself with a boat ride

  17. Thank you very much for this detailed post. While we were in Puerto Princesa, our guide told us that El Nido is more stunning than Puerto Princesa. I believe him and thus we want to to El Nido someday.

  18. Awesome! I haven’t been here and no plans yet even in the near future but if we do get to go, will check back here. Thanks! 😀

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