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Travel Guide of El Nido in Philippines by Influencers and Travelers

El Nido is a census-designated place in Merced County, California. It is located 15 miles west-southwest of Le Grand, at an elevation of 141 feet, and a population of 160 The population was 330 at the 2010 census.

The Best Things to Do and Visit in El Nido


1 - Corong Corong Beach

   9 km away

El Nido, officially the Municipality of El Nido, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 41,606 people.

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2 - Las Cabañas Beach

   10 km away
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3 - Kayaking Tours in El Nido

We will visit El Nido's best hidden beaches and islands. The Secret beach, a piece of paradise concealed by the cliffs is only accessible through a narrow crevice. You will have to swim through this opening to reach this heavenly place which is shining even under the shade created by the sun kissed cliffs. The other one, Hidden beach is surrounded by limestone rocks formations and a natural pool filled with crystal clear waters. It cannot seen from the open sea. You'll have to walk and swim for a couple of minutes to gets to it. There are black and brown seaweed which makes it's a safe havens for the endangered fish. Our next stop, Matinloc island is shaped like a heart from aerial view. Within a simple climb to leveled out limestones, you'll find a 360 degree views of the surroundings. Helicopter island and Talisay beach are a couple of awesome snorkeling areas for decent amount of marine life creatures. End of the day, we will drop you back to the El Nido floating dock.

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4 - Matinloc Island

   20 km away
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5 - Shore Excursions in El Nido

Explore breathtaking lagoons and unspoiled beaches with the El Nido Island Hopping day tour. This tour gives you incredible sights of the Big and Small Lagoons, which are some of El Nido’s pride. Explore white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and so much more during this island-hopping tour from El Nido. Choose from tour options, which each stop at five islands with a common theme. Pick from hidden beaches and shrines; lagoons and beaches; and caves and coves to explore five exotic islands in the Philippines. Plus, enjoy lunch and free snorkel equipment rentals during your experience. Propose Suggested Itinerary: Day 1- AM Arrival PPS airport Day 2- Tour A ( Island Hopping Elnido) Day 3- Airport Transfer NOTE: Tricycle vehicle going to the Hotel when arrived at El Nido Terminal (cost 50-150 Philippine Peso) Please make sure you had the name of the Hotel or Resort for you to get an adventure tricycle trip. But we arrange a tricycle or a vehicle for you so you dont need to pay

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6 - Scuba Diving in El Nido

Discover scuba diving (DSD) is a quick and easy way to explore the underwater world as a complete beginner. The whole experience will be conducted by certified professionals in a safe and secure environment. DSD is an experience is for everyone (the participant must be physically fit reasonably) which means no any previous experience or certification is required! A day before the excursion, you will meet the crew for the orientation and paperwork (at 5 PM). In the next day morning, we will begin the real adventure. First, you will learn the confined water skills under the supervision and instructions of the professionals and then we will ride our boat for the adventure with the confidence. During the diving sessions, you can expect a focused and undivided attention of our staff with a maximum of four certified divers per divemaster or two students per instructor because your safety and comfort are the most important things to us. During the experience lunch will be also provided.

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Why should you visit El Nido ?

Travel to El Nido if you like:

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How to visit El Nido ?

Why travel to El Nido?

El Nido is a beautiful tropical paradise located in Palawan, Philippines. It is well-known for its stunning limestone cliffs, crystal clear waters, and diverse marine life. With over 45 islands and islets to explore, it offers a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation for every traveler. El Nido is a must-visit destination for beach lovers, scuba divers, and nature enthusiasts alike.

How to get there?

The easiest way to reach El Nido is to fly into Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan. From there, you can take a shuttle van or bus to El Nido, which takes around 5-6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly directly to El Nido Airport (also known as Lio Airport) from Manila, Cebu, or Clark, and then take a tricycle or taxi to your accommodation.

What to book in advance?

It is recommended to book your accommodation and island hopping tours in advance, especially during peak season (December to February and March to June). There are several tour operators offering island-hopping packages (Tours A, B, C, and D), which include visits to lagoons, beaches, and snorkeling spots. Booking a tour in advance ensures your spot and helps you avoid long queues.

What are the costs?

The costs in El Nido are generally affordable compared to other popular tourist destinations. Accommodations range from budget-friendly hostels (around $10-15 per night) to luxury resorts ($100-300 per night). Island hopping tours cost around $25-45 per person, while meals at local restaurants are around $3-10 per dish.

What are the best things to do?

- Island hopping tours (Tours A, B, C, and D) to explore the beautiful lagoons, beaches, and snorkeling spots
- Scuba diving and snorkeling to discover the rich marine life
- Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding in the pristine waters
- Hiking to Taraw Cliff for a panoramic view of El Nido
- Visiting Nacpan Beach, a 4 km long stretch of powdery white sand and clear blue waters

Where to eat?

1. Trattoria Altrove: A popular Italian restaurant known for its delicious wood-fired pizzas and pasta dishes
2. Happiness Beach Bar: A lively beachfront bar offering Mediterranean dishes, falafel, and healthy smoothies
3. Squidos: A local favorite, serving fresh seafood dishes, from grilled fish to calamari

Where to stay?

1. Spin Designer Hostel: A stylish and comfortable hostel with a great atmosphere, perfect for budget travelers
2. Cuna Hotel: A mid-range hotel with a rooftop pool and bar, offering stunning views of the limestone cliffs
3. El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island: A luxury eco-resort with overwater bungalows, providing direct access to the lagoon

Off the beaten path:

For an unusual travel experience, consider visiting the lesser-known island of Linapacan, located between El Nido and Coron. With fewer tourists and pristine, untouched beaches, it offers a more secluded and peaceful escape. You can explore the area by renting a private boat or joining a multi-day island-hopping expedition, which includes camping on deserted islands and enjoying freshly caught seafood.

Learn More about El Nido

In the northern part of the island of Palawan, southwestern Philippines, the ordinary appearance of the town of El Nido highlights the contrast between the mundane and the sublime. El Nido, a small village located in the north of Palawan, Philippines, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world today.

The island of Palawan is located in the southwestern part of the Philippine archipelago, and is one of the most popular islands for tourists and expatriates because of its pleasant climate (the island is sheltered from typhoons) and the fact that its population is very welcoming, making it safe to visit.

White sandy beaches, coconut trees, sun and relaxation are the essential ingredients for a successful vacation. Coming to Palawan, you can't go wrong!

Palawan is full of white sandy beaches, each more beautiful than the other, as well as heavenly islands to visit by boat, and around which you can practice diving, snorkeling, stand up paddle or canoeing. Dreamy landscapes and turquoise water are yours.

Among the places not to be missed are Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Port Barton, Las Cabanas Beach, Nacpan Beach and Miniloc Island.
A little cocktail with your feet in the sand to admire the sunset is also one of the magical options offered by the destination.

This place is like no other, with a breathtaking view of nature, on and under the sea, El Nido has one of the most beautiful seascapes on earth and certainly one of the most colorful.

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Where to stay in El Nido?

El Nido offers a variety of accommodations, from guesthouses to luxury hotels. You can stay in a hotel in the center of El Nido, have a small bungalow on a beach, or stay in a private resort on a dream island such as Miniloc Island.

A popular destination, it is recommended to book your accommodation in Palawan in advance, if you don't want to have to sleep in your hammock on the beach!

The easiest way is to land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
Then, you will have to take another flight to Puerto Princesa.
Then, you can take a bus that will take you to El Nido, in about 4 hours. 

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