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El Nido Palawan Travel Guide with Itinerary and Budget (2022)

I first travelled to El Nido in 2013 went it wasn’t that known among foreign and local tourists. Since then, it became one of the most popular islands in the Philippines. It became too touristy that I wasn’t able to recognize the once laid-back town when I came back. The ugly face of tourism boom welcomed me. Fortunately, it isn’t representative of El Nido as a whole.

This Travel Guide will help you plan and also give you an idea about the expenses you might expect for your visit. This isn’t a long guide so please do check it out until the end. I promise I only included the essentials. Enjoy! 카지노사이트

Things to Know Before You Go
El Nido COVID-19 Travel Requirements
approved S-PaSS
vaccination card or vaccination certificate (vaxcert.doh.gov.ph) for fully vaccinated tourists
a proof of negative RT-PCR test result within 48 hours prior to arrival for non-fully vaccinated or unvaccinated tourists
How to get to El Nido
The most popular way to get to El Nido is by taking a plane. From Manila, it’s about an hour flight to Puerto Princesa International Airport, Palawan’s main airport. From there, take a van to El Nido (travel time is 3-4 hours and one way fare is from 350 pesos). Alternatively, you may take a direct flight from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 to Lio Airport. Air Swift operates daily flights from Manila and fares vary depending on the season. Expensive, yes, but this is the fastest way to get to El Nido.

Tip: If you decide to take the Puerto Prinsesa route, get the earliest flight from Manila so you’ll get to El Nido before lunch time. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines fly to Puerto Prinsesa daily.

I know travelling to a new place can be nerve-wracking and, micro-managing the trip is inevitable. If you want to pre-book your ticket for a fast ferry from El Nido to Coron, then Bookaway.com is a great option for you. The booking process in this app/website is quite simple. You just have to select the departure/arrival points and travel date, and it will give you various transportation options – from bus, van, flight, car, taxi and ferry.

Note: Fares in their website are a little higher compared to getting tickets directly. However, if you love the convenience of doing basically everything online, then this is a good alternative.

How to get around El Nido
Although there aren’t many transportation options in El Nido, you can absolutely get by by renting a motorcycle. The roads are in great condition except the roads leading to Nacpan Beach. For less than 500 pesos or $10 per day, you can rent a motorcycle. Gas is only a few dollars which can already last for a day of adventure. Another option is by taking a tricycle, which costs 10-20 pesos per ride depending on the distance. 안전한카지노사이트

Where to book an island-hopping tour?
Everything can be booked online nowadays but I suggest booking your island hopping tours thru a local travel agency. Prices are often cheaper than booking online plus you will be able to help a small local entrepreneur too! For our trip, I decided to book thru a local travel agency in Puerto Prinsesa called Solteros Palawan. My friend and I booked tours A and B on our trip. It was already our second time doing these tours but we still enjoyed and had an amazing time!
There are 4 main island hopping tours – A, B, C, and D. Having tried all island tours, I recommend that you start with “Tour A” and “Tour C” as these two routes include the best islands and lagoons.

Tour A (1,200 pesos): Small Lagoon or Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Payong-payong, Secret Lagoon and Seven Commando Beach
Tour B (1,300 pesos): Pinagbuyutan Island, Cudugnon Cave, Cathedral Cave, Snake Island, and Entalula Island
Tour C (1,400 pesos): Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Helicopter Island, and Tapiutan Island
Tour D (1,200 pesos): Small Lagoon, Natnat Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, Pasandigan Cove, and Paradise Beach
Where to stay in El Nido
There are numerous accommodation options in El Nido, from small guesthouses to luxury resorts. Whatever your budget is, there will surely be somewhere that will fit your needs. If you are looking for a place right in the center, then choose the seaside backpacker street (main town or Poblacion). More accommodation options are located in Calle Real, located just on the opposite side of the main street. If you want to stay somewhere off-the-beaten, then Nacpan Beach is a great choice.

Here are some of the best places to stay in El Nido, based on TripAdvisor reviews:

Sea Cocoon Hotel – For this trip, my friend and I stayed in this hotel and enjoyed it very much!
Spin Designer Hostel – one of the most Instgrammable hostels in Palawan
Mad Monkey Hostel – a budget hostel along Nacpan Beach
Nacpan Beach Glamping – an Instagrammable glamping site located in the palm tree–filled property in Nacpan Beach
El Nido Resorts Lagen Island – a luxury island resort located in Lagen Island
El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island – a luxury island resort surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and a vibrant coral reef system in Miniloc Island
El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island – an eco-luxury island resort hidden in Bacuit Bay
Qi Palawan – a Boutique resort set in the undiscovered area of Sitio Palabuayan

Where to eat in El Nido
Years ago, El Nido is not known for its food scene. If anything, it is more known for just a couple of great restaurants like Altrove. When I came back, I learned that the bars and restaurants are thriving and that more and more specialty eats can be found here. I splurged on food during our trip and I have no regrets! Here are some of the restaurants I was able to try and WILL recommend:

Taste El Nido – The Vegan Cafe PH (I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS CAFE!)
THE CAVERN Pod Hotel & Specialty Cafe (The only restaurant serving Vegan Sisig in El Nido)
Bella Vita El Nido (The Best Italian Restaurant in El Nido IMO)
Altrove (My first love in El Nido)
Big Bad Thai Bistro & Bar

Sample 4D/3N Itinerary and Budget (El Nido via Puerto Princesa)
Day 1: Travel to El Nido
Earliest Flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa
Van from Puerto Princesa Airport to El Nido – 450 pesos
Tricycle from Van Terminal to hotel – 25 pesos (50 pesos for 2-3 pax) 카지노사이트 추천
Check-in to your chosen accommodation – 600 pesos per night (1,800 pesos per person for 3 nights) *estimated accommodation costs only
Lunch at El Nido Town Beach
Tricycle to Las Cabanas Beach – 50 pesos (100 pesos for 2-3 pax)
Sunset and dinner at Las Cabanas Beach
Day 2: Whole Day Island Hopping Tour
Breakfast
Pay environmental fee at the beach – 200 pesos
Tour A: Small Lagoon or Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Payong-payong, Secret Lagoon and Seven Commando Beach – 1,200 pesos
Back to accommodation
Dinner
Day 3: Whole Day Island Hopping Tour
Breakfast
Tour C: Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Helicopter Island, and Tapiutan Island – 1,400 pesos
Back to accommodation
Dinner
Day 4: Back to Puerto Princesa
Breakfast
Rent a motorcycle or take a tricycle to Nacpan Beach – 150 pesos (300 pesos per motorcyle)
Pay environmental fee – 50 pesos
Lunch and check out from accommodation
Take a tricycle to terminal
Travel from El Nido to Puerto Princesa – 450 pesos
Dinner in the city
Take a tricycle to Puerto Princesa Airport – 50 pesos (100 pesos for 2-3 pax)
Flight from Puerto Princesa to Manila (best to get a later flight so you can still explore El Nido before making your way back to Puerto Prinsesa)
If you follow this itinerary, prepare around 8,000 pesos per person. If you have bigger budget or more time to stay, you can certainly do island-hopping for 3 days to maximize your stay and see more of El Nido’s best attractions!

Disclaimer: This budget can be achieved if you have at least one travel companion. Only the basic expenses will be included in the total calculation (tours and entrance fees, accommodation, transportation and transfers) Other personal expenses such as airfare, food, alcohol, souvenirs, shopping, and the likes are not included. Also, please note cost fluctuate depending on season. Information was up to date at the time of writing.

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