I enjoyed writing this El Nido travel guide because it brought back such fond memories. El Nido is located on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. El Nido is a beautiful town nestled on the beach surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. It is where you’ll want to base yourself as you explore the Bacuit Archipelago.
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How to Get To El nido
How to get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa- Fly into Puerto Princesa and take a mini van to El Nido. There is a kiosk right outside the doors by baggage claim.
The clerks speak English well and it will cost 600 pesos per person. The Puerto Princesa to El Nido travel time will last 6-8 hours depending on traffic and how “gung ho” your driver is.
When to Go to El Nido
Average Daily Costs
At the time of writing this the conversion rate was about 50 Peso’s = 1 USD. This is a typical El Nido budget.
Where to Stay in El Nido
Budget El Nido Accommodation
Inngo Tourist Inn
Located in El Nido town, close to restaurants and the pier. Clean, hot showers, and ac. Great value for your money. Internet wasn’t the greatest tho.
Mad Monkey Hostel Nacpan Beach
Located on the beautiful Nacpan beach is this hostel. If your main objective is at the beach then you’ve come to the right spot. No WIFI at the time of writing this.
Periking El Nido
Located in town and steps away from the beach. Yummy Thai restaurant on sight.
Best Places to Stay in El Nido for Luxury
Located right on Lio Beach. One of the few resorts to have a pool. The staff is professional and friendly. We stayed here for my birthday after being in town for 4 days and we had an amazing stay.
The Nest El Nido Beach Resort
Open spacious rooms. Free shuttle to town as this resorts lies on a beautiful beach outside of town.
Features an infinity pool. Has a bar and restaurant on site. You’ll definitely spend a few days relaxing at the resort.
Where to Eat in El Nido
Bulalo Plaza – Open 24 hours for filipino food. Lots of vegetarian options.
What to Do in El Nido, Philippines
Go on a Boat Tour
Nacpan Beach El Nido
One of the best things to do in El Nido is visit this beautiful postcard beach. In fact, its one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to a lot of beaches. It is about an hour moped ride from El Nido town.
There will be someone in a booth before you get to the beach collected 50 pesos per person. Once you’re inside it will then cost 30 pesos to park. This perfect beach is 3 km long and unsaturated. Meaning it wasn’t built up and developed which only added to its beauty.
Rent a Moped and Explore the Countryside
Kayak the Small Lagoon
You can also rent a kayak on the beach in El Nido and paddle around the town. Pristine waters makes this extremely enjoyable!
Enjoy a Snorkel
Catch a Sunset
The best free thing to do in El Nido and an activity you can do anywhere!
What to Pack for El Nido, Philippines
- Swim Suit for the El Nido beach.
- Water shorts for over your suit.
- Snorkel & Mask if applicable.
- GoPro and waterproof case.
- Dry Bag for your belongings.
- Flip Flops or as we call it in Hawaii ‘slippas’.
- Headlamp – Blackout are not uncommon.