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
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.
Double Room with A/C 1000 Peso and ↑
Resort 5000 Peso
Dinner & drinks at sit down restaurant 700 Peso
Jeepney Ride 80 Peso
Where to Stay in El Nido
El Nido Budget 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
Bella Vita – Where they have delicious pizza and views to match.
Bulalo Plaza – Open 24 hours for filipino food. Lots of vegetarian options.
What to Do in El Nido
Go on a Boat Tour
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. The 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
Enjoy a Snorkel
Catch a Sunset
Essentials to Pack for El Nido
→ Swim Suit
→ 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