Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report El Nido - an unspoiled quiet beach destination in the Philippines

Jump to last reply

To travel to El Nido, one has to fly to the capital of Palawan, Puerto Princesa. Flights there can be taken from either Manila or Cebu. The former seems to be ideal because the transit time is 4 hours versus 7 hours, which I impatiently waited for, at Cebu. You can read my full review here: http://asiaescapades.blogspot.sg/2013/03/the-gorgeous-seas-of-el-nido.html

From Puerto Princesa, the ride to El Nido is rough, especially the last two hours.The van dropped us at the main terminal which is about 15 minutes to the main El Nido beach by the motorized tricycles. A ride costs between 30 to 50 Pesos depending on your bargaining skills.

The best hotel we found was not on the main El Nido beach but at Corong Corong in Islandfront Cottages. The room came at 2,100 Pesos per night but it was well worth it! It was the only room with a big balcony facing the sea. Please note that El Nido has a complete blackout from 6:00am to 2:00pm so schedule showers and charging of your electronic devices in advance.

Islandfront Cottages provide bike rental services too. We rented a 4-speed bike for 700 Pesos a day (which was further discounted when we checked out. We got a day free). The ride to El Nido town was barely 10 minutes by bike. Definitely faster than with a tricycle which can be hard to come by at Corong Corong.

A must do at El Nido are the island tours. There are four island hoping tours available on El Nido - A, B, C, and D - regardless of where you book them. It can be at any of the many tour operators at El Nido town, at your hotel or at ArtCafe, your one-stop shop in El Nido. The two recommended tours are A and C, as any of the operators will tell you. Package A costs 700 Pesos and package B, 900. There is a compulsory environment fee of 200 Pesos. You will also need to rent your snorkeling gear at 200 Pesos. A kayak can be rented for 800 Pesos for a full day. The kayak is ferried on the boat and at certain lagoons, you can spend some time kayaking. We did that and it was great. A dry bag is highly recommended to protect your electronic devices and your camera. Camera cases can be rented at ArtCafe. You will also need protection for your feet as you will need to walk on corals and may step on sea urchins. The guides wear slippers but I would highly recommend sea shoes.

Nacpan beach was one of the highlights of our trip. It is about 2.5 hours from El Nido town by bike. Roads are terrible and it gets worse the closer you get to the beach. Nacpan was completely deserted when we reached, which was great. If you want to have a picnic or have a few drinks, you should bring those with you. It's hard to find a shop around there. They did have a little hut serving drinks about 5 minutes from Nacpan beach though.

Links:
http://asiaescapades.blogspot.sg/2013/03/the-gorgeous-seas-of-el-nido.html
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g294257-d1163069-Reviews-Hibiscus_Garden_Hotel-Puerto_Princesa_Palawan_Mimaropa.html
http://www.islandfrontcottages-elnido.com/ppc/index.php
http://elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.com/

4 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 osaka to kobe frrom ship to ship
  2. 2 12 day split between Beijing and Shanghai
  3. 3 Biting the India bullet...well, maybe...
  4. 4 Japan, japan
  5. 5 Have you stayed at Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort Phuket?
  6. 6 Trip Report Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Luang Say, Chiang Rai, Singapore (but no Siem Reap)
  7. 7 Flying from place to place in Asia - here's our plan with questions
  8. 8 Trip Report April in Bangkok, again!
  9. 9 Hong Kong restaurants
  10. 10 Problems at 12,000'
  11. 11 GOING TO SE ASIA , NEED HELP
  12. 12 Hotels in Hong Kong
  13. 13 India for 2 weeks in December/January
  14. 14 Drinking cheap in Singapore
  15. 15 Has anyone done a houseboat trip in Kerala
  16. 16 Bali trip - Places to visit outside of Bali / SE Asia
  17. 17 Sixteen Day in South Korea
  18. 18 SE Asia July/August - more itinerary advice needed
  19. 19 what gifts to take to host in Cambodia from the U.D.
  20. 20 Recs for Tokyo hotels
  21. 21 How safe is Delhi/India
  22. 22 Malaria
  23. 23 Vietnam and coffee
  24. 24 I'm going to Japan!
  25. 25 Living in Bangalore, India for 12 months. How to handle Malaria?
View next 25 » Back to the top