Palawan is blessed with a lot of fascinating travel destinations. Coron which is situated in the Northern part, and from there heading south a bit—you’ll find El Nido, while Puerto Princesa is in the heart of Palawan.
These are just a few popular tourist attractions of Palawan. The topography makes it more remarkable. About 650km long, stretching from the south of Mindoro province all the way to Borneo in the southwest, the island is surrounded by crystal clear waters and bordered with gigantic limestone cliffs. It is without a doubt a go-to place in the Philippines. In fact, it is dubbed as the 2nd most beautiful island in the world outside US by the Condé Nast Traveler readers in the recently concluded 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards.
However, there is one place that is more popular now in terms of the number of tourists. El Nido is a small town in the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan. It has a small coastline, and with its powdery white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs, the place is probably comparable to Coron. It’s a good venue where you can enjoy varieties of activities like island-hopping, snorkeling, trekking and diving.
Whereas it’s also a perfect spot for rest and relaxation. The place is also flexible whether you are in a luxury or budget trip, it has become a major tourist destination, but not totally commercialized. It’s compact yet you won’t cover a lot of ground in just a short trip having all of these exciting things that this place can offer.
HOW TO GET TO EL NIDO
WHERE TO EAT IN EL NIDO?
WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO?
THINGS TO NOTE
- Great to share that there is a single ATM available in El Nido town the Bank of the Philippine Islands or BPI. However maximum amount that you can withdraw is 5,000 pesos with a 200 pesos fee for every withdrawal. Better to bring as much cash as you can before going to El Nido since a very few establishments accept credit card as a mode of payment.
- It’s not that hard to find the right tour agencies, affordable stay, and restaurants since they are just left and right. Just don’t forget to ask for a cheaper price. Locals there are generous so don’t be shy to ask.
- A few shops offer currency exchange. Have your bills changed in the airports.
- El Nido town only has electricity between 2pm and 6am. Establishments are being operated out of these hours by generators. Not much being felt if you’re out of the tours.
- All of the tour destinations are rockies that going barefoot will likely get you injured. Buy that aquashoes or wear your slipper always.