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.


El Nido Old Bus Terminal, Taytay National Highway
By plane
By bus/van
By boat



ETD to Puerto Princesa Airport


ETA Puerto Princesa


ETD of van shuttle to El Nido


ETA in El Nido van terminal


Check in Milan Grace Inn


Late lunch at El Nido Boutique & Art cafe


Tour small El Nido town


Dinner at Odessa Mama


Tour A - 1,200Php

Tour A is most popular among the 4 tours in El Nido because it will let you see three beautiful lagoons located in Miniloc Island: Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon and Secret Lagoon.
el nido island hopping tour b bacuit bay

Tour B - 1,300Php

Aside from the pristine islands and beaches that you will find in El Nido, this tour B will get you into variety of sites; you get a whole day a chance to discover most beautiful coves and caves inside El Nido’s limestone rock formations in Bacuit Bay.

Tour C - 1,400Php

Tour C of El Nido island hopping tours is the next most popular to Tour A. This includes island-hopping to Helicopter Island and Matinloc Island and its white sand beaches, coral reefs, hidden beaches.
el nido island hopping tour d

Tour D - 1,200Php

The least popular among all El Nido Island hopping tours, tour D, but definitely not to be overlooked when it comes to the sceneries of Paradise Beach, Balinaod, Pasandigan Beach, Natnat Beach, and Bukal Beach.






  • 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.
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