El Nido, Palawan is the most beautiful paradise-escape in the Philippines! From its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, beautiful lagoons, and steep limestone cliffs, El Nido is definitely a paradise for many tourists who have visited and discovered its surreal beauty.
The name El Nido, which means ‘the nest’, was given to the town by the Spanish, who arrived in Palawan in the 18th century. In recent years, the town has become one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines, especially during the summer season.
Experience El Nido’s Paradise Escape through Island Hopping
There are 48 beautiful islands situated in Bacuit Bay, El Nido making island hopping one of its major tourist activities.
The island hopping is divided into four major tours, such as Tour A, Tour B, Tour C, and Tour D. All set to do one day for each tour. Recently, they have added a combination tour named Combo A and C, which means both tours are taken in one day.
TOUR A – Lagoons and Beaches (P1,200 per pax)
- Secret Lagoon
- Shimizu Island
- Small Lagoon
- Big Lagoon
- Seven Commandos Beach
TOUR B – Caves and Beaches (P1,300 per pax)
- Snake Island
- Cudugnon Cave
- Lagen Island
- Inabuyutan Island
- Cathedral Cave
TOUR C – Shrines and Beaches (P1,400 per pax)
- Hidden Beach
- Helicopter Island
- Secret Beach
- Matinloc Shrine
- Star Beach
TOUR D – Cadlao Island and Snorkeling (P1,200 per pax)
- Bukal Island
- Ipil Beach
- Nat-Nat Beach
- Cadlao Lagoon
- Paradise Beach
- Pasandigan Beach
Basic Guide to make your El Nido Escape truly Paradise
Located at the very north end of Palawan, El Nido is quite a remote place. Most tourists coming to El Nido land in Puerto Princesa International Airport through a direct flight from Manila.
The journey usually continues with a van direct from Puerto Princesa airport up to El Nido bus terminal. The van transfer will take between 5 and 6 hours depending on the time of the day. The price for a seat is around P600 to P700.
The town can be also reached through a plane from Manila to El Nido, which is clearly the fastest, and the most comfortable way to get there, but also the most expensive one. There is also a private airport caters mainly for the El Nido resorts’ guests.
The other option to get from Manila to El Nido is by taking a boat. You can book a ticket with 2Go Travel from Manila to Coron. Then in Coron, you have to book another ticket going to El Nido with a local company. It is surely a long way that makes it at least a two-day trip.
On the other hand, there are lots of travel agencies in Palawan that include accommodation and transportation in their island hopping tour packages.
The climate in El Nido is distinguished by two seasons. It is generally dry from December to May and wet from June to November. You can expect thousands of tourists during April and May since it is typically the driest period in the Philippines.
The heaviest rainfall occurs around August. The average surface temperature ranges from a low of 22 °C to a high of 33 °C. The coolest temperatures are usually experienced during the month of January, while the hottest temperatures are felt in April and May.
Seafood is a local specialty. As the tourism of El Nido continues to progress, the number of restaurants and bars continue to grow. The price tag might be slightly higher due to its touristy location, but there are also eateries scattered around the town offering affordable and various foods that suit most palates. There are also particular restaurants that cater to international cuisines, such as French, German, Swiss and Australian.
Here are some of the best affordable restaurants:
- Happiness Beach Bar
- Republica Sunset Bar
- Osaka Castle
El Nido has a wide range of budget accommodation from small cottages to a few high-end resorts. Rooms can be booked online and the prices differ depending on the time of the year. During the peak season, it could be difficult to find a place to stay that is according to your budget. To avoid any inconvenience, you should be better booking beforehand.
Here are some recommendations for budget places to stay:
- Qi Palawan
- Sea Cocoon Hotel
- Cadlao Resort
- Ipil Suites
- Casa Cecilia
- Anang Balay Turista
Wrapping it up
To summarize, El Nido could be your next paradise-escape vacation in the Philippines. This wonderful destination has different island hopping tours to choose from. Finally, you will find a vast choice of amazing; beaches, nature, restaurants and hotels.
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