“Welcome to my paradise, where the sky so blue, where the sun shines so bright.” I wasn’t able to track how many times this particular song was played on my night trip from Puerto Princesa City to El Nido. Cherry Bus has a lot of vacant seats and I was the only tourist going to El Nido that time. Most of the locals dropped off in Roxas and Taytay. The song kept on playing on the bus until I fell asleep. When I woke up, the bus was already parked on a terminal in El Nido.
The destination is known for its islands, sandbars, beaches, lagoons, caves, limestone mountains, amazing marine biodiversity, and also the high-end resorts. On my first visit in El Nido, here’s the tourist attractions, destinations I was able to cover
EL NIDO ITINERARY
DAY 1 0500AM Arrive in El Nido via Cherry Bus 0500AM – 0900AM Check in SPIN Designer Hostel 0900AM – 1200NN Nacpan – Calitang Twin Beaches 1200NN – 0100PM Travel back to El Nido town 0100PM – 0500PM Marimegmeg Beach 0500PM – 0600PM Dinner Sea Slug Restaurant DAY 2 0530AM – 0800AM Climb Taraw Cliff 0800AM – 0900AM Breakfast at hostel 0900AM – 1200NN Rest / Check-out Hostel 1200NN – 0200PM Lunch / Laze by beachfront restaurants 0200PM – 0300PM Corong – Corong Beach 0300PM – 0600PM Back in Marimegmeg Beach for sunset DAY 3 0700AM – 0800AM Breakfast in Silog Republic 0800AM – 0500PM Combination Tours C and D - Hidden Beach - Talisay Beach - Matinloc Shrine - Cadlao Beach and Lagoon - Paradise Beach - Pasandigan Beach - Ipil Beach DAY 4 0800AM – 0500PM Combination Tours A and B - Small Lagoon - Big Lagoon - Snake Island - Cudugnon Cave - Pinagbuyutan Island - Seven Commandos 0500PM – 0600PM Refresh 0600PM – 0800PM Dinner in Mezzanine DAY 5 0600AM ETD to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
SAMPLE EL NIDO ITINERARY 3D2N
DAY 1 Early AM Arrive in El Nido AM Nacpan – Calitang Twin Beach PM Marimegmeg Beach DAY 2 Early AM Climb Taraw Cliff Whole Day Tour A / Combination A and B DAY 3 Whole Day Tour C / Combination C and D
WHERE TO EAT
El Nido has also its local restaurants, from budget eateries to fancy cafes. Most travelers visiting the destination talk about the lavish lunch being served on island hopping activities yet they search the dusty streets of El Nido when they get back in town to have that rewarding meal before calling another day in paradise.
WHERE TO STAY
In terms of where to stay, El Nido provides numerous options from backpacker dormitories to groups and some luxury accommodations. On my visit, I wanted to experience the newly opened SPIN Designer Hostel so I booked a night but moved to Rainforest Beach Hotel to join my friends who arrived on my second day in town.
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WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Transportation 950 Accommodation 3000 Tours 3500 Food / Drinks 1744 Environmental Fees 250 Kayak Rental 120 TOTAL PHP 9564
HOW TO GET THERE
Via Puerto Princesa City
Cebu Pacific Air and Philippines Airlines have direct flights from Manila, Cebu, and Iloilo to Puerto Princesa City.
From Puerto Princesa City Airport, vans plying the Puerto Princesa City to El Nido route are available, travel time from 5 – 6 hours and fare of Php500.
Bus is also an option and on cheaper fare Php480 (aircon). From the airport, you need to head to San Jose Bus Terminal where buses bound for El Nido waiting and. From the airport, take a tricycle to the junction (near the capitol), and from junction, you can take a multicab bound to San Jose Market where the last stop is the bus terminal. Just ask locals for help with the directions. Cherry Bus has 3 schedules for El Nido; non-aircon (7AM, 11AM,5PM) and aircon (9AM, 1PM, 9PM), same schedule for El Nido to Puerto Princesa City.
Via Busuanga, Coron
There are numerous shipping lines that cater the Coron – El Nido route daily. Travel time takes 8 hours with fares from Php1500. You can check a comprehensive guide on the boat schedules on Lakas.ph’s website.
Direct to El Nido
Island Transvoyager Inc offers 3 flights daily from Manila direct to El Nido and back with the following schedules: Manila – El Nido (7AM, 11AM, 3PM) and El Nido – Manila (9AM, 1PM, 5PM). You can book via their GSA at Artcafe, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
1. Tricycles bound to and from Marimegmeg Beach offer a Php150 rate per way. You can split it among your group. If you’re alone, you have the option to walk/run from El Nido town to the beach, it will take you 30 – 45 minutes.
2. In climbing Taraw Cliff, I advise you get a guide because the activity is extreme and dangerous. Bring also gears like gloves, knee pads, and proper footwear. Guide fee is Php350 that you can split with your group. You may contact Northern Hope Tours for guiding assistance.
3. Availing combination tours is not advisable as you will not enjoy much of the destinations as you have a lot to cover. Depends on you though and if you only have limited time in town and want to visit more island attractions.
4. There are also accommodations in Nacpan Beach just in case you opt to spend a night away from El Nido town.