Language: Filipino is the official language but English is also widely spoken around El Nido Palawan
Currency: Philippine Peso 1$ = P50
Modes of Payment: Cash but a few establishments accept credit card payments. There are only few ATMs in the island.
How to get to El Nido
Manila to El Nido
Airswift has direct flights going to El Nido. One way fare starts at P5000 ($100)
Via Puerto Princesa
A cheaper option is flying to Puerto Princesa Airport.
Airasia, Cebu Pacific and Pal Express have flights going to Puerto Princesa.
From Puerto Princesa Airport,ride a van going to El Nido. Fare is P500-600 ($10-12) and travel time is 5-6 hours. Van trips to El Nido are available from 5:30am to 8:30pm
You can also ride a bus from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. From the airport, ride a tricycle going to San Jose terminal. Fare is P120 ($2.4). Ride a bus from the terminal going to El Nido. Travel time is 7 hours and fare is P290($5.8) for non air-conditioned buses while P380($7.6) for air-conditioned buses. Bus trips to El Nido are available from 5am to 9pm.
Where to stay in El Nido
El Nido town proper – for budget accommodations and lively nightlife.
Masagana Poblacion – Quiet and relaxed accommodations.
A night in a hostel would cost you P300 ($6), P1500($30) for a mid-range hotel room while a nice beachfront hotel would cost you P8000 ($160) per night.
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Getting around El Nido
Tricycle – Short distance trips are P10 ($0.2) per ride. Hire a tricycle for a day to tour El Nido.
Scooter – Rent a scooter for P500 ($10) a day.
Where to eat in El Nido
Some of best restaurants in El Nido are Artcafe, The Nesting Table and Tamboks.
If you are on a budget, there are small eateries around the island with P50-100 ($1-2) per meal.
Palawan is also famous for its cashew nuts.
Places to visit and things to do
El Nido’s island hopping tours are the number 1 attraction in the island. Tour duration is 7 hours and inclusive of island lunch.
* Tour A: Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Small Lagoon and 7 Commando Beach P1200 ($24) per person
* Tour B: Cathedral Cave, Entalula Island, Popolkan Island (the island to visit in replacement of the now private island Pangulasian) and Snake Island P1300 ($26) per person
* Tour C: Helicopter Beach, Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach and Tapiutan Island P1400 ($28) per person
* Tour D: Bukal Island, Cadlao Lagoon, Nat Nat Beach, Paradise Beach, and Pasandingan Cove P1200 ($24) per person
Tours and A and C are the most popular tours so expect a large crowd while tours B and D are less crowded and more relaxed.
Rent a scooter or hire a tricycle and visit Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beach. Travel time is 45 minutes from El Nido town.
Go surfing in Duli beach. Located 15 minutes away from Nacpan beach, Duli beach is has fewer visitors. Surf season is November to March and surfboard rental is P500 ($10) per hour.
Scuba diving – South Miniloc is El Nido’s most famous dive site. Rate starts at P5000 ($100)
1:00pm Arrive in Puerto Princesa
1:30pm Ride van going to El Nido P500($10)
7:00pm Arrive in El Nido
7:10pm Ride tricycle to hostel P10($0.2)
7:20pm Check in
9:00am Start Tour A P1200 ($24)
4:00pm End Tour A
9:00am Start Tour C P1400($28)
4:00pm End Tour C
10:00am Check out
12:00pm Ride van to Puerto Princesa P500($10)
6:00pm Arrive in Puerto Princesa
P3610 or $72
*Airfare, accommodation and food not included