El Nido is located on the Philippine island of Palawan. Known for its white-sand beaches and coral reefs, it’s a perfect place to spend your days island hopping or just relaxing on the beach. El Nido is easy to get to from Puerto Princesa or Port Barton. You can hire a shared van (3-4 hours) from either locations or from Coron by fast ferry (4 hours). Once in El Nido, you can easily walk around to the main street, hire a tricycle, or rent a motorbike. In this guide to El Nido, you’ll find some insight into our lodging, where to eat, and things to do in the area!
During our time in El Nido, we stayed at El Nido Moringa Resort and highly recommend it. This luxurious hotel has high-quality and spacious rooms with both modern and Filipino touches. The pool area is the perfect place to sunbathe and get much needed rest and relaxation. There is also a restaurant on-site and access to wonderful spa services right next door. El Nido Moringa is very close to Corong Corong Beach as well as restaurants and bars. With an excellent location, beautiful rooms, friendly staff and delicious meals, El Nido Moringa is a perfect option during your time in El Nido.
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If you’re looking for bungalow-styled accommodations or for those looking for a tropical oasis, we highly recommend El Nido Moringa’s sister resort Coco Resort and Spa located right next door. Coco has wonderful spa services that you will help kick off your vacation in such a relaxing note! Surrounded in lush greens, Coco Resort is another great option for your time in El Nido.
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Here are some things to do during your time in El Nido:
Take an island hopping tour – El Nido is known for its four main island hopping tours labeled Tour A, B, C and D. Each tour brings you to different places around El Nido and the most popular options are A and C. Depending on which tour you take, you’ll find yourself in gorgeous lagoons and beautiful beaches. We suggest taking Ape Tours – they are a bit pricier than the other tour companies but have amazing reviews and they provide two meals (vs. one) as well as take professional photos of your trip so you don’t have to spend the day taking photos!
Las Cabanas Beach – You can take a tricycle to this beach which will cost you about 150 PHP/$3 USD one-way. There are tons of shops and restaurants before you reach the beach. It is definitely a great place to chill all day and the sunset views are pretty spectacular.
Taraw Cliff – If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb the highest peak in El Nido. You’ll need proper shoes, gloves, and lots of water. It’s also recommended to start the climb as early as possible to avoid the heat. The views are supposed to be incredible but we were not as adventurous this time! If you do climb up, please take your time and be careful, as it’s only supposed to be a 30-minute trek.
Duli Beach – About 45 minutes via motorbike from the town center, this quiet beach is fairly easy to get to (except for the last 3km where the roads are a bit dusty and rocky!). It’s a good place to hang out without the crowds. You can also rent a surfboard if you’re looking to catch some beginner waves. There is no entrance fee or parking fees.
Nactan Beach – This beach is a bit more popular as there are a lot of beach restaurants but its still a good place to chill, grab a San Mig or fresh coconut and spend the day. Its about 40 minutes from the town center and you’ll have to pay a tourism fee of 50 PHP /$1 USD.
Lio Beach – This area is a bit more developed and as nice as the other beaches in the area. You can take a free shuttle from the town center every hour or so to Lio Beach which is super convenient if you’re not comfortable driving a motorbike. There is no entrance fee and there are plenty of restaurants and cute shops in the main plaza. There’s also a pier that you can walk to the very end. It’s a great place to watch the sunset as well.
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Stix and Cones – If you’re looking for an ice cream bar fix, this spot is cute and right on the main area of town. Bars start around 100 PHP/$2 USD and they have some awesome flavors – they all look quite delicious!
Lion’s Bar – If you’re looking for a place right after your island hopping tour, this is the place to go. It’s located right on the beach where you will get dropped off your tour. It has good happy hour specials and it’s the perfect spot to watch sunset. You also have to try any of the sisig choices!
Happy Home Restaurant – Located right on the beach, this spot is a good place to get some good quality food without breaking the bank. They offer a variety of cuisines including Filipino to Italian.
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That’s our guide to El Nido but like always, all opinions are entirely our own.
Above all, enjoy the Philippines!
Disclaimer: We have no financial incentive to promote lodging or any other services. This recommendation comes solely from personal experience.
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