El Nido

World’s Best Island

El Nido is a tropical paradise like no other. From its amazing karst formations to its beautiful underwater world and its natural wonders, there’s no doubt this part of the Philippines’ Last Ecological Frontier deserves to be recognized as the best island in the world.

Boasting several white sandy beaches and enchanting lagoons, enjoy days of fun and exciting island hopping with scrumptious buffet lunch. Choose from four popular tour packages A to D that will take you to must-visit El Nido attractions including Seven Commandos Beach, Secret Lagoon, Snake Island, Helicopter Island, Hidden Beach and Paradise Beach to name a few.

One of El Nido's islands

Ready for other cool adventure activities? You can choose tours that will take you to El Nido’s caves, sandbanks, and snorkeling or diving sites like Ille Cave, Nacpan Beach, and more. You can also try the Canopy Walk where you’ll get a splendid view of the town or visit the Mangrove Eco-Park. A visit to El Nido will definitely spark your wanderlust.


Fast Facts

  • Public Transportation: Tricycles, Habal-habal
  • Languages/Dialect: Cuyunon, English, Tagalog, Visayan
  • Payment Options: Cash
  • Known For: Beaches, Nido Soup, Taraws, Lagoons


What to Know Before Visiting

Kayaking in El Nido

  • Have enough cash as there are no banks nearby except for the town proper.
  • There are many agencies offering packaged tours outside Puerto Princesa Airport. Keep in mind that when in El Nido, going to the tours would eat much of your budget.
  • It’s better stay in the town proper so you’re near restaurants, meet up places for the tours, and other conveniences.
  • Expect regular power interruptions.
  • Phone, and most probably Wi-fi, connection can be limited in some areas.


Best Time to Visit El Nido

Ideally, the months of November to May are the best time to visit El Nido in order to fully enjoy the beaches and lagoons. Be ready though for the crowd as the dry months, especially January to April, bring a lot of tourists from all over the world.

If you’re flexible and don’t mind some rain showers or partly cloudy weather, the months from July to September are your best bet. Since it’s the off-season, prices are relatively cheaper and the usual crush is not present.


How to Go to El Nido

By Air

The most popular and cheapest way to reach El Nido by air is to book a flight to Puerto Princesa. Then, ride a bus or a shuttle van that will drop you off somewhere near your hotel or the main terminal.

Another option is to fly to Coron and then ride a boat going to El Nido. The boat fare can be pricey.

You can also fly a chartered plane directly to El Nido via Lio Airport. But, airfare is expensive.

By Land

Commuting/driving directly to El Nido will be highly impractical and difficult.

It’s best to fly to travel by air or by sea, if you’re on a limited budget but have more time to spare.

By Sea

From Manila, you can ride a ferry bound to Puerto Princesa or Coron.

From Puerto Princesa, you’ll do a six-hour land travel. Meanwhile, travel time via Coron might take up to eight hours, depending on the weather.


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