El Nido, Palawan: Country’s Last Ecological Frontier

Planning a vacation to a beach destination? Want to experience the fascinating beauty of nature? Get a break from the rush and commercialized tourist spots and check this article about El Nido, Palawan.

Well, we have just the place for you to go. With no buzz of the tourists and the travel companies hoarding around. A place on earth peaceful as heaven with the captivating views, the beauty El Nido Palawan is a must destination to visit.

With its crystal clear waters, waterfall, beautiful lagoons, caves, and endless beaches El Nido will take your breath away. So if you are a person who is in love with beautiful beaches and seascapes, this place will be your new crush for sure.

The place is still free from the tourist overload, huge infrastructure construction and high priced accommodation, which makes it raw beauty more desirable and peaceful vacationing spot.

Getting to El Nido

El Nido is located in a remote area in the north of Palawan Island. Getting there was not a piece of cake and used to be quite an adventure trip to get there. There was a 24-hour long ride from Palawan’s main city Puerto Princesa which is around 230 km far from El Nido. But, now it has become easier.

So, let us give you an idea about how to get to El Nido Palawan via air, sea or road.

Via Road: If you are traveling from a foreign country, you must get to the Philippines via flight and get the visa required according to your nationality. When you land in Manila, it is best that you take another flight the same day to the Puerto Princesa city.  

Now, from Puerto Princesa, you will have to take a van to El Nido that would cost you about P700 and the ride will be about 4 to 6 hours long. The van will drop you at the bus terminal and from there, you will have to get a tricycle ride of 5 min to get to the main town of El Nido. This one is the most cost-friendly way to get El Nido.

Via Air: If you want to save yourself from the hassle of traveling via road, then you could take a direct flight from Manila to El Nido. However, that may cost you a big chunk, and flight schedules are also a factor to look as only one Air Company operates the flights from Manila to El Nido. This would be an hour and a half long journey and also a very comfortable and quick trip. But, in case you have a limited budget, it won’t be advisable to spend this much on traveling as you must save for the place itself.

Via Sea: The third option to travel from Manila to El Nido is via sea. This is a 2-day trip. So, if you like traveling by sea or are afraid to travel via air, then this could be your best option. However, it is more time consuming and hectic one.

The most preferred way to get there is to take a flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa and then travel via road on a private van or a bus to El Nido. It will allow you to appreciate the natural beauty on your way to your destination.

Best things TO DO in El Nido

There is no doubt that you will be left spell-bounded by the raw beauty of this true gem. The place is full of gorgeous scenery and waterfalls, cliffs, and caves. The crystal clear waters will attract your heart even more.

However, you make your trip more memorable, let us list down some of the best activities you must do to experience the full enjoyment. So, to get most of your visit, you could do:

It is one of the coolest activities you could go for while in El Nido and you won’t believe the fun you will have there. The famous spot for kayaking is Bacuit Bay, and during your adventure, you will visit the three breathtaking spots that are big lagoon, a small lagoon, and Miniloc Island.

You can rent a kayak from the local agencies there or book it ahead by clicking below. They will give you a map along to explore the places during your trip, or if you want, you can hire a kayak guide to navigate you through.

So, get kicked up and grab your kayak to dive into this maddening trip.

When the strong currents are not gliding, you can get between the jagged rock walls towering around you entering a small inlet having a bright sea, and a little beach ahead of it. The view of the lagoon is enchanting, and you will be mesmerized with its magical scenery. In the clear water, you could see the sea Urchins and tons of fish flowing around.

To get to the Big Lagoon, you can either choose to rent a kayak or can also go via boat. This is a must-visit that you shouldn’t even think of missing.

The small lagoon is a small secret gap between two big rocks. You could get there while kayaking or from a hired boat. The water here is quite warm, and the view is complemented with the delicate corals and small fish in the water along with the sand.

The spot is small and surrounded in such a manner that its secrecy makes you feel like you are exploring some hidden spot of beauty hidden in the canvas of the big sea.

Another great activity to do is to visit the Twin beaches. The Nacpan beach and the Calitang beach situated in the north of El Nido are popularly known as twin beaches. Nacpan beach is 4 Km golden sand beach offering a breathtaking view. The Calitang beach is a smaller one, and between these two beaches, there is a point to climb up and view the entire layout of both the beaches.

The waves usually are stronger, so it is recommended to swim near the volleyball courts where there is calmer water. The beaches are about 40 to 45 min far from the El Nido town and you can either hire a motorbike or a tricycle to get there, or a much better option is getting an ATV.

Another highly recommended activity to do is to take the E-Inland Beaches and Waterfall tour in El-Nido. The tour is basically for two people via a tricycle, but you can get more tricycles if you need to.

The tour will take you through the Nagkalit-Kalit waterfall and Nacpan beach. So if you are in the mood for a little hike, you will enjoy the Nagkalit-Kalit waterfall visit very much.

These tours usually have a fess covering an all-day guide, transportation, and eco-development fees. During your tour, you will get two amazing experiences of hiking and swimming.

Snorkel tours in El Nido are very famous, and they even have tons of options available labeled as A, B, C and D. The tours are designed by the local organizing companies or the link posted below in a way that you get to see most of the sea life out there.

Tour A will take you to the small lagoon, big lagoon, secret lagoon, Shimizu Island, and the 7 commando beach.

Tour B Route covers Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Entalula Beach, Cudugnon cave, and a snorkeling site situated in the middle of the waters.

Tour C will take you to the Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Star Beach, Hidden beach, and then Miniloc Island.

Tour D makes you visit the Ipil beach, Cadlao beach, Paradise Beach, Pasandigan Beach, Bukal Beach, and Natnat Beach.

These snorkeling El Nido, Palawan Tours will provide you with a snorkeling mask and lunch in the tour fee. All these tours are amazing and guarantee to give you a good time. So just give one or better all of them a try.

There is a Cathedral within a cave that you must go visit. The spot is so subtle and un-noticeable that at first, you won’t be able to detect that there is something between the tall jagged rocks and cliffs. You will enter through the opening in between the rocks and cliffs into a cathedrallike a cave with the tall ceilings which were used to be for Adele Tunes.

In the cave, you will come to a Goonies-esquess and beach with the sunlight beaming on it through the small openings in the ceiling. The cave has many smooth ledges to climb, and you can have many memorable clicks there.

If you are in a mood of some western food, you can go to dine in Pukka Bar and have a delicious dinner munching on the seafood pasta along with the listening to cool music playing in the background. At night time, you can enjoy the party vibe with dancing and live music that runs all night long.

If you are a party animal and loves the thumping sound of beating drums, then this one is for you. Every full moon night, there is a party in El Nido, Palawan in which people participate wearing bright clothes and fluorescent paints on their faces.

There are reggae bands with live music and DJs playing music for the party. Along the shore, there are fire spinners and a very big unbelievable bonfire. So, get ready to enjoy an awesome all-night party with the free-spirited people dancing like nobody’s watching.

Hidden Beach is one of El-Nido’s specialties. It’s kind of a secret cove housing a small lagoon and a beach hidden inside a rock formation. Everywhere in El-Nido, you will get to find these new secret spaces to be discovered.

You can get a local there to guide you or hire a boat for the ride. Getting there earlier in the morning is the best as it gets crowded with tourists as the day passes.

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