If you haven't heard of El Nido, look it up! EL Nido in Palawan is a tropical paradise filled with white sand beaches, emerald green lagoons, and steep limestone cliffs. Perfect for a couple getaway. I wouldn't recommend it for families as it's a bit hardcore, but if you have adventure in your blood and you're up for some active fun in the sun, this is the place for you. Backpackers rejoice for this place is filled with cheap accommodation, food, and loads of thrill seeking activities. Palawan is your Mecca for a budget holiday.
My husband and I flew with Singapore Airlines (who might I add has become a shitty airline thanks to having to paying for seats now-a-days) reached Manila and hopped onto an Air Asia flight to get us into Puerto Princesa (PP). From PP it's a six-hour drive to El Nido. Was it worth taking 3 flights & a six-hour drive to get there? Well, you look at the pics and tell me.
Here's what our itinerary looked like --
Day 1 - We arrived PP and checked into a hotel for the night (Stay approx 1000-1500 pesos/night)
Day 2 - We hired a private van to take us to the underground river (a UNESCO heritage site & one of the new 7 wonders of the world). After the tour our driver dropped us off at El Nido. We booked with El Nido Paradise and paid around 13,000 pesos. However if you opt for a shared van you pay only 500 pesos per head. We didn't mind shelling out the extra bucks as we wanted to travel comfortably.
The Puerto Princesa Underground River is a must do. The river flows through a limestone cave system that is filled with stalactites and stalagmites and is home to thousands & thousands of bats. The experience was quite unlike any we've ever had.