One of the worlds best island -El Nido ,Palawan

Tripoto
3rd Oct 2018
Photo of One of the worlds best island -El Nido ,Palawan by Venkatesh Nayak

El nido is one of the major tourist places of south east asia. It is a small place in a island known as Palawan in Philippines . Palawan is voted as the world's best island by travel and leisure for multiple number of years now for its stunning limestone formations and turquoise water. El nido(spanish) meaning "the nest" in english is one of the places where you can spend at least a week.

My journey started from manila to elnido was booked one day in advance . It was a direct flight via air swift to el nido airport(5k to 6k pesos one way) . Alternatively you can take a cheaper flight to peurto princesa(2-4k) and then travel by 5 hours by shared car(600 pesos)

Photo of One of the worlds best island -El Nido ,Palawan 1/1 by Venkatesh Nayak
Manila international airport
Day 1

We reached the hotel by around 10 am , this day we just decided to take it easy by just checking some places close to our hotel. we had stayed at Country inn el nido . This hotel is around 15 min away from the town and close to las cabanas beach . We decided to walk towards las cabanas , which was around 15 min walk. 

All the tours around el nido are categorized into Tour A,B,C,D.

Tour A and C are the most recommended tours by locals and it has the most beautiful places . these can be booked at the hotel lobby and prices are standard across this place.

It rained very heavily from afternoon till the evening .so we just spent the whole day lazing around the las cabanas beach and then went to hotel

sunset view from the balcony room

Photo of Las Cabanas Beach Resort, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak

Las cabanas beach view from the road

Photo of Las Cabanas Beach Resort, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak

las cabanas

Photo of Las Cabanas Beach Resort, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Las Cabanas Beach Resort, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Las Cabanas Beach Resort, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Las Cabanas Beach Resort, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Day 2

Pick up for the tour A was around 8am ,we had breakfast before 8 at the restaurant lobby which was complimentary and reached the starting point of the tour which was El Nido beach at the town . We had to wait for one hour at the El Nido beach before island hoping started

The places covered in tour A are below

1)SMALL LAGOON-you can do kayaking to explore this place for 45 min.it costs 300 pesos per head and is a must do activity

2)BIG LAGOON

3)SECRET LAGOON- this is really good experience to enter the lagoon using a secret hole

4)Shimizu island-this island is used as the place to serve lunch

5)Seven commando beach -very picturesque and can do snorkelling here .

The island hopping ends at around 4pm.we decided to explore the El Nido town in the evening for some good restaurants

Below are the recommendations from me

1)Trattoria Altrove-for Italian cuisine .they have 3 branches

2)republican sunset bar -best place to view sunset

3)big bad Thai - one of the best pad Thai ever .

Since we had stayed outside town ,it costs us 100pesos each time for the tricycle for transport.

seven commando

Photo of Small Lagoon, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak

Shimizu island

Photo of Small Lagoon, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak

small lagoon

Photo of Small Lagoon, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak

kayaking at small lagoon

Photo of Small Lagoon, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak

big lagoon

Photo of Small Lagoon, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Small Lagoon, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak

best place in the town to view sunset

Photo of Small Lagoon, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak

republica sunset bar

Photo of Small Lagoon, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Day 3

Below are the place in tour C

a)Helicopter island

b) secret beach

c) hidden beach

d) matinloc shrine

e) Star beach

This tour s best for ppl who love snorkelling and adventure. Corals and colorful fishes can be seen during snorkelling

island hopping tour C

Photo of Secret Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Secret Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Secret Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Secret Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Secret Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Secret Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Secret Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Day 4

We decided to hire a 2 wheeler and explore the island by our selves.we decided to go to famous nacpan beach and lio beach which is next to the El Nido airport .

nacpan beach

Photo of Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Photo of Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak

lio beach

Photo of Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak

lio beach

Photo of Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines by Venkatesh Nayak
Day 5

We decided to say good bye to this beautiful place and continue our journey towards Manila .

Things to know before coming to El Nido

1- it’s not easy to find atm so please carry enough cash

2-internet connectivity is very poor at most of the hotels

3-please check the weather before coming since there is nothing to do if it rains

Please check out a small video of my trip

https://youtu.be/LhU0xBsaMY8

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