El Nido Off The Beaten Path

  • DON'T MISS THE SIGN
    DON'T MISS THE SIGN
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  • WOW, ONLY US HERE
    WOW, ONLY US HERE
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  • STEEP GRADIENT DOWNHILL
    STEEP GRADIENT DOWNHILL
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    Walk around and take it all in!

    by ionaks Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    You can simply take a walk along the coast and meet more of the locals and see their way of life. It's worth doing if you're into some quiet sight-seeing... Just have plenty of water and know when the tide is high as there are spots where the beach gets very narrow and a bit rocky. A good point of destination from the town proper would be Dolarog resort, where you can have a meal and a drink before heading back. The one-way walk should take about 1.5 to 2 hours --- it really depends on your pace. Don't forget your camera as there will be plenty of great photo ops along the way.

    The sunset cruise is also a good experience. People who come to El Nido who aren't on a very tight schedule often just spend the last day resting in town and a sunset cruise with a cold beer would be a really great way to end your last day (the town faces East and with the cliffs behind it, you won't get to see the sunset unless you're out on the ocean.)

    Another activity you can do depending on your energy level and nerves, would be climbing the "taraw" -- the local term for those imposing limestone cliffs. There is a particular route that locals and some daring visitors climb to get an exhilirating view of the town and Bacuit Bay. It's supposedly a good hour or so of rock-scrambling - free-style and with no ropes or harnesses - but supposedly doable even for inexperienced climbers. A local guide would be a must, and do this only when there's enough light and when there is no threat of rain. Be properly equipped - the rocks may be a bit sharp.The view up on top should be well worth it.

    Other activities could include kayaking in the Bay, mangrove tours, bird-watching, mountain-biking, or seeing some waterfalls (w/c I've so far only heard of but never actually been to.) For more information on this and the other activities mentioned , the Municipal Tourism Office should be of help. Note that being a Protected Area, most activities in El Nido would require a permit and/or payment of a minimal user's or conservation fee.

    Phone: (63 906) 255 1020

    Website: http://www.elnidotourism.com

    walking/biking to dolarog along the way on my walk/trek along the coast leaving the bike behind and going on foot
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    Trek to Nakalit kalit WATERFALL

    by Judithdistal Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Trek to Nakalit kalit Waterfall with a visit first at the Hotspring. An hour hike trough secondary and primary forest on the mainland.

    This tour is organized by the El Nido Tour Guide Association, which has it's office at the Artcafe. All guides are trained and licensed by the Department of Tourism and there experience in the areas helps to make the most out of it.

    P800 per person (2007/2008) includes a Barbecue Lunch, transportation, Guide Fee.

    Hassle free and well organized.

    Phone: 00639183287487

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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    CLIFF CLIMBING

    by Judithdistal Updated Jul 6, 2012

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    An hour Cliff climbing up the cliff behind town and see a stunning view.

    This tour is not for everyone and you must be reasonable fit. There is no path and it cannot be done without a guide.

    The El Nido Tour Guides Association, with its office at Artcafe, organizes trips up the cliff (min. 2 people). The trip take about 3 hrs.

    P350 per person (2012)

    Phone: +6392026317

    Website: http://www.elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.com/treks.html

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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls

    by DSwede Written Mar 6, 2008

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    Located about 14km north of downtown (10km north of airport), Nagkalit waterfalls offer a nice alternative to the water and beaches.

    The paths are not marked and there are no signs. Therefore, you will need a guide. But do not worry, since nearly all tricycle drivers know the way and will guide you. The ride will be about 25 minutes (one way), the hike will take you about 30 minutes each way. You should be able to negotiate the tricycle and guide for less than 800PHP.

    The hike will take you by some local village people, through some rice fields, and ultimately up through the jungle trails. The path will require you to cross a few rivers, so wear shoes that can get wet.

    The lower waterfall cascades into a large natural pool that you can wade and even swim in!!
    Just another 5 minutes up the path, the upper falls cascades onto rocks from ~10m above.

    my sister under Nagkalit Waterfalls (upper falls)

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    Eco Island Expedition to remote islands

    by bluesunday Written Dec 2, 2007

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    When I was in El Nido, I was planning to do a lot of island hopping and found a good responsible company called TaoPhilippines expeditions- who does trips and expeditions to the islands in Palawan- el Nido, Coron and around. I was so amazed with their project of visiting villages and remote islands, i changed my travel plans and joined them for 10 days of exploring the islands until reaching Coron. There are about 7 guest and 5 staff onboard a big banka, we roam around the El nido islands and the northern isles on the way to Coron and visited beaches and villages most of the tourist never see, we sleep on the boat, camped and stayed with families who are very friendly and very accommodating. Tao pays the family well for accommodating their guest as to spread out the money to locals. The villages are amazing, we walk around playing with kids, treks to the hills had the local healers for massages and had amazing seafood. I never saw another tourist along the way. It feels like for the first time this places are being explored. I enjoyed the roughing it with the islanders but also felt very well taken care off by Tao crew, I made very good friend with them and promised them that i will spread out the word about their amazing trips. Visit Taophilippines.com and find out what they do. Dan

    Website: http://www.taophilippines.com

    One of the remote islands in a wild beach
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    • Eco-Tourism
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    RENT A MOTORBIKE, GO AROUND THE NORTH

    by davidjo Updated Jan 30, 2016

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    There are plenty of places to rent a motorbike from around 600 pesos a day (try bargain them down in the off-eason) and you mat consider of making a loop around the north of the island. It will take you the whole day to see everything but it will be well worthwhile as you will come across some wonderful beaches. I do not recommend to do this during the rainy season.
    After you pass the airport there is a waterfall to visit and a few kms later the hot springs. you can also turn down a small road that leads to Nactan Beach which will be developed in the coming years. Once you reach the east coast you will see Sibaltan where there is a simple lodging house and the possibility of finding a local to take you island hopping. You will then reach Balay Cuyunon where you can see how the locals live.

    NOTE
    In January 2016 i made this trip once again and the road is 75% concreted making it much easier to travel in the rainy season.

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    NAGKALIT-KALIT FALLS-- TAKE A COOL DIP

    by davidjo Updated Jan 30, 2016

    Sorry, no photos of the falls as my battery needed charging but they are well worth visiting during the rainy season. You will see the sign for the falls about 15 kms along the highway from El Nido. You can park your motorbike there and start a hike that will take you through rice fields, cross the stream 7 times Eventually you will reach the falls which must be around 10 meters high with a small pool to take a cool dip in. If there are too many people it will be rather crowded and not so enjoyable so try and go by yourself rather than taking a tour. You can hire a guide to show you the way as there are quite a few junctions, or just wait for someone else to hire a guide and follow them discretely. If you have seen lots of waterfalls this one is nothing special but cooling off in the pool is well worth it.

    DON'T MISS THE SIGN
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    DULI BEACH, ANOTHER HIDDEN PARADISE

    by davidjo Updated Jan 30, 2016

    Duli Beach is the next beach to be developed after Nacpan and Calitang. To get there you must continue past the turning to Nacpan until you reach the junction to Bucana. The sign will be on your right, maybe 5 kms after the Nacpan turn-off, but i could be a kilometer or two out on this. Turn down the rough road and you will come to a junction after a few minutes. The left hand fork takes you to Bucana but you must take the right hand fork which immediately takes you up a hill and then you will be faced with a steep gradient to descend, the road is hard packed earth and i imagine that this would be impossible to ride down in the rainy season. One of our companions decided against continuing down the hill and turned back. The road will then turn into a small track before becoming not much more than a footpath. I guess it is less than 1.5 kms to the beach once you reach the bottom of the hill. The beach was deserted when we were there and at the moment there is only one place to stay. It is called Duli Resort and run by a Dutch couple. Unfortunately it was a very windy day with rough seas so we did not get the chance to test the water, but the beautiful sandy beach is probably about two kilometers long. I guess if i was to came back here in 5 years time there will be a proper road and many resorts here as investors find beautiful properties further and further from El Nido.

    If you want to stay at the resort please refer to the website. I met the couple who run/own it and i believe the price for accommodation is 2500 a night.

    http://www.dulibeach.com/

    NOTE
    100 m before you reach the beach there is a lady with a desk sitting in a hut charging 50 pesos to continue to the beach. I advise you to park you motorbike there because if you continue to the beach there is another lady who charges for parking

    WOW, ONLY US HERE STEEP GRADIENT DOWNHILL LOOKING SOUTH THE SMALL TRACK
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    ROAD AROUND THE TOP OF THE ISLAND

    by davidjo Written Jan 30, 2016

    The road that goes around the top of the island from the turn off to Nacpan to Sibaltan is mostly paved but there is one part of the road where you have to go uphill that is still a rough track. Some of the views of the ocean are well worth stopping for to take a few photographs. I would estimate that 75% of the 25 km road is already concreted and who knows, maybe it is completed by the time you get there. Once you leave Nacpan area you will come to San Fernado then Sibaltan.

    MOSTLY CONCRETED ROAD VIEW FROM THE NORTH TIP OF PALAWAN VIEW FROM THE NORTH OF THE ISLAND BEAUTIFUL VIEW FROM THE NORTH TIP OF PALAWAN STILL WAITING TO BE CONCRETED

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    watching the sunset

    by ayn_g Written Oct 9, 2006

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    you have to hike from the beach resort area past the shipwreck cottage to get to caalan beach where you can marvel at the beautiful sunset.

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    Watch Sunsets

    by BMer Written Jan 24, 2008

    Unfortunately, sunsets aren't visible from El Nido town. You must be on a boat or on an island away from the town to watch the sunsets.

    These photos were taken from a late boat tour.

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    It is the coolest bar in town, Balay Tubay

    by DJ_RO Written Jun 19, 2007

    This cool bar really does the trick. The owners used old furniture from their house and placed it around the bar. The music really is cool plus the artworks everywhere.

    This sign was made using junk
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    • Music

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