El Nido Travel Guide

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El Nido Things to Do

  • SUPPORT THE LOCALS

    If you are planning on a motorbike trip around the top of Palawan, nstead of stocking up on drinks and snacks in El Nido buy them from the sari-sari stores on the route. Most villages have electricity and you will normally find cold drinks available. Stopping for drinks at the small villages you will get a chance to interact with the locals who...

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  • St. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH CHURCH

    El Nido is predominantly Catholic and the church was constructed in 1901 although it was much smaller back then . It has been renovated and extended throughout the years.

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  • PROTECT OUR NATURE --- GREENFINS

    It was very interesting to read the notice that had been posted by greenfins, next to the port. Let us hope that we can do our bit and obey their suggestions. If you don't see the sign for yourself please follow these guidelines.if you are diving.Do not step on the coralDo not stir the sedimentDo not touch or chase the marine lifeDo not feed the...

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El Nido Hotels

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El Nido Restaurants

  • EAT IN OR TAKE AWAY ---- FOR BUDGET...

    Having visited El Nido on many occasions we decided to have a quick breakfast and continue our motorbike trip to the more remote parts of the island. My friend introduced me to SILOG REPUBLIC where they offered local food for breakfast, such as tapsilog, hotsilog with rice etc. There was a queue of people waiting to place their order, and some were...

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  • A MEAL AT A REASONABLE PRICE & HAPPY...

    I came across this restaurant while enjoying some happy hour beers---3 for 100 pesos from 3 pm to 7 pm. Should you wish to have a fourth and not a fifth or sixth then you will have to pay 40 pesos which is still very cheap for El Nido. However my wife joined me a little later and we decided to eat. She had a grilled fish and rice while i had fish...

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  • A BUDGET BREAKFAST

    I came across this place while getting up early to buy a bottle of water so returned later with my wife. We had a foot long hot dog, 2 boiled eggs, a milk drink a soda for a total of 100 pesos but probably would not pass by there again as hit dogs for breakfast is not really my preference. You will find this on Hama Street , not far from the...

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El Nido Nightlife

  • GOOD MUSIC

    While walking along the beach in search of dinner we came across the Rasta Bar which advertised itself as the only reggae bar in town, so we entered the place for a quick beer and to listen to the music. This particular night there was certainly no reggae music, perhaps the band changed later but we did enjoy the duo and the girl did have a great...

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  • HAPPY HOUR BEERS 30 PESOS

    We popped in here for a cup of tea in the morning and to be quite honest we were disgusted at the price----60 pesos for a very small cup, but we did notice that there was a Happy Hour from 4 pm - 6 pm so vowed to return and drink the bar dry. We did so that evening while we watched the sun go down. The beers were ice cold- a completely different...

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  • HAPPY HOUR BEERS & COCKTAILS

    Bacuit Grill is at the northern end of the beach so we thought we would meet friends there for Happy Hour as we saw there sign in the morning. Happy Hour is from 5 pm - 7pm but we were shocked when we arrived punctually at 5 pm to be told that there were no cold beers !!!! UNBELIEVABLE. --- no 40 peso beers. However Happy Hour included cut price...

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El Nido Transportation

  • From Port Barton to El Nido

    Jeepneys to Roxas leave at 8 am from Port Barton, be early to get a decent seat, and arrive 10 or later depending on the road condition, 150 Pesos. They stop in Roxas first at a minibus stop, the minibus (coming from Puerto Princesa) was then 350 Pesos and 4 hours to El Nido, comfort depends a lot where you sit. Alternativ you can go off the...

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  • Banka to Coron Coron

    There is everey day (weather permitting) a Banka to Coron Coron, about 8 hours 1600 Pesos per person, and once per week a boat via Coron Coron to Manila. From Coron Coron there are Bankas to San Jose, Mindoro.

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  • Banka (outrigger boat) to Coron Coron

    There is everey day (weather permitting) a Banka to Coron Coron, about 8 hours 1600 Pesos per person, and once per week a boat via Coron Coron to Manila. From Coron Coron there are Bankas to San Jose, Mindoro.

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El Nido Shopping

  • FRIDGE MAGNETS

    I know many of our members collect fridge magnets, including my wife, and you can finnd quite a good selection from 35 pesos and upwards.

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  • PEARL SELLERS

    While on the beach or walking around town you may be approached by locals who are selling pearls. I you wish to purchase pearls make sure you know a little about them and be prepared to haggle as the vendors will start at a very high price and will always make a good profit. It may be better to buy your pearls from one of the souvenir shops.

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  • ALL YOUR NEEDS FOR THE BEACH

    At the boutique you can buy your swimwear, sunblock, snorkeling gear, beach towels, t-shirts and souvenirs. It is the best stocked shop of its kind in El Nido.

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El Nido Local Customs

  • No skimpy swimsuit on the beach

    Yes, no skimpy swimsuit on El Nido town's beach. It's really not like Boracay or other places. Normally, when you are on this beach, you wear shorts and shirt over your bikini. You just take this off when you are on your secluded island or beach :)

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  • Leave Footprints

    Sagada is paradise thus it is well taken care of. Remember to take nothing but pictures. You're not allowed to pick / get even the small shells / rocks / corals scattered on the shore. Don't throw away your garbage on the sea or actually, anywhere! Except on garbage cans. If you see El Nido, you'll probably be inspired to contribute to the green...

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El Nido Warnings and Dangers

  • THINK OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN EL NIDO

    Not exactly a warning tip but a few things that you should be aware of when you visit El Nido..Don't forget that El Nido consists of around 45 islands, not only the town. The whole area is protected and is the biggest marine sanctuary in the Philippines and besides sandy beaches there are limestone cliffs, lagoons and caves, so it is best to read...

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  • VERY FEW MOTORBIKE SPARE PARTS

    I assume that if you have to rent a motorbike from one of the places in Puerto Princesa there is some type of agreement should the bike break down, because if there is not, you may be in big trouble. Entering El Nido my clutch cable broke and fortunately it was right in front of the mechanics when the incident occurred. He told me of the three...

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  • ATM's & MONEY MATTERS

    There are a few places in El Nido where you can exchange dollars cash but there are no ATM machines for our foreign tourists. The only places that you can get cash with your credit card would be the Art Cafe or one of the gas stations but the rate is not very favorable so bring enough cash with you.I am not quite sure which gas station offers this...

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El Nido Tourist Traps

  • FEES FOR ACCESS, PARKING AT DULI BEACH

    If you decide to visit Duli Beach which is around 20-25 kms north of El Nido be aware that 100 m before you reach the beach there is a lady sitting in a hut who charges 50 pesos for entry to the beach. Don't really know if you are crossing her land or not, but you will see the sign. It is also better to park your motorbike there because if you...

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  • tricycle fare from el nido terminal to...

    December 20151. tricycle fare from the terminal to town.: if you take the tricycle from the terminal to town its 50 pesos. Walk down a a little bit to the front of the market below the terminal and there are tricycles lined up that goes to town that charges only 20 pesos for the trip.if you dont have have heavy luggage, you can also walk to town....

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

El Nido What to Pack

  • atm machines available now

    December 2015there are 2 RCBC atm machines at the town hall. Be aware though that it may not always be online or it may run out of money easily because they are the only atm in town. Friday night when I was there it was already offline.

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  • REHYDRATION PACK IS A MUST

    Besides the normal medicines that one takes with them i suggest that you also include a rehydration pack just you get sick with diarrhea or similar. A severe illness can really dehydrate you and carrying these packs will help put you back on your feet.

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  • Aqua shoe is necessary for island...

    A small backpack is ideal which can be used to put your stuff such as: camera and sunscreen and extra towels. Waterproof plastic bags to put your camera I really don't like wearing this kind of shoe, I prefer my thongs, I'm more comfortable in it. If you don't have an aqua shoe, you can buy one at "El Nido Boutique & Artcafé," they are specialized...

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El Nido Off The Beaten Path

  • RENT A MOTORBIKE, GO AROUND THE NORTH

    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...

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  • ROAD AROUND THE TOP OF THE ISLAND

    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...

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  • DULI BEACH, ANOTHER HIDDEN PARADISE

    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...

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El Nido Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming and snorkeling in the paradise

    In El Nido village we joined a full day excursion, including lunch, to some islands nearby El Nido, together with several tourists from Australia, Germany, etc. It was a fantactic day. We even stopped for a while to an old Catholic mission, today abandonned. There were plenty of activities such as trekking, swimming and snorkeling, It was included...

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  • Renting from French Kayak owner

    I rented a kayak from the shop (the owner is a Frenchman) under O.G.G. Pensione for P$1,000 per day. In the afternoon, we (me, my guide and several other kayakers) were stuck on the beach opposite Bukal island because of the sudden violent wind (a typhoon was approaching). We were resued by a pumpboat in the late evening . The rescue crew who...

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  • Entering Secret Beach

    Visit El NIdo during April and May .Timing of August might prevent you from entering the secret beach. We visited it last April 7.At around 11am. The water level was just enough for the hole that we were able to come in without much problem.. Clean,white sand beach and beautiful corals

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  • the rainy season

    the country gets an average of 20-23 hurricanes every year and about 90% of them arrive between the months of june - october. it's called rainy season for a reason :D but it doesn't mean that it rains everyday, nor does it mean that every hurricane is sure to hit the province of palawan. it's a big gamble though. my advice to you is to not book a...

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  • Travel Tour in El Nido - Puerto Prinsesa

    I DO NOT GO FOR A TOUR AGENTS/COMPANY, but I did it just take a trip to El Nido last February 12-16, 2010 and had the experience of a LIFETIME. If you go to El Nido, you will undoubtedly do some island hopping, but its how we did it that really made our trip.HADEFE Travel and Tours with Kuya Hanny a 5 days tour, it includes trip to EL Nido and...

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Explore Deeper into El Nido
From Port Barton to El Nido
Transportation
NAGKALIT-KALIT FALLS-- TAKE A COOL DIP
Off The Beaten Path
el Nido-Coron San Jose mindoro sea connection
Transportation
cherry lines bus from puerto princesa to el nido
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Tricycles are common transportation around
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Van from Perto Princesa to El Nido and vice versa
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boat to Coron
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WELLS AND SEPTIC TANKS
Warnings and Dangers
ENJOY A COOL BREEZE
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EL NIDO CEMETERY
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THE AIRPORT RUNWAY
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THE MUNICIPAL HALL
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EL NIDO TOURIST OFFICE
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FANCY A SPLURGE---HERE IS THE OFFICE
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PEOPLE WATCHING AT THE ART CAFE
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GOODNESS GRACIOUS, JESUS IS HERE !!!
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LINAPACAN, CORON & EL NIDO BOAT SCHEDULE
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SHUTTLE VAN SCHEDULE
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GRAFFITI
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PEAK CORNER GYM TO KEEP FIT
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TOURIST AGENCIES
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TOUR A, B, C, OR D
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BUS TO PUERTO PRINCESA
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EL NIDO BEACH
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THE NARROW STREETS OF EL NIDO
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THE LESS PLEASANT PART OF EL NIDO
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FRESH SEAFOOD ON THE BEACH
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DELICIOUS FOOD, GOOD AMBIANCE
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WOULDN'T YOU LIKED TO HAVE ATTENDED THIS SCHOOL
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GREAT MEALS, FAIR PRICES
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PARKING YOUR CAR
Warnings and Dangers
PICK UP A MAP
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Wander to the night matket
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Booking a tour....looked for the price to Servant
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St Francis Assisi Parish in El Nido
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Nice and good atmosphere
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Lunch time in Talisay Beach....Tout C
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The Secret Beach...........Tour C
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Another awesome beach to enjoy
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Climb the top of the rock in Matinloc island
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