Discover El Nido Palawan like never before.
Found at the northern tip of Palawan and is home for a cluster of islands with steep karst cliffs, dramatic rock formation, mysterious caves, hidden beaches and so much more!
El Nido's Weather
November - May
Is the best time to visit El Nido (weather wise) since these are the dry months. Some tours are cancelled if the weather is rough and if you wanted to visit all of them, this will be the best months for you.
Although some island tours are best to be visited during these months, your only frustration will be the crowds that will flood the islands as this is the season that really gets crowded.
All island tours are definitely enjoyable with good weather.
These are the rough months as these months are the storm season in the Phillipines.
Although may be best to be in El Nido these months since you are away from the crowd and not too many visits El Nido during this times. It still can get bad as you wont be enjoying your tours as it may get cancelled due to rough weather.
Because these are the months away from tons of tourist that floods El Nido, best to have the best pictures without people always getting in the way.
What you should know?
*Book your accommodation in advance in the peak season:
El Nido Palawan was once an undiscovered paradise in the Philippines but now, it has been so popular amongst Filipino and Foreign tourist that it gets all fully booked during the peak season. Hotel Rooms, Van transfers and most especially, island tours get fully booked even in two months prior.
*Power cuts are normal:
Compared to the past few years where electricity is not that available in El Nido, now it has been progressing as fast as it gets known around the world. Electricity is now running 24/7 in El Nido but power cuts may frequently occur. Some hotels have emergency lights installed or even power generator so it's not so bad at all, considering that you will not be in your hotel at most times since you are most likely to be in your tours.
*El Nido isn't that expensive:
As many may have say that El Nido is not cheap at all, I'd say that "it is" if you compare it to other provinces in the Philippines but compared to other tourist spot in the Philippines, I'd say that it is not.
Souvenirs are ranging from 10php-100php (50cents-$2)
The prices in El Nido may sound a bit pricey but knowing the fact that it is a tourist spot and an island! Most of the goods has to be imported from the mainland and I think it is just reasonable compared in Manila where everything is really high and a rip off.
*Bringing Cash is a must:
Compared before when there was no ATM nor banks available, now there are few ATMs that are available but the only ATM’s that are available in town can get out of money. So, it's safe to say that you must bring money if you don't want to end up with nothing to use for your spendings. Also, not too many stores or restaurants in El Nido accepts credit card or debit card.
*Island hopping is not really kid friendly:
I'm not saying that kids are not gonna enjoy nor allowed in the tours offered here in El Nido but it gets so rough that may not be suitable for kids. It may not all be kid friendly but there are beaches and islands that are best spent most with families and friends, just not most of it.
*Money Changer are available:
Now this have been helpful for me, specially that I am the kind of Person who does not want to bring too much cash with me. All I do is send money from my bank account to any of the money changer/Money Transfer outlets here in El Nido to my name through an app. Some that I have seen in the town of El Nido are Cebuana Lhuillier, M Lhuillier and Palawan Pawnshop.
*The Internet is Terrible:
Well even hotels, coffee shops and restaurants that says they have free Wifi, its connection is really slow that I can't even get my messenger nor facebook to load.
Also the fastest connection there will be can only be found in town other than that, all other places have no connection nor network coverage at all.
Places that are Best to Stay
* Calle Hama *Rizal st. *Amboy st. *Lisang st.
If you really want to save money and time, it's better to stay in places near town, some are one of those places I wrote above to free yourself from a lot of tricycle transfer plus those streets are the most accessible to all restaurants, bars and shops.
Where did we book our Stay?
Aside from it's one of the cheapest site to book your hotel to, you can also actually get awesome discounts, miles points, sweet deals and so much more!
Knowing me, I only go for the best and legit! I'm the woman of doubts and I always want to make sure that my plans wouldn't get ruined.
They also have a good and efficient customer service that you can call to assist your needs and concerns.
There are several ways you can do to get to El Nido Palawan and here are some:
* From Manila: A. - Bus to Cubao Five Star Bus Terminal
- Bus to Mabalacat bus terminal/ Dau
- Jeep to Sm Pampanga then another jeep to Clark International Airport.
- Plane from Clark International Airport - San Vicente Airport
- Van from San Vicente Airport - El Nido
B. - Point to point bus (p2p bus) from Naia International Airport/Ortigas to Clark International Airport
- Plane from Clark International Airport to San Vicente Airport
- Van from San Vicente Airport to El Nido
C. - Naia International Airport to Puerto Princesa
- Ride a van or a local bus in Puerto Princesa to El Nido which takes about 5 - 6 hours.
You can fly now to San Vicente airport from Clark which is only 2 hours ride away from El Nido compared to before which is from Puerto Princesa to El Nido which is a 6 - 9 hour ride away.
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