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Introduction to El Nido

In El Nido it's all about the beach and Mother Nature, with a good bit of partying added for good measure. Located on the northern tip of Palawan Island in the Philippines, this was once a holiday destination for the locals but tourism in the area has really picked up. Skyscanner can help you plan your vacation to this scenic locale. Find the best hotels at the cheapest rates and even look into airfares and a car. Then it's off for your fun time in the sun.

Things to Do in El Nido

The beaches in front of the main resort area aren't as quiet as they used to be so many people head north to Nacpan Beach or Duli Beach. Nacpan is the closest, a 15-kilometre shuttle or tricycle taxi ride, and is three kilometres long with little development. A dedicated shuttle van makes several round trips daily for about $15.00 CAD per person. The northern end of the beach is less crowded, even during the high season. Duli Beach is a little farther up the coast but it has great surfing waves. Rental boards are available by the hour between November and March.

El Nido's main drag is filled with exotic bars and restaurants serving dishes from around the globe. SAVA is a cocktail bar that pairs its libations with chimichangas, sort of a crispy burrito, or fresh seafood. The dance floor can get pretty lively at night. A Slovenian owned Italian restaurant, the Trattoria Altrove is the place to go for pizza, pasta and steaks. The El Nido Boutique & Art Café combines organic fare and tropical drinks with live music every week.

Getting To and Around El Nido

El Nido Airport (ENI) is only about five kilometres from town but it has limited service from a single airline AirSwift. No car rentals are offered, but tricycle taxis are available to get you into town. They look like oversized tricycles with boxy, covered passenger seating behind the driver. The fee for the run is usually around $6.00 CAD for up to two people with luggage. Another option is to find out if your hotel offers shuttle service. If so, you can usually arrange to be met on arrival.

The other option is to fly into Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS), which is much larger, but it's over a five hour drive to El Nido. You will have a larger choice of airline flights and the option to rent a car, book a van transfer or take a bus. The latter two might be the wiser choices if this is your first trip to the area. Accepted currency is the Philippine Peso.

Hotels in El Nido

  • Most accommodations around El Nido town are clustered along the beachfront road and are available in a range of prices. The most deluxe properties tend to be on the off shore islands, such as the El Nido Resorts on Miniloc Island and Langen Island. Both hotels are located in quiet lagoons with some cottage rooms built right over the water. Each property has onsite restaurants, free onsite activities and water sports and decent Wi-Fi, something not always found in El Nido. Boat transfers are provided from the El Nido Resorts Jetty at the town's waterfront.
  • Beachfront properties right in town include the El Nido Beach Hotel, the Rainforest Beach Hotel and the Aqua Travel Lodge. The El Nido is on a strip of white sand just north of the town center and is family friendly. Many rooms have at least a partial sea view. The Rainforest Beach is an intimate 20-room property with colourful rooms that are steps away from the sand. Top end rooms are Deluxe Beachfront with a balcony and private hot tub and are often booked for honeymoons. The Aqua Travel Lodge is one of the newest properties in El Nido town. It's also small, with 18 comfortable rooms. Prices are moderate, breakfast is included and Wi-Fi is fairly reliable. The Ocean View Rooms have balconies facing the sunset.