El Nido

El Nido

Along the coast of Palawan is El Nido, a popular island hopping destination among locals and foreigners alike.

Bacuit Bay is dotted with more than ten islands and islets and all can be easily explored within a day. Many hotels and resorts around the area offer tours, with the cheapest being ₱700 (US$15) per person. All of these tours come with a lunch of freshly caught seafood.

Get dropped off at any of the islands and you can go snorkeling or scuba diving. El Nido is home to various forms of sea life, like fish, colorful coral reefs, turtles, and even the occasional whale shark.

If you’d rather see the islands from above, you can try your hand at climbing Taraw Peak. The hike is difficult, taking anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours, but the view of Bacuit Bay makes the climb extremely worth it.

If you’re the type of person who’d prefer to spend their vacations doing nothing, you can easily do that in El Nido. The town has numerous beaches where you can relax and work on your tan. There’s the Twin Beach, nothing more than a stretch of fine white sand surrounded by coconut trees. You might be lucky enough to spot boxer Manny Pacquiao, who owns a private island around here.

There’s also Corong-Corong Beach, one of the best places to catch an El Nido sunset.

Water sports enthusiasts will be pleased to know that El Nido offers more than island hopping and beach bumming. You can rent a kayak here if you’d rather spend the day exploring the town and its surrounding areas on your own.

El Nido is also a surfer’s private paradise, as most surfers tend to flock the areas of La Union or Baler. Check out Mike’s Point, Calaan Beach, or Nacpan Beach if you want to get in some solo surf time.

Hungry travelers shouldn’t need to worry as El Nido has some pretty great food. The town is known for Nido Soup, a type of bird’s nest soup. You can easily grab this and a few sticks of pork barbecue at any one of the restaurants near the town’s more populated areas.

A must-try though is Trattoria Altrov’e along Abdulla Street. The restaurant is known for its homemade pizzas and pastas. If the restaurant is full, there’s also El Nido Boutique & Artcafe on Sirena Street, another popular pizza place.

Top Rated Restaurants in El Nido Browse All

  1. Trattoria Altrov'e
    4.6 Stars
    Italian
    25 Reviews View
  2. El Nido Boutique & Artcafe
    4.3 Stars
    Café
    12 Reviews View
  3. Sea Slugs
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    17 Reviews View
  4. Squido's
    3.9 Stars
    International
    15 Reviews View
  5. The Beach Shack
    4.5 Stars
    International
    2 Reviews View
  6. L'Assiette Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    International
    1 Review View
  7. Linegueb
    5.0 Stars
    Seafood
    1 Review View
  8. Centro Cafe
    4.0 Stars
    Café
    1 Review View
  9. La Chupetta
    4.0 Stars
    Sandwich
    1 Review View
  10. Altrove Express
    4.0 Stars
    Pizza
    1 Review View

Top Rated Hotels in El Nido Browse All

  1. El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
    4.9 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  2. Marina Garden Beach Resort
    4.9 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  3. El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island
    4.7 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  4. El Nido Boutique & Artcafé
    4.1 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  5. The Entalula
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  6. Las Cabanas Beach Resort
    4.7 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  7. The Alternative
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  8. Ipil Suites El Nido
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  9. Orange Pearl Beach Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  10. El Nido Overlooking Villas
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in El Nido Browse All

  1. Big Lagoon
    4.9 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    18 Reviews View
  2. Trattoria Altrov'e
    4.6 Stars
    Italian
    25 Reviews View
  3. Small Lagoon
    4.9 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    15 Reviews View
  4. Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beach
    4.7 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    13 Reviews View
  5. Seven Commando Beach
    4.6 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    10 Reviews View
  6. El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
    4.9 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  7. Marina Garden Beach Resort
    4.9 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  8. Hidden Beach
    4.9 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    7 Reviews View
  9. Shimizu Island
    4.7 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    7 Reviews View
  10. El Nido Boutique & Artcafe
    4.3 Stars
    Café
    12 Reviews View

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