El Nido Travel Guide – Things to do in El Nido Palawan

El Nido Travel Guide – Things to do in El Nido Palawan

El Nido Travel Guide – Things to do in El Nido Palawan

El Nido in Palawan houses the most beautiful locations in the world. Hidden lagoons, limestone formations, sandbanks, stunning islands with white beaches and blue water are just the tip of what the 7,641 islands in the Philippines have in store for you. The El Nido island hopping tours are the most popular reason to visit this little town but there is more! Find out about the things to do in El Nido in our complete travel guide.

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9 x Things to do in El Nido Palawan

El Nido is located at the most northern tip of Palawan Island. Together with Coron, El Nido has become one of the most popular locations to visit in the Philippines. Plan spending 3 to 5 days.

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1. El Nido Island Hopping Tour

A protected area called Bacuit Bay hosting 45 paradise islands has been named one of the most beautiful destinations in the entire world. Tour A, B, C & D are all visiting different islands and all tours are stunning.

Stunning lagoons, movie-like islands, beautiful wildlife, it’s all in these tours. This is a must-do in every Philippines Travel Guide.
Book a tour online or avoid the crowds and do a private tour at ArtCafe.

➳ See all: Island hopping tours in El Nido

things to do el nido island hopping tour

2. Rent a kayak and discover secret beaches

Rent a kayak and explore secret beaches around Cadlao island. The island across town has stunning wildlife like monkeys, big lizards, and hornbill birds. For a unique experience, rent a clear kayak in El Nido.

Please note: Taking plastic bottles to the islands is not allowed. Read more tips on how to reduce plastic while traveling.

things to do el nido cadlao island kayak

3. Duli Beach – pristine white-sand beach

Duli Beach is an unknown 2-kilometer long white beach in the far northern tip of El Nido, Palawan. There is a 50 PHP (1 USD) entrance fee to the beach. The waves are good for beginner surfers; lessons are offered at Duli Beach. There are a few little drinks & food shack. However, we don’t recommend getting food here. Us and many others got sick from a simple rice & veggies dish. Tip: Love tropics? Travel to Siquijor Island.

things to do el nido duli beach

To get to Duli Beach, rent a motorbike in El Nido and drive a beautiful one hour route up north.

➳ Read: 2 days things to do in Coron, Palawan

4. Zipline between islands

Fly from one island to the other via a 750-meter long zip line. How cool is that?! At Nacpan Beach they offer this experience for 500 – 1100 PHP (~ 16 USD). It’s a thrilling magical flight and a real must-do if you are into a bit of adventure. Take the flight around sunset for the best experience.

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5. Hike Taraw Cliff

Climb up to the highest point of El Nido. For this tough 2-hour hike it is recommended to hire a guide and wear proper shoes before you climb up these sharp rocks. Once at the top you will have an incredible view over the entire area.

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6. Nacpan Beach, El Nido Palawan

Nacpan Beach is one of the best beaches in El Nido. A great 45-minute motorbike ride from town takes you to Nacpan Beach, a 4-kilometer long beach with coconut trees filling up the entire coastline. The tip of Nacpan splits into Calitang Beach. Small beach shacks are selling fresh coconuts, seafood, and beach beds.

➳ See all: Hotels to stay

nacpan beach

Nacpan can handle a lot of people, so it never feels too crowded. And if you don’t feel like joining the crowd, drive to Duli Beach instead. Sunsets on Nacpan are beautiful, but we don’t recommend you to drive back to El Nido in the complete darkness. Check out this popular hostel on Nacpan Beach.

7. Corong-Corong Beach walk

One of our personal favorite things to do in El Nido is walking on Corong-Corong Beach during sunset. It is the quietest beach around town. Start following the coastline from Corong-Corong bay all the way down to Boodle Fight Cafe to have a delicious Filipino dinner.

➳ See all: Hotels to stay

corong corong beach

8. Watch the sunset at Las Cabanas

Las Cabanas Beach is one of the most popular and developed beaches in El Nido. It is great for sunbathing, swimming, having drinks or food at one of the many beach bars, and the best beach to watch the sunset. The tricycle fare is 150 PHP for two persons from town. We recommend getting a motorbike for 500 PHP per day instead.

las cabanas beach

9. Visit the public market

Every early 4 AM morning the local market sells fresh fruits, veggies, fish and meat. Before heading on any motorbike trip, like towards Nacpan Beach, go get some fresh uncut fruits there as a snack. Fresh uncut fruits have no risk of holding bacteria.

The market is located near Corong-Corong beach on the side of the main road.

things to do el nido local market

El Nido Travel Tips

El Nido town is all about relaxing and exploring its surrounding by El Nido Island hopping tours. The town itself is not that exciting but has been developing rapidly over the last few years. It owns a handful of good restaurants, it is safe and there is no risk of Malaria.

El Nido has one large ATM, the BPI Bank in the center of town. A few smaller ones are pretty much always empty. Take enough cash.

Motorbike rental
The best way to explore El Nido is by motorbike. The tricycles overcharge big time so spending 350 – 500 PHP (6-9 USD) on a motorbike is a very good deal. We rented ours at Bella’s rental and can highly recommend them.

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Posting Instagram Stories of your beautiful trip in El Nido is quite the task. There are some cafes and hotels that offer a steady WiFi connection but be prepared and get a sim card instead.

El Nido is trying its absolute best to reduce the impact on the environment. It is not allowed to smoke on the streets nor the island hopping tours and they completely banned single-use plastic. Read more about it in their sustainable tourism magazine.

Water in El Nido
Good to notice is the area seems to have an ongoing freshwater problem. Numerous people an upset stomach because food gets cooked in tap water, which is not clean enough. Please always check TripAdvisor reviews and avoid the risk.


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How to get in El Nido

El Nido is accessible via boat, minivan or direct flight. There are a lot of options that we made a separate article; All you need to know about getting in El Nido.

Book your transport online

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Best time to visit El Nido Palawan

December to March are generally the best months weatherwise to visit El Nido. April and May are very hot but as well very good months to visit. Because the high season is a short period, prices will rise double during these months.

Where to stay

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24/10/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/philippines/el-nido-guide/
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  • Thanks for the great info! We are in the Philippines for 2 weeks over Christmas. We are in El Nido for one week. Where would you go for the 2nd week? We aren’t wanting to bounce around too much and are looking for a balance of down time and moderate adventure. What would you do? It’s so hard to choose!

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi! Siquijor is a small relaxing island where you could spend your second week. It has beaches, waterfalls and can easily be explored by motorbike or taxi.

  • Great tip about not drinking the water, I wouldn’t want to get sick. I was in El Nido about a year ago and have been missing it ever since. So many private beaches to sit back and read a book :)

  • What fun can be had in El Nido during rainy season?

    • saltinourhair

      Rainy season doesn’t main it rains all the time. Expect to do the same but boat tours might be more difficult to do.

  • Hi! How much is the usual tricycle fare around El Nido (for example, from the transport terminal to the town proper)? Thanks!

    • saltinourhair

      Hi Aya, even for us this is hard. Everyone charges whatever they want. We would say 150 PHP is the average.

  • This is but lovely! Adding this to bookmark for future el nido trip!

  • Hello,
    Did you guys print any maps to go certain places like Napcan Beach or Duli beach? Also, did you guys do private tours? If so, on which company?
    Thanks in advance

  • Hey im just wondering regarding the first picture (header) , where is it located specifically?

  • Hey Guys! Wifi Is impossible haha Even with a SIM sometimes ?i think the best best is if you accommodations has a back up generator and when the black out happens thats when you shoot for all the uploads. Thats the only way we could do it. But for exploring you covered our two favorite things Nacpan and Taraw cliff! These are a must not miss. Over all i think its best to stay outside of the town if you can just way better experience but less wifi haha. Great work guys love it!

  • Hi, love your blog and photos! Did you do a private island hopping tour or join one? If so how much was it please? Thanks for any help!

  • Tine @horizonsframe

    Hi guys! Great blog, i can really use it for our upcoming trip to the Philippines :). Is there coming a blog about Siagaro too?

    • saltinourhair

      Super happy reading that. Yes! Working on Siargao right now. Probably this or next weekend. <3

  • hi! i asked art cafe about renting the clear kayak but they said they wont allow it on the boats which is confusing? how did you rent it?

    • saltinourhair

      Hi! Hmm, you can rent kayak separately from the boat tours. So don’t combine it with a tour but go on your own.

  • Krista Matias

    Palawan is really such a beautiful island, and I am planning to go there this year. I am glad I have read this blog, I am really looking forward to trying out these exciting activities in there. Thank you for sharing the beauty of Palawan.

  • Allison Wolf

    So happy to see you two went to El Nido! :) I was there a year ago and had a blast.

    Speaking of great places to eat there though, did you try the Artcafe?? So goooood

  • nice introduction guys :)
    here is few things to correct El Nido is a Town on Palawan an Island at Island . Hope it was just mistake :P.
    Another thing is with booking flight from Manila to Puerto Princessa.
    Is a big deal to do that via online because website of domestic airline does not working simply , as payment won`t go through ,so I had to spend 3 hours in small hall without air condition to book tickets on airport in Manila .
    I don`t believe that skyscanner would help in this case at all as they provide just international flights. My advice is to book ticket to Palawan at least 2 weeks earlier as closer departure price is much higher. This Island is free monsun region and earth quakes too ,so you can visit round year . If you want have fun on zipline , go to 100 Island National Park on North Luzon , there is the longest and highest zipline in Philippines .
    all the best to you , greets Tom
    I don`t like also trip to underground river , wasting time , money and not really exiting . Hopping trips are the best and option C is the top from all which agencies has to offer ABCD . If you want to get it cheap find a big square with ATM a head to small narrow street from the mainland site and find a small shops , they advitising tours for less 200-300 pessos at least p/person.

  • Claudia @Zeebalife

    There is a zipline that connects two islands??? How amazing is that! I would be terrified to do it but I am sure my husband would love it!

  • Trails Unblazed

    We really need to get to the Philippines!

  • Hey guys ! I just found your blog and I LOVE IT !! Wonderfull photos great notes and design!! Amazing job !!!

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