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How to Spend 1 Day in El Nido

How to Spend 1 Day in El Nido

Palawan’s most iconic destination, surrounded by towering cliffs, El Nido nestles at the heart of the Bacuit Archipelago. This cluster of 40-odd rocky outcrops with crystal lagoons, white-sand beaches, and limestone caves will be the focus of any visit, and one day in El Nido gives you enough time to get a taste of it. Here’s how.

Day: Desert-Island Bliss

With one day in El Nido, your No. 1 priority is island-hopping. Local travel agents have divided up the Bacuit Archipelago into four main itineraries, labeled with the letters A to D (plus an inland itinerary, Tour E), but many operators vary these outlines slightly or combine them. Tour A is the most popular and centers on Miniloc Island. Miniloc highlights include Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, and Secret Lagoon, accessed through a tiny hole in the towering karst cliffs. Tour C is another favorite. The signature here is Matinloc Island, home to an eerie abandoned shrine and Secret Beach, a hidden cove that many believe inspired the filmThe Beach. Cavern fans will love Tour B, which includes Cathedral Cave, with striking rock formations illuminated by a single shaft of light, and Cudugnon Cave, an archaeological site. Tour D centers on Cadlao Island, the archipelago’s largest isle, with a lovely beach and lagoon. Beach lovers will adore Snake Island (a sandbar), Seven Commando Beach (on the mainland), and Helicopter Island. Almost all island-hopping tours include lunch, but be aware that many charge extra for snorkel gear, and most exclude El Nido’s ecotourism fee. You can also opt to paddle some of the way by kayak.

Night: Sunset, Dinner, and Beyond

With El Nido’s ideal position in the northwest corner of Palawan Island, sunset on one of its pretty beaches is a must. Consider La Plage, a French-led restaurant with tables spilling out onto the beach that many believe has the best food in town; opt for a simple beach bar on Corong Corong Beach; or head up into the hills to Republica Sunset Bar for elegant tapas with a view. Keen to discover Philippine food? Try Boodle Fight for a barbecue feast served on banana leaf. Wrap up the night at a buzzing beach bar, such as Happiness.

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El Nido Island Hopping Tour A

El Nido Island Hopping Tour A

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Explore white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and so much more during this island-hopping tour from El Nido. Choose from three tour options, which each stop at five islands with a common theme. Pick from hidden beaches and shrines; lagoons and beaches; and caves and coves to explore five exotic islands in the Philippines. Plus, enjoy lunch and free snorkel equipment rentals during your experience.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.90
Price varies by group size
From
$24.90
Price varies by group size

El Nido Island Hopping Tour D: Island Beaches

El Nido Island Hopping Tour D: Island Beaches

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At the northern tip of Palawan, the idyllic islands around El Nido are blessed with beautiful white-sand beaches, dramatic karst cliffs, and vibrant coral reefs. This full-day island-hopping cruise makes six or more different stops around the coast, ensuring plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkeling, and includes a buffet lunch served on-board the boat.
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  • 8 hours
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$30.00
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$30.00

A Roundtrip Private Transfers Puerto Princesa To Elnido

A Roundtrip Private Transfers Puerto Princesa To Elnido

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Take the worry out of your arrival at Puerto Princesa Airport, and pre-book a transfer to your hotel or lodge in Elnido with a return. Van will wait for you overnight or extend up to 2 nights in elnido. You may also extend your stay there. Please inform us if you need extension. This is also suitable for those looking for transportation  from hotel to Elnido Palawan Philippines. Let your driver take the strain of the unfamiliar roads as you relax for your vacation. This is a roundtrip Airport transfers or point to point transfers.  Van rental incurs extra charge for van stay more than 1 night in elnido. We can fetch you from the airport or from any hotel in puerto princesa and drop off to elnido. The price is per van with a maximum capacity of 10 persons.  Airconditioned van with english speaking drivers.
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  • 3 days
From
$262.83
per group
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$262.83
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El Nido Island Hopping: Caves and Coves Tour Including Buffet Lunch

El Nido Island Hopping: Caves and Coves Tour Including Buffet Lunch

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El Nido’s Bacuit Bay is full of caves, coves, crystal waters, and unusual rock formations. This group day tour takes you to some of the most beautiful, and also provides snorkel gear for extra fun. Sunbathe on one of the widest stretches of white sand in El Nido, swim in shallow warm waters, visit an archaeological cave site, and snorkel amid schools of colorful fish.
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  • 7 hours
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$34.88
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$34.88

Nacpan El Nido Tour

Nacpan El Nido Tour

Explore El Nido, knows as one of the world’s best beaches, on this full-day tour with a guide. With round-trip transfer service, you’ll have no need for a rental car and can just enjoy the scenery on the journey. Visit both Nacpan Beach and Las Cabanas, where you can explore independently. Midday, you’ll refuel with a provided lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.00
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$50.00
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Taking safety measures