El Nido Tours and Activities

El Nido Tours and Activities

Discover the top tourist spots of El Nido, Palawan with these El Nido tours. Book El Nido island-hopping tours, go diving and snorkeling, and explore its caves and beaches. See for yourself why it's one of the world's most beautiful islands and a top destination in the Philippines.
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Neal Patrick Joseph Ocampo

Neal Patrick Joseph Ocampo

30/05/2024, 20:22
Review of Fun 10-Day Nature & Adventure Tour Package to Bohol, Cebu, El Nido & Puerto Princesa Palawan

My life and business partner, Tim, and I had a great time! I booked a 10-day tour through Guide to the Philippines. At first, I just felt that handing over our precious holiday to someone else was a bit uncomfortable, but we are so glad we did! This team of passionate professionals did everything they could to ensure we had an incredible holiday! The tour itself was extraordinary. We traveled to Bohol, Cebu, El Nido, and Puerto Princesa, beautiful places here in the Philippines, where we got to partake in some great activities like island hopping, folk dancing, lunch while river cruising, snorkeling, volleyball, kayaking, swimming with whale sharks and feeding monkeys; possibly a bit too wild, as we also bolted on all of the additional extras like mangrove boating, zip lining, and hiking, but that was more us, biting off more than we could chew but we don’t regret a thing! All the staff, from the airlines to the hotel and the tour itself, even those I only talked to through email whenever I have questions, are outstanding at doing their job! They took care of us like we were friends for a long time. To share why I need to have this vacation, I struggled to produce creative thoughts for the past few months (March to April), and I had to postpone some of my plans due to my lack of motivation to accomplish many important agendas. During the vacation, however, after doing some cleansing, grounding, and centering works in El Nido and thanksgiving offerings to nature (we are animistic), both during our easy and free time and a 10-day business with a leisure getaway, I'm always fired on by ingenious and innovative thoughts. And the thing is, I don't feel drained and exhausted physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I can still work early in the morning until evening without checking my pulse to see if it is still beating. And everything I do is yielding positive results! I'm more than happy than ever! Knowing how a tour like this can help you escape challenging times is incredible. I actually like this routine and my newly gained stamina. I'm just amazed by myself now. So once again, thank you, Guide to the Philippines, for giving us such an adventure! I'm planning to take my whole team to El Nido next year, so I expect we will book another tour through your site!

Frequently asked questions

What is El Nido known for?

El Nido is a small coastal town located on the northern tip of the island of Palawan in the Philippines. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, including crystal-clear waters, limestone cliffs, and white sandy beaches. The town itself has a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, with a number of El Nido restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops catering to visitors.

El Nido is also surrounded by protected areas, including the Bacuit Bay and the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area, which help preserve the area's natural beauty and biodiversity.

What are the most popular tourist spots in El Nido?

Palawan’s El Nido is known for its paradise-like attractions and limestone cliffs, making it one of the best places to include in a Philippine itinerary. The main attraction of El Nido in Palawan is the many islands and beach destinations that can be explored through El Nido island-hopping tours. The best El Nido tours are classified as El Nido Tour A, El Nido Tour B, El Nido Tour C, and El Nido Tour D. Top islands and beaches in El Nido include Snake Island, Seven Commandos Beach, and Pinagbuyatan Island.

El Nido is also well known for its stunning lagoons. Most El Nido lagoon tours include the Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, and Secret Lagoon. There are also inland attractions in El Nido worth visiting, like Nacpan Beach and Taraw Cliff.

You can also book El Nido tour packages to get the best of the island. Most packages include staying at some of the best hotels in El Nido or add-on tours, flights, or transfers. El Nido Palawan resort packages are also available with day passes, accommodations, or meals.

You can also try activities like diving in El Nido, El Nido canopy walk, and other water activities. Most of these many more perks are included in an El Nido Palawan all-inclusive vacation package.

When is the best time to visit El Nido?

El Nido is bustling throughout the year because of its pleasant climate. The dry season between January to April is the best time to go, especially if you plan to visit El Nido beaches and other beaches in Palawan.

Is there a direct flight from Manila to El Nido?

Yes. There are flights to El Nido from Manila. For more information, check our El Nido travel guide.

How far is El Nido town from Puerto Princesa Airport and El Nido airport?

El Nido is about 230 kilometers from Puerto Princesa, and it takes around 5 to 6 hours of land travel to reach the town proper. Check out Guide to the Philippines El Nido transfers from Puerto Princesa airport. If flying directly to El Nido airport, the distance from the airport to the town proper is around 5 kilometers.

Can I travel to El Nido from Coron, Puerto Princesa, and San Vicente/Port Barton?

Yes. Land and sea transfers are available to visit the other municipalities in Palawan. For Coron, two ferries (a regular ferry and a fast craft) leave daily. From El Nido to Puerto Princesa and San Vicente/Port Barton, vans are available to take you to your destination.

What are the different types of tours available in El Nido?

El Nido offers four main types of island-hopping tours: Tour A, Tour B, Tour C, and Tour D. Each tour takes you to a different island and attractions.

El Nido tour A is one of the popular island-hopping tours in El Nido that focuses on lagoons and beaches. This tour will take you to Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and 7 Commando Beach. Tour B covers islands and caves which will take you to Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, Cathedral Cave, Entalula Beach, and Pinagbuyutan Island.

Another popular island-hopping tour is El Nido tour C which features islands and beaches. This will take you to popular attractions like Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Tapiutan Island, and Helicopter Island. Then, in tour D, you will visit lagoons, beaches, and coves which includes Cadlao Lagoon, Pasandigan Beach, Natnat Beach, and Bukal Island.

Can I customize my own El Nido Palawan tour?

Yes, it is possible to customize your own El Nido activities package. You can negotiate with travel agencies like Guide to the Philippines to include specific Palawan tours or unique activities in El Nido Palawan, or even create your own Palawan itinerary. You can also find the best tours to book in El Nido from island-hopping to land tours. Popular island-hopping tours to book are El Nido tour A and El Nido tour C, which will take you to lagoons, beaches, and islands. You can also choose between an El Nido private tour for a more flexible and personalized experience, or opt for an El Nido shared tour if you're looking for a budget-friendly option.

What's the best way to get around El Nido?

The best way to get around El Nido is through island-hopping tours that offer all-in packages inclusive of boat transfers, lunch, English-speaking El Nido tour guides, and El Nido Palawan hotel pick-up and drop-off. The most common mode of local transportation around El Nido town is the tricycle (a motorcycle with a covered sidecar attached) or a self-drive motorcycle. You can also book El Nido airport transfers to get to your accommodation directly from the airport or book an El Nido private tour to get the best experience.

How much time should I spend in El Nido?

Unless you're flying directly to El Nido, an El Nido day tour isn't possible. If you plan to visit the main attractions, we suggest staying for at least 4 to 5 days, considering the travel time from Puerto Princesa and back, as well as the variety of things to do in El Nido. Check this Palawan itinerary or a simple Coron to El Nido itinerary for inspiration.

For a more extended experience, when you check the best tours in El Nido, you can check out the best Philippines itinerary vacation packages and book longer days, such as a 1-week itinerary tour, a 10-day Philippines tour package, or a 2-week tour package in the Philippines.

What other destinations are near El Nido?

There are a lot of things to do in Palawan, not only limited to El Nido. Aside from El Nido, other tourist destinations that you may visit in Palawan are Puerto Princesa, Coron, and San Vicente. There are many Palawan tour packages available on travel agencies like Guide to the Philippines. Top examples include El Nido to Coron tour packages and Puerto Princesa to El Nido tour packages.

If you have more time to spare, you may also visit other provinces in the Philippines like Siargao, Boracay, or Cebu.

What is the maximum group size for El Nido island tours?

The maximum group size for El Nido boat tours and El Nido land tours can vary depending on the Guide to the Philippines package, but it's usually around 10-12 people. However, it's possible to book El Nido private tours for smaller or larger groups.

Are El Nido tours suitable for children and families?

Yes, tours in El Nido are generally suitable for children and families. However, it's important to consider the specific needs and preferences of your family members, such as the duration of the tour and the activities involved.

Are meals included in El Nido tours?

The inclusion of meals varies depending on the tour package and the tour operator. Some tours include a buffet lunch or a packed lunch, while others may only provide snacks or no meals at all. It's important to check the tour details or inquire with the tour operator beforehand to know if meals are included and whether any dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Is it safe in El Nido?

El Nido is considered one of the safest islands in the Philippines. However, like any travel destination, it's important to take common safety precautions to ensure a pleasant and trouble-free visit.

Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your personal belongings, especially in crowded areas or public places. Always check the weather forecast before planning activities, especially during the rainy season (June to October).

What languages do locals speak in El Nido?

The main language in El Nido is Filipino, but the locals are very proficient in English. Other dialects that the locals speak are Visayan languages and Bicolano.

Is there mobile data signal or Wi-Fi in El Nido?

Yes. Mobile data signal and Wi-Fi are available in El Nido but might be spotty in the islands.

How much do El Nido Tours cost?

The cost of El Nido travel and tours varies depending on the tour package in Guide to the Philippines. Generally, the cost of packages are per person or per tour. Also, expect that the El Nido private tour price will be higher than shared tours.

What should I bring on an El Nido Tour?

You should bring appropriate swimwear, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a towel, and a waterproof camera or phone case. Snorkeling equipment is typically provided by the Guide to the Philippines, but you can bring your own if you prefer.
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