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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Hanneke Jacobs

Hanneke Jacobs

19/02/2024, 00:34
Review of 5-Day Nature & Islands Adventure Package to Puerto Princesa and El Nido Palawan

Guide to the Philippines has really helped me to get around Palawan, and always making sure if I was comfortable. That was really nice! Hotels -Hue hotel was perfect! Very nice and comfortable, and great styling. The food was super, and the staff nice. The breakfast options were amazing!!! -For the budget option i was supposed to have another hotel, but because it was so busy, I had to switch to Marianne hotel. A hotel that is not finished yet, and still under construction, so no pool and quite some noise and building site smells. Room was all right, but the cleaning could have been better (water stains on mirror and such). Breakfast was not so good, the second day I even chose to have it somewhere else. Transport The transport was arranged perfectly! Nice drivers and on time. Tours - underground river was amazing! Otherworldly! We were lucky because of the weather, other ones were canceled. Lunch was ok. Apparently people could choose an add on to this tour, and go ziplining. Some chose to do this, resulting in having to wait for quite a while. Could have done without that, -honda bay tour was super! The lunch they prepared was absolutely lovely, and the guide took well care of us. We saw some lovely islands and beautiful beaches! Good atmosphere! - Tour C El Nido : i was supposed to be on another tour but in all confusion, i ender up on this one. It was too crowded, and the boat with 30 capacity had 43 tourists on it. After asking, they had to get extra life jackets from another boat. It was not comfortable with so many people on the boat and on the islands. It really was mass tourism, but at least I saw the beautiful nature! All in all, I am very happy I had the help of Guide to the Philippines and would definitely book again! But no more El Nido! Thank you!

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 island tours in El Nido 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 an El Nido tour package to get the best of the island, including staying at some of the best hotels in El Nido by booking El Nido Palawan resort packages, trying activities like diving in El Nido, and many more perks included in an all-inclusive vacation package. You can also go on a food trip on some of El Nido restaurants on the island.

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

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 activities in El Nido Palawan, or even create your own Palawan itinerary.

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 Philippines tour, a 10-day Philippines tour, or a 2-week Philippines tour.

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, since the pandemic, additional requirements are needed to visit El Nido as a traveler. For more information, check this guide on El Nido travel requirements.

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 tours varies depending on the the tour package in Guide to the Philippines. Generally, the cost ranges from around $23 per person, per tour.

What destinations are included in each El Nido Tour?

The destinations included in each tour vary, but generally include a mix of Palawan beaches, lagoons, and snorkeling spots. Some popular destinations include the Big and Small Lagoons, Secret Lagoon, Seven Commandos Beach, and Shimizu Island.

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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