El Nido Tours and Activities

El Nido Tours and Activities

Discover the natural wonders of El Nido, Palawan through these tours. Go island-hopping, 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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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 island-hopping is classified as Tour A, Tour B, Tour C, and Tour D. El Nido is also well known for its stunning lagoons, which 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, 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 direct 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 Tour?

Yes, it is possible to customize your own El Nido tour. You can negotiate with Guide to the Philippines to include specific destinations or activities, or even create your own 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 guides, and 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.

How much time should I spend in El Nido?

Unless you're flying directly to El Nido, an El Nido day trip 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.

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. 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 Tours?

The maximum group size for El Nido 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 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.