The Necessities – A First Timer’s Information To El Nido Palawan – The Thrift Journey

It has been greater than per week now since I set foot to the attractive island of Palawan from my dwelling nation. I simply posted a teaser photograph of the 30+ Photographs That Will Make You Need To E-book A Flight To El Nido, Palawan and imagine it or not, it received a whopping 2k web page views in Three hours all viewers from the Center East Area alone!

You will not imagine it however residing within the Philippines for greater than 20 years, I wasn’t capable of absolutely discover our nation. That’s as a result of we have now greater than 7,100 islands surrounded by massive our bodies of water, going locations is not that simple. In order a primary time customer, I am sharing with you guys just a few journey ideas that is perhaps of assist if you’re planning to go to El Nido.


photo of Emirates Airlines Business Class

I had a brief trip from Nov. 17-28th this yr and flew from Dubai to Manila through Emirates Airways. There are completely different worldwide airways flying every day to Manila and I received my ticket on sale (woot woot!), using the most effective airways on the planet (greatest crews, I swear!). It was an extended 8hour flight however if you’re using Emirates, you will not really feel it. I had sleep once I travelled and watched a number of motion pictures. And so they have free wifi too so… 🙂

Since I’m a Philippine passport holder, I did not have any issues getting previous by means of immigration. Different nationalities might need some points, here is a useful resource that you want to learn when you plan on visiting my dwelling nation:

Excellent news: passport holders from Center East nations like Oman, Qatar, KSA, and UAE could enter my dwelling nation for thirty (30) days or much less, hooray! 


photo of Puerto Prinsesa Airport

There’s no worldwide flight to El Nido sadly, and you actually must cease in Manila and take a home flight at Manila Worldwide Airport Terminal Three or 4. You’ll be able to journey to El Nido in any of those 2 handy methods:

  • Direct flight from Manila to El Nido through Air Swift (1 hour period) – that is the costliest means and a spherical journey ticket begins at USD 185 per individual and up relying on seasonality.

AirAsia Airbus
  • Fly from Manila to Puerto Prinsesa and take a van/bus to El Nido (eight hour period) – that is what common travellers and backpackers like myself take, the spherical journey finances (air tickets and van/bus) is often at USD 120, possibly lesser when you e book it earlier or throughout off-season. There are a number of airways flying to Puerto Prinsesa every day, I took AirAsia this time as a result of they’re the most cost effective. Opposite to the unhealthy issues I’ve heard in regards to the airline, the return flights I had have been on-time – we have been even 30minutes forward on my flight again to Manila. Very spectacular.
tours provider in El Nido Palawan

I arrived in Puerto Prinsesa within the morning of Nov. 22nd, I wished to save lots of an additional hour so as an alternative of taking a bus from a buddy’s advice right here, I took a shared van which has a terminal simply exterior the airport (the title of the transport operator is Miroju, you possibly can prebook through +639217219979). 

The 5hour drive was somewhat bumpy, the motive force appears to be in a rush. We had one cease to have lunch and was additionally shocked to see ‘halal’ indicators on the menu. Notice that the cease is nothing fancy and so they serve meals the native means, I explored the restaurant additional and was pleased to see that our Muslim brothers and sisters are warmly welcomed within the island. 

A meal on the stop-over: Kilawing Tanigue (Filipino model of Kish Fish Ceviche) and rice for USD 2.50

I missed Filipino meals a lot I had Kilawing Tanigue and rice for lunch. We stopped for 20 minutes and went again on the street. After just a few extra hours, we reached the city correct of El Nido.


photo of Corong-corong Beach
Corong-corong Seashore has a incredible view of the sundown, attempt to get an lodging on this space to totally take pleasure in El Nido

There is not a lot luxurious resorts in El Nido, majority are native inns which might be discovered within the city correct. I do not, nonetheless, advocate staying on the city correct regardless of how accessible the outlets and transportation are. Why? The city is fairly congested and noisy at evening (I stayed in one of many hostels at USD 12 for a small fan room, it was okay however I actually had a tough time sleeping).  It is extra like  Station 2 of Boracay Island. There are some lodging in different districts, just like the one the place I’ve stayed on the remaining nights situated in Corong-corong.

photo of Dormitel and Ecohotels

My second evening was booked at a backpacker fashion lodge known as Dormitels (roughly USD 10 -25 per evening relying on seasonality) and my final evening was in a extra upscale boutique lodge known as Ecohotels (round USD 50-85 relying on seasonality). Each resorts are situated in Pops District in Brgy. Corong-corong which is about 7mins away from the noisy occasion scene of El Nido. I might be sharing extra particulars and photographs of those services individually as a result of they do deserve it. However here is a preview of the rooms simply in case:
photo of a backpacker room at Dormitels El Nido
Dormitels – El Nido, Palawan
photo of a room at Ecohotels El Nido
Ecohotels – El Nido, Palawan


Island hopping in El Nido

Three days is definitely fairly brief to totally discover El Nido, Palawan however here is how I’ve deliberate mine:

photo of El Nido sunset
  • Day 1: Sundown Watching at Republica Sundown Bar – I arrived at 3pm in El Nido on the 22nd of November so I wasn’t capable of do a lot nonetheless, I made positive to not skip sundown watching at Republica.  BEST SUNSET VIEWS. With individuals clapping their fingers for this stunning view. And belief me, they’ve the most effective music combine. Like hella lovable music whoever their superior DJ is. Beer is affordable too, and here is a hack: go to them after sundown and you will get discounted value for meals and drinks. 
photo of Republica Sunset Bar

photo of sunset taken at Republica Sunset Bar

  • Day 2: Booked Tour A for Island Hopping Journey – I booked a tour from the identical operator that dealt with my transport from Puerto Prinsesa to El Nido and again. I relied on my buddy’s weblog for the advice though I took Tour A all as a result of the brand new buddy I met in the course of the van experience booked the identical tour. We weren’t on the identical journey sadly, however I met new individuals alongside the best way which made it crazier and enjoyable. Tour A is principally going round lagoons and seashores of El Nido. Our stops embody 7 Commando Seashore, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon, Huge Lagoon and Small Lagoon.  I paid USD 24 for this complete day journey with tourism charge and buffet lunch included.
photo of food in El Nido

  • Day 3: Visited Nacpan Seashore, Nagkalit-kalit Falls, and Las Cabanas seashore through tricycle – On my final day, we employed a tricycle to go to three different locations with much less vacationers roaming round he space.  It price us roughly USD 40 to rent a tryke with entrance charges to entry each Nacpan Seashore and Nagkalit-kalit Falls (there have been Three of us on the journey). What I loved probably the most is the lunch at Prince restaurant in Nacpan, very tasty seafood choices and really inexpensive too. The one draw back I suppose is that there’s often a really lengthy wait between 12-1pm so if you’re planning to go for lunch, are available in early. 


There are some things that I’m already conscious of, plugs for instance, as I’m initially from the Philippines. However simply in case, listed here are just a few different helpful ideas and issues that I feel are very important to take notice if you plan to go to El Nido Palawan:

  • Don’t drink faucet water in El Nido – El Nido does not have a water system but and the water from taps are unsafe to drink. At all times purchase bottled water for ingesting.
  • Transportation round El Nido – if you’ll be travelling to close by locations with the radius of town centre, you’ll experience a tricycle. You’ll be able to have all of it to your self by paying particular charge (Php 50) or share it with different locals paying solely Php 10 per individual.  Wherever far you’ll have to hire the tryke for complete day charge.

  • Plugs and sockets – most services in El Nido has a flat energy socket (Sort A) AND HOTELS DON’T NORMALLY HAVE ANY SPARE ADAPTOR so be certain to hold a common charger. 
  • Cash – the foreign money in Palawan is Philippine Peso, be certain to stack up your pockets with sufficient money. There’s solely ONE financial institution department with 2 ATM machines in El Nido which is situated on the city correct (it is known as BPI financial institution). There’s a very only a few services with bank card terminals so once more, carry money.
  • Mobile community and web –  within the Philippines, there are 2 mobile community suppliers: Globe and Good. Good is stronger within the metropolis correct and Corong-corong space by way of community (each voice and web)  however when you go additional to Nacpan seashore, Globe works higher. Tip: don’t signal as much as any limitless web community supply on any networks. Some resorts have accessible wifi  and simply attempt to maximize it. All these I’ve tried are literally weak so let your family and friends know that the protection in El Nido is intermittent. 
  • Carry with you an incredible headset with noise cancellation capabilities – belief me you may be needing this particularly for an extended experience from Puerto Prinsesa to El Nido OR if you’re having issues getting your sleep. Fortunately, I’ve with me this very nice headset piece from Parrot that lasted for days on full energy. It is a Zik Three headphones that’s VERY comfy on the ears and has a proper ear cup that’s touch-sensitive – faucet it to play/pause, slide up and down to alter quantity, and flick proper and left to alter. Superior? Sure I do know.
  • Request for the tourism/atmosphere charge receipt out of your island hopping tour supplier – The charge for that is Php 200, you’ll need this receipt  if you go to different journeys and excursions in El Nido so you’ll not pay for further. 
  • Convey A Mosquito Repellent Lotion/Oil – I wasn’t ready for the mosquito bites thus, I went again to Dubai with crimson rashes that I received once I stayed on the city correct in the course of the first evening. You should buy repellent lotion on the pharmacies or on the airport. 
  • Earlier than hopping on an island tour, make it possible for your devices are secure from water and get a pair of swim sneakers to guard your ft from sharp issues – there can be found water proof baggage everywhere in the island bought for as little as USD 10. Majority of the time, you’ll be getting off the boat and also will swim your method to the seashore so attempt to safe your belongings in a water-proof bag. There are a variety of sharp corals as nicely, swim sneakers might be rented for USD 2 for the entire day.  

That is yet one more lengthy journey necessities put up, I can be sharing with you the place I’ve spent my nights with on separate posts shortly! Is there something essential that I missed to share? Place it in your feedback under!

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Photographs are mine except specified. This put up is in collaboration with Dormitels and Ecohotels Philippines.

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