Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in El Nido

Nacpan Beach

For an easy day trip out of El Nido, head north by tricycle or motorbike to this incredible, golden-hued, 3km beach. Development is limited to a few snack shacks and some basic lodging, but change is imminent so enj…
Top Choice Beach in El Nido

Duli Beach

This incredibly beautiful, jungle-backed, stretch of golden sand toward the north tip of mainland Palawan is the centre of El Nido's surfing community. The season is November to March and board rental is available (…
Top Choice Italian in El Nido

Trattoria Altrove

This upstairs Slovenian–owned place does the best pizza in El Nido, made with imported mozzarella in the street-level brick oven. There are a dozen types of pasta from Italy, plus T-bone steak and other meat dishes …
Top Choice International in El Nido

El Nido Boutique & Art Café

Everyone ends up here at some point. Rightfully so. The large 2nd-storey dining room is a warm and relaxed place to eat, drink and get your bearings. Especially good are the salads (using lettuce and arugula from it…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in El Nido


Finally, a contemporary cocktail bar/club worthy of El Nido's status as a rising international starlet. Cocktails are expertly made with top-notch booze, and the bar menu features some of the best food in town. Try …
Top Choice Filipino in El Nido

Bulalo Plaza

In-the-know travellers flock to this nondescript open-air eatery on the road to Corong Corong for the best fresh-cooked Pinoy eats in town. It's all sarap (delicious), but the black squid adobo, sizzling pork bulgog…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in El Nido

Happiness Bar

The cool kid on El Nido's main drag, diminutive Happiness features contemporary beats, top-class cocktails and hipster swings at the streetside bar. By day its vegan-friendly Middle Eastern menu (mains P200 to P350)…
Top Choice French in El Nido

La Plage

Besides having the best food in El Nido and sterling sunset views, this beachfront French restaurant has its own plunge pool open for guests. It's known for exciting specials and the heavenly fish steamed in banana …
Top Choice Beach Bar in El Nido

Bella Vita

Quite simply our favourite sunset bar. It has dangerous mojitos, groovy tunes and two-for-one San Miguel during happy hour (3pm to 5pm), plus superb pizza and fresh-baked bread. But most importantly it has that elus…
Top Choice Bar in El Nido

Beach Shack

The ubercool beach bar that makes Maremegmeg Beach (aka Las Cabanas Beach) tick. In the high season it assumes a Miami Beach vibe around sunset as it turns up the tunes and the pretty people flock to it.