Welcome to El Nido

The ordinariness (and some might say the ugliness) of El Nido only heightens the contrast between the mundane and the sublime. Spanish for ‘the nest’, El Nido is the gateway to the fabulous Bacuit Archipelago. The town, sandwiched between towering limestone karst cliffs and Bacuit Bay, is cluttered with buildings that creep onto the beach and businesses that cater to tourists. Centre stage is the looming Cadlao... Read More

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$34 Tours & Sightseeing

El Nido Island Hopping: Caves and Coves Tour Including Buffet Lunch

Your day will start with a hotel pickup at 9am by a shared vehicle. Your professional guide will bring you to some amazing caves and coves situated in Bacuit Bay. You will be provided snorkel gear if you want to enjoy the underwater world at the island. Buffet lunch will be served around noon and you can always check with your guide for more information about the caves and coves during the tour. Our driver will transfer you back to your hotel after a wonderful experience at El Nido Island.Itinerary for the day:Pangalusian Island - It has one of the widest stretches of powdery white beaches in El Nido, which is very ideal for sun bathing, sunset viewing, and other beach activities. The waters fronting the beach are clusters of coral reefs that make this area a good snorkeling and diving site.Pinagbuyutan Island has soft powdery white sand comparable to the world's best beaches. The water is shallow for about a couple of meters from the shore and then a few meters away you will see a snorkeling area full of fishes. Get captivated by the emerald green color of the water and the phenomenal seascape fronting this island.Vigan and Snake Island - Located near Pangulasian Island, it is also referred to as, "Snake Island," because of the fine natural sandspit (s-shaped sandbar) that "snakes" off it shores. The sandspit is clearly visible only when the tide is low. On both sides of the sandspit are shallow swimming areas. Climbing the hill of the nearby island provide a glimpse of an awe inspiring seascape and a bird's eye view of Bacuit Bay while the boat crew prepare a sumptuous meal.Cadugnon Point and Cave - It is an important anthropological site, where jewelry and pottery dating back to the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 BC) were yielded. The anthropologists believe that the cave dwellers were from Borneo, and traveled across the ancient land bridge that connected Palawan from Borneo. A small opening hidden among the rocks near the beach reveals a cathedral like cave inhabited by sea sparrows. Inside you’ll see spectacular rock formations and a way to climb a small limestone hill. A truly wonderful experience.Pinasil Island and Cathedral Cave - The island has a cathedral-like cavern accessible by dinghy and kayak. Its cool interior is lit at certain times of the day by sunlight coming through an opening at its peak. This one of important sites for the busyadors or the birds' nest gatherers.

$300 Day Trips & Excursions

Private El Nido Island Hopping Tour from Puerto Princesa City

The tour takes off from Palawan's Capital City, Puerto Princesa at around 3am. You'll hop on a private tourist van that will take you to the northern town of El Nido. A tour guide will accompany you on your journey, so you may still sleep on the way there.  Breakfast is included in the package, and this will be served upon arrival in El Nido. After having a hearty meal, your island hopping tour will commence. To fully immerse yourself in the underwater world, snorkel gears shall be provided as well. You'll get to visit up to 10 destinations which includes coves, islands, reefs, and beaches. The lunch menu consists of seafood, fruits ,and vegetable, although you may also request for beef or pork beforehand. There will be restaurants and stores on the islands should you wish to buy other food.Before heading back to Puerto Princesa, you may take a refreshing shower from one of the accommodations in downtown El Nido. Your trip back will be around 5 or 6pm; you'll reach your hotel before midnight. Dinner is not included in the package, however you may have it while in El Nido or on the way back.

$87.50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Romantic Sunset at El Nido Including Boat Ride

This tour starts from El Nido. Pickup commences at around 4 to 5pm. From the town, you'll get on a boat to a nearby island so you can escape the hustle and bustle of the resort-town. You get to enjoy the view of the islands and the sea amidst the backdrop of the sun setting at the Western sky.The beach shall be your refuge at this time, leave all your worries behind and soak in the beauty of nature.This package include boat transfer to the island, local guide to assist you and dinner (if the package is selected). Hotel pickup and drop-off in downtown El Nido. Transfer can be arranged for travelers stay outside downtown area with an additional $50 surcharge.The sunset dinner dishes selection are as below:1.    Seafood: Red Snapper, White Snapper, Jack Fish, Squid, Shrimp or Crab2.    Meat: Pork or Chicken3.    Cooked Vegetables4.    Fruits: Mango, Watermelon, Pineapple, Banana, Apple, Squash or AvocadoPlease note that vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.

$35 Tours & Sightseeing

Shared El Nido Island Hopping Tour Including Picnic Lunch

Our driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel in El Nido town area around 8:30am -9am. Explore the Big Lagoon and be amazed with the lagoon which is formed by the contrast of the black majestic limestone cliff ad the crystal clear pristine blue waters. Next, we proceed to Small Lagoon, and you can jump into the water with your snorkel gears provided by our staff (fins for rent) and enjoy the underwater world. Take your time exploring every nook and cranny of the lagoon. Stop at Secret Lagoon is an interesting island because it’s divided by two giant limestone. You have to swim through a hole formed in a cliff and on the other side is a hidden pristine lagoon. You will find the white sandy beach full of palms and you will find in the water surrounded by the imposing limestone rocks. Remember to softly caress your fingers on the limestone rocks to find the skeleton shape of the shells and nautilus or the lover’s heart.Last stop at Simizu Island and we continue snorkeling from the boat. Get up close with variety of marine life, lots of different fishes and corals that making snorkeling more fun. Some visitors stop here for a nice lunch ay this amazing beach. Our driver will transfer you back to your hotel after a wonderful tour in El Nido Islands.Please note that the itinerary may change due to weather conditions.

$36 Tours & Sightseeing

El Nido Island Hopping: Hidden Beaches and Shrine Tour Including Buffet Lunch

Your day will start with a hotel pickup at 9am by a shared vehicle. Your professional guide will bring you to some hidden beaches and shrine situated in Bacuit Bay. You will be provided snorkel gear if you want to enjoy the underwater world at the island. Buffet lunch will be served around noon and you can always check with your guide for more information about the beaches and shrine during the tour. Our driver will transfer you back to your hotel after a wonderful experience at El Nido Island.Itinerary for the day:Dilumacad and Helicopter Island - This island has a beautiful white sand beach stretching to some 300 meters that is ideal for picnic lunches during island-hopping trips. There is an underwater tunnel at its northern side and a fringing reef on its southern end. The island is also called Helicopter Island because its limestone cliffs resemble that of a helicopter when it is viewed from a considerable distance.Tapiutan Island - Further out of the bay facing the South China Sea, Tapiutan's rich marine life provides opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling. One of the most striking islands in El Nido because of its shape and sheer limestone walls. It is possible to have picnic lunch at the beach area on the southeastern side of the islandMatinloc Island - Matinloc Island, the longest slim island in El Nido, has asecret beach, which is a pocket of white sand beach at the corner of a sinkhole,that is inaccessible by boat and surrounded by steep rock walls. To reach it, divers must swim underwater through a narrow crevice in a rock wall. At noon, the sun streams in through the opening, allowing a play of light and shadow against its limestone walls. The beach floor drops abruptly. According to local legend, this beach inspired Alex Garland's novel The Beach, which was written while the author was in El Nido.Aside from the Hidden Beach, the island is also famous for the Kulasa Beach, a 100-meter beach strip of fine white sand located at one of its coves. The sea floor surrounding the beach slopes gradually and the water deepens only after about 10 meters. This location is one of the best snorkeling spots in Bacuit Bay due to the abundance of marine life in this area.Star Beach - Another fantastic snorkeling spot. Here your guides will prepare a sumptuous lunch by the beach while you discover the wonders and beauty of the coral reefs near this island.Matinloc Shrine - Hidden among the lush forested island is the Matinloc Shrine (also known as Shrine of Our Lady of Matinloc and Shrine of the Blessed Virgin) a sacred monument built in 1982 to honor the blessed Virgin Mary. Matinloc, local term for "beautiful," boasts of two spectacular snorkeling areas: Kalmung Point and Kulasa Beach.

$30 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

8-hour Beaches of El Nido Island Hopping Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Your day will start with pick up from your hotel in El Nido and transport to the port to meet the crew and your fellow passengers for welcome drinks. The boat will depart around 9am. The boat has plenty of amenities including an onboard restroom, kitchen, grill, dining tables, a bluetooth speaker, Wi-fi, charging station, and a mini bar. The cruise includes many stops at beaches such as Ipil Beach, Cadlao Island, Pasandigan Beach, Natnat Beach, Bukal Beach and Paradise Beach. You will have to option to take part in swimming, snorkeling and sightseeing. The time spent at each destination is from 30 minutes to an hour. A buffet lunch will be served and there will be free time to explore and relax with servings such as grilled fish, shrimp, squid, crab, pork and chicken along with dressings (subject to availability at the local market) with a vegetarian option available on request.  A licensed tour guide and your captain will be with you along the way if you have any questions.