Balay Cuyonon

El Nido

You can take a guided tour of this complex of well-preserved traditional Cuyonon houses to learn about ordinary village life. Consider a night in a native-style room (P600 to P800) to experience this community's daily rhythms. It's right on the Sibaltan town beach and you'll find a bar and a restaurant.

Cuyonon culture is celebrated here at the Pamaragua Festival in mid-May.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby El Nido attractions

1. Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls

7.93 MILES

From a signpost on the National Hwy 3km south of the Nacpan Beach turn-off, it’s a 40-minute walk through several rivers to these gentle falls, with a…

2. Duli Beach


This incredibly beautiful, jungle-backed, stretch of golden sand toward the northern tip of mainland Palawan is the centre of El Nido's surfing community…

3. Nacpan Beach

10.28 MILES

For an easy day trip out of El Nido, head north by tricycle or motorbike to this incredible, golden-hued, 3km-long beach. Development has arrived in…

4. Lio Beach

10.66 MILES

The wealthy Ayala conglomerate, in conjunction with Ten Knots Travel, are developing this wide white-sand beach 7km north of El Nido proper into a swanky…

6. Cadlao Island

13.66 MILES

Cadlao Island is like a mini–Tahiti miraculously relocated to the Bacuit Archipelago. In addition to being a wonderful piece of eye candy for those…

7. Maremegmeg Beach

13.86 MILES

Often called Las Cabanas Beach after a local resort, this is the closest nice beach to El Nido and has a rockin' sunset bar scene centred around Beach…

8. Miniloc Island

18.67 MILES

Miniloc Island is perhaps the most interesting of the archipelago's islands. The main attractions are Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon and Secret Lagoon, three of…