Enjoy a vacation in El Nido, part of the stunning Bacuit archipelago. With an El Nido holiday you can explore up to 45 picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches, karst cliffs, lush jungle, and idyllic lagoons. El Nido is one of the top holiday destinations in Palawan, which is often referred to as the Philippines' Last Frontier. Many of our Philippines tours include El Nido and this region of Palawan.
"Thanks to you and Lucy for organising our trip. El Nido was stunning, and Stunning Vistas was a lovely place from which to see it."
In the National Geographic Traveler's magazine, Palawan was chosen as one of the best travel destinations in the world, and particularly, it recommended El Nido and the Calamian Islands.
The island of Palawan claimed top spot for "Best island in the World" based on over 76,000 votes in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2014.
In 2017, for the second year in a row, and the third time since 2013, Palawan was voted the “World’s Best Island” by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine!
The western end of El Nido is practically untouched by development. The tropical forest is lush and just begging to be explored by adventurous souls.
Activities offered at El Nido Resorts include lagoon tours, cave tours, mangrove river tours, bottom fishing, bird watching, hat making, picnic lunches, sunset cruising, kayaking, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, hobiecat sailing, snorkeling, diving and, with prior arrangement, specialist diving instruction and courses.
You can hire a mountain bike to explore the area, with or without a guide, and motorcycle hire is also available for those that want to travel further afield around the north and east of the island.
Boat Tours are a great way to explore the 45 nearby islands, which include Miniloc, Vigan, Pinaglugaban, Snake Island, and Dilumacad. You'll wind through lagoons reached through cracks between rocks, enclosed by black marble walls with mysterious rock formations. Sprawled beneath the seas are nearly 11,000 square kilometers of coral reefs. Much of these have yet to be explored. A dazzling array of fish and other sea creatures will also be yours to view at leisure.
Good news - El Nido now has its first cash machine (ATM), although visitors to the region are still recommended to bring some cash with them.
It is possible to pay by credit card at certain establishments, and El Nido Boutique & Artcafé will change money, or allow you to draw money against a credit card, but for a fee.
Prepare also for times of the day when there is no power as the electricity supply is switched off at certain times of the day, (although in the main town 24 hour electricity is predicted to be not too far away).
There are Internet cafes in the town, and many restaurants, bars and hotels have free wifi. Internet access is subject to electricity being available.
Trekking Forest, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls
For trekkers there's a great trek possible, with local guide, who will point out interesting flora and fauna as you pass over open fields, hot springs, and various streams, making your way through the jungle. Reaching the Nagkalit-kalit waterfall, you can take a dip in the cool waters of the accompanying pool as your guide prepares lunch!
There are numerous attractions to explore and enjoy at El Nido, of which the following are just a few...
Bacuit Bay - The bay is dotted with islands, most of which are inhabited. Its clear blue waters are teeming with marine life. It is home to dugongs, turtles, manta rays, species of fishes, coral reefs, and the occasional whale sharks.
Cadlao Island - The largest island in El Nido and its highest peak towers 640 meters above sea level. It is known for its white sand beaches, gradually sloping sea floor, hidden lagoons, and nature trails.
Dilumacad Island - This island has a beautiful white sand beach stretching to some 300 metres that is ideal for picnic lunches during island-hopping trips.
Miniloc Island is where the first luxury resort in El Nido was established, has orchid-lined, limestone-walled lagoons showcasing a kaleidoscope of marine life.
Lagen Island - The most luxurious exclusive resort in the area is situated in its cove, which is fringed by a lush forest and limestone walls. This island hosts a high diversity of birds including almost all of the species endemic to Palawan.
Pangulasian Island - One of the widest stretches of powdery white beaches in El Nido. The waters fronting the beach are clusters of coral reefs that make this area a good snorkeling and diving site. There is another luxury resort here.
Vigan Island - Also referred to as, "Snake Island," because of the fine natural sandspit (s-shaped sandbar) that "snakes" off it shores.
Aberawan River - Enjoy a mangrove tour along the Aberawan River and watch egrets roost among the mangrove trees.
If you arrive into Puerto Princesa, your journey north to El Nido will be by road transfer which we arrange as part of your holiday.
A question we're often asked is "Can I fly to El Nido?" Flights to El Nido's Lio airport used to be primarily reserved for guests of the Luxury Island Resorts. However, we are now able to offer direct flights to and from El Nido, for ALL our guests, departing from a number of regional airports.