El Nido – Palawan
Palawan itself has the reputation of being the most beautiful island in the world, and it was voted that a few times. Now El Nido in Palawan is one of the most picturesque, most gorgeous parts of the Philippines, and definitely one of the more exotic and alluring destinations on the globe. The tiny town of El Nido is merely just another small Philippine city, but the islands close offshore are the main attraction when visiting here. People come from all over the world to visit these islands. Here are 2 maps where you can get a feel for where El Nido is located. Look at the top on the left of the island of Palawan to see El Nido…..
El Nido was the final destination I explored when I visited Palawan. Since it is a major tourist attraction, the hotel prices are fairly high. I found a room with 2 beds for 2400 pesos per night for my filipino driver/friend and myself with breakfast included. It was located right on the water with a nice view of the bay. See the pics of the hotel and the view of the bay. In the first photo our hotel was the maroon colored one on the left…..
There are 4 island hopping tours offered in El Nido, and they call them simply Tour A, B, C, D. Regardless of who you book your tour with, be it through your hotel or one of the travel agents in the town, each tour visits the same group of islands for the day. At about noon during each tour, you dock by one of the islands and the boat crew prepares lunch. They get a fire started and barbecue fish, seafood, chicken, pork, vegetables and serve freshly cut fruit. The meals we had each of the two days we went island hopping were excellent. Each tour costs about 1200-1400 pesos per person depending on where you book your tour. Here are some photos of our island hopping tours…..
The above photo is of Matinloc Shrine, and below is a short clip taken atop the peak of the rocks there…..
And here are some photos of El Nido town…..
So this was my first visit to El Nido in the north of Palawan. It is truly a scenic and majestic venue to explore. Give it a visit, and you may discover that it is perhaps the most enchanting tropical paradise on earth. If you have any questions about this post, or should you like to send us a message, you may do so with the form at the bottom of this page. We will gladly answer any queries you may have! Thanks.