El Nido, Palawan: A Tropical Paradise In The Philippines

El Nido, Palawan: A Tropical Paradise In The Philippines

I could try to describe how beautiful El Nido is but I would fail miserably. I am nowhere near good enough with words to do it justice. With this photo essay I try to convey some of its beauty, but I cannot recommend going there enough to see it with your own eyes! Read more about my 3 week itinerary and how much it costs to travel the Philippines. An now enough talk, here are the pictures…

El Nido, Palawan: A Tropical Paradise In The Philippines
Check this crazy rock!
Impressive limestone formations...
Impressive limestone formations…
Islandhopping:-)
Islandhopping:-)
Matinloc shrine
Matinloc shrine
Helicopter island, pretty obvious isn't it;-)
Helicopter island, pretty obvious isn’t it;-)
This is my ultimate tropical island vision. And it exists!
This is my ultimate tropical island vision. And it exists!
View from the beach of El Nido
View from the beach of El Nido
View from the beach of El Nido
View from the beach of El Nido by night
What a marvelous color...
What a marvelous color…
Go to El Nido, Palawan, you will not regret it!
Go to El Nido, Palawan, you will not regret it!

Practical info information about tours in El Nido

Stops on Tour A

• Commando beach
• Shimizu beach
• Secret Lagoon
• Big Lagoon
• Small Lagoon

Stops on Tour C

• Helicopter Island
• Secret Beach
• Talisay Beach
• Matinloc Shrine
• Hidden Beach

Costs of the tours in El Nido

We paid 1800php per person for Tour A, Tour C and the environmental permit. Everybody going out on the water, be it a tour, diving (like the PADI Open Water Course I did in El Nido) or kayaking, needs to get a 200php environmental permit, which is valid for 10 days.

Tour A, B, C and D are sold everywhere in El Nido, all the tour operators visit the same locations and it’s up to you do some bargaining and get yourself a good deal;-). If you get a big enough group together you can hire a private boat and decide on your own preferred itinerary.

Want to read more? Check out this El Nido Backpacker guide for a detailed budget guide and itinerary, read about bat hunting in an underground river in Puerta Princesa or take a look at these awesome travel tips for backpacking around Southeast Asia.

Looking for more travel planning resources? Check out the Phenomenal Globe Travel Planning Library and my Travel Resource page!

El Nido, Palawan, my ultimate tropical island vision. And it exists for real in the Philippines! El Nido, Palawan, my ultimate tropical island vision. And it exists for real in the Philippines!

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4 Comments

  1. December 30, 2015 / 12:27 am

    Looks beautiful. We had a trip planned to Palawan in August but had to cancel it because the weather was so bad. But we are rescheduling in the new year.

    • Lotte
      Author
      December 30, 2015 / 10:45 am

      It is so beautiful! I really hope you get to go this year and see the stunning nature of El Nido:-)

  2. December 30, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    I’m a Filipino but it is only this year that I was able to visit Puerto Princesa and El Nido. It’s extra special for me because it’s the first time ever that I traveled solo. I love El Nido! That place is surreal. The Big Lagoon is simply majestic. There is an equally beautiful place in Palawan, it’s Coron. There you will find the cleanest lake in our country, Kayangan Lake. Maybe you can check it out if decide to return. 🙂

    • Lotte
      Author
      December 30, 2015 / 5:26 pm

      Hey Marge, I absolutely agree, El Nido is unbelievably pretty! And a good place to travel solo, lots of other people to meet.Thanks for the advice about Coron, I would love to go back to the Philippines so I’ll add Coron to my must visit list:-) -xx-

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