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Travel Guide to El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

An Archipelago Full of Adventures - from Diving to Rock Climbing

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At Palawan island's northern reaches, El Nido lies at the end of an eight-hour drive from the capital Puerto Princesa. It doesn't look like much when you drive through El Nido town (notwithstanding the giant limestone cliffs behind the town) but you understand, once you see the beach, why it's so special.

The white sand beach bordering El Nido opens to Bacuit Bay and more than forty limestone islands beyond. The islands hold dive spots, beaches, mangrove forests, and caves, enough to drive any adventurer to distraction.

For a closer look at El Nido, look through this indispensable list.

El Nido Travel Tips

El Nido is Paradise with a few caveats. Follow the tips in this page to ensure a smooth vacation in El Nido and Bacuit Bay: this page tells you when to go to El Nido; what to pack when preparing for the trip; how to get there, and how to get around when you do arrive; money in El Nido; the local electricity and telecommunications grids (bad and not too shabby, respectively); and medical facilities (such as they are).

Transportation to El Nido, Palawan

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Planning a trip to El Nido? Take stock of your transportation options here. Costs, duration, restrictions, and other details for getting to El Nido via plane, boat, bus, or air-conditioned shuttle.

Beaches of El Nido and Bacuit Bay

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Explore the islands off El Nido in Bacuit Bay, Palawan, Philippines - a field of limestone islands and some of the most breathtaking beaches on earth. This gallery features some of the more popular island/beach destinations in Bacuit Bay, offering endless opportunities to dive, snorkel, hike, or just plain chill out on the beach.

Island-Hopping in El Nido, Palawan

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There's honestly no point to visiting El Nido if you don't go island-hopping. A run-down of boat hire packages, their costs, and the providers who offer them in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.

Watersports in El Nido

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El Nido and Bacuit Bay are a magnificent playground for scuba divers, snorkelers and kayakers. This article explains how you can find a dive shop, rent a kayak or other equipment, and make the most out of your El Nido getaway.

Hiking in El Nido

Landlubbers can also have a good time in El Nido. The countryside adjacent to Bacuit Bay is riddled with hiking paths that lead to hidden treasures, like waterfalls and a cave housing evidence of prehistoric human life! This article explains where you can go on foot, and where to hire the guides you'll need to explore the largely unmarked paths around El Nido.

Budget Hotels & Resorts in El Nido

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Low-cost accommodations in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines, costing less than $50. The low cost leaves you more room in your budget for adventures like island-hopping, trekking, and scuba diving, among other things.

Mid-Range & Luxury Hotels & Resorts in El Nido

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Mid-range and luxury accommodations in the beachside town of El Nido. A top ten list of places to stay if you want more of the creature comforts you can't get at the budget places.
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