Unofficial Guide to El Nido, Palawan

We did not expect that the booking we made last March was to fall on days that heavy rains was pouring in Central Luzon. But, the flight was already booked and plans were already made Kaiye (my travel buddy extraordinaire). We  made our way to Diosdado Macapagal Airport to catch our flight to Puerto Princesa City. Our flight was via Air Asia, they fly everyday to Puerto Princesa and they offer the cheap flights. The flight to Palawan is a bit rough,  but the sun welcomed upon arriving to the Puerto Princesa Airport.

We got excited when the sun shone through our window! 

As we make our way out of the airport and we we’re greeted by local tricycle drivers offering services. The tricycle driver took us to the Fort Wally FX Station in Puerto Princesa City station to start our six hour journey towards El Nido. Our van driver Kuya Bobot, is a seasoned driver, we were joined by foreigners an Italian, 4 Spaniards and a Balik-bayan. The Balik-bayan gave us tips for us to enjoy our El Nido experience. The path to El Nido was a real challenge, a few hours of uphills and downhills; plus an hour of rough road will really make you feel dizzy.

We arrived at the Fort Wally Terminal in El Nido at around 8:30 pm and we immediately took a tricycle en route to Tay Miloy’s Pension Inn. The owner of the lodging house Kuya Rodrigo greeted us and he escorted us to our room. After placing our things we headed out to check the beach or aplaya and to scout for a place to eat. In the beach there were beach front rest houses and some restaurants where local and foreign guest are dining, there were also boats anchored in the seaside. One can also see some groups of people who are hanging around the beach front while drinking and chatting.There are also some children playing in the beach. The town center is really interesting, it is a close knit community where everyone knows each other. You can pretty much go around town center by talking a 30 minute walk. We went a local burger joint to order 2 footlongs, since some eateries are already closed. We slept at fan room which was very affordable.

At 9:00 am the next day, we we’re met by kuya rod to escort us to the aplaya to start our island hopping expedtion. Upon arriving at the boat we were joined by some french and a korean; our guides lance and jr were locals. Our itenerary features 5 destinations, so at around 915am we headed out to the sea.

Good morning El Nido

Boat mates… This will be one hell of a ride! 

Our first destination was the small lagoon.  Water in the area is shallow so we had to swim to enter the area. Fortunately,  there were life vest and snorkeling gears provided by the tour guides so after a tips on using the gears we headed out the lagoon. El nido was place to admre and behold it was one of the most beautiful places i’ve set my eyes on. The swim towards the lagoon was not that smooth, it was my first time to snorkel but i was really excited to see the view. The view in the lagoon was really breathtaking, it has very clear waters that lets you see the fishes and corals.

Number one must have when you’re going here is an underwater camera!

The second stop to our journey was the secret beach. We had a little trouble going ashore because the waves are quite high. We entered a small opening on the rocks that leads to a shallow pool.

We art thou is the Secret Beach?!

There is nothing really to see there so we took the opportunity to have our group picture! That’s how friendly we are!

The 3rd stop was shizumi island, it is named after a japanese driver that was found dead in the island during the 1970s. We stopped to rest in beach while our guides prepared our food. Dishes like grilled pork, fish and  squid; were prepared. There was also rice, fruits such as pineapple, bananas and watermelon was served. There are also sliced cucumbers and tomatoes as side dishes.

Beautiful Shimizu!

Stayed here for almost 2hours and I took the opportunity to shoot some photographer feel pictures! 

This kid has definitely has talent!

After lunch, we left shizumi island to go to our next stop at the big lagoon. Unlike the small lagoon where we have to swim to reach the area; the big lagoon only allows visitors to take the boat.

Two words; Jurassic Era

Of course we took the chance a picture to this very famous place

The last stop of our island hopping was the 7 commandos island, this is were travellers can play beach volley ball, sunbathe or enjoy a drink of fresh coconut juice. Guest may also enjoy chitchats under the shade of the coconut trees. We stayed there until 4 pm; then we joined the other tourist to return to the mainland.

Perfect place to just chill and drink something

Did you know that this island is sold worth 35 million pesos by a German citizen?! Now they’ll make this as an resort and the good news is they allowed people to visit this!

After a long and fulfilled day we’re back to the town of El Nido!

That night we strolled the town to look for a cheap place to eat; we came across an eatery that serves full meals at75 pesos each. After dinner we strolled around the beachfront to set our sights on whats happening in the restaurants. Restaurants may feature entertainment by local musicians as well as a wide variety of dishes from italian dishes to indian dishes. This shows the diversity of the travellers that are making their way to el nido.

The next day we visited the local bakery to buy bread for our breakfast. Our choice bread was ensaimada; and the beverage of preference was 3-in-1 coffee. Hot water was provided by kuya rod from the inn. We now prepared for our journey to return to Puerto princesa via lexus van.

I think this is the only bakery here in town

Before leaving we checked out the town, you can actually go around there by simply walking! Nice exercise!

Every time you go to places you really have no idea of, it a must to visit the local Tourism office

Bye El Nido! See you again next year! 

Yes, we may not have a lot of money to spend in El Nido, but you don’t need a lot of money there… The scenery is priceless. We can’t wait to go there again next year!


11 thoughts on “Unofficial Guide to El Nido, Palawan

  1. Mary Ann Madamba says:

    Hi. I’ve read ur blog. Would you girls help me with regards to accomations??? I have been looking online for an accomodations for 4 days/ 3 nights stay… When and where did u book ur accomodations?. It would help a lot if u can suggest a place to stay . Preferrably a room/ cottage with an a/c…

    Thanks a lot.
    Bye the way. I enjoyed ur story

    Mary ann

  2. Mary Cris says:

    Hello po. I just discover your site through journeyingjames. Me and my office mate also went at El Nido last January 2013, with just little money, we also stayed at Tay Miloy’s Inn, and took the TOUR A island hopping tour..almost the same! hehehe
    we’re both from davao. I love your site!

  3. monica says:

    Sakto! We are also planning our trip to El Nido and heading there in November. I was finding it difficult to see how much more we can lower down our budget. Good thing I came across your post! Thank you 🙂

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