Apr 17, 2024

Best Itinerary for First-Time Travelers to El Nido

Welcome to paradise! El Nido, Palawan, is a tropical haven renowned for its crystal-clear waters, limestone cliffs, and stunning beaches. If you're planning your first trip to this slice of heaven on earth, here's an itinerary based on my experience to help you make the most of your time in El Nido.
Best El Nido Palawan Itinerary

Getting to El Nido

To get to El Nido from Davao, you can book a flight through the Cebu Pacific website. Visit www.cebupacificair.com, select your departure point, and choose Puerto Princesa as your destination.

Cebu Pacific Air offers daily flights to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, providing convenient access to the stunning island. With frequent seat sales and promotional offers, it's easy to find affordable fares, making it more accessible for travelers to visit Palawan.

Once you arrive in Puerto Princesa, you can take a van or a bus to El Nido. Rates and arrival times are almost the same, but I recommend taking the Cherry Bus. They offer lazy boy seats where you can comfortably sleep during the trip, and they have a comfort room inside, so it's less hassle.
Cherry Bus Palawan
Economy - P420 / Discounted P335
Regular AC - P600 / Discounted P480
Lazyboy w/ CR - P750 / Discounted P600

You can book online at www.cherrypalawan.com.

DAY 1: Arrival in El Nido

Upon arrival, settle into your accommodation and soak in the breathtaking views. We stayed at Rosanna's Pension, located in the "Bayan" or central area, just 20 steps away from the beachfront, where you can see the sunrise.

Location: Hama St., Bgy. Masagana, El Nido, Palawan
Rates: For 4 persons - 2 Nights and 1 day = P6,300 via Booking.com (2018)

Other options for a more scenic view of the sunset:

Lowest rate is P4,000+ a night. Very comfortable bed and cozy room. Amazing customer service and a sumptuous buffet. You'll get to see a nice view of the islands in El Nido and sunset.
Lime Resort El Nido
Location: Sitio Lugadia, Brgy, Barangay Corong Corong, El Nido

It has the most stunning and wide view of the sunset. With their wonderful infinity pool, you'll have the best time. You may opt for a day tour which only cost P1,500. It comes with light meals and access to the pool bar. With Buy 1 Take 1 cocktails from 5PM to 7PM.
Bayview Resort El Nido
Location: Sitio Marimegmeg, Barangay Corong Corong, El Nido

After watching the sunset, you may have dinner at Ang Nanay by Corinne's KitchenetteThey serve Filipino dishes that feel like home.
Ang Nanay by Corinne's Kitchenette El Nido
Location: Pops District, Brgy. Corong Corong, El Nido

End the night with a party with friends. Visit The Pangolin Cocktail BarEnjoy the lights, sounds, and booze! Try their signature The Pangolin mixed cocktail, trust me you'll love it!
The Pangolin Cocktail Bar El Nido
Location: C. Hama, Barangay Buena Suerte, El Nido

DAY 2: Island Hopping Tour A

Embark on an adventure-packed day with Island Hopping Tour A. Explore iconic spots like Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and Seven Commandos Beach. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch on one of the islands, snorkelling, or simply bask in the sun.
Secret Lagoon El Nido Palawan Tour A
Rates: Php 1,200 per person
Places Visited: Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Seven Commandos Beach
Inclusions: Snorkel Mask, Boat, Picnic lunch, Entrance fees, Tour guide service

Book your Island Hopping Tour A with Exploring Bearcat Travel & Tours Services

DAY 3: Island Hopping Tour C

Discover hidden gems on Island Hopping Tour C, including Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Tapiutan Beach, and Helicopter Island. Immerse yourself in the beauty of El Nido's marine life through snorkeling and swimming activities.
Matinloc Shrine El Nido Palawan Tour C
Rates: Php 1,300 per person
Places Visited: Matinloc Shrine, Talisay Beach, Hidden Beach, Helicopter Island, Secret Beach
Inclusions: Snorkel Mask, Boat, Picnic lunch, Entrance fees, Tour guide service
Exclusions: Environmental fee - Php 200 per person

Book your Island Hopping Tour C with Exploring Bearcat Travel & Tours Services

DAY 4: Adventure Day

Have an exciting day at The El Nido Zip Line and Canopy Walk on Day 4! The zip line experience typically involves being harnessed to a cable and then gliding through the air from one island to another, providing breathtaking views of the beach and surrounding landscape.

On the other hand, the canopy walk allows you to traverse elevated walkways among the limestone cliffs and lush greens, offering a unique perspective of the natural environment and the chance to see the whole view of El Nido from above. Both activities promise an unforgettable adventure and a chance to connect with nature excitingly and memorably.
El Nido Zip Line
Sitting P600 1-way / P1,200 2-way
Superman - P800 1-way / P1,200 2-way
Combination - P1,100

El Nido Palawan Canopy Walk
Hanging Bridge and View-deck - P400
Dreamcatcher - P400
All-In - P700

For your lunch or dinner, you may check out these recommended restaurants from our friend from Palawan Content Creator, Evo Joel Contrivida of Palawanderer.

Contact Number: (0919)079-6768 / (0919)079-6659
Location: Balai Adlao Boutique Resort, Kalye Paragua, Lio Tourism Estate, El Nido

Contact Number: 0916 635 4768
Location: 5313 Osmeña St, El Nido

Contact Number: 0906 029 2833
Location: C. Hama St., Cor. R. Magsaysay St (Palata St, Barangay Buena Suerte), El Nido, Philippines

Day 5: Departure Day

Savor your final morning in El Nido by relaxing and souvenir shopping in town. Bid farewell to this tropical paradise as you head to the van or bus terminal for your departure.

El Nido, Palawan, is a destination that will capture your heart with its natural beauty and warm hospitality. By following this itinerary, you'll create unforgettable memories and experience the best that this tropical paradise has to offer. Pack your bags, embark on this journey of a lifetime, and let El Nido weave its magic on you.


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