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Hello everyone, Mia Sophia has finally traveled to El Nido to write articles for you to read. This post, Mia Sophia is just for travel experience, not “dust” as usual because basically going to the sea, there are all island tours, but we can’t go dust and swim out, far away! Please read the article: “Travel experience El Nido Palawan Philippines” and as usual, if you have any questions, you can comment below.
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General information about El Nido tourism
Which season is the best season to go to EL Nido?
Summer is the most beautiful for everyone, from April to early July, December-March, the weather is also beautiful, but the sea is strong, in summer the sea is calm and suitable for diving, boat rides are also less sick.
Travel cost for EL Nido about 5 days 4 nights for 2 people (2 and a half days in EL Nido, the rest of the time in Puerto princesa and travel)
- Air ticket: about 5,000peso round trip MANILA-PP / 1ng
- bus ticket pp-el Nido: 480peso / one way / person
- 2 nights hotel in PP: 1700 / 2ng
- 2 nights hotel in EL NIDO: 5600 / 2ng
- TOUR A and C: 1100 and 1300 / day (the price of Klook tour)
- 2 kayak: 800peso / 2 times,
- PERIOD FEE: 200 pesos / person
- Taraw cliff climbing fee: 400 / ng
- Beach shoes rental: 100 / person / tour
- Dinner: 800-1000 / meal, with a cheaper card
- Tricycle: about 500 – 1000 pesos for 4 days
- Airport fee in Pp: 200peso / ng
Total: 35000 pesos / 2person (in excess, you bring about 400-500usd / 1person is ok (Please note the above price does not include flight tickets from Vietnam to Manila.)
Travel schedule of El Nido, Palawan
-Day 1: 5 pm: take the plane from Manila – Puerto Princesa, dinner at Kinabuch
-Day 2: 9 am: take ba us from PP – El Nido, 3 pm: check-in hotel, climb Taraw Cliff. Dinner to eat seafood at the beach. Alternatively, take a quick minivan, book your ride on Klook here. The ticket price is 540 pesos/pm, there are departure hours such as 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:30 pm
Day 3: Tour C, dinner at Art Cafe
Day 4: Tour A, dinner, take the bus to PP, or minivan (can be booked by the hotel, or booked on Klook here). Klook minivan departure time: 4:00 am, 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 6: 00 pm
-Day 5: 2am: check in ks in PP, 11 am: have lunch at Bona Chaolong, 12pm: take a plane back to Manila.
If you combine to El Nido with Coron, you can buy a direct flight ticket to Manila from Coron, do not return to Puerto Princesa because it will take time.
How to get to El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines from Manila
From Manila to El Nido: There are 4 ways to get to El Nido from Manila
- Fly from Manila directly to El Nido by Air Swift (I posted in the previous post, you can read it again here). The downside of this approach is that the fare is quite high, but if you take the time to have a cheap ticket (or you can add the cost in Puerto Princesa and the Manila – PP flight ticket, if you find it more expensive than flying directly to El Nido Just buy a direct flight to get better). Usually, tickets are about 7,000 ppesos/way
2. Fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa (you can buy Air Asia or Cebu Pacific tickets, I buy a Cebu Pacific ticket without a promotion for about 5000 pesos round trip, luckily since the N round, why do not see the delay), then take a bus or van to El Nido (about 6 – 5 hours, ticket price 450-480 pesos/person). Tips: It is recommended to go to the minivan (you can refer to Klook’s minivan here) instead of taking the bus everyone.
Mia took the bus and the result was quite painful, in the morning it took 100 pesos to go tricycle to the bus station the way. The center is about 7-8km, when we get back at 2 am, we have to pay 250 pesos to go back to the hotel), while the van is cheaper, but they pick up and drop off at a hotel or central area.
To book a van, you just book at the hotel and accommodation, they all have services, the latest one is about 8 pm, the earliest is about 6 am). The road is winding and quite bumpy, especially at the end, so anyone who is sick should buy medicine first. Also, if they take the bus, they will stop at a place for lunch/dinner, the food price is not very cheap, we order 1 rice, 1 vegetable dish, 1 bicol express, and some lumpia cost up to 200 pesos (each plate is a little bit, you see the picture below will clear)
- Fly from Manila to Coron (Coron is very beautiful, you read it again), play in Coron, then take a boat to El Nido (3 hours), ask the hotel where to stay or in the town where they sell tickets. The boat goes a lot. However, many times when you win the peak, it will be much more difficult to buy tickets on the spot, so I think you should book tickets online in advance. You can check out and book tickets online on this site.
- From Manila to El Nido: cheap advantages, but you must pay attention to your health to see if you get seasick. How to book boat tickets you read again in this article.
Travel experience El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Transportation in Puerto Princesa and El Nido, Palawan
In these 2 places, people mainly move by tricycle. For example, I go from PP airport to the hotel about 2km, the price is about 80 pesos for 2 people (a bit expensive, when going out is cheaper). The rest of the city moves an average of 20 pesos/km for 2 people. El Nido is a bit more expensive, probably because it is a tourist city: 50 pesos/km is the cheapest for 2 people. When you go at night, remember to carefully ask the price to avoid being deceived, before getting on the car, ask carefully if the price is for 2 people including the car. As for daytime, there is no need to ask.
What to eat and play in Puerto Princesa
I divide this article into two sections about Puerto Princesa and El Nido separately for you to follow. In Puerto Princesa, you can buy cave tours, see fireflies (re-read the firefly read that the Mia sisters shared here), go to the island (Honda Bay), eat, and visit. city. Some of the tours in Puerto Princesa can be found on Klook here.
I have more blood to eat, so I ignored all the other programs hehe, now because I have lived in the Philippines for a long time, there are many islands in Puerto Princesa, so I am not very interested. If you like, you can tell me, the cave tour I heard some of you say do not like it, but you can go and tell it.
In Puerto Princesa, there are 2 dishes that I want to try the most, I heard that these regional specialties are raw tamilok and crocodile meat sisig (there is a crocodile farm in Puerto Princesa). The tamilok is a long, long, soft, milky-white stalk that lives in mangrove trunks (mangrove is right in Vietnamese), which grows in some salty brackish water.
The tamilok when eaten will be dipped with the same Filipino sauce, say the sauce but it is vinegar mixed with that purple onion, then put it in your mouth to chew it, so you can imagine a scallop or a clam. Eat it raw, that’s it. As for the crocodile meat sisig I found it quite delicious, less fat than pork or fish sisig, but my Filipino lover did not like it, because the Phil people liked to eat crisply.
We all eat these two dishes at the restaurant: Kinabuchs Grill and Bar – Palawan (Address: 369, Rizal Ave, Puerto Princesa, Palawan), you can walk from the hotel to also. The price for the meal includes 1 tamilok, 1 crocodile sisig, stewed tofu with eggplant (this dish is the most delicious) and costs about 700 pesos. In addition, on the way back, we also went to drink coffee at Itoys Coffee Haus (near Kinabuchs), this shop is highly appreciated on Google, but it is expensive and bad, there is an expresso machine just for display. Use it, you guys don’t spend money here.
Also, the last day before we got back to Manila, we went to a shop called “Bona’s Chaolong” in Puerto Princesa. As you also know, there are many Vietnamese people living in Puerto Princesa (they were refugees in the past), there is even a Vietnamese village.
For this reason, there are many Vietnamese restaurants and eateries in Palawan. It is interesting that every restaurant is named Chao Long, but Chao Long here is pho, not porridge in Vietnam. The few shops selling Chao Long are Vietnamese, or Filipinos, they copy the pho and open a restaurant called Chao Long because of a misunderstanding of the name (the legend of the name Porridge.
Visiting Viet Village, you can meet and ask Vietnamese people there). The restaurant has a very popular price, only 75 pesos/pho, the most popular noodle dish is “beef stew noodle or beef noodle soup”. Their pho fibers are also made a little differently, perhaps due to the long period of time, more learning combining the taste of Filipino cuisine and the limited source of ingredients that their noodles are quite chewy, eating a little like banh canh. But it’s chewier than banh canh, perhaps the most similarity is banh canh in Laos. In terms of taste, I find it quite good, especially with the harmonious combination between the two countries’ cuisines.
Bona’s Chaolong’s Address: Manalo St, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Price: 75 pesos / bowl.
What to visit in El Nido, Palawan
We don’t have much time in El Nido, it’s only about 2 and a half days so we decided to visit the following spots. Tour A and C in El Nido are so famous
Travel experience El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
I arrived at El Nido around 4:00 pm, so I just had time to walk to the Taraw Cliff near the hotel to climb up to see the panorama. The fare per person is 400 pesos/person, there is protective gear to cross a bridge between the two cliffs and climb the cliff above to admire the view. Climbing up and down should take a little more than 30 minutes. Mia found that at some hotels they have the price of the Taraw Cliff tour, but you do not need to buy a tour, just go straight and buy tickets directly.
Tour A El Nido
Travel experience El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Mainly go to the lagoons (big and small, secret …) and 2 beaches are right (1 for lunch and 1 to relax in the sea before returning). This tour I like the most is kayaking on the lagoon, we have to pay an extra 400 pesos/boat for 2 people to paddle, take 2 lagoons for 800 pesos, but I like it. Clear blue water, the scenery is beautiful with no words to describe, rowing and jumping down to watch the fish. I took too many pictures here, so I can’t distinguish big lagoon or small lagoon, so just post a series below for everyone to see.
Tour C El Nido
Tour C is truly the best tour, the islands pass are very beautiful (Hidden Beach * Matinloc Shrine * Talisay Island (lunch area) * Secret Beach * Helicopter Island), the most important part is the diving to watch the coral on the cliff. The coral reefs and the sea fish are amazingly beautiful, don’t be afraid if you can’t swim, you have a life jacket, just come to the N to see the coral level is not too deep. And remember to just look, watch, take pictures, do not touch, touch, or hit.
Both tours include lunch and have quite delicious lunch, tour C’s meal is on the boat so it’s so different, I don’t feel as delicious as tour A, although everyone compliments the food of tour C is better. . In addition to food, they also give out / bring free drinking water bottles.
El Nido places to eat
In addition to the curbside dishes, in general, Mia sees a variety of things you can try, such as ice cream and crepes near Art Cafe, or you can try the pizza at Altrove pizza (Dung is just me but She was just right when I was about to get on the bus back to PP so she couldn’t eat).
In addition, I also eat seafood at the restaurant on the beach, you just go along and see where it is crowded in that alley to the sea, but they sell fresh seafood for us to choose from and cook according to customers. want, the price is very cheap. However, my favorite restaurant is Art Café, 2 dinners are always delicious, every meal I eat with seafood pizza, seafood pasta, fish after the meal, and Spanish cooked rice and seafood. note, although it looks beautiful, the price is fine, it’s not that expensive.
The Art Cafe is always full of customers (mainly the Philippines and the West (we don’t know what Europe or America or Australia we call them together), so if you want to have a seat without having to wait, go out to eat about 5.30 There, right at the end of the tour, opposite Art Café, there is another restaurant, which is also beautiful and crowded, but it is a bit expensive and I am not satisfied with it twice.
Hotel information in Puerto Princesa and El Nido
For two nights in Puerto Princesa, I stayed at Airbnb, you can book on Booking here (this place is free breakfast, each one must share the toilet), or some other good hotels in PP (the link I put in the name ks always): Casa Belina link Booking, Agoda link or Cleon Villas Pension link booking Booking, Agoda booking link
The hotel where I stay in the Swiftlets Inn, which costs about 5,600 pesos/room for 2 people / 2 nights, but the service is very good, the breakfast is delicious, the room service, the bathroom is also very clean, in addition, they also have room for late check-out, we can still take a shower and rest there, the hotel is centrally located. The wifi is okay because it is slow everywhere out there, so I do not complain. The booking link you can book on Agoda here
Also in El Nido there are other nice and good hotels/dorms such as:
- Spin Designer Hostel – El Nido (this place is famous from criticism, dorm costs the only 17usd, in the center, breakfast, shimmering dorm) – booking link on Booking here, Agoda here
- Amakan – Bed | Bunk | Breakfast: This place is also in the center, as famous as Spin Designer, the room price is a bit more expensive about 43usd. You can book reservations here
- Frendz Hostel El Nido: dorm 1200 pesos / ng. Link Booking.
- Please make sure to book early because these places are prone to room fires.
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