El nido palawan

Palawan is a solo and DIY friendly destination. The three most popular destinations in Palawan are Puerto Princesa, Coron and El Nido. A few years ago I went to Puerto Princesa with my friends but this time I visited El Nido Palawan on my own. I traveled during (US) thanks giving weekend, so I only had 4 days to explore the beautiful town of El Nido. A storm passed through Palawan when I visited, thankfully the weather was fine on my second day in El Nido.

Puerto Princesa Airport

I arrived in Puerto Princesa airport early morning and waited for a van transfer I booked going to El Nido. The travel time is almost 6 hours and there a few stops along the way.  My next post will provide more details about the town of El Nido and the different tourist attractions. Below is a sample itinerary and budget you can reference for your trip.

El nido palawan travel

4 Days – 3 Nights El Nido Palawan Itinerary

08:00 am – Arrival at Puerto Princesa Airport
08:10 am – Coffee/breakfast
09:30 am – Van to El Nido
04:00 pm – Arrival at El Nido Terminal (Tricycle to hotel)
04:15 pm – Check in Hotel
05:00 pm – Explore El Nido Town
07:00 pm – Dinner
08:30 pm – Sleep

*** You can also tour Puerto Princesa City before going to El Nido.

Day 2: TOUR C
07:00 am – Free Breakfast
09:00 am – Paid environmental fee 200 PHP
10:00 pm – Start of Tour C (lunch included)
05:00 pm – Back to hotel to change clothes
06:00 pm – Dinner / beers 🙂
09:00 pm – Back to hotel / sleep

Day 3: TOUR A
07:00 am – Free Breakfast
10:00 am – Start of Tour A (lunch included)
05:00 pm – Back to hotel to change clothes
06:00 pm – Dinner
09:00 pm – Back to hotel / sleep

Day 4: Nacpan Beach Chill
07:00 am – Free Breakfast / Checkout
09:00 am – Van to Nacpan Beach
10:00 pm – Beach bumming
12:30 pm – Lunch
05:30 pm – Dinner
06:30 pm – Back to El Nido town/hotel
10:00 pm – Van to Puerto Princesa
03:00 am – Stayed at Mc Donalds then rode a trike to Airport
05:30 am – Airport Check in
07:20 am – Flight out

If you are going to Nacpan Beach via tricycle/tuk tuk or private car, then you can stop by at Nagkalit-kalit Falls or Las Cabanas beach.  To get the best view of El Nido you need to trek towards Taraw cliff.  The easiest and safest route to take is the Ferrata Nature’s Canopy Walk. A guide is required and the tour costs 500 PHP.

El Nido travel guide

Estimated Budget

Hostel (3 nights – single private fan room) PHP 1,918.95
Round trip Van trasfer (PP-El Nido) PHP 1,000
Other Transpo (Tricycle) PHP 150
Round trip Van trasfer to Nacpan PHP 600
Environmental Fee PHP 200
Tour A PHP 900
Tour C PHP 1,200
Kayak rent + 100 entrance fee Matinloc Shrine PHP 300
Food and Drinks PHP 1,200
Grand Total PHP 7,468.95

The budget above does not include airfare. I added a budget breakdown since a lot of people are asking on how much it costs to travel El Nido Palawan.


Continue Reading >>> El Nido Travel Guide 

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Dino Is an adventurer, always looking for places to go, to eat and enjoy life. Sometimes a solo traveller but also enjoys travelling with friends.

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