El Nido is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines, but often travelers ask about when to go and where to stay.
We hope that this article will help you to plan an enjoyable trip to El Nido.
When to go:
El Nido can be visited all year round.
The most popular period is from November to early May.
Christmas, New Year and Easter are the most important holidays in the Philippines and is the time that El Nido can be very crowded.
If you’re travelling during high season it’s best to have accommodations pre-booked well in advance.
Many travelers are worried about the weather in Palawan as there is nothing worse than having the holiday ruined by bad weather or typhoons.
Good news is that El Nido is rarely in the direct path of the typhoons, however, you may expect some storms with heavy rain and strong wind if you travel between June and October. Storms may last for a few days
Usually, when it comes to the rainy season, El Nido gets its rainfall in short sharp showers in the late afternoon or early morning.
Adverse weather can delay or prevent travelers going on island hopping tours or taking a ferry.
Keep in mind that all tour operators in El Nido and Ferry Companies do not take any responsibility and are not liable for any extra expenses due to the bad weather.
If you travel during the wet season it’s always a good idea to purchase a travel insurance.
Most travel insurance policies have cover for being unable to make your trip if it were reasons beyond your control, such as adverse weather conditions.
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Attractions You Should Consider Visiting:
- Matinloc Island
- Snake Island
- Pangulasian Island
- Miniloc Island
- Helicopter Island
- The Seven Commandos Beach
- Shimizu Island
- Cathedral Cave
- Nacpan Beach
- Duli Beach
Classic El Nido Tour Options:
- El Nido Tour A: Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and 7’s Commandos Beach.
- El Nido Tour B: Pangulasian Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, and Cathedral Cave.
- El Nido Tour C: Helicopter/Dilumacad Island, Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine, and Tapiutan Island.
Join a group tour or take a private boat?
A private boat is recommended for exploring Bacuit Bay. You will have the flexibility to customize your itinerary, pace, and start time.
On the other hand, join-in Tours are cheaper but you will have to follow the group’s timetable and long waiting time before departing.
Explore the most beautiful Beaches and Islands around El Nido and Bacuit Bay with a private boat. Enjoy the breathtaking Big lagoon and the idyllic islands with white sand beaches and…
Spend a day in El Nido on a private tour. Experience the hidden beauty of Bacuit Bay through visiting breathtaking sceneries such as Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, Cathedral Cave, Pinagbuyutan…
Tour C with Private Boat will allow you to enjoy Bacuit Bay without the crowds. El Nido Tour C is the most scenic tour because it includes spectacular beaches and…
The highlight of El Nido Tour D with Private Boat are Miniloc’s Small Lagoon and Cadlao Island. With this tour, you can go kayaking at Miniloc's Small Lagoons, or enjoy the white sand…
What to bring along:
This is our beach packing list to help you pack everything you will need for a great trip to El Nido.
- Cotton t-shirts
- Loose Pants
- Flip Flops
- Beach Bag
- Beach Pareo
- Beach Towel
- Refillable Water bottle
- A good book/Kindle
- Waterproof camera
- Insect repellent
How to pay:
Bring some cash in local currency (Philippine peso) credit cards and foreign currency
may not always be accepted by restaurants, shops, and hotels in El Nido. There are a couple of ATM machines but sometimes they are out service.
The Philippines has the worst internet speed in Southeast Asia and good Wi-Fi in El Nido is extremely rare.
Most hostels, guesthouses, hotels, cafes, and bars now offer free Wi-Fi but the speed is typically above average.
The fast Wi-Fi seems to be at the El Nido Boutique and ArtCafe. It’s popular restaurant and travel centre in El Nido Downtown which also offers money changing service and credit card facilities.
Buying a Sim Card:
You can buy Smart and Globe that are both active in El Nido, although Globe has a better coverage.
There are many restaurants in El Nido downtown with good food, plenty of choices and affordable prices.
They serve various type of food from classic Filipino dishes to western food.
Among the most famous and yummy food to try in El Nido there is chicken adobo, Sinigang Soup, Pork Lechon and Halo Halo dessert.