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Trip to El Nido in Palawan with Island Hopping

Jan, 27 || No Comments | Tags: , , ,

Palawan El Nido Beach

Welcome back to Palawan! After a 5-6 hour  minivan ride we arrived in El Nido. The minivan was packed with travellers and luggage and there was less space than in a low cost airline. But anyway, we were on the way to paradise – who cares. From the minivan/bus stop it was a short trike ride to the center of El Nido or to our hotel St. John Island View Pensionne in Corong Corong (5min trike ride to El Nido center). The trike fare shouldn’t be higher than 50PHP for one way (maybe a little bit higher from the bus terminal). Just to remind you again, in El Nido aren’t any ATM’s so withdraw your money in Puerto Princessa! During the bad weather and rough sea our first expected trip for the Tour A was cancelled, so we decided to walk along the road in Corong Corong/Barangay. After a 15-20min walk we arrived at Marimegmeg Beach and spent the afternoon and sunset here. There are a hand full of little bars and a restaurants available which make your stay more enjoyable. From Marimegmeg Beach is also a Zip-line to Depeldet Island if you like that kind of fun. During our stay in january the most hotels were already fully booked so book early because El Nido is a very demanded place.

Our view from St. John Island View Pensionne for the breakfastOur view from St. John Island View Pensionne for the breakfast

hotel view from outside our room doorhotel view from outside our room door

neighours rooster, our morning alarmneighours rooster, our morning alarm

Sunset in Corong Corong El Nido PalawanSunset in Corong Corong El Nido Palawan, 2-3 min walk from our hotel

Marimegmeg beach in Corong Corong El Nido Palawan

Marimegmeg Beach in Corong Corong El Nido Palawan

Marimegmeg beach in Corong Corong El Nido Palawan with view to Depeldet IslandMarimegmeg Beach in Corong Corong El Nido Palawan with view to Depeldet Island

Sunset at Marimegmeg beach in Corong Corong El Nido Palawan

Sunset at Marimegmeg Beach in Corong Corong El Nido Palawan

Sunset at Marimegmeg beach in Corong Corong El Nido PalawanSunset at Marimegmeg Beach in Corong Corong El Nido Palawan

Jump shot at Marimegmeg beach in Corong Corong El Nido Palawan during sunsetJump shot at Marimegmeg Beach in Corong Corong El Nido Palawan during sunset

The location from our hotel was quite good if you don’t care to take a trike for 40-50PHP to El Nido Center. In El Nido are many restaurants and bars available, even straight at the beach. Enjoy delicious seafood here or a san miguel beer during sunset :-)

In El Nido / Palawan centerIn El Nido / Palawan center

In El Nido / Palawan centerIn El Nido / Palawan center

In El Nido / Palawan center at the beachIn El Nido / Palawan center at the beach

Cloudy Sky at El Nido / Palawan beachCloudy sky at El Nido / Palawan Beach

Sunset at El Nido / Palawan beachSunset at El Nido / Palawan Beach

drinking my favourite san miguel light beer in El Nido / Palawandrinking my favourite san miguel light beer in El Nido / Palawan

El Nido itself is famous for all the breathtaking beaches and islands which can be discovered quite easy as a day trip by boat. The trips are quite cheap (for a foreigner) and are normally in a ranch between 1100-1400 per person and day. Not included is the 200PHP El Nido Eco-Tourism Development Fund Fee which is payable once at the first day trip (is valid for 10 days). After the first trip you receive a certificate. The tours A-D are all standardized, most demanded is tour A and C. Here you find an overview for all this 4 tours. There is an additional one (Island Tour or Tour E) which can be offered from some agencies.

El Nido Tour A : Lagoons & Beaches (Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Seven Commandos Beach)
El Nido Tour B : Caves & Coves (Pangalusian Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Vigan and Snake Island, Cadugnon Point and Cave, Pinasil Island and Cathedral Cave)
El Nido Tour C : Hidden Beaches & Shrines (Dilumacad and Helicopter Island, Tapiutan Island, Matinloc Island and Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Kulasa Beach, Star Beach, Matinloc Shrine
El Nido Tour D : Island Beaches (Cadlao Island, Pasandigan Beach, Nat Nat Beach, Bucal Beach and Paradise Beach)
El Nido Tour E : Inland Beaches & Waterfalls (Nacpan Beach and Calitang Beach, Nagkalit-Kalit Falls)

El Nido A B C D Tour map

El Nido A B C D Tour map

El Nido / Palawan A B C D Tours

El Nido / Palawan A B C D Tours

Here you find 2 more links with helpfull information to plan your holiday in El Nido:

http://www.gopalawan.travel/
http://discoverelnido.com/

We decided to join tour A and C which was great despite the weather.

El Nido Palawan during Tour A day tripEl Nido Palawan during Tour A day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour A day tripEl Nido Palawan during Tour A day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour A day tripEl Nido Palawan during Tour A day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour A day tripEl Nido Palawan during Tour A day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour A day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour A day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour A day tripEl Nido Palawan during Tour A day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour A day tripEl Nido Palawan during Tour A day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour A day tripEl Nido Palawan during Tour A day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour A day tripEl Nido Palawan during Tour A day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day tripEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, our island during lunch timeEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, our island during lunch time

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, our lunch buffetEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, our lunch buffet

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, awesome carvings on our lunch buffetEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, awesome carvings on our lunch buffet

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip with EmelynEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip with Emelyn

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, Matinloc ShrineEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, Matinloc Shrine on Matinloc Island

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, view from Matinloc IslandEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, view from Matinloc Island

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, view from Matinloc IslandEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, view from Matinloc Island

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, view from Matinloc IslandEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, view from Matinloc Island

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, around Matinloc IslandEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, around Matinloc Island

El Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, Tapiutan IslandEl Nido Palawan during Tour C day trip, Tapiutan Island

After 5 days in El Nido it was time to travel back to Puerto Princessa for 1 night before we flew back to Cebu. This time the minivan was a little bit more spacious. We really enjoyed our stay in El Nido despite the changeable weather and cancelled tour. El Nido is a real paradise for beaches and island hopping.

minivan schedule el nido to puerto princessaminivan schedule el nido to puerto princessa

Puerto Princessa / Palawan Airport check inPuerto Princessa / Palawan Airport check in

Puerto Princessa / Palawan Airport, Cebu Pacific check inPuerto Princessa / Palawan Airport, Cebu Pacific check in

Puerto Princessa / Palawan Airport, waiting at the gatePuerto Princessa / Palawan Airport, waiting at the gate

bye bye Palawan, Cebu Pacific aircraft at Puerto Princessa airport

bye bye Palawan, Cebu Pacific aircraft at Puerto Princessa airport

This time our flight was on time and we arrived back in Cebu after an hour flight.

Thanks for reading, see you next time in Hong Kong and Disneyland :-)

El Nido Palawan sunset

 

 

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