Also known as the gem of the Philippines, El Nido’s popularity is completely justified by its alluring scenery. From dramatic rock formations surrounded by glowing turquoise water to hidden lagoons, unimaginable beaches, and an area market – El Nido is a summer time chaser’s dream!
The listing of issues to do in El Nido is in depth and may even be slightly intimidating, so hopefully this information will enable you to determine the place to focus your time as you explore this epic tropical paradise!
- 1 1. El Nido Island Hopping Tours
- 2 2. Lease a Kayak
- 3 three. Scuba Dive or Freedive
- 4 Four. Visit El Nido’s Public Market
- 5 5. Las Cabanas Seashore
- 6 6. Hike Taraw Peak
- 7 7. Nacpan Seashore
- 8 eight. Street Trip on a Scooter
- 9 9. Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls
- 10 10. Catch the Sunset from Corong Corong Seashore
- 11 11. Serena Road in El Nido City for Nice Meals
- 12 Learn Next:
1. El Nido Island Hopping Tours
Floating in the Huge Lagoon
One of the crucial common things to do in El Nido is island hopping – and for good purpose! As a result of El Nido is comprised of 45 islands and islets, it’s no shock that a good way to get probably the most out of your journey is jumping on a ship and exploring all that the ocean and land has to supply. Most vacationers agree that a journey to El Nido isn’t full without no less than one island hopping expertise.
Because of the reputation of this exercise, it’s turn into more and more simpler to seek out and guide excursions – and the options are very accessible and easy. The excursions are named alphabetically as A, B, C, and D. Each tour offers you the opportunity to explore beautiful lagoons, personal seashores, vibrant sea life, and the magical essence of El Nido! For detailed info on the price, destinations, and booking for each individual tour, take a look at my submit all about El Nido island hopping.
2. Lease a Kayak
7 Commandos Seashore
For an adventurous and unbiased approach to visit beautiful beaches and keep away from crowds, lease a kayak! Since the great thing about El Nido is within the beaches, renting a kayak is a superb alternative to seek out some off the crushed path beaches that the excursions don’t all the time visit – all whereas getting a very good exercise in. That stated, you’ll be able to hit up 7 Commandos Seashore, a Tour A stop, within the night to get an off-peak expertise.
You possibly can lease a kayak in El Nido city, but the paddling might be for much longer than in case you lease a kayak in Corong Corong Seashore, about 10 minutes from the city of El Nido. Get there by flagging down a tricycle or hop on a scooter! There are alternatives for regular kayaks priced at 500 PHP for a full day or 300 PHP for half the day- if you want to splurge, you’ll be able to even lease a clear kayak to see the superb water beneath you… and sea life for those who’re lucky! You’ll discover kayaks for lease all along the seashore when you just take a walk.
Take a look at this nice information for an in depth record of beaches that may be accessed independently and tips on how to get to every of them.
three. Scuba Dive or Freedive
El Nido is house to roughly 30 dive websites and you may rely on frequent trips to a minimum of 10 of them relying on tides and circumstances. Bacuit Bay is a mecca for beautiful sea life and mind blowing pure structural formations. The bay can also be shielded from the ocean’s robust currents – so scuba diving in El Nido is accessible to divers of all expertise ranges.
For those who’re considering freediving, you can too find out how in El Nido. Take a look at Freediving Dimension and for a evaluate of my expertise studying the right way to do it in Indonesia, you possibly can read more here.
Four. Visit El Nido’s Public Market
A enjoyable and attractive approach to get a glimpse into authentic native culture just about anyplace you visit is to walk via the city’s public market. With a day by day market (beginning at 5:30am), El Nido is not any exception! Stop by the public market earlier than starting the day’s journey for some recent fruit or veggies, or rehydrate after an extended day at the seashore with a recent Filipino coconut. As all the time, keep in mind that other nations in all probability have totally different sanitation standards than your personal. To be additional protected, contemplate opting for fruits or vegetables which are uncut that you would be able to peel or wash with sterilized water to scale back the danger of coming nose to nose with dangerous bacteria.
To be trustworthy, although, I virtually by no means comply with this rule and after 6 years of touring, even after eating uncooked veggies and road food the whole time, I’ve by no means had meals poisoning.
5. Las Cabanas Seashore
The view from The Nesting Desk
Las Cabanas is certainly one of El Nido’s most lovely and widespread seashores. No boat? No drawback. Las Cabanas might be reached by a 100-150 peso tricycle from El Nido town, which is a serious bonus for many who value the power to do and see sure locations independently. Being a bit extra developed than El Nido’s other seashores, Las Cabanas makes for a perfect day journey the place guests can sunbathe, take pleasure in a swim, sip on a recent coconut, or attempt native food and drinks at one of the many intimate seashore bars. That is additionally among the best locations in El Nido to benefit from the sundown over the ocean because of the almost good orientation of the seashore.
I recommend heading up to The Nesting Table at The Birdhouse (additionally a nice place to remain) for dinner, which is a lodge, yoga studio, and restaurant with the view pictured above. It’s good for sunset. Look for the stairs right after the zipline from the seashore. Just a word on entry – once I was there the guard requested if I had reservations, which I didn’t. I asked if I might just go up to have a look and it turned out that a lot of the restaurant was empty they usually have been pleased to have me. So in case you run into the same drawback, attempt asking when you can go up simply to check it out!
6. Hike Taraw Peak
At 230 meters above sea degree, Taraw Peak is the very best point overlooking El Nido town, the bay, and close by seashores. The hike to the highest is seemingly tremendous steep and sketchy at occasions, however it supplies panoramic views of Bacuit Bay, superb landscapes, and limestone paths. This strenuous 2 hour hike is greatest carried out at dawn to keep away from the extreme warmth that builds up the extra occasions you hit snooze. It’s extremely advisable to rent knowledgeable information and wear correct footwear for this one, as it’s a difficult and bodily exhausting trek – making the considered one of a sort view from the top much more rewarding.
As of 2019, excursions are not out there to hike to the top as a consequence of a few vacationer deaths last yr. That stated, new critiques are nonetheless popping up on Google Maps on a regular basis, so I think that should you ask around city, you possibly can still discover a native who will take you up there, offered you’re clear on the risks and need to take the danger. Alternatively, there’s a cover stroll that provides you a nice, although not as epic, view from the top with more ease and security. It prices 400 pesos per individual and a helmet is required.
7. Nacpan Seashore
Photograph by jpl.me used underneath artistic commons
Nacpan Seashore is called one of the beautiful seashores that El Nido has to offer. The quintessential postcard picture, Nacpan shouldn’t be only a seashore and sunset lover’s dream however a photographer’s dream, fisherman’s dream, I feel you get the purpose… Nacpan seashore is straight up dreamy! Close your eyes and movie paradise and this seashore may just be what you see. There’s even a small wave that is surfable some days! Nacpan is one half of the ‘Twin Beaches’ (Calitang being the opposite), so you’ll be able to easily take pleasure in both superb places in one journey.
For those who’re snug on a scooter, that is straightforward to combine with the Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls for a day trip. If not, you will get a tricycle from El Nido city for about 1500 pesos roundtrip. Expensive, but when shared, it’s still cheaper than an island hopping journey.
eight. Street Trip on a Scooter
There’s actually nothing that compares to the liberty you get by driving the roads of villages, hills, and forests on a motorcycle. With all that El Nido has to offer, renting a scooter is admittedly one of the simplest ways to suit all of it in without having to guide tours and rides every step of the best way. Scootering around is such an adventure in and of itself, plus, the prices of tricycles can add up fairly shortly whereas a motorcycle will only value you about 500 PHP per day. Just don’t overlook your helmet!
9. Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls
On the route from El Nido correct to Nacpan you’ll discover a quick and delightful half hour hike to 2 waterfalls, an enormous one and a small one. Stops like this are an excellent instance of why El Nido is the right place to lease a motorcycle – in an effort to stop wherever you need to and expertise as a lot as potential. That is also an amazing alternative to get a bit mountaineering in if Taraw Peak is a strict no when you’re there. Plus, there is a pure pool to swim in at the bottom of one of many falls!
The critiques of the falls are combined, with some calling it unimpressive, and apparently you need to pay 250 pesos for a ‘guide’. When you’ve enjoyed the waterfalls of Siquijor it won’t be well worth the trek however for those who’re dying for one thing totally different and out of the solar, it’s an choice.
10. Catch the Sunset from Corong Corong Seashore
Beautiful every night time
I stayed on the slightly quieter Corong Corong Seashore and beloved that I might walk right down to see the sundown every night time. The best way that the water receded to point out sandbars within the evenings was good (although that completely is determined by the moon phases, in fact!). I highly advocate staying at El Nido Overlooking and reserving your island hopping tours via them when you’re there. It’s a 4-villa resort with lovely decks, one with a personal pool, and some quiet and solitude which you could’t get from most other places in El Nido.
11. Serena Road in El Nido City for Nice Meals
Flocks of travelers combined with loads of eating places and the glittering sea provides El Nido town its allure. Some say it’s overwhelmingly busy however regardless of how you are feeling about it, El Nido is certainly vigorous. Slender dusty streets welcome canine and cats alongside plenty of tricycles and scooters. The chaos that appears to take over even the smallest of Southeast Asian cities may be fairly hectic and you might end up considering “wasn’t I just here?” every time you turn down a brand new road. In the event you’re unsure which method to go and every road prior seemed the exact same, Serena Road will really feel like a bit of breath of recent air. Lined with advantageous eating places, top quality native outlets, and even respectable WiFi here and there, Serena Road is one you’ll lastly be capable of distinguish from the others.
As I stated originally of this publish, there are TONS of things to do and locations to see in El Nido, every providing a special vantage point of the beautiful horizon, dotted with sweet shaped mounds of islands. Whereas the city itself isn’t as idyllic as a few of the smaller spots within the Philippines, El Nido makes up for it with its beautiful beaches and selection.