El Nido is a Top Destination

As experienced Palawan travelers know, it is a big, gorgeous island (270 miles / 474KM long from tip to tip!) so planning in advance is key to help balance out the requirement of long travel journeys between destinations.

For many people, us included, El Nido is the “must-see” destination for first time visitors. You can skip it and have a great Palawan vacation, for sure, but it is home of the most extreme and unique limestone rock formations emerging from the crystal blue waters.

The downside is that beauty also attracts throngs of tourists – so your island hopping tour will be packed and as you visit all the spots and each location will have other competing boats around vying for position and serenity. It’s worth it, though, so don’t pass it by! The experiences are worth it.

Tourists at Dilumacad Island, aka Helicopter Island

And this is where Binga Beach comes in. The other top destination in Palawan is Port Barton, infamous for backpackers as the cool and hip little town where you can let your hair down and relax. Same with San Vicente nearby which is growing as an even less-crowded such spot. But these towns are 4 to 5 hours drive South from El Nido. What to do?!

Well, stop in the middle along the way at Binga Beach, which is right in the middle of their path along the way and break that trip up! Located just 45 minutes from San Vicente and its local airport or less than 2 hours North from Port Barton, Binga is a perfect stop on your way to El Nido. For more info on that, check out our article about Where is Binga Beach.

But, this article isn’t about us, it’s about that yes, El Nido is definitely worth visiting, and here is why:

The Stunning Natural Beauty

El Nido is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. The town is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and crystal clear waters, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The area is also home to numerous beaches, including Nacpan Beach and Duli Beach, both of which offer pristine sands and turquoise waters.

Woman on a boat in El Nido waters

The Beaches

El Nido is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The main beach, called Corong Corong, is a long stretch of white sand and crystal clear water. It’s the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. Other popular beaches include Nacpan Beach and Las Cabanas Beach. All of these beaches offer great opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

Beautiful El Nido beach

The Island Hopping Tours

El Nido is known for its island hopping tours, which take visitors to some of the most breathtakingly beautiful islands in the area. The tours typically include stops at lagoons, caves, and secluded beaches. Some of the most popular islands to visit include Bacuit Bay, Cadlao Island, and Miniloc Island.

Island Hopping Tour Boats at Dilumacad Island

The Diverse Marine Life

El Nido is a diving and snorkeling paradise, with an abundance of marine life to be found in its waters. The area is home to a wide variety of fish, including parrotfish, angelfish, and damselfish, as well as larger animals such as sea turtles and even the occasional shark. In addition to its rich marine life, El Nido is also home to several coral reefs, making it a popular spot for diving and snorkeling.

Sea turtle on an El Nido shore

The Rich Culture and History

El Nido has a long and fascinating history, with evidence of human habitation dating back over 30,000 years. The area has been inhabited by a number of different indigenous groups over the centuries, and has a rich cultural heritage that is still evident today. Visitors can learn about the town’s history by visiting the El Nido Museum, which houses a collection of artifacts and information about the area’s past.

Lodgings by limestone cliff karsts

The Delicious Food

El Nido is home to a variety of delicious local dishes, many of which are made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The local cuisine is a blend of Filipino and Spanish influences, and there are many great restaurants to choose from.

Some of the local specialties include seafood dishes like grilled fish and prawns, as well as dishes like adobo (a type of marinated meat) and lechon (roasted pig). Other popular dishes include sinigang, a sour and savory soup made with tamarind, and kinilaw, a raw fish dish that is similar to ceviche. Visitors can also try a variety of local fruits, including mangoes, bananas, and pineapples, which are all grown in the area.

The Adventure Opportunities

El Nido is a great destination for those who love to get out and explore the great outdoors. There are numerous hiking trails in the area, including the popular Taraw Cliff trail, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Other outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in El Nido include rock climbing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Rope bridge on trail near El Nido

The Charming Accommodations

El Nido offers a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses. Many of the town’s accommodations are located in stunning locations, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can choose to stay in a traditional Philippine-style hut, a beachfront cottage, or even a treehouse, depending on their preferences.

Woman on an El Nido beach

The Friendly Locals

The people of El Nido are known for their warm and welcoming nature, and visitors are sure to feel right at home in this friendly town. Locals are always happy to share their knowledge of the area with visitors and can offer valuable tips on the best places to visit and things to do.

A Jeepney if you’re feeling adventurous

En fin

El Nido is a truly special place that offers something for everyone. With its stunning natural beauty, rich culture and history, delicious food, and adventure opportunities, El Nido truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure, or just a chance to experience some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in the world, El Nido is the perfect destination.

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