El Nido
Welcome on Palawan Divers blog ! We are gonna talk about all aspect of living in El Nido, from diving to having fun outside of the water !

Planning a trip to El Nido? Take stock of your transportation options here. Costs, duration, and other details for getting to El Nido.

To get to El Nido, you have three options:

1) Direct flight from Manila to El Nido: The fastest and most direct way is to fly from Manila. The flight takes about 1 hour and lands directly at Lio airport, located about 4 kilometers from midtown.

Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) offers daily flights from Manila to El Nido. Travel time is around 55 minutes on a 50-seater ATR aircraft. From Lio airport, you can take a 20-minute tricycle ride going to El Nido town. You can reserve your ITI flights through Artcafe here using this email address: [email protected].

Flights from Manila depart at 7:00AM, 11:00AM and 3:00PM daily. Return flights from El Nido to Manila leave at 9:00AM, 1:00PM and 5:00PM every day.

One-way ITI fare is PHP 6,750 per person, but you can also watch out for promo flights on Artcafe’s Facebook page. There is a 10kg weight restriction, including hand luggage. Each extra kilo is charged P200.

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2) Land travel from Puerto Princesa to El Nido: The second way to reach El Nido is to first fly to Puerto Princesa Airport in Central Palawan. Its airport receives regular flights from Manila and Cebu via CebuPacific, PAL Express, AirAsia and other local carriers. From Puerto Princesa, you still have to cover about 220 kilometers of highway to get to El Nido. To do so, you have different options:

a) Van We warmly recommend DaytripperPalawan. They will get you to El Nido safely and comfortably in their executive vans/coaches. The trip usually takes 5-6 hours. Other van companies also leave daily from the Puerto Princesa airport.

Palawan Day Tripper

b) Bus. If you are on budget, take a bus. Two companies ply the Puerto Princesa-El Nido route every day. We highly recommend Cherry Bus. It takes about 6-8 hours, depending on how many stopovers the bus will take on the way.

c) Car or motorbike. If you want to travel at your own pace, taking a road trip is a great way to discover the Northern part of Palawan. You can stop over villages and enjoy the rustic view of the countryside. Be prepared, though. This can be a long trip (more than 280km) and full of hassles (cows, dogs, water buffalos, potholes, etc.). Do not travel at night and be extremely careful!

Overnight in Puerto Princesa: If you want to stay overnight in Puerto Princesa, we recommend you to stay at the Hibiscus Garden Inn. Not far from the airport, the hotel has a beautiful tropical garden and is a convenient base if you want to explore the city. One Manalo Place is another good choice. It offers a wide choice of rooms, a pool and a beautiful spa.

3) Boat trip from Coron to El Nido:  Boat trips from Coron to El Nido and vice-versa are operated 4-5 times a week by several big outrigger boats. The journey can be slow and tough and not recommended if you can find a faster way to come here. As these shuttles are weather dependent, cancellations are quite common on this route. The trip may take 7-10 hours and costs P1,800.

Tao Philippines: If you have time, you may want to go on an adventure with Tao PhilippinesTheir expeditions explore hundreds of remote islands between El Nido and Coron. It’s a beautiful experience and you’ll get a chance to set foot on undeveloped tropical islands untouched by tourism.

Bacuit Bay and El Nido are famous for their Island Hopping Tours. But diving is great here as well!

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Scuba Diving with Palawan Divers

Palawan Divers is a pioneer PADI school in El Nido and the most established dive center here.  As a PADI 5star Dive Resort, they offer PADI Scuba Diving Courses from beginner level and up, PADI Specialty courses and PADI Pro Courses. They also cater to certified divers wanting to explore Bacuit Bay’s reefs with daily guided dives. With a staff of experienced and full-time captains, divemasters and instructors you can rely on them to make the most of your time in here. Palawan Divers is a certified PADI 5Star Resort.

You’re a certified diver?

Our well-trained guides have thousands of dives. With our captains, they will select dive sites based on where we are likely to have the best conditions and the level of the divers on board. We try to ensure that you will not be repeating dive sites during your stay (unless you want to, of course!). And if you want to have a more personal experience, go for our private trip!
Get more informations here.

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Want to try scuba diving?

The Discover Scuba Diving is designed to introduce non-divers to SCUBA with a light amount of theory and in-water training needed. In just one day, our experienced and professional instructors can teach you the basics and take you diving in shallow reefs. The calm sea, good visibility and rich marine life even in shallow waters guarantee you a fantastic and memorable day.
Duration : 1 day . Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm . Days: Every Day . Dives: 1 introduction, plus 2 shallow dives
Get more informations here.

You want to be certified?

With rich marine biodiversity, beautiful sceneries and calm sea conditions, El Nido is an ideal place to start diving. The PADI eLearning Open Water Course is a 2- or 3-day program that provides the knowledge and skills you need to become a certified diver. After completing the theories online, you can begin your in-water training with your instructor. It’s easy, exciting and fun! Duration: 2 or 3 days . Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm . Days: Daily . Dives: 6 Dives
Get more informations here.

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Want to go deeper?

Experience the thrill of a night dive? Or just take your dive skills to the next level? The Adventures in Diving program lets you try diving in different environments, teaches you new abilities underwater and increases your confidence in the water. Get your licence here in El Nido and make the most of your vacation in Philippines. Duration: 2 or 3 days . Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm . Days: Daily . Dives: 6 Dives
Get more informations here.

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 It’s a whole new world to discover. If you don't want to miss out on El Nido's marine wonders, add another dimension to your trip. You will soon realise that El Nido has much to offer above and below the surface. With swimming pool conditions and such a beautiful background, it is hard to ask for more. El Nido's calm and clear waters are perfect for freediving. The rich marine life will make the whole experience unforgetable.

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Palawan Freedivers is the first freediving center in El Nido and an AIDA certified school. If you ant to try this amazing way to discover El Nido’s reef, to get a course or be catered by our banca for fun diving? All the informations are in our website: www.palawan-freedivers.com

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Discover Apnea:
AIDA1 This easy introductory course is for anyone curious about freediving. In one day your instructor will teach you the basics and take you diving in shallow reefs full of marine life. You’ll see, it’s safe and easy!

Beginner course: AIDA2 Unleash the freediver in you! During this course, you will learn the essential skills used by freedivers to spend more time under water. AIDA2 sets solid foundations for your safety and enjoyment as a freediver. It’s done in 3 days.

Confirmed: AIDA3 If you are here, you already know that you love freediving. Now, you can take your freediving to the next level. You will master the free fall and improve your oxygen management, practice deep equalization & provide advanced safety.

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El Nido town has a great of accommodations, restaurants and bar to go out at night. Here is our best choice to help you finding what suits you the best!

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NIGHT LIFE

 In the Philippines you’ll find live bands performing in bars almost every night and playing any kind of music.

There is still a lot of things to do for nature and ocean lovers in El Nido. With so many things to do, you won't get bored.

Island Hopping

Island hopping is the most popular activity in El Nido. It’s a way to discover many hidden beaches and spend a day snorkeling in the most beautiful spots of the bay.
. For day tours : Book at Art Cafe
. For an overnight trip, you can choose to join a group or organize private expeditions. Book with Tao Philippines or Native Exploration

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Kayaking 

Going to the islands with a kayak is the best way to be independent and feel like Robinson Crusoe while arriving alone on a beautiful beach! The waters are very calm, it’s really easy to get around the bay and further.

. For a full day tour or an overnight kayak trip, contact El Gordo adventures
. You can rent a kayak for half a day or a day at Art Cafe
. For a 2 to 4 days trip, contact Serge

www.elgordoadventures.com

www.elgordoadventures.com

Hiking

Take a 2-3 hour walk on Cadlao Island, see the incredible flora and fauna living in the dense forest of the island, soak in the breathtaking views of El Nido, or climb the cliff without rope for an hour. Book at Art Cafe.

Mountain Biking

Discover a nice little village right on the beach only 8km away from El Nido, or for the more adventurous, cycle up to 60km in one day. Book with El Gordo adventures for renting a bike or organize a guided tour.

www.elgordoadventures.com

www.elgordoadventures.com

ZipLine                  

There is a 750m zipline joining Las Cabanas to Snake Island. PHP500 one way, PHP400 more to come back, otherwise you can walk at low tide or swim. Book at Art Cafe.

Tours in the North

You can rent a motorbike or a van to visit the Northern tip of Palawan. Book at Art Cafe.

.Nacpan and Calitang, the twin beaches–Enjoy stunning face to face beaches, probably the most impressive ones in Palawan (motorbike, 45min ride by van, longer by tricycle.)

. Nagkalit-kalit Falls and Makinit Hot Springs –Chill out in the hot springs surrounded by the jungle and take a rewarding fresh bath in the waterfall after a walk through the forest (45 min ride, then 45 min trek to get to the waterfalls).

. Dagmay Beach – Dagmay beach is completely empty and very quiet – a perfect spot for those who want some peace and quiet. If you’re there at the right time, you’ll be able to meet the local fishermen (45min by van).

. Duli Beach 2h away from El Nido, you’ll find a beautiful 4km long beach, only surrounded by jungle and clear water.

. Ille Cave Explore the famous cave where archeologists found human bones and potteries from 12 000 years earlier. (45mn drive from El Nido)

Stand up Paddleboard

Hire a paddleboard for the day and spot the turtles! Book at the Art Cafe.

Kitesurfing

Only 50min from El Nido, you’ll find a perfect spot to learn or practise kitesurfing. QI Palawan is a resort as well.

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www.palawankiteboarding.com

Chill out

Take a tricycle and go for a day out to enjoy Las Cabanas and the surrounding beaches, or just sit on a terrace with a fresh fruit juice and relax.