How to Get to El Nido, Palawan

How to Get to El Nido, Palawan

30th May 2019

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El Nido is a tropical paradise. While not entirely a hidden gem, one visit to this magical place in Palawan isn’t enough. It deserves a spot on your bucket list! From the crystal clear waters and white sand beaches to the majestic underwater scenery and rich marine life, you’ll never see anything quite like it.

While it is easily reached va land, air and sea, travelling here is a little harder than when you go to its neighbor, Puerto Princesa. In fact, the latter will be your jump-off point. But trust us, it’s worth it. Here are some travelling options:

From El Nido Airport

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If you’re looking for a direct flight from Manila to El Nido, this option is for you. Also known as Lio Airport, this privately-owned airport is exclusively operated by AirSwift. This is for those who have a hefty budget and zero patience with long road rides. They have regular flights from Manila (3-6 departures daily) from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 (NAIA-4). Travel time is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Upon arrival at the airport, you can a van via your accommodation, or take a local tricycle taxi straight to your hotel. The main downtown El Nido area is approximately 10 minutes away from El Nido Airport.

Book an Airswift via PHbus.com

Manila to El Nido

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On a tight budget? You can book a flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa, then take a bus or van to El Nido.

You can book via Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines an AirAsia thru PHBus.com

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Travelling by sea is another option. Book a ship to Puerto Princesa via 2Go and ride a bus/van to El Nido. You can also book a 2Go from Manila to Coron and take  Montenegro Ferry from Coron to El Nido.

Puerto Princesa to El Nido

Puerto Princesa is easily the gateway to Palawan. If you’re planning to head to El Nido from the city, there are several options:


Cherry Bus

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Cherry Bus travels daily from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and vice versa. The trip starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. (Puerto Princesa to El Nido) while the back and forth (El Nido to Palawan) starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Fare costs around Php 385 for ordinary and Php 480 for airconditioned. Book via PHbus.com

Online bookings

You can book a van via your hotel accommodation or through official van transfer bookings online. Book via  Lexus Shuttle.

Puerto Princesa International Airport

Minivans heading to El Nido are lined up on the arrivals area.

San Jose Terminal

You can find bus and vans bound to El Nido here.

El Nido Island Hopping Tours

Going around the island can be overwhelming, but thankfully, there are tour options for you. Check them out:

El Nido Tour A

This tour focuses on the beautiful lagoons, picture-worthy limestone cliffs and majestic white beaches. You can go snorkeling at the Seven Commandos Beach, explore the Big Lagoon and enjoy a picnic lunch at Shimizu Island.  Book here for El Nido Tour A.

El Nido Tour B

Tour B will let you explore the forest side of the island. Visit the Entalula, Pinagbuyutan, and Snake Islands and commune with nature through their forests and wildlife. You’ll go around caves too via kayaking!  Book here for El Nido Tour B.

El Nido Tour C

Perhaps the favorite among tourists, this tour is about white beaches and majestic landscapes. This will take you to the famous Helicopter Island and famous islands of Dilumacad and Matinloc.  Book here for El Nido Tour C.

El Nido Tour D

This tour offers an itinerary full of lesser known beaches. While some people prefer the mainstream ones, this is the tour to take if you want a quiet and secluded place. Check out the Cadlao Island and Small Lagoon!

For more El Nido Travel deals, you may click  HERE.

Where To Stay

You may book in advance via Agoda.