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Puerto Prinsesa and El Nido Tour

Palawan has always been one of my favorite Philippines travel destinations because of its undeniably wonderful beaches and friendly people. I love the province's untroubled and unhurried atmosphere, the kind of lifestyle that I could probably get used to. Definitely a dream place for a laid back person like me.

We've been to Palawan last year for a family vacation. We stayed at Tres Pension, a quaint pension house in Puerto Prinsesa. I can't say enough great things about Palawan, I just promised myself to visit this place again in the future.

But right after a few months, I was back in Palawan earlier than expected. Together with my up for adventure friends, we've toured Puerto Prinsesa-El Nido Tour that time. We spent four days discovering Palawan. Our first two days was spent in Puerto Prinsesa and the last two days was spent in El Nido.

Bacuit Bay, El Nido
Bacuit Bay, El Nido

El Nido Tour

El Nido is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. However, most people are hesitant in visiting El Nido because of the misconception that traveling to El Nido is very expensive. Through research and lurking around forums, I learned that El Nido is actually a budget friendly place. You can stay at pension houses or backpacker inns instead of expensive hotels and resorts. It just depends on your willingness to sacrifice a little comfort in order to cut down your expenses. Traveling to El Nido can really be done on a budget.


Instead of getting a very expensive direct flight to El Nido via Island Transvoyager. We opted for the more affordable but challenging route and booked for promo fare tickets to Puerto Prinsesa via Airphil Express. Other domestic airlines also offer discounted air fares, so it's helpful to check their pages every now and then.

Eulen Joy Shuttle

From Puerto Princesa, we've endured the 6 hour ride to El Nido. We initially planned to take the RORO bus bound to El Nido but it was already full. It was past 9pm that time, we're a bit worried but good thing that we were able to catch a Eulen Joy shuttle bound to El Nido. We paid P500 each. One must bring a lot of patience for this long six-hour ride of your life.


It was past 2am when we arrived at El Nido town proper. The driver brought us to Marina Garden, our temporary home in El Nido. Marina Garden is a nice place with a very nice view of the beach. The location is good because it is actually in the center of El Nido town.

Marina Garden

There are lots of budget-friendly accommodations around the town. Also, eateries and shops are just around the corner so no need to worry about where to eat and where to buy things that you might need during your vacation.


El Nido is famous for its beautiful beaches and limestone cliffs, so make sure to add island hopping in your itinerary. There are four island hopping tours in El Nido. These are tours A, B, C, and D. Each tour showcases great limestone cliffs, caves, lagoons, beaches and breathtaking view of El Nido. We took the combined tour (A and B c/o Ate Neriza of Northern Hope) to maximize our time and only visit the famous spots.


  • El Nido town proper is just a small town. You can roam around by foot or by riding a tricycle.
  • Electricity is available only from 2 pm to 6am.
  • There is no ATM in El Nido.
  • A Php 200.00 El Nido Tourism Development Fee is collected from every tourist who avails any of island hopping tours. The fee is valid for 10 days.
peacock look alike!
until next time El Nido!


Our first two days was spent in Puerto Prinsesa. We stayed at Tres Pension, our home away from home in Palawan. We visited the famous Underground River, took a side trip to Ugong Rock and challenged ourselves by trying the Sabang X Zipline. It was one great adventure. We really had fun!

breakfast at Tres Pension


Visit one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.
See and experience this majestic creation of God. Not that spectacular (if you're the type who wants physically challenging activities) but definitely a worthwhile activity in Palawan.

Puerto Prinsesa Underground River
Puerto Prinsesa Underground River tour
Special thanks to Charisse of La Tiara for securing permits for our Underground River Tour.
For hassle free booking, you may reach her at 0917-809-4509

Go spelunking and caving at the Ugong Rock. An energy-draining experience for the not-so-athletic person like me. Caving at Ugong rock is like a total work out. Tiring but fun!

inside Ugong rock

Trek and zip at Sabang X Zipiline. Try the 800m long and 150ft above sea level zipline. A ride costs P550. A bit expensive for just one ride but definitely a ride full of fun and excitement!

Sabang X Zipline!

Four days in Palawan was short but it's been an amazing experience. I feel grateful to finally see and experience El Nido and Puerto Prinsesa with some of my closest friends. El Nido is definitely a charmer. It deserves to be one of the best travel destinations in our country.
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