The Grand El Nido Outdoor Escapade

28th May 2018
El Nido

I have the pleasure to share with you my greatest experience I had with this wonderful island that leaves me breathless and awed during my recent visit. The clear white sand beaches, stunning sandbars, limestone cliffs, crescent beaches, limestone cathedral, hidden beaches, and the limestone hills near the ocean shores are just some of the colossal grandeur found in the site mostly made by nature’s evolution and seemingly untouched by civilization.

You won’t definitely regret this trip!

El Nido is one Palawan’s top destinations for an awesome outdoor adventure. Located just 235 km (140 miles) northeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan’s capital and approximately 420 km (260 miles) southwest of Manila, El Nido is ranked number 1 in Condé Nast Traveler’s List of the world’s “Top 20 Most Beautiful Beaches” in early 2017, while CNNGo refer to it recently as the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines.

We’re on top. Isn’t that an interesting adventure? You better ready your gear and trek down the islands that are unique. (Matincloc, Shrine, El Nido, Palawan)


Explore the Island’s Breathtaking Views

El Nido is truly unique among the Philippines’ various island destinations. El Nido is settled at the northern tip off the island of Palawan where it has clusters of more than 45 smaller islands surrounding the mainland. A week of exploration is all you need to fully admire its adoring beauty, where you can dive, island hop, admire gigantic rock formations, explore tremendous underground tunnels, swim in crystal clear waters, hike on the islands, be stunned with the sight of limestone cathedrals, tour hidden beaches and savor the essence of the finest Filipino dishes served in many available beach resort restaurants and stay where the beachfront is, and so much more interesting activities and outdoor adventures only Cebu Republic could provide you.

Breathtaking experience with this magnificent island. (Small Lagoon, El Nido, Palawan)


Experience these Island Hopping Adventures

Island TravelXP Tours is proud to announce its strict recommendation that you visit these majestic islands off the coasts of El Nido and enjoy island hopping, sumptuous lunch while you hop and a number of tour packages that will not cost you a fortune but will definitely bring you closer to nature in total relaxation and admiration.

Witness the beauty of this unique island paradise. (Docking at Matinloc Shine)


Tour packages available will take you further to where the adventure is. Witness the beauty of this unique island paradise while you swim through a hole leading to a secret lagoon, experience the turquoise waters off a larger lagoon, visit hidden beaches covered by huge limestone cliffs, explore Snake Island, dive and snorkel, scuba dive, visit Shimizu Island and Helicopter Island and experience how two waterfalls, both 10 meters tall break into a natural stone wall and where a pool settles for a nice swim, and so much more!

Visited Commando Beach where 7 Japanese soldiers lived after WWII without knowing the war had ended (they are now all dead but leave their names etched in stones around the island)


There is also fun and adventurous hike to Taraw Peak, exploration of underwater tunnels, a visit to Commando Beach where 7 Japanese soldiers lived after WWII without knowing the war had ended (they are now all dead but leave their names etched in stones around the island).

Enjoy Island Hopping and Kayaking in Big and Small Lagoon.


Take a day trip to twin beaches, visit Matinloc Shrine, eat pizza at Altrove, bathe at the Makinit Hot Spring, and frolic with the sight while the sun set to the west where you could witness one of the world’s most iconic sunsets, and so much more adventures all in short distances with each other.

Island Tours

  • Tour A
    Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon and 7 Commandos Beach
  • Tour B
    Entalula Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave and Cathedral Cave
  • Tour C
    Hidden Beach, Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine and Star Beach
  • Tour D
    Bukal Island, Ipil Beach, Nat-Nat Beach, Cadlao Lagoon and Paradise Beach

How to go to El Nido Palawan

There are so many ways you can reach El Nido from various origins; here are some of the routes when you are originating from Metro Manila and Cebu:

From Manila/Cebu to Puerto Princesa

  • Daily flights to Puerto Princesa International Airport, through a direct flight from Manila or Cebu.
  • The two main airlines operating daily flights between these cities are Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.
  • Once you land at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, take a tricycle ride from the airport to San Jose Terminal (fare averages P120 per ride). If you are on a budget and enjoys the luxury of time, take a trike ride from the airport to Junction 1 (fare P8.00) and then take a multi-cab that will take you to San Jose Terminal (fare is P12.00).
  • Take a van or bus from Puerto Princesa to El Nido at the San Jose Terminal. Travel time usually takes between 5 to 6 hours. Price per seat ranges from P600 to P700.

Direct flights from Manila to El Nido

  • Taking a plane from Manila to El Nido is the fastest and the most comfortable way to get to El Nido when you are in Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces. There is one company named ITI (Island Transvoyageur, Inc.) which operates 3 chartered flights a day between El Nido and Manila.
    Here are the time schedules
    Manila-El Nido: 7:30am – 11:00am – 3:00pm
    El Nido-Manila: 9:30am – 1:00pm – 5:00pmThe flight will be landing at the Lio Airport in El Nido, a mere 4 km from the town proper. Take a tricycle ride near the airport or check with your tour agency if they are going to fetch you from the airport.

Direct flight from Cebu to El Nido

  • Daily flight from Cebu City takes off at 12:55PM from Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).
  • How much does a plane ticket to El Nido cost?
    It depends on the season and the special offers of ITI, but most of the time, it’s around P7,000 to P9,000.
  • How long does it take to go from Manila to El Nido by plane?
    Around 1 hour and a half. Compared to the 12+ hours of flying to Puerto Princesa and going by road to El Nido, it’s an ultra-quick way to get to El Nido.

Best time to go to El Nido?
January to June is the best time to visit the island since there are less rains and typhoons during this season.

Beach bumming in Nacpan Beach


Things to bring

  • Bring enough cash
  • Sun block lotion
  • Camera
  • GoPro
  • Charger
  • Power bank
  • Rash guard or swim wear
  • Medicines (for headaches, diarrhea, Antibiotic ointment for some cuts and bruises; band aids;)
  • Aqua sock or rubber sandals
  • Multipurpose scarf or shawl
  • Plastic casing for your phone/Dry bag for your camera (so that your gadget is protected during the Island hopping)
  • Sunglasses, better bring a plastic one with 100% UVA/UVB protection