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Unspoiled, sugar-white beaches and world-class scuba diving are just some of the big pulls for both local and global travelers; welcome to the holiday brochure paradise island of Palawan.

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Palawan Province

Palawan is one of the few remaining islands in the Philippines that is still largely unspoiled, but the pressure of economics and money is making up for lost time quickly, and  Coron, El Nido, and Puerto Princesa have already fallen victims to the tourist buck.

Almost everything else is untouched by tourism and you can find yourself alone on white sand beaches that stretch into the unpolluted and crystal clear sea, or in a jungle set straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster, but thankfully lacking in man-eating or dangerous animals! You will find breathtaking scenery from the tops of cliffs, or enjoy secluded lagoons that could be there only for you; in short, the island is simply breathtaking and still has that edge of natural beauty that can be so hard to find these days.

 Best Time to Visit

Needless to say, the dry months (November to May) are the best times to visit but the downside to that is everybody tends to think that way so it’s more people and prices tend to be higher especially for accommodation. If you take your chances on the rainy season (June thru November) then hotel rates are usually cheaper as are tour costs and you get the benefits of a lot less tourists being around.

In the end, it’s your call depending on what’s really important to you, but the island is spectacular any time of the year.

How to get there?

The quickest and easiest way to get to Palawan is to take a 1.5-hour flight to Puerto Princesa from Manila. If you want to go on to El Niño there is a 5-6 hour shuttle ride in a minibus (if you prefer private travel a limited car rental service is available). Princesa Airport also has direct flights from Cebu, Iloilo, Clark, and Davao. Other interesting alternatives for El Nido are direct flights there from Manila, Cebu and Boracay Caticlan, but the flights tend to cost substantially more than flying to Princesa. Finally, for the ‘Titanic’ romantic and adventurous traveler (no sinking involved) keen to experience a unique approach, book a flight to Coron-Busuanga Airport (USU) and continue the journey by sea by ferry direct to El Nido.

The only airline that flies from Puerto Princesa to Lio Airport El Nido is AirSWIFT. Lio Airport was reopened in 2015 and is only a 25-minute ride to the town and is the easiest access to El Nido from Puerto Princesa and Manila.

Always book the earliest flight going to Puerto Princesa and the last flight going back to Manila. This will help you maximize your stay. 

Getting around Puerto Princesa
& El Nido

The major roads of Puerto Princesa and El Nido are well served by multi-cabs.  This is good for a local commuter and for those that are looking for additional adventure.

  • Cost is at Php 50-150 / Head if you’re going from Point A to Point B within the town.
  • Tricycle for Hire: Php 750/ Day
  • Rent A Motorbike: Starts at Php 500 + Gas
  • Rent a Bike: Php 400 /Day
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Rent A Motorbike and stroll the city on your own!

Rent a scooter in Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa Airport to El Nido

By Van

Costing Php 500 (9 USD ) per pax. The van travel time is approximately 4.5 to 5 hours, including one stop for lunch, and is faster than the bus. The downside is that if you’ve got a full van it can be rather cramped inside.

For van transportation, In my experience,  Eulen Joy and Lexxuss Shuttle are the most reliable van service as they leave on-time, even if the van isn’t full. Other van services like Fort Wally can be cheap as Php 400 (7 USD) but they won’t leave unless the van is full. So, for those who want to save time, I would strongly recommend you book with Eulen Joy or Lexxus Shuttle both to and from El Nido.

I always suggest taking a van because of both travel time and convenience from the airport. I also strongly recommend that you reserve your seat at least a day before your arrival, and to find out where to pick you up.

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Lexxuss Shuttle

book a reservation here


  • Please note: Pickups will be done within 45 minutes before the departure time. Please be patient in cases of unforeseen delays along the pickup route.
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Van Company Contact Number Social Accounts
Eulen Joy Express +63 915 829 3735 Facebook page
Lexxuss Shuttle +63 917 686 1118 Facebook page
Fort Wally Travel & Tours +63 917 276 2875 Facebook page
DayTripper Palawan +63 917 8488755,
+63 920 4966975

By Bus

The bus is another option. Buses are more comfortable now than before, more comfortable than the vans (at least in my opinion). Wider legroom, cooler temperature, and just bigger breathing space overall. Haha. The downside: it’s slower, taking 6-7 hours. And there are fewer journeys per day. But if you’re not in a big hurry, it’s a great option.

Here’s how to take the bus to El Nido.

  1. Walk to the gate of the airport.
  2. Hail a tricycle and ask to be taken to San Jose Terminal. The fare is Php 120 per ride. Split the cost if you’re a group. Alternatively, you can take a trike+jeepney combo, which is cheaper. But since I’m guessing you have heavy bags in tow, just go straight to the San Jose Terminal.
  3. Board a bus to El Nido.

Two bus companies to choose from: Cherry Bus and RoRo Bus.

  • Cherry Bus leaves every 2 hours with 5 AM. being the earliest and the last bus leaving at 9 PM The price is Php 480 (9 USD) for aircon with reclining seats, and Php 380  (7 USD) for ordinary seating.
  • RoRo Bus is another popular and cheaper option, starting at Php 380 (7 USD) for aircon, and Php 290 (5 USD) for ordinary seating. This bus leaves every 2 hours with 4 AM. being the earliest and 10 AM. the latest. Both RoRo and Cherry Buses accept reservations but are not necessary. Just show up and ride.

Pre-booked Tours

It’s better to plan your travel so you don’t have to waste hours thinking about what place to go when you are there. Instead, write it down on some paper/notebook (ask your mummy for some) or type it into your phone. Plus book your activities online beforehand as its way cheaper than buying it when you get there.

Where to get cheaper Palawan tours?

Puerto Princesa Tours
⭐ Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour
⭐ Puerto Princesa City Heritage Tour
⭐ Puerto Princesa Hundred Caves
⭐ Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour
⭐ Puerto Princesa Chasing Waterfall

El Nido Tours
El Nido Tour A
⭐ El Nido Tour B
⭐ El Nido Tour C
⭐ El Nido Tour D

 DIY Travel vs. Packaged Tour

 There are more travel agencies in the Philippines that you can shake a stick at, that offer good value deals to both Puerto Princesa and El Nido. They, of course, differ somewhat for a 3 day /or 2-night package, but for a rough average think in terms of around Php 4,500 (85 USD) per person, but for the price be warned as the accommodation is very basic and typically you’ll get a bed plus access to a toilet with running water and a bucket!

If you are expecting or wanting something better with an en-suite or even a more ‘western’ style bathroom, you will have to pay more and be sure to point out your exact requirements to the travel agent, so they know the type of thing you are looking for; add in views, wifi, clothes washing facilities, bed size etc, you don’t want your trip to start with disappointment and expect prices to beP hp 2,000-3,000 pesos more. If you want a proper hotel than a good one is more like Php 5,000-6,000 per night.

If you’re going to go to Palawan then try to stay at least 4/5 days and this makes it much easier to plan exactly what you want. If you have only a few days, then the organized tour is probably going to be your best option and more ideal for you.

DIY Travel Advantages: Package Tour Advantages:
– Explore Puerto Princesa and El Nido at your own pace. – Good for a group of people
(Family, Company Outing, Friends etc).
– You get to pick your accommodation. – Roundtrip Van Transfer
– Your budget is controlled.
– Breakfast and Lunch are included
DIY Travel Disadvantage: Package Tour Disadvantage:
– Takes time to plan. – Cheap package tour usually has basic accommodation.
– Costly  – Food may be different to your liking.

What if you’re on a package tour?

I went with one of my cousins and we were sure that if we didn’t opt for a package tour it would be more expensive for us, so I approached Mariel Funa of El Nido Hangover and she gave me a good value tour to Puerto Princesa and El Nido for 5 days and 4 nights for only Php 6,300/pax with the inclusion of:

🚐 Roundtrip Van Transfers
🏡 3 Nights Accommodation (Private Airconditioned Standard Room with private CR)
🏡 1 Night Accommodation in Puerto Princesa
🍚 Breakfast 3 Days
🍤 Tour B with Buffet Lunch
⛴Tour C with Buffet Lunch
🏊🏼 Tour C Snorkeling Gears
⛴ Underground River Tour
(Buffet Lunch, Van Transfer, gears, environmental fee, life vest)
🚣 Vest, Tour Guide
🌴 Environmental Fee

• Kayak (300/small; 500/big)
• Matinloc Shrine Entrance 100/head
•Tour A Snorkeling Gears -100

•Trike from van terminal to Accommodation (50php)

Hidden Beach

Day 1 – Puerto Princesa City

The provincial capital PUERTO PRINCESA, dubbed as “City in the Forest”, claims to be the only city in the country that has successfully found a happy balance between economic development and the environment. There are a few sights around Puerto Princesa, but nothing to speak of in the city itself, which is why most visitors treat it as a one-night stop on the way to or from Palawan’s beaches and islands.

Around Puerto Princesa that you can easily visit in a day or fewer places such as Puerto Princesa CityHonda Bay, and the Underground River.

Upon our arrival at the newly opened Puerto Princesa Airport, we waited for the van that would take us to Sabang, Puerto Princesa for our Underground River Tour. But if you’re planning to do it on your own, you can reserve a seat here for only Php 300 one way.

reserve Puerto Princesa to Sabang transfer here


  • Please note: Pick ups will be done within 45 minutes before the departure time. Please be patient in cases of unforeseen delays along the pick up route.
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 Underground River

At the entrance of the Underground River

Hailed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Underground River located inside a national park, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is approximately 2 hours north of the city proper. On your way to the area, you will be amazed by the great views from the top view of Ulugan Bay, and marvel at the Karst Limestone Mountains and Elephant Cave.


From Sabang Wharf, a motorized boat will take you to the entrance of the national park in around 20 minutes. A boardwalk winding through dense jungle thickets will lead you to the mouth of the cave. There a boatman who will also serve as your guide will take you in your boat inside the cave.


Tour inside the cave would cover the first kilometer of this 8.2 km underground river known to be the longest navigable in the world which would last for about 45-60 minutes. Watch out for the bat poo! 

In our case, part of the tour package we get are:

  • Underground River Tour (Seat-in-coach)
  • Buffet Lunch (Sabang Beach)
  • Air-conditioned Transfers
  • Boat Transfers
  • Licensed Tour Guide
  • Permit and Entrance Fees
  • Audio Device Fee
  • Environmental Fee
  • Shed Rental
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Sabang Xtreme! Longest Zipline in Palawan!

Book 3-in-1 Puerto Princesa Sabang Adventure Package

If you’re planning to stay longer in Sabang, Puerto Princesa you may also try some activities like the ATV Jungle Track, Mangrove Paddle Tour and see majestic views of Sabang Beach with the Sabang X Zipline!

Ugong Rock Adventures 

Ugong Rockformation entrance

Ugong Rock located at Barangay Tagabinet is a few minutes ride away from the Sabang Wharf. It is a cave complex where the adventurous at heart can explore. It is named after the gong-like sound some of the hollow rock formations make when tapped. It contains interesting stalagmites and stalactites and other geological wonders. The tour takes you through several cave openings until you reach the top from where you get a fantastic view of the countryside. If you have the courage and inclination, you can get down the fast way by using a 300-meter long zip line from the mountaintop.

After caving and spelunking last activity is to use the zip line at Ugong Rock Adventures.

Ugong Rock Adventures is an optional tour and was not included in our package.
Caving and Spelunking: Php 200
Zipline: Php 250

Understanding El Nido
Island Hopping Tours

Miniloc Shrine, El Nido

In the Bacuit Bay tours, most start in the morning from the beachfront in El Nido. Failing that, they will leave from Corong-Corong beach. In any event, your travel agent should have sent you all the information you need, at the time of your booking, if not be sure to chase them before the day.

Bear in mind when you book, that if you are keen to avoid large crowds, you can often choose a ‘reversed’ tour which has you going the opposite way round to the masses. All the tours tend to be around the 7-hour mark and get you back to your point of departure late afternoon in time for a swim and cocktail on the beach before dinner.

Talking of eating, part of your island hopping tour will be a lunch prepared and cooked by your boat crew. This normally is fresh grilled fish, chicken, pork, rice etc ., together with fruit. If you want to drink alternatives to water that will be supplied, take your own with you, ideally in a cooler bag or maybe a net bag you can dangle over the side in the cooler waters.

Hidden Beach, El Nido

Summary of Prices and Expenses

Island Hopping Tours

This section summarizes the price of each island hopping tour in El Nido. All island hopping tours include buffet lunch and snorkeling gear. Prices may vary by the tour agency.

  • Tour A – Php 1,200 (23 USD)
  • Tour B – Php 1,200 (23 USD)
  • Tour C – Php 1,500 (28 USD)
  • Tour D – Php 1,200 (23 USD)
  • Combination Tour with normal boat – Php 2,000 – Php 2,500 38 (USD)
  • Combination Tour with speedboat – Php 3,000 – Php 3,500 (56 USD)
  • Tour A Snorkeling Gears – Php 100
  • Matinloc Shrine Entrance – Php 00/head
  • Kayak (Php 300/small; Php 500/big)
  • Nacpan Entrance fee – Php 50


Land Tours

  • Tricycle from bus or van terminal to your hotel accommodation – Php 50 (1 USD)
  • Van shuttle – Php500 (9 USD)
  • Tricycle in line to Las Cabanas and Marimegmeg Beach – Php150 (3 USD)
  • Shared tricycle with locals to Las Cabanas / Marimegmeg Beach – Php 15 (0 USD)
  • Tricycle from van and bus terminal to your hotel – Php 50 (1 USD)
  • Motorbike rental Php 400 – Php 600 per day (8 USD)
  • Tricycle to Nacpan and Nagkalit-kalit falls – Php 1,000 – Php 1,500 (19 USD) per tricycle
  • Motorbike rent  – Php 450 to Php 600 per day (8 to 11 USD).
  • Taraw Cliff via Ferrata – Php 500 (9 USD)
  • Las Cabanas Zipline – starts at Php 500 (9 USD)

Day  2 – El Nido Tour B :
Caves and Coves

Island hopping Tour B is definitely an interesting one. You will enjoy white sand beaches, snorkeling, but also get to visit a cave and discover a very unique sandbar in the middle of the sea. This tour will take in:

  • Entalula Island

    The famous landmark of Entalula Island

  • Pinagbuyutan Island


  • Vigan and Snake Island


  • Cadugnon Point and Cave

    Photo Credit: thewanderwifey
  • Pinasil Island and Cathedral Cave

    Photo Credit: thewanderwifey

Day 3 – El Nido Tour C :
Hidden Beaches and Shrines

Tour C is probably the most popular of all El Nido Tours. It will take you on a journey to beautiful islands, beaches and snorkeling spots, and to an uncanny place: Matinloc Shrine. If you were to pick only one tour in El Nido, this probably would be Tour C. This tour will take in:

  • Hidden Beach


  • Matinloc Shrine

    Entrance Fee: Php 100/head


  • Tapuitan Island


  • Secret Beach


  • Helicopter Island


Day 4 – El Nido Land Tour

Day 4 of our Palawan adventure where we had El Nido Land Tour or some call it “El Nido Tour E“. If you decide to go there on your own, you can either hire a tricycle or rent a vehicle. We hired a tricycle (Kuya Danny, 09183431892) to go to Nacpan Beach plus other places the newly opened Lio Beach and Las Cabanas Beach that costs around Php 1000 good for 2-3 people.

  • Nacpan and Calitang: The Twin Beach

    Entrance Fee: Php 50/head


  • Lio Beach 


  • Marimegmeg Beach (Las Cabanas Beach)


There are other different places you can discover during an inland tour: Makinit Hot Springs, Taraw Cliff, The Ille Cave, and Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls. These places are free to access and you can go there on your own.

Where to stay in El Nido

Best Budget Hotels in El Nido


Tapik Beach Park Guest House

From around Php 250
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Amos Hostel El Nido
From Around Php 270
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Dormitels PH El Nido
From around Php 300
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Spin Designer Hostel – El Nido

From around Php 700
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Top Hotels in El Nido


Matinloc Resort

From around Php 18,000
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Pukka Beach

From Around Php 3,000
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El Nido Resorts – Pangulasian Island
From around Php 33,000
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El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island

From around Php 25,000
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Where to eat in El Nido

Meals range from  70 – 100 pesos (1 USD) and include rice meal and soup or vegetable. While nice bar and restaurants range from 150 – 300 pesos (6 USD) per meal.

Happiness Restaurant

Happiness Restaurant serves healthy homemade Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dishes. Formerly located in Corong-Corong and are now located on Serena Street in El Nido Town. Happiness is the place in El Nido for great food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Their menu is also Vegetarian and Vegan-friendly 🙂

  • No reservations accepted
  • Address: Serena St.  El Nido, PalawanEl Nido
  • Operating Hours: Open daily, 07:00 A.M – 012:00 A.M
  • Contact Number: +63 915 766 1479
Photo Credit: justglobetrotting

Rooftop Bar

Rooftop Bar is an open-air bar located in the heart of El Nido. Here is a perfect place to chill, explore & enjoy original cocktails and food in a typical bohemian atmosphere while listening to some good music.

  • No reservations accepted
  • Address: Hama StreetEl Nido, PalawanEl Nido
  • Operating Hours: Open daily, 07:00 A.M – 012:00 A.M
  • Contact Number: +63 995 965 5634
Photo Credit: justglobetrotting

V and V Bagel

V and V Bagel is a New Yorkean restaurant that serves burgers, bagels, pasta, pizza, also they have a good quality coffee and espresso and they serve also fresh fruit juice, shakes, and frappes.

  • No reservations accepted
  • Address: Hama Street, Barangay MasaganaEl Nido, PalawanEl Nido
  • Operating Hours: Open daily, 07:00 A.M – 012:00 A.M
  • Contact Number: +63 977 012 5252
Photo Credit: justglobetrotting

Republica Sunset Bar

Republica Sunset Bar offers premium cocktails, exclusive Spanish tapas, paellas, according to time Music & the best Sunset in El Nido, Palawan.

  • No reservations accepted
  • Address: Sitio Lugadia, Corong CorongEl Nido, PalawanEl Nido
  • Operating Hours: Open daily, 07:00 A.M – 012:00 A.M
  • Contact Number: +63 905 486 2499
Republica Sunset Bar
Photo Credit: justglobetrotting

Day 5 – Puerto Princesa City Tour

The last day of our Palawan adventure we went by shuttle service from the front of our hotel at 4 in the morning going back to Puerto Princesa City. We had limited time, as our departure is at 3pm in the afternoon, we just decided to tour the city than doing the Honda Bay Island Hopping tour.

Various travel agencies, tour guides and even tricycle drivers around the city will offer you what they called Puerto Princesa “city tour” for a typical rate of Php 600. In our case we rented a tricycle c/o Kuya Christopher Boco, 09261892187‬ (good for 1-4 pax) to visit the following tourist spots:

  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral
  • Plaza Cuartel
  • Puerto Princesa Baywalk
  • Palawan Crocodile Farm
  • Mitra’s Ranch
  • Palawan Butterfly Garden. 
  • Baker’s Hill 

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Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

If you have a whole day to spare in Puerto Princesa, you may opt to try the Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour.

In the morning of your tour, an aircon van will come to pick you up at your hotel between 7:00 and 7:30AM. It will take you to Honda Bay, only 40 minutes away from Puerto Princesa, where you’ll hop on a boat and start your island hopping tour. During the day, you’ll get to stop on several beautiful beaches and islands, where you can relax, swim or snorkel.

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Book discounted Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

The most popular islands are Starfish Island, Luli Island and Cowrie Island. These are the ones generally included in your Honda Bay island hopping tour. Nonetheless, please note that due to weather conditions, the itinerary of the tour may change. It may then bring you to Pandan Island, which is the jewel of the Honda Bay.

At the end of your day, the air-conditioned van will bring you back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa proper.

Where to Stay in Puerto Princesa

All the hotels in the area sell essentially the same tours taking in the nearest sights for around P600 per person in a minivan, or P500–700 per tricycle (Honda Bay and the Underground River are more expensive). You can also try negotiating with tricycle drivers in the street, but you are unlikely to get much of a discount.

Best Budget Hotels in Puerto Princesa


Labelle Pension House

From around Php 500
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Bahay Ni Ate
From Around Php 450
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Matutina Pension
From around Php 400
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Fanta Lodge

From around Php 200
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Top Hotels in Puerto Princesa


Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa

From around Php 5,000
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Best Western Plus The Ivywall Hotel

From Around Php 4,800
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Aziza Paradise Hotel
From around Php 4,500
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Panja Resort Palawan

From around Php 3,700
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Where to eat in Puerto Princesa

Kalaui Restaurant

Experience the all bamboo restaurant and go barefoot while at Kalui Restaurant. Before feasting on their food, you can entertain first yourself visually with the paintings & other ethnic and indigenous artworks decorating the place.

  • Reservations are accepted
  • Address: 369 Rizal Ave, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  • Operating Hours: Opens Daily
    • Lunch: 11:00 A.M – 2:00 P.M
    • Dinner: 6:00 P.M – 10:30 P.M
  • Contact Number: (048) 433-2580
  • Website: http://www.kaluirestaurant.com/
Photo Credit: ladyandhersweetescapes


This laid-back sports bar has open-air dining, pool tables, and live music, making it a chill hangout. Kinabuch’s serves Filipino favorites like Crispy Pata, grilled squid, and gising-gising.

  • No reservations accepted
  • Address: 369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
  • Operating Hours: Open daily, 05:00 P.M – 01:00 A.M
  • Contact Number: 048-433-2580
Photo Credit: Myboracay

Badjao Seafront Restaurant

Their large open-air pavilion is nice, breezy, and seemingly promised a good dining experience for every guest. Adding to the ambiance is the view of the sea. One may cross a bridge that connects the restaurant right into the sea.

  • Reservations are accepted
  • Address: Abueg Road, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
  • Operating Hours: Open daily, 10:00 A.M – 11:00 P.M
  • Contact Number: (048) 433-9912
Photo Credit: ladyandhersweetescapes

Ka Inato Restaurant

Ka Inato is a native restaurant that specializes in chicken inato (a version of inasal) and other Filipino dishes like sinigang, inihaw, grilled squid and crocodile sisig. The restaurant has very artistic interiors and is decorated with colorful wooden sculptures and carvings that Palawan is known for.

  • Address: C4 Compound, San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  • Operating Hours: Open daily, 10:00 A.M – 10:00 P.M
  • Contact Number: (048) 434-1721/ +63917-553-1721
Photo Credit: shuttercravings

Tips & Reminders

  • There are some ATMs in El Nido (BPI & RCBC), but safer not to depend on them as they often run out of money. Withdraw cash while you’re in Puerto Princesa or Manila, before coming to El Nido. Always have cash as most smaller traders can only deal in cash.
  • Do not drink tap water. Order filtered water (in a sealed bottle). Even think about iced drinks, make sure that ice cubes are made from filtered water as well.
  • Electricity is now available 24/7.
  • Restaurants are all around town but are a bit expensive. Meals good for one person are usually around P200 at the lowest. There are cheap options but the food options are dubious so don’t expect them to be not as good as the expensive ones.
  • El Nido is a pretty small town so if you plan to see more of it, I suggest you walk. There are some Tricycle drivers there and they are in general friendly, But there are not many of them. Watch out for the overchargers!
  • Most establishments prefer cash. Only a few resorts and restaurants accept credit card transactions. Many tour agencies are on cash-only basis.
  • Some restaurants and pawnshops exchange major currencies to Philippine pesos, but the exchange rates are very bad and they are not always open, so it is best practice to have pesos before you arrive. Exchange while you’re in Puerto Princesa or Manila.
  • Most hotels offer free wi-fi but it is mostly very slow and of poor quality. Both Globe and Smart have good reception in main towns so it’s often better to just use cellular data, but try putting your phone down – you’re on holiday!
  • El Nido has a very, very low crime rate. But please don’t leave your belongings just anywhere. There are also no hospitals here and the nearest major medical center is in Puerto Princesa. There are no aliens, terrorists and Cerberus died last year.
  • You must pay Php 200 Environmental load (EDTF). This is valid for 10 days.

Tapuitan Island

5 Days El Nido + Puerto Princesa
Budget and Itinerary

Day 0 Pre- Travel EXPENSES
2/pax Solo
Pre-Book 5 days and 4 nights Palawan Tour 12,600 6,300
DAY 1 Puerto Princesa City
6:00 AM Arrival at Puerto Princesa Airport
6:30 AM Pick up for Underground River Tour
7:00 AM Van transfer to Sabang
9:00 AM Ugong Rock Adventures
Entrance Fees: Optional:
Php 200 Caving and Spelunking
Php 250 Zipline
10:00 AM Start of Underground River Tour
1:00 PM Buffet Lunch
4:00 PM Back to PPS Town Proper
5:00 PM Pick up; Van transfer to El Nido
10:30 PM Arrival at El Nido Van Terminal
11:00 PM Trike to accommodation 50 25
11:30 PM Check-in Mam Olson Pensionne House
DAY 2 El Nido Tour B
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Pick up for Tour B; Start Tour B
12:00 NN Lunch by the beach/boat
4:30 PM Back to El Nido Wharf
5:00 PM Free time
6:00 PM Dinner 200 100
8:00 PM Lights out 😴💤
DAY 3 El Nido Tour C
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Pick up for Tour C; Start Tour C
12:00 NN Lunch by the beach/boat
Matinloc Shrine Entrance Fee: Php 100 200 100
4:30 PM Back to El Nido Wharf
5:00 PM Free time
6:00 PM Dinner 200 100
8:00 PM Lights out 😴💤
DAY 4 El Nido Land Tour (Nacpan Beach DIY)
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Pick up for Tour El Nido Land Tour; Start Tour
Hired a trike for Php 1,000 (Kuya Danny, 09183431892) 1,000 500
9:30:00 NN Nacpan Twin Beach
Entrance Fee: Php 50 100 50
12:00 PM Lio Beach
3:00 PM Marimegmeg Beach (Las Cabanas Beach)
3:30 PM Late Lunch 500 250
6:00 PM Back to hotel
7:30 PM Dinner 200 100
8:30 PM Lights Out😴💤
DAY 4 Puerto Princesa City Tour
3:00 AM Check out / Van Transfer to Puerto Princesa
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Puerto Princesa City Tour
Hired a trike for Php 600 (Kuya Christopher, 09261892187) 600 300
1:00 PM End of Tour
3:00 PM Transfer to PPS Airport
Total 15,250 7,825
Terminal Fee 800 400
  Airfare (Airasia Seatsale) 400 200
  Pasalubong 600 300
  GRAND TOTAL 17,050 8,725

*Expenses may differ depends on what you eat or where you eat plus your accommodation and airfare.


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