Paradise in the Philippines

The Beaches of El Nido


El Nido is a chain of 45 jagged limestone islands, located on the island of Palawan. With the highest number of islands in the Philippines, the least amount of people, and a wealth of protected areas, Palawan is proudly referred to as the “Last Ecological Frontier.” Stunning El Nido is home to some of the world’s best diving, a range of gorgeous (and eco-friendly) hotels, and dreamy islands straight out of a paradise calendar. Traditional outriggers deposit you on your island for the day, completely private and deserted. Just make sure they remember to pick you up! There are also daily excursions to turquoise lagoons, the aptly shaped Snake Island, and spectacular caves and coves.

Length of Trip : 1 Week

Cost : The cost of accommodation at El Nido Resort go up to over US$500 a night, depending on the season. Budget for flights from Manila, and resort activities as well. There are budget accommodations available as well.

Best time to go : December to March is the dry season. El Nido is breathtaking, even during the rainy season

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : El Nido Art Cafe A local favourite: Florlit's

Official Site : It's More Fun in the Philippines El Nido Resorts

Where to Stay : El Nido Resorts When staying in Manila, we recommend the Fairmont Makati.

Getting There : There are direct, one-hour flights from Manila to El Nido Airport. Once your flight lands, a fleet of tricycle taxis will vie for your business to take you to the town of El Nido, located about 20 minutes away. Traditional boats take you to the island resorts.

Note from Robin : El Nido is renowned for some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling. Make sure to coordinate a snorkelling or diving trip through your hotel. Those inclined will want to spend as much time as they can underwater. Above water, well, that’s just fine too. The Beach, Alex Garland's bestselling book (and a not-so-great film starring Leonardo di Caprio) was inspired by El Nido, although it was set on a mythical island in Thailand.