El Nido – a tropical paradise in Palawan


El Nido is a town or municipality in the province of Palawan. It is famous for its stunning natural attractions such as beaches, lagoons, cliffs, islets, and marine life. El Nido, Spanish for “The Nest”, got its name after the edible nest of the birds (swiftlets) found in the cliffs. These nests are an ingredient for the “nido” soup, a delicacy in Palawan.

With its white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and picturesque limestone cliffs, El Nido is a tropical paradise. Its most famous attractions include the Hidden Beach, Big Lagoon, and Small Lagoon, Snake Island, Taraw Cliffs, Makinit Hot Springs, and the Twin Beaches of Nacpan and Calitang.

There are island hopping tours in El Nido that will let you experience the wonders of this place. Most famous are the tours A, B, C and D. Tours A and C are the most recommended since these will take you to the most known attractions. A private tour using the travel route of one of the tours (A, B, C and D) is also possible if you or your group prefer to enjoy El Nido with less crowd.

Where is El Nido in Palawan?

El Nido is located on the northern tip of Palawan island in the MIMAROPA Region of the Philippines.

Palawan island stretches from the south west of Mindoro island to the northeast of Borneo. The municipality is situated in Bacuit Bay and bordered by Linapacan strait to the north, Sulu Sea to the east, Taytay municipality to the south and South China Sea to the west. It is about 148 miles northeast of Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan and around 4 hours and 30 minutes travel by car.

Map of El Nido on Palawan

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Read more about El Nido in Palawan. Check out the links below to learn how to get there, what to do, what to see, when to go, where to stay and many more helpful information about this attraction.


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