Palawan, the westernmost province in the Philippines, boasts a pristine natural environment as well as highly developed tourist destinations. The locals have long been frequenting the province for its stunning beaches. However, it skyrocketed into international fame when Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. A trip to Palawan is not complete without visiting the municipality of El Nido.
Close your eyes and think about what a tropical paradise would look like. Imagine sprawling white sand beaches, karst limestone cliffs, colorful coral reefs, crystal clear waters, lush greenery, and breathtaking seascapes encapsulated in one place and you may visualize something close what El Nido has to offer.
A coastal town comprised of many islands and islets, the locals’ main source of income before the steep rise of the tourism industry is fishing and swift nests. Thus, there is no surprise that El Nido derived its name from the Spanish term for ‘the nest’.
El Nido is a dream destination for water sports fans and anyone who wants to explore underwater as amazing diving, kayaking and snorkeling spots are plentiful.
The best time to visit El Nido is during the months of November to June. Summer in the Philippines during the months of March to May usually causes a spike in the number of tourists. If you are planning to go during these months, it is advisable to book everything ahead to ensure you have an accommodation and a spot on boat tours.
The Philippines is located in the Far East and is largely undiscovered as a tourist destination, which is surprising, as most of the locals speak English and are extremely friendly towards foreigners. 14 of the 50 largest Shopping Malls in the world are in the Philippines, so it is a fantastic shopping destination. Three of the top 10 beaches in the world are in the Philippines specifically Boracay, Cebu and Palawan.
There is a wide range of options when it comes affordability of accommodations depends on whether you are scrimping or splurging. Budget conscious travellers can choose to stay in hostels and inns that cost around USD15—50 a night. You can also opt for some luxury and treat yourself to a 5-star resort experience with prices ranging from USD200+ for a night.
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Charles is a world traveler having lived in 44 states and 11 countries and traveled to dozens more. He and his wife spend time between London, Ireland, Canada, and the Philippines.