El Nido Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to do in El Nido, Palawan

What are the Top Tourist Attractions to Visit in El Nido?

Pinagbuyutan Island - El Nido Bucket List photo by Luca Calderone via Unsplash

Popular Tourist Spots and Best Things to do in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

The town of El Nido has thankfully maintained its character throughout the recent boom in tourism. There may be more guesthouses and restaurants, but El Nido has managed to thrive with its lovely beachfront ambiance and carefree, laidback atmosphere. El Nido should definitely be on your list of places to visit in the Philippines. If you do find yourself in El Nido, here are several activities that you should add on your El Nido Bucket List.

Island Hopping in El Nido Palawan

El Nido Palawan by jules-bss via unsplash
El Nido Palawan by Jules-bss via Unsplash

Island hopping is probably the most popular activity for El Nido. Most operators offer the same tour packages with only slight differences based on whether you want to snorkel or scuba dive, or simply travel from island to island.

It’s usually 5-10 persons per boat, and lunch is always included. If you are a vegetarian, make sure to inform your tour operator for them to prepare a separate meal for you.

Sea Kayaking

Kayaking in El Nido by Adam Navarro via Unsplash
Kayaking in El Nido by Adam Navarro via Unsplash

Another popular recreation in El Nido is sea kayaking. There is nothing else better than cruising around the islands in total silence.

Depending on the currents, it can be a little strenuous, but don’t let that detract you. Two-person kayaks are available to rent for either a half or full-day.

Eat and Relax

Lunch in El Nido Palawan
Lunch in El Nido Palawan
Stay at El Nido Waterfront accommodation with this view photo via Depositphotos
Stay at El Nido Waterfront accommodation with this view photo via Depositphotos

There are so many places where you can grab a bite in El Nido. From hotels to hole in the wall restaurants, you will definitely have a lot of food options.

Rent a Motorcycle

Motorcycle Rental in El Nido by John Mayer via Unsplash
Motorcycle Rental in El Nido by John Mayer via Unsplash

There are many areas outside of the actual town of El Nido that you may want to explore. Many tourists enjoy renting a motorbike and exploring these outlying areas.

Depending on how far you want to go and the varying terrain levels, you may want to consider renting a car or even a 4×4 vehicle if you go deeper into the jungle. Several reputable tour operators around town can point you in the right direction.

Visit Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls

Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls by Casamiah Pollero via Facebook
Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls by Casamiah Pollero via Facebook

Here, cheaper is not always better as you want to make sure the vehicle you rent has been well maintained and won’t break down on you in the middle of nowhere. Possible trips here would include a full coastal tour of the Municipality of El Nido, which would take you around the top of the island and back into town.

Another interesting tour would be Taytay for a day or consider checking out the Makinit hot spring and Nagkalit-Kalit waterfalls.

Go Scuba Diving in El Nido

Scuba diving in El Nido photo via Ten Knots
Scuba diving in El Nido photo via Ten Knots

One of the top things to do in Puerto Princesa is to go on a dive underwater when you have experienced everything on the ground. The dive sites around El Nido are rich in diverse marine life with a 50m underwater cliff and a 12m underwater tunnel.

You will see some of the marine life during your dive here are manta rays, sea turtles, catsharks, shrimp, and seahorses, which is the best place to go on a diving course.

Relax at the beaches of El Nido

New El Nido Island Hopping Tours Line-up
New El Nido Island Hopping Tours Line-up

You will see stunning beaches in the world in El Nido, which features turquoise water, white powdery sands, and cliffs. There are also many secret beaches that you can explore, which are hidden away in various coves.

You will be spoiled with options on El Nido that will blow your mind away. There are some beaches with warm water which provide a perfect swimming opportunity for you.

Pinagbuyutan Island - El Nido Bucket List photo by Luca Calderone via Unsplash
Pinagbuyutan Island – El Nido Bucket List photo by Luca Calderone via Unsplash

El Nido Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to El Nido, we listed places to visit and other amazing activities in El Nido, Palawan. We also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages and excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable El Nido hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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