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Bound to EL NIDO, Palawan as Best Island in the World.

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Nacpan Beach as "Twin Beach"  at EL NIDO, Palawan.

Summer vacay after Covid-19 lockdown is sensational and full of thrills. This year 2022, we are bound to Palawan dubbed as the Best Island in the World. So excited, am I? Well, I really am. If you ask me how about your kids and hubby, are they? Then, explore this post and at the end you'll get the answers. Let's go guys, join our vacay!
TRAVEL TIPS:
  1. 1. Confirm the right spot where to go.
  2. 2. Book ahead the flights, 6 months ahead is best.
  3. 3. Browse and make shortlist of accomodations through Agoda, Booking.com, or AirBNB.
  4. 4. Match accomodations shortlist to the Google Map where the destination is located.
  5. 5. Pack your necessary things wisely. In our case, each one of us packs our own backpack. 
  6. 6. Make sure to have extra money/credit limit in case of emergency like rebooking of flights and unexpected accomodations.
  7. 7. Put on an insect repellant lotion before heading to the beach because sand flies are flying around and bite you without any doubt and the bites are so irritating. You can wear rashguard to protect yourself and kids from that small flying insects. So beware of sand flies!
  8. 8. Do some research and read blog posts relevant to your destination to give you more ideas before sitting foot on that place.
  9. 9. Enjoy your island stay!
Big Lagoon at EL NIDO, Palawan
  • 4D/3N Itinerary

    • DAY 1 - MAY 2
      • 1:00 - 2:00 pm - Going to Mactan - Cebu International Airport
      • 3:00 - 4:00 pm - Airport Checkin (make sure to do web checkin)
      • 5:00-6:00 PM - Flight going to Puerto Prinsesa

    • DAY 2 - MAY 3
      • 7:00 - 3:00 am - Puerto Prinsesa to El Nido travel (thru private Van, opt to choose Qatar Van 'coz they drop you to the resort of your choice)
      • 4:00 - 6:00 am - Resort Lobby stay in case your room has guests before you go inside since checkin time is 2:00 pm
      • 7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast at the Resort Restaurant
      • 9:00 am - 1:00 PM - Rest at the Lobby or stroll around the resort.
      • 2:00 PM -3:00 PM - Resort Check-in 
      • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - REST
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Dinner
      • 9:00 PM -10:00 - Bedtime Time

    • DAY 3 - MAY 4
      • 6:00 - 7:00 Beach 
      • 7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast
      • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm - EL NIDO ISLAND TOUR
      • 5:00 - 6: 00 pm - Rest
      • 7:00 - 8:00 pm- Dinner
      • 9:00 - 10:00 pm - Bed Time

    • Day 4 - MAY 5
      • 6:00 - 7:00 Beach walking
      • 7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast
      • 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM  - Resort Stay
      • 10:00 AM - 11: 00 NN - Checkout
      • 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM- Dinner
      • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Airport Checkin
      • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Puerto Prinsesa - Cebu Flight
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Airport to home commute

How to go to Palawan?

If you are based in Visayas/Mindanao, book a flight going to Puerto Prinsesa from Mactan-Cebu International Airport or Ninoy Aquino International Airport if you're point of origin is in Manila. You can check the available flights and origin through Cebu Pacific, PAL, Air Asia or other popular travel apps you can find online.

In our case, the available flight going to Puerto Prinsesa from Mactan-Cebu International Airport is in the afternoon on weekdays as per Cebu Pacific Super Pass claim. Daily flights going to Palawan is available just choose the most suited time  you want to fly. Using this pass, our airplane fare is reduced 5 times than the regular fare of Php 5k plus per pax or Php 9k plus via Cebu-Manila-Puerto Prinsesa route. This is huge discounts for us as family travelers. 

Taxi fare going to Mactan-Cebu International Airport from Tamiya, Lapu-Lapu City area is around Php 300 pesos.

How to go to EL NIDO, Palawan?

To go to EL NIDO, we took ride the private van with Php 700 fare per pax (adult/children) from Puerto Prinsesa International Airport. Travelling time is about 5-6 hours from the Puerto Prinsesa to El Nido proper. Halfway of the route, the van driver stops the vehicle to their preferred restaurant/karenderia to eat and do some stretching and other personal call to fullfill like going to the CR, etc.

From EL NIDO proper to the beach hotel resort, you can avail the recommended van with transport service from Puerto Prinsesa airport directly to the hotel area. But for those who choose the Bus transportation and other vans, the drop off area is around the EL NIDO proper near the public market where EL NIDO ONE SUITES hotel is located. From there, tricycle transport service is available for Php 1200 pesos fare for the whole trip going to the beach area of EL NIDO (with max 2 persons capacity). So better prepare for that additional fare in case you missed the recommended hotel's van transport service just like us.

Matinloc Beach at EL NIDO, Palawan
EL NIDO ISLAND TOUR
Accordingly, your visit to Palawan is not complete if you miss the Island Hopping Tour. There are five Island Hopping Tours available. They are group according to the proximity of the tourist spots. The Island Hopping Tour per person is around Php 1200 to Ph 1800 and Private Tour for 2 persons is Php 8,800 to Php 10k. In our case, we choose the Private Island Hopping Tour and consume the 5 Tourist Spots to visit of our choice. We visited the iconic spots of EL Nido like the Big Lagoon, Payong-Payong, Sumizu Island, Matinloc Beach, Helicopter Island, and Cadlao Lagoon. These spots are amazing and incomparable not only because of their white beaches and sugary beachline but the big boulders of rock formations that perfectly work as the backdrop of the scene. No wonder, why Palawan entitled as the Best Island in the World. Super wow! Because that island is part of our country Philippines, not only bring fame and pride but for the economic growth. Many tourists from the different parts of the world are urging to visit this best island in the world and they are pouring good stuffs and opportunities to our countrymen. And that's the best part! Kudos to Palawan, you are making our country a top spot tourist destination.
Helicopter Island at EL NIDO, Palawan
Cadlao Lagoon at EL NIDO, Palawan
MG CHATEAU RESORT

ACCOMODATION

For beach loving type of personalities, hotel resort nearest to the beach is reccommended but for the sake to stay the resort during night time, inns around the center of EL NIDO is a go to and budget friendly accomodation. Since you go to that place to take time resting and enjoy the serenity of the beach, hotel resort nearest to the beach like in MG CHATEAU RESORT is preferrable. By the time we stayed at the resort, felt like you owned the entire beach resort, only one or two guests we encountered outside our villa accomodation because it's really a spaceous resort inside and out. And the front beach, gosh it's really beautiful to stay to their beach huts and watch the sun sets perfectly over the horizon, the beach waves like the only sound you can hear all of the time and not only that the famous NACPAN BEACH or popularly known as the TwIN BEACH is within your sight! It's really beautiful and full of awe outhere! Until next, Palawan! 

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