Is it possible to tour El Nido, Palawan on a weekend? Yes, but you need to skip inland tour and do only the following worthwhile activities.
- Tour A
- Afternoon stroll along Bacuit Bay
- Canopy walk via Ferrata
- Swimming at Maramegmeg
El Nido is a place where you can just relax and enjoy exploring the wonders of waters. It is composed of islands which some of them are not yet open for touring. Basically, you cannot finish exploring all lagoons, beaches, islands and bays in El Nido in just 2 days, not even a week. So we did only the most popular and worthwhile activities during this weekend tour.
This trip is one of my favorite in two years of traveling. Maybe because its my post birthday celebration and I haven’t been to the place. I got my ticket on sale from Cebu Pacific early this year for P1,183 all-in two-way trip. Amazing, right? 😄 And as for the accommodation, I decided to get an El Nido all-in arrangement tour package – tour A with tour assistance, room accommodation, daily breakfast and van transfer from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and vice-versa. This is my first time to book for a package tour out of fear that I might not catch any vans or buses to El Nido due to our evening flight. I was weary since I am traveling with my brother this time and I don’t want to stress out myself looking for vans when I get there. Our transportation was easy like that. Good thing because I was also not feeling very well that time.
Our ETA in Puerto Princesa International Airport was 6:25pm (Friday) and the plane landed just right on time. We were escorted by Vanic Travel and Tours employee to the van that will bring us to El Nido. The van waited for other passengers and left 7:30pm. It took us 4hrs to get to the El Nido town proper with 1 stop over for 30mins.
We arrived at the hostel at 12 midnight. The hostel is located at the heart of the town. Unfortunately, I had fever and felt ill when we arrived. I easily fall into slumber after taking medicines. I think it was due to the cold weather and stress from work. I toured through anyway.
ALL-IN PACKAGE TOUR
✔ Room Accomodations (At The Moment Hostel)
✔ Daily Breakfast
✔ Tour with assistance
TOUR A – Lagoons and Beaches
Tourism Fee, Motorized boat, Tour Guide, Life Vest, Snorkel gears, Buffet Lunch, Water and Towel
Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon & Seven Commandos Beach
Day 1 (Saturday)
I still felt dizzy when I woke up and did not even manage to touch my breakfast. They served us coffee, ham and egg with rice and watermelon for dessert. We went out around 9am to start Tour A.
First stop was 7 Commandos Beach
This island is a coco island.
Second stop was Small Lagoon where we did kayaking. You should definitely do this to go inside the lagoon and be mesmerized with its beauty.
Kayaking through the Small Lagoon.
Tranquil turquoise-green waters.
The lagoon is sorrounded by limestone walls.
Be awed by the rock formations.
We ate our lunch in the boat. We were served seafoods, pork, chicken and fruits. The buffet was worth it though I was not really in the mood to eat.
Next stop was Shimizu Island. We do not have a lot of activities in the island aside from snorkeling. I forgot to take pictures too because I slept in the boat.lol 😂
Our fourth destination was Big Lagoon.
Felt a little better here.
The Secret Lagoon was supposed to be our last stop but unluckily, we were not allowed to go because of the windy weather.
Thanks to Dominic who arranged our tour. He was so accommodating to us.
The tour ended around 4pm and we reached back the hostel at 5pm. After we have freshened, we went to Bacuit Bay few meters away from our hostel. We walked along shores to wait for the sunset but the sun did not cooperate.lol😂
Restaurants are also located in this area where you can choose from depending on your budget. I will say that food in El Nido is a little pricey.
Bacuit Bay at night.
We ate dinner, visited shops and went home to rest at 8pm.
Day 2 ( Sunday)
We ate breakfast and got ready for the morning activities. We were planning to hike Taraw Cliff. Taraw Cliff attracted most of the tourists in El Nido but it was already closed by the DENR due to a recent hiking accident. The Tourism Office does not allow anyone to hike Taraw unless you will have your own tour guide and if anything bad happened, the office will not have any liability. We were told this when we visited them asking the way to Taraw.
Canopy walking via Ferrata is an alternative to hiking Taraw Cliff. You can still see the same view of the town but Taraw is higher than Ferrata and so has a nicer view I guess. It costed us P400 per person. This was not cheap for me but I commend their tour guides and their investment in safety gears. Before walking the canopy, the tour guide will give safety instructions and will make sure your gears are properly worn.
We started the canopy walk at 9:30am and descended at 10:00am. The view above is still amazing.
Pre-canopy walk photo.
The view from Ferrata.
Overlooking Bacuit Bay.
El Nido town proper.
After our canopy walk, we rushed at Miramegmeg Beach for a short swim. We paid a two-way tricycle ride for P100. Travel time is 15 mins. The best thing about this beach is that it is free and not crowded. We could only see few people in the beach.
I fell in love with El Nido.
We went back to the hostel around 11:15am to get ready for the van to pick us up.
After a tiring morning doing canopy walk and swimming, we dropped by Skyline Grill and Bar to ate lunch and savoured Nido soup before leaving El Nido.
We left El Nido at 1pm and reached Puerto Princesa before 5pm to catch our 6:55pm flight back to Manila.
End of tour.
Total Expenses: P5,998 per person
Plane Ticket – P1,183
Package Tour – P3800 /person
Kayak Rental – P 150/ person
Canopy Walk – P400 /person
Tricycle to Maramegmeg – P50 / head
Dinner – P240 /person
Lunch – P175 /person
We could save P500-P700 only if we did not avail the package tour and if we lessened our food cost.