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Palawan : El Nido and Puerto Princesa (Itinerary and Guide)


Stunning rock formations at Masinloc/Matinloc Island Shrine

Top one on my list of dream destinations in my beloved country is El Nido, Palawan. When I was in high school, I was captivated when I saw a picture of the place from a post card. And that photo was imprinted in my memory that when I started travelling, I couldn't help but prioritize the place while choosing some destinations to book. And it is quite obvious in my itinerary that I have spent 90% of my time in El Nido for my first Palawan trip.

Drizzling but still beautiful
Lagoon where Survivors was filmed

It was unfortunate though that when I got to go there was a typhoon was in Luzon, so the photos aren't that picturesque as what I've seen in personal. Nevertheless, it was a true paradise on earth that I'd love to go back again! After all, there are a lot of places I've missed to visit when I was there last July, including Puerto Princesa, and I have got to buy an underwater camera because I've missed to take some beautiful scenery since it would be too risky to bring my DSLR.

Here's a short itinerary of what happened in Palawan: Puerto Princesa and El Nido. :D


08 AM ETD Manila
09 AM ETA Pueto Princesa, Palawan
10 AM Breakfast at  Kenitana Hotel
11 AM Abrupt and quick city tour: Rancho Sta Monica, Cathedral, Baker's Hill, Plaza Cuartel, Boulevard
06 PM ETD Pueto Princesa, Palawan
12 MN ETA El Nido, Palawan and check in at Together Pension


08 AM Breakfast and buy snacks for the island hopping
09 AM Tour C with lunch package: Star Beach, Hidden Beach, Masinloc/Matinloc Island Shrine, Helicopter Island, Lagoon where Survivors was filmed instead of Secret Beach*
05 AM Back in El Nido/Freshen up
07 AM Dinner at Squiddo's Restaurant

Lovers at Helicopter Island


08 AM Breakfast and buy snacks for the island hopping
09 AM Tour A with lunch package: Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Seven Commando, Payong-payong Beach instead of Secret Lagoon*
05 AM Back in El Nido
07 AM Dinner


08 AM Breakfast and buy snacks for the island hopping
09 AM Supposedly Tour B**
02 PM ETD El Nido, Palawan
08 PM ETA Puerto Princesa, Palawan
09 PM Check in to lodging


09 AM Breakfast
10 AM Quick photo walk near the lodging
11 AM Buy some souvenirs/pasalubong
12 NN ETD Puerto Princesa, Palawan
1 PM ETD Manila

*Destinations were changed due to the bad weather during this week
**Did not pushed through the third island hopping tour (Tour B) due to weather conditions. Instead of departing from El Nido at 6pm, we decided to go home earlier to have a good night rest in Puerto Princesa.

Star Beach where we had our lunch by the beach


Puerto Princesa

Lodge Php 300 each
Fare and Fees
  Motorcycle rent for city tour -Php 200 (3 hours)
  FarePhp 200
  Food -Php 125 x 5

Total Php 1325

El Nido

Tour A - Php 750 each
Tour CPhp 900 each
LodgePhp 300 each x 3
Fare and Fees
  RT Puerto Princesa to El Nido - Php 1000
  Fare - Php 100
  FoodPhp 100 x 9

Total - Php 3950

Airport feesPhp 200 + Php 50

Total Expenses Php 5525 (exclusive of airfares)

Loving El Nido at the Small Lagoon's Entrance


From the capital city of the National Capital Region - Manila, you can go to Puerto Princesa, Palawan by booking a flight from any local airlines in the country. The flight takes around 1 hour.


From Puerto Princesa, you can take the RORO Bus in San Jose(neighboring town of Puerto Princesa) to El Nido. Travel time to El Nido usually takes around 6 hours for Php 483 (airconditioned bus).

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Unknown said...

I will see this soon too! :-D

Elal Lasola said...

Exicted for you, Paula :D

Anonymous said...

Great shots! I feel like I missed out a bit by not seeing El Nido. I did get to go to Coron on Busuanga Island next door. It's more of the same island paradise beauty so you didn't miss too much, but I HEAVILY recommend visiting the Al Faro resort there. It's incredible!

You can see more from my trip to Busuanga in my video starting at 3:43 until the end

Elal Lasola said...

I hope you can visit El Nido too. Yeah, Coron is also on my list. I'm still planning on it though. Thanks for the tip! Will do note on that :D

Dawn said...

Thanks for post!By the way what time is the last trip from El Nido to Puerto Prinsesa?

Elal Lasola said...

I'm not very sure but we were hoping to catch the 6pm bus last time. :) said...

Hi there! Thank you so much sa pagpost ng details talaga. I once went from Pampanga to Makati on a tight budget and while I was on the trip iniisip ko talaga na iblog ko to help other thrifty travelers, but I never got around to it. Thank you and I hope you see the world one day!

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