El Nido, which is spanish for ‘The Nest’, was named so by the past conquistadores because of the many birds nests lining its majestic limestone cliffs. Today, tucked away in the northern tip of Palawan, El Nido continues to be a home to Asian swiflet’s nests, but has also transformed into a hub for travelers in search for the best, most beautiful beaches in the world. With 45 pristine islands and islets just waiting to be discovered, you’re sure to find a perfect spot to nestle in the sand as you marvel at the clear, turquoise waters of this paradise on earth.
What to expect when you're there: Since entering Conde Naste Traveler’s list of The Best Beaches in the World, El Nido has developed the area to cater to tourists and explorers. So you can expect the main town to have the facilities and amenities of a regular island destination. The magic, though, lies in its quiet islands and hidden lagoons so make sure to book boat-hopping trips--and maybe even a trek to caves and waterfalls--to make the most of your trip to El Nido!
How to get there: There are flights from Manila to El Nido.
From Puerto Princesa City, Palawan’s capital, you can get to El Nido in 5-8 hours by land, depending on your preferred transportation option. Van and bus operators run at regular schedules with this route. Van and car rentals are also available.
From Coron, you need to travel via sea. You can take a small wooden ferry, which takes about 8 hours, or the faster, air-conditioned ferry, which will only take about 5 hours. There are also options to rent a boat or book a special tour that takes you island hopping from Coron to El Nido, which comes highly recommended for travelers looking to experience the authentic island life!