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El Nido

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[[image:cadlao2.jpg|thumb|right|400pxupright=1.3|Cadlao Mountain in El Nido]]'''El Nido''' [http://www.elnidotourism.comEl Nido] is a coastal town in settlement on the [[Philippines]] island of [[Palawan]]. El Nido is comprised of 45 islands and islets; limestone cliffs are also found here, which form a Karst backdrop similar to those found in [[Ha Long Bay]], [[Krabi]] and [[Guilin]]. El Nido is a popular destination for locals during the long holidays of the Holy weekWeek but, but until recently , has been relatively unknown to foreign tourists. El Nido is more than just a stereotypical tropical paradise. Beaches, clear waters, jungle, steep limestone cliffs and stunning inlets make for one of the world's most beautiful seascapes.
Before El Nido became a popular tourist destination, fishing and harvesting swift nests ("Nido" ) were the main source of income. Nowadays tourism has become the municipality's main source of revenue; however, the authorities are trying to keep it sustainable and hotel chains are refreshingly absent. Huge tour groups are nowhere to be seen. El Nido is also known for water sports such as diving, snorkeling and kayaking.
==Get in==
===By planeair===
[[Image:Elnido-map.png|right|thumb|500px|El Nido Map]]
By Air, '''El Nido Airport'''({{IATA|ENI}}) Island Transvoyager Inc. sees several flights a day to and from Manila by (ITI)[ Transvoyager] has several flights a day to and from Manila and this is also the charter airline for El Nido Resorts. Non El Nido Resorts guest guests may book with ITI only 5 days in advance, while the El Nido - Manila flight is bookable ahead of time through their General Sales Agent , El Nido Boutique & Artcafe. Note that the The airport can accommodate only small aircraft, so the prices tend to be higher than to the main town of [[Puerto Princesa]].
'''Puerto Princesa International Airport'''({{IATA|PPS}}) is Palawan's premier gateway. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, airphilexpress, Seair and Zest Air fly from [[Manila]], [[Davao]], [[Busuanga]], [[Cebu]] and [[Clark]] to Puerto Princesa. You can catch a bus, private or public van from Puerto Princesa to El Nido on arrival.
===By van===
Three Van companies are doing regular shuttle trips to El Nido, departing from San Jose bus terminal in Puerto Princesa.
Fares are P600 ₱600 per person and P700 ₱700 for Hotel or airport pick ups (minimum 2 people) and the travel time is 5 hours hr.
If you are in a hurry (flight etc) then don't depend on timely departure as these minivans almost never depart on time. The departure time is actually when they start picking up people around town and actually get on the road 30-60 minutes later. Also they sometimes make you change minivans along the way once or twice and your luggage is tied on the roof and despite the covers can be becomes covered with heavy dust from the gravel road 1h before El Nido. If you need more timely departure then try the RORO buses (next section) that are quite new and more comfortable than the minivans.
'''[ Fortwally shuttle service''' ] You can book directly at Cell: 09172762875 +63 917 276 2875 or 09213118755 +63 921 311 8755 or email: [email protected] ( Departure times Puerto Princesa-El Nido 7:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM,and 6:30pm,wherein from El-Nido to Puerto Princesa 5:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 1:00.and 6:00pm(but depend on the volume of the passenger).As part of Lean season,Fortwally ,offer php600₱600,one way fare including pick up in airport or hotel.We also offer van sharing from Puerto Princesa to sabang for only php 300/person.For more detail contact us.To those who want to book for the UNDERGROUND RIVER TOUR, fortwally Travel and tour can assist your needs, They are accredited Travel agency in Puerto Princesa by the Department of Tourism Region IV.
'''[Eulen Joy Shuttle Van'[]]'' PPS-El Nido-PPS have daily trips from Puerto to El Nido at 7:30, 10:00 and from El Nido to Puerto at 7:30, 9:00, 13:00h. Phone: PPS +639494498858, El Nido +639494498858. Tickets are available at Artcafe Travel Center and other outlets.
'''Lexus Company''' goes from Sabang to El Nido daily at 8:00AM, 10:00AM and 2:00PM. Fare is P900 but will only run if they have enough passengers. Tel. 09121002652. From El Nido to Sabang at 5:00 AM and 10:00 AM. To & from Puerto Princesa P600.
Tickets are available from most guest houses and tour booking officesoffice
There '''Daytripper Palawan''' is a special premier van new transport company that offers coolness, comfort and convenience:'''Daytripper Palawan'''They have daily trips from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. Departure time Pre-booking is a must at 9:00AM. Fare is fixed per pax and will depart with their website or without passengers, according to schedule. Chartered trips are also available. Contact: by calling +63 -917 -8488755; , +63 -921 -7423683; +63 48 7230312; or book your seats at [] directly
===By bus===
Air-conditioned RORO buses departs San Jose Bus terminal, Puerto Princesa and El Nido Market every 2 hours during the day and at 10pm and 4am during the night. Fare P483₱Remove483Non-aircon These are relatively new buses operate regular trips between Puerto Princessa and El Nidoabsorb bumpy roads better than the smaller vans, stopping in Roxas and Taytaywith more leg room. Departures are daily at 5AM, 6AM, 7AM, 8AM both from El Nido and Puerto Princesa. Travel time is 6-7 hours, fare 350 pesos. Departure in Puerto Princesa from San Jose Bus terminal and from El Nido Bus terminal  These buses are usually packed to the roofdo, they break down sometimes (which can mean delay of 20 minutes but also 3 hours)however, the seats are very narrow and the road is not paved all make many stops along the way. You may book a seat to pick up passengers, so the day before and try to get a empty seat next to you will be filled eventually, and the driver or in the front part of the busstops can get quite annoying.
[[File:Bacuit archipelago of El Nido.png|thumb|right|350px|Bacuit archipelago of El Nido]]
[[File:El Nido Bay.png|thumb|right|300px|View on the Bay]]
Breathtaking views of nature are the main reason to visit El Nido. The pristine waters of El Nido offer beautiful '''coral reefs''', while its beaches are uncrowded unlike the popular [[Boracay]], exploring the '''lagoons''' by kayaking is a great way of visiting the islets, '''coves''' and '''caves''' are also abundant. Inland El Nido, '''springs''' and '''waterfalls''' are also found. '''Bacuit Bay''' composes of limestone islands, where its possible to either dive, snorkel or hike.
Catch a tricycle taxi to Las Cabanas (P150) and plonk yourself down out front of Orange Pearl Bar for a day away from the crowds on a white sandy beach and crystal waters. It's a short walk down a dirt road from where you will be dropped off.
There is also an island with some OK snorkeling which can be reached easily wading through waist deep water.
[[Image:GroupYellowSnappersEl Nido.jpg|right|thumb|300px350px|El Nido underwater]]
'''Island Hopping''', '''Snorkeling''', '''Kayaking''', '''Trekking''', '''Cliff climbing'''; Bacuit Bay consists of islands with limestone cliffs which are ideal for climbing, '''Diving''' & '''Snorkeling'''; The most popular activity is island hopping costing from P600 a day including BBQ lunch and snorkel gear. There are 4 basic day trips to choose from named Tour A to D and can be booked from all over town. The quality of the boat, guides & tour depends on who you book it through.
* <do name="Island Hopping & Kayak Tours" alt="El Nido Boutique & Art Cafe" address="Serena St." directions="" phone="+639209026317 or +639175604020" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""> The El Nido Boutique & Artcafe is one of the most experienced island hopping and kayak tour operator in El Nido with since over 15 years. They also rent out '''Kayaks, Stand up Paddle boards, Snorkel Equipment and Bicycles'''. </do>
* <do name="El Nido Adventure Scuba" alt="" address="Serena St." directions="near Artcafe" phone="+639283220958" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""> Dive with the "locals" and most experienced dive masters in the area. '''SSI and PADI open water and advanced dive courses are offered. </do>
*<do name="Submariner Diving Center" alt="" address="Hama Street Brgy Masagana" directions="Beachfront" phone="+63 905 484 1764" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Submariner Diving Center is the first and only '''PADI 5* Dive Resort''' in El Nido, Palawan Philippines, which is operated by the German Ronny Oliwka who is PADI MSDT and TDI AN/DP Diver. Submariner is also certified as Aqualung Partner Center who offers high standard in Diving and Education as well as diving gear branded by Aqualung and Apeks. Not only the Equipment considers a high standard. Also the staff is highly qualified and we keep international standards. For us diving is Fun and Joy and that´s what we want to experience to our Guests. We are located directly in the middle of the Main Beach of El Nido. Just visit us and learn more about us and diving. Starting November 2012 Submariner is also offering Diving Safaris to the World famous Wreck destination Coron with a 60ft. Liveaboard. After Diving we welcome you at the 1st floor in our Bar & Restaurant “Habibi Restaurant & Shisha Cafe” where you can hang out and enjoy great Food, Drinks and maybe a Shisha after your Dive or in the evening. (check out our reputation on Tripadvisor) </do>
*<do name="Palawan Divers" alt="" address="Hama Street - Brgy Masagana, 5313 El Nido, Palawan" directions="near Rosanna's Cottage" phone="+63 917 867 3225" email="[email protected]" url="" hours="Everyday from 7am to 8pm" price="" lat="" long="">Palawan Divers started operating in El Nido more than 10 years ago. It is the '''first certified PADI DIVE Resort''' in town. You will be taken care of by a professional and friendly staff who will make your stay safe and comfortable to explore the most beautiful island's diving sites. As El Nido's Bacuit Bay is rich in marine life, you have a good chance to see an array of wildlife including turtles, eagle rays as well as many corals and tunnels. There are more than 20 dive sites ranging in depth from 6 meters to 40 meters. From the beginner to the experienced diver, there is something for everyone here.</do>
You can rent a motobike(P700/day on the frontline, but in Rizal St, you can get it for P500 with some bargaining) and go around the countryside.
The roads are absolutely terrible, making a hard trip, but well maintained and you can will find it rewarding to find secluded places and beaches. A good example of such a beach is [[Duli Beach]] in the northern part of El Nido. The maps given my by motobike rentals provide a few attractions.
The waterfall wont be hard to find. But the hot springs it's virtually impossible to find by yourself since there is no signs, and it's hidden on the jungle. Although it's nothing more than a small boiling lake, walking on the countryside to get there, you can have good views.
[[image:El_Nido_center.jpg|thumb|right|300px350px|El Nido at dawn]]
*<buy name="El Nido Boutique & Artcafe" alt="" address="Sirena Street" directions="Buena Suerte" phone="09209026317" url="" hours="7.00-21.00" price="" lat="" long="">El Nido T-shirts printed in their own Artshop, Souvenirs, Handicrafts, Postcards, Books, Photo supplies and Cameras, Snorkel Gear, Swimming clothes and beach wear, Sarongs, Dresses, Jewerly, Suntain lotions and drugstore items, Wine and Liquors, Bags and Backpacks, Hammocks and lots lots more.</buy>
*<sleep name="Krizma Cottages" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="09126548487" url="[email protected]" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">On a quieter road back from the beach, these new cosy cottages are great value with hot shower and wifi and lovely managers.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Francisco Inn" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Cheapest room is P350</sleep>
*<sleep name="Biolina Guesthouse" alt="" address="Calle Lisang, Brgy. Maligaya" directions="" phone="+639075278584" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">An ideal place for wise and budget conscious travelers and backpackers. Fan and AC rooms available with its own toilet and bath. Room rates starts at P500. (+639102005072)</sleep>
*<sleep name="Tay Joe Cottages" alt="" address="El Nido, Palawan" directions="Nat'l higway. Sitio Lugadia, Bgy. Corong-corong" phone="+639195379595" url=" & [email protected]" checkin="" checkout="" price="P 800.00 to P 1000.00" lat="" long="">2 rooms available, Fan room, 4 person capacity of every room, 15meters away from bacuit bay & 1.5 kilometers away from town, we also arranged Island tour, Inland tour, Motorbike rentals & Breakfast. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Dolarog Beach Resort" alt="" address="El Nido" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">With its central location, Dolarog Beach Resort is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Palawan. All hotel's guestrooms have all the conveniences expected in a hotel in its class to suit guests' utmost comforts. Each guestroom has non smoking rooms, desk, shower, balcony/terrace. Services and amenities available for guests at this Palawan accommodation consist of bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, room service, safety deposit boxes, hotel/airport transfer, tours. For guests to unwind, the hotel offers a variety of facilities and services including pool (kids), water sports (non-motorized), outdoor pool, private beach, garden. </sleep>
[[Wikipedia:El Nido, Palawan]]
The Montenegro service established in early 2012 was stopped later and odds of resuming it are low as of Jan 2013. None of the local tour agents seem The only remaining option to currently promote it so make sure directly go to ask around. It costs 1750php and leaves at 6am the journey Coron is between 4 and 6 hours. This is a much better option than the other boats as it is built for purpose boat whilst the other boats are glorified fishing boats. No matter what locals tell you all other local boats take taking a minimum of 8 hours8h.
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