What to do and see in El Nido, Philippines: The Best Places and Tips

February 14, 2018 Lean Nau

Why settle for a beachfront hotel when you can stay right over the ocean in a cottage on stilts? And why settle for any old dive site when you can snorkel in an orchid-walled lagoon? El Nido is known as the Philippines' last frontier, and if you're looking for magnificent beaches in an unspoiled setting, it's a perfect place for you to vacation.
Restaurants in El Nido

1. Entalula Island

Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines +63 999 964 4369
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Entalula Island

Reviewed By NinaRF - Maldives

When you book with El Nido Miniloc Resort, the trips to Entalula Island in included. You get to have a BBQ Picnic too with lots of free non-motorized to play with

2. Small Lagoon

El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines +63 917 423 8764
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Small Lagoon

Reviewed By Bacong F - Los Angeles, California

This was our last stop of 5 on Tour A. It was overcrowded with tourists and it was a bumper kayak ride. Kayak rental options were small (3 people) for 400 pesos and large (5 people) for 600 pesos. The time there is about 45 min to 1 hr. There are lots of fish to see by the boat parking area by the rocks but heavy kayak traffic area too. There is a small entrance that opens up into the small lagoon. There are also little hidden entrances that you can explore and view the sky. These are tight spots so watch your head! We also had time to kayak to the beach after exploring the lagoon.

3. Big Lagoon

El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines +63 919 333 2416
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Big Lagoon

Reviewed By BLshanghai - Singapore, Singapore

Very impressive & beautiful colours, but here again too many tourists at the same time, so nearly impossible to get the place for yourself and have clear pictures Definitely worth the visit still

4. Marimegmeg Beach

El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines +91 44 6531 5613
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Marimegmeg Beach

Reviewed By Flitz8 - Johannesburg, South Africa

The zip line reaches this beach.It is a really beautiful beach which is nice to swim in as water nice.Few rocks on one side but thats okay

5. Nacpan Beach

El Nido, Palawan Island 1131, Philippines
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Nacpan Beach

Reviewed By Mary Armi M

I failed to have my usual tour in El Nido which is the tour A. However, this beach has not failed me as it was truly beautiful and serene! The white beach is maintained. I was surprised that during my visit, no boats are by the beach. I think they don't allow those. Establishments are very few which is good for maintaining its cleanliness. I think there is only a time limit when you visit the place. You won't be able to stay for the night there.

6. Nacpan Beach

Sitio Calitang, Barangay Bucana, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines +91 44 6531 5613
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Nacpan Beach

Reviewed By Flitz8 - Johannesburg, South Africa

Beach has white soft sand and waves.Compared to twin beach which has rocks but is really tranquil and quiet

7. Snake Island (Vigan Island)

Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 463 reviews

Snake Island (Vigan Island)

Reviewed By kayc1995 - Changwon, South Korea

The water was pretty high when we went to snake island so we couldn't see how it was a snake, but the views while swimming around snake island are something out of this world. the water is amazingingly clear and blue and you're out in the middle of the ocean between Islands and its just breathtaking. There is a tiny bar on snake island that offers drinks, but other than that there isn't anything here, but the views. One of the most beautiful places i've ever seen!! You can climb to the top of one of the Islands that is connected to snake island to see the shape of snake island and the beautiful views around it. The climb takes about 5 minutes and is very easy but does require some flip flops sinces its rocky.

8. Matinloc Island

El Nido, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines +91 44 6531 5613
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 219 reviews

Matinloc Island

Reviewed By Mari B - Durbanville, South Africa

We had a quick stop at Matinloc Shrine. It's beautiful and spiritual... do be careful when you climb the rocky outcrop to the viewpoint, it's worth it, but narrow and can get crowded. Good stop during our island hopping trip.

9. Hidden Beach

Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 429 reviews

Hidden Beach

Reviewed By Razvan A - Lanzhou, China

Jump from your boat, brave the strong waves at low tide and swim to what was once a tropical paradise.
So why would I rate this terrible? Because I think this place should have been left untouched. All the corals that once populated this hidden gem have been destroyed by tourists walking on them.

10. Las Cabanas Beach

El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 843 reviews

Las Cabanas Beach

Reviewed By Pelle D

It’s extremely beautiful but there’s also a lot of tourists. If you walk all the way around the corner where las Cabanas Beach resort is located and keep going a little bit, you get the Beach somewhat more to yourself, if you prefer that. Very Nice little piece of paradise.

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