This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in El Nido. To help you make friends with El Nido before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Located in the northern part of Palawan, El Nido is a picture-perfect postcard beauty that symbolizes the unrivaled beauty of the Philippine archipelago. White-sand beaches and islands are not really uncommon in the country, but El Nido has the best in terms of natural beauty -- most of them are non-commercialized.
El Nido is not just famous for its white-sand beaches but also for its limestone cliffs that create one of the most dramatic landscape in the country. Still, even with its popularity, El Nido still continues to be a rustic destination. Modern facilities like round-the-clock electrical supply as well as ATMs are still missing in this area, but for most visitors, it just adds to the charm of El Nido. Island hopping is a top activity in El Nido -- you can visit one island, enjoying one of the clearest waters in the world, seaside picnics or snorkeling (the lagoons in El Nido are unparalleled).
In terms of accommodations, travelers have two options -- luxury resorts and El Nido hostels. El Nido is home to the country's most luxurious resorts, often set on private islands. On the other hand, there are also many options for El Nido hostels, which are highly patronized by both local and international travelers. They are not just affordable, but they also give you a more genuine experience of El Nido.
In terms of facilities, hostels in El Nido go beyond basic, especially when compared to other hostels in the country. El Nido hostels have Wi-Fi, guided tours, and even standby generators. They are not just clean, but linens are also top quality and rooms are spacious. Thus, it doesn't come as a surprise that El Nido is also home to the property that has been voted as the Top Hostel in the Philippines. Providing value for your money, staying in hostels in El Nido lets you meet fellow travelers. Most hostels in El Nido have spacious common areas to meet and greet. The rustic and laid-back atmosphere, thanks to the traditional Filipino concept of most hostels, makes your stay in El Nido one of your most memorable.
The good thing about hostels in El Nido is that they are perfectly located. Some are close to Bacuit Bay as well as minutes away on foot from the beach. Just going out in your room or lounging in the terraces with scenic views of the bay and the clear waters is simply indulging. You will get to experience true Filipino hospitality when staying in an El Nido hostel.
Written by local enthusiast for El Nido hostelsvcaulin