El Nido is a sleepy town... but not for long. progress is catching up. when i was there majority of the small by-the-beach inns were under renovation. but as much as one would notice the ongoing constructions, it remains a sleepy town at almost anytime of the day.
the narrow Serena Street must be the busiest street but busy in El Nido means seeing ten people crossing path hopping from one travel agency to another. Rizal Street has the most number of those booking centers majority offering the standard tour package rates.
amidst the growing tourists in this part of Palawan, you won't see people or kids begging. most them simply doing their daily chores and errands. treating tourists like they were just one of the locals. this makes El Nido an ideal tourist destination.
i believe that what keeps El Nido from the massive tourists bunch is a good airport to cater bigger aircraft. but a year or two from now, the airport will soon be rehabilitated to cater medium-sized planes which will open its gates to local budget airlines. i say it won't be a sleepy town for long.
how to get there:
option 1: Domestic airlines fly daily from Manila to Puerto Princesa (1-hour flight) option 2: Direct flight from Manila to El Nido via Seair (as of this post, direct flights are not available).
>>>from Puerto Princesa to El Nido:
option 1: Take a van trip from Fort Wally Van Organization to El Nido (6-hour road trip). option 2: Take the regular bus trip from the Puerto Princesa Central bus terminal (7-8hours road trip)
>>>from El Nido van terminal:
option 1: take a tricycle for a short ride to your hotel or to the main beach area if you did not reserve for a hotel.
option 2: if you are willing to walk, the main town area is just a walk away. but i don't recommend this if you have big backpacks and if you have a limited time in El Nido. (15mins walk)
>>>for Tour A:
several travel agency along the main streets of El Nido offers standardized tour packages which includes island hopping and lunch.
island: Palawan island
gateway: El Nido Coast
11^ 10" 46' N
119^ 23" 16' E