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SAMPLE EL NIDO ITINERARIES for 3, 4, 5, 6, Days Tour or More!

EL Nido Palawan Budget Itinerary Travel Guide Blog

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For me and for many travelers, El Nido, Palawan is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the Philippines. It offers so many thrilling and exciting things to do that every traveler will surely enjoy. It is a tropical paradise where you will find natural beauty, stunning beaches, idyllic islands, and amazing lagoons.

If you're visiting El Nido soon, I highly recommend that you plan your trip very well. Be sure to research on basic information such how to get there, where to stay, what are the must-visit destinations, the island hopping tours to take and many more. Having a sample itinerary that you could follow during your trip will also make your trip more convenient and less stressful. In my previous trip to El Nido, I really had a memorable time. With this, let me share to you some detailed El Nido itineraries that you can use as your guide in creating your own itinerary for your trip.

Sample El Nido Itineraries for 3, 4, 5, 6 Days Tour



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3D/2N: El Nido Itinerary (3 Days and 2 Nights)


What to do in El Nido if you only have 3 days and 2 nights to spend? Here is my suggested 3 days and 2 nights El Nido itinerary that you could copy or follow. You can adjust this depending on the times of your flights, the things you want to do in El Nido, and tourist spots you want to visit. For this, it would be great if you could fly directly from Manila to El Nido. But if you're flying in via Puerto Princesa City, book the earliest available flight from Manila. On your last day, book the last flight out of Puerto Princesa in the evening. This will give you more time to explore El Nido.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN EL NIDO / EXPLORE THE TOWN

  • 06:00 AM - Departure from Manila to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  • 07:00 AM - Arrival at Puerto Princesa City Airport
  • 08:00 AM - Travel from Puerto Princesa to El Nido [ BOOK TRANSPORTATION HERE! ]
  • 12:00 NN - Lunch at the rest stop on the way to El Nido
  • 02:00 PM - Arrive in El Nido, Check-in at hotel/resort
  • 03:00 PM - Explore the town, eat, enjoy the sunset at Corong-Corong Beach
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner at El Nido Art Cafe
  • 08:00 PM - Have some drinks
  • 09:30 PM - Back at the hotel/resort
  • 10:00 PM - Sleep

DAY 2: EL NIDO TOUR A - BOOK THIS TOUR HERE!

  • 07:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM - Start of El Nido Tour A
    • Big Lagoon
    • Hidden Lagoon
    • Shimizu Island
    • Payong-payong Beach
    • 7 Commando Beach
  • 04:30 AM - End of El Nido Tour A
  • 05:30 PM - Back at the hotel/resort and freshen-up
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner, have some drinks, night out with friends
  • 09:30 PM - Back at the hotel/resort and freshen-up
  • 10:00 AM - Sleep

BOOK AN EL NIDO TOUR A HERE!


DAY 3: TARAW PEAK AND DEPARTURE

  • 06:30 AM - Breakfast
  • 07:00 AM - Take a tricycle to Ferrata Nature's Canopy Walk
  • 08:00 AM - Trek to Taraw Peak via Canopy Walk [ SEE RATES AND BOOK HERE! ]
    • Enjoy the view of El Nido town and Bacuit Bay from Taraw Peak
  • 10:00 AM - End of Taraw Peak trek
  • 10:30 AM - Travel back to hotel/resort
  • 11:00 AM - Back to the hotel, freshen-up, prepare for hotel check-out
  • 12:00 NN - Check-out and have lunch
  • 01:30 PM - Travel from El Nido to Puerto Princesa City [ BOOK TRANSPORTATION HERE! ]
  • 06:30 PM - Arrive at Puerto Princesa Airport
  • 08:30 PM - Travel back to Manila

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4D/3N: El Nido Itinerary (4 Days and 3 Nights)


For me, the most ideal El Nido itinerary is 4 days and 3 nights. This is my most-recommended El Nido itinerary for first-timers. With this, you could enjoy 2 full days of island hopping adventure, climb taraw cliff and explore the town. If you're traveling to El Nido via Puerto Princesa City, it's best if you book the earliest available flight from Manila. When going back to Manila, book the last available flight from Puerto Princesa - preferable in the evening. Alternatively, you may also opt to stay for one more night in Puerto Princesa City so you'll have enough time and won't miss your flight to Manila.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN EL NIDO / EXPLORE THE TOWN

  • 06:00 AM - Departure from Manila to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  • 07:00 AM - Arrival at Puerto Princesa City Airport
  • 08:00 AM - Travel from Puerto Princesa to El Nido [ BOOK TRANSPORTATION HERE! ]
  • 12:00 NN - Lunch at the rest stop on the way to El Nido
  • 02:00 PM - Arrive in El Nido, hotel/resort check-in and freshen-up
  • 03:00 PM - Explore the town and sunset viewing
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner at El Nido Art Cafe
  • 08:00 PM - Have some drinks
  • 09:30 PM - Back at the hotel/resort
  • 10:00 PM - Sleep

DAY 2: EL NIDO TOUR A - [ SEE TOUR RATES AND AVAILABILITY HERE ]

  • 07:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM - Start of El Nido Tour A
    • Big Lagoon
    • Hidden Lagoon
    • Shimizu Island
    • Payong-payong Beach
    • 7 Commando Beach
  • 04:30 PM - End of El Nido Tour A
  • 05:00 PM - Back the the hotel/resort / freshen-up
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner, party, have some drinks
  • 09:30 PM - Back at the the hotel/resort
  • 10:00 AM - Sleep

BOOK AN EL NIDO TOUR A


DAY 3: EL NIDO TOUR C - [ SEE TOUR RATES AND AVAILABILITY HERE ]

  • 07:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM - Start of El Nido Tour C
    • Helicopter Island
    • Matinloc Shrine
    • Secret Beach
    • Talisay Beach
    • Hidden Beach
  • 04:30 AM - End of El Nido Tour C
  • 05:00 AM - Catch the sunset at Corong-Corong Beach
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner and souvenir shopping
  • 09:00 AM - Back at the hotel and sleep

BOOK AN EL NIDO TOUR C HERE!


DAY 4: TARAW PEAK AND DEPARTURE

  • 06:30 AM - Breakfast
  • 07:30 AM - Take a tricycle to Ferrata Nature's Canopy Walk
  • 08:00 AM - Trek to Taraw Peak via Canopy Walk [ SEE RATES AND BOOK HERE! ]
    • Enjoy the view of El Nido town and Bacuit Bay from Taraw Peak
  • 10:00 AM - End of Taraw Peak trek
  • 10:30 AM - Take a tricycle back to your hotel/resort
  • 11:00 AM - Back at the hotel, freshen-up and prepare for check-out
  • 12:00 NN - Hotel check-out and have lunch
  • 01:00 PM - Travel from El Nido to Puerto Princesa City [ BOOK TRANSPORTATION HERE! ]
  • 06:00 PM - Arrive at Puerto Princesa Airport
  • 08:00 PM - Travel back to Manila

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5D/4N: El Nido Itinerary (5 Days and 4 Nights)


If you have more time to spend in El Nido, let's say 5 days and 4 nights, you may add another day of island hopping adventure. You may avail El Nido Tour B or El Nido Tour D. For the flights, I still recommend taking an early morning flight to Puerto Princesa and an evening flight for your flight back to Manila.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN EL NIDO / EXPLORE THE TOWN

  • 06:00 AM - Departure from Manila to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  • 07:00 AM - Arrival at Puerto Princesa City Airport
  • 08:00 AM - Travel from Puerto Princesa to El Nido [ BOOK TRANSPORTATION HERE! ]
  • 12:00 NN - Lunch at the rest stop on the way to El Nido
  • 02:00 PM - Arrive in El Nido, hotel/resort check-in and freshen-up
  • 03:00 PM - Explore the town and sunset viewing
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner at El Nido Art Cafe
  • 08:00 PM - Have some drinks
  • 09:30 PM - Back at the hotel/resort
  • 10:00 PM - Sleep

DAY 2: EL NIDO TOUR A - [ SEE TOUR RATES AND AVAILABILITY HERE ]

  • 07:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM - Start of El Nido Tour A
    • Big Lagoon
    • Hidden Lagoon
    • Shimizu Island
    • Payong-payong Beach
    • 7 Commando Beach
  • 04:30 PM - End of El Nido Tour A
  • 05:00 PM - Back the the hotel/resort / freshen-up
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner, party, have some drinks
  • 09:30 PM - Back at the the hotel/resort
  • 10:00 AM - Sleep

BOOK AN EL NIDO TOUR A


DAY 3: EL NIDO TOUR C - [ SEE TOUR RATES AND AVAILABILITY HERE ]

  • 07:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM - Start of El Nido Tour C
    • Helicopter Island
    • Matinloc Shrine
    • Secret Beach
    • Talisay Beach
    • Hidden Beach
  • 04:30 AM - End of El Nido Tour C
  • 05:00 AM - Catch the sunset at Corong-Corong Beach
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner and souvenir shopping
  • 09:00 AM - Back at the hotel and sleep

BOOK AN EL NIDO TOUR C HERE!


DAY 4: EL NIDO TOUR B OR D

  • 07:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM - Start of El Nido Tour B
    • Snake Island
    • Pinagbuyutan Island
    • Pangulasian Island
    • Cudugnon Cave
    • Cathedral Cave
  • 04:30 AM - End of El Nido Tour B
  • BOOK A DISCOUNTED EL NIDO TOUR B HERE!
  • 08:30 AM - Start of El Nido Tour D
    • Cadlao Lagoon
    • Paradise Beach
    • Natnat Beach
    • Ipil Beach
    • Small Lagoon
  • 04:30 AM - End of El Nido Tour D
  • BOOK A DISCOUNTED EL NIDO TOUR D HERE!
  • 05:00 PM - Back the the hotel/resort / freshen-up
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner and have a few drinks
  • 09:30 PM - Back at the hotel/resort
  • 10:00 AM - Sleep

DAY 5: TARAW PEAK AND DEPARTURE

  • 06:30 AM - Breakfast
  • 07:30 AM - Take a tricycle to Ferrata Nature's Canopy Walk
  • 08:00 AM - Trek to Taraw Peak via Canopy Walk [ SEE RATES AND BOOK HERE! ]
    • Enjoy the view of El Nido town and Bacuit Bay from Taraw Peak
  • 10:00 AM - End of Taraw Peak trek
  • 10:30 AM - Take a tricycle back to your hotel/resort
  • 11:00 AM - Back at the hotel, freshen-up and prepare for check-out
  • 12:00 NN - Hotel check-out and have lunch
  • 01:00 PM - Travel from El Nido to Puerto Princesa City [ BOOK TRANSPORTATION HERE! ]
  • 06:00 PM - Arrive at Puerto Princesa Airport
  • 08:00 PM - Travel back to Manila

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6D/5N OR MORE: El Nido Itinerary (6 Days and 5 Nights or More)


If you plan to stay longer in El Nido, you could also visit other popular attractions such as Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beaches and Nagkalit-kalit Falls. This tour is commonly known as El Nido Tour E or "Inland Tour: Beaches and Waterfalls". Other destinations to visit in El Nido are Las Cabanas, Marimegmeg Beach, Mangrove Eco Park, Kuyawayaw Waterfalls and Sibaltan Beach.

When in El Nido, you may also avail a Discover Scuba Diving Experience. You can even travel to Port Barton in San Vicente and enjoy Port Barton Island Hopping Tour, explore San Vicente via Land Tour or go on a Boayan Island Tour, also in San Vicente.

If you really have more time, you may also consider exploring other worthy places outside El Nido, such as the municipalities of Taytay, Linapacan, Puerto Princesa City (before flying out of Palawan) and even Coron.

To help you plan your Coron adventure, please check out these posts:


San Vicente Land Tour Itinerary

  • 08:00 am - hotel pick-up
    • Roman Catholic Church
    • Municipal Hall
    • Kayak Inandeng River
    • Long Beach
    • Lunch at Long Beach
    • Bato ni Ningning
  • 04:00 pm - end of the tour

BOOK A SAN VICENTE LAND TOUR HERE!

Boayan Island Tour Itinerary

  • 08:00 am - hotel pick-up
    • Niapuray Reef
    • Kambingan Beach
    • Evergreen Beach
    • Lunch at Evergreen Beach
    • Starfish Point
    • Pulang Bato Reef
  • 04:00 pm - end of the tour

BOOK A BOAYAN ISLAND TOUR HERE!

For more amazing things to do, guided tours, and exciting day trips in or from Coron - PLEASE CLICK HERE.


I hope these SAMPLE EL NIDO PALAWAN ITINERARIES help you plan an amazing and memorable El Nido adventure! Please feel free to adjust the itineraries depending on the things you want to do El Nido and the activities and experiences that best interest you. Also, please adjust it depending on your flight arrival and departure times.


For more travel tips on how to get there, top things to do in El Nido, tourist spots, recommended hotels and resorts, sample budget breakdown and many more, please check out my EL NIDO PALAWAN TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG FOR FIRST-TIMERS.


For your questions, comments, suggestions and recommendations, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below. Thank you very much!
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