El Nido Palawan Chronicles Summary and Travel Budget

El Nido Miniloc Big Lagoon

Island Hopping in El Nido

I previously though that going into this part of the last frontier of the country we all know as Palawan would be really expensive. But I learned that with a bit of haggling, looking around and being with other thrifty companions while in El Nido can really stretch your budget. In the 5 days and 4 nights, with two days of Island hopping, 1 day of inland tours and sampling some of the good food of El Nido, I only spent P6082 (US$132) (excluding transport to El Nido from Manila). Read on for the details.

El Nido Tour 2010

El Nido Bacuit Bay Map of our route


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5


Hadefe Cottages (750/night) x 4 = P3000 – P1500 each (shared)

Tour A – P550/pax
Tour C – P690/pax
Inland Tour (Nagkalit-kalit and Makinit HotSpring) – P800 (P400 shared)
Taraw Cliff Climb – P300

Eco-Tourism Development Fee(Valid for 10days) – P200
Terminal Fee (Domestic) – P200
Terminal Fee (El Nido) – P112

Food, Snacks and Drinks – P1620

Tricycle to and from Lio Airport – P200 (P100 one way)
Tricycle to Coron-Corong – P10
Taxi to Domestic Terminal – P140
Taxi Home – P 160
Seair Flight Manila-El Nido-Manila – FREE (Sponsored by Seair)

TOTAL = P6082

The airfare was sponsored by Seair and if you add the cost of flight (P13500) roundtrip the total cost would be P19582. The price would be much higher but good thing there are options for travelers to cut down the cost.

Via Puerto Princessa: There are buses, Eulen Joy Bus Line and Sweety Bus Line that departs early morning to El Nido and vice-versa for P400+ with travel time of 8 hours from 6:00am to 8:30am. Vans are also available which has a much faster 6 hours travel time for P500+ also leaving daily.

Via Coron: There are Atienza Shipping Lines ferry to El Nido on Tuesday spanning 10 hours of travel.