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El Nido in Palawan is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the country therefore protected by the major institutions in the Philippines. Its unique attractions and hidden adventures will make you come back and travel there all over again.
Being a unique Philippines destination, El Nido is renowned for its towering limestone cliffs which are inhabited by the swiflets, a kind of bird that lives in caves with the ability to navigate in total darkness. Their nests are entirely built with their saliva, which is used as a main ingredient for the famous Chinese delicacy, Bird’s nest soup. These nests are being sold for approximately US$ 3,000 per kilogram.
El Nido got its name after the swiflets edible nests; “Nido” is the Spanish word for nests which is until now widely practiced collected by the locals.
The fastest transportation going to El Nido is by air which is an hour and thirty minutes from Manila to Lio Airport, the only airport in the town. Mainly, there are only two airlines that fly to El Nido, the private charter plane, Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) and the commercial planes of South East Asian Airlines or SEAIR.
The main seaport of El Nido is located at Buena Suerte (Zone II), where the major ferry boats are operated by the Atienza Shipping Lines and San Nicholas Shipping Lines. Both have regular trips from Manila to El Nido which is approximately takes 28-30 hours.
There are also some accessible small wharfs around the town which can be a useful tool of transportation by water.
Daily buses and jeepneys depart at San Jose Terminal, if you’re at Puerto Princesa City going to El Nido, the trip takes 7 to 8 hours and costs approximately Php300.00.
When to go
El Nido’s climate is very much the same as in other provinces in the country. Little rains can be felt from December to May, the dry and summer months while July to November is the wet season. It is always recommended to travel to El Nido during the summer periods to contently enjoy its natural sights.