5 Days and 4 Nights in Palawan
Palawan is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the Philippines. The most famous spot in Palawan is the municipality of El Nido. El Nido encompasses the northernmost tip of the main island of Palawan and the rocky island of Bacuit Bay. El Nido is a protected area and it is a treasure trove of marine life and spectacular seascape, it earns its place and is consistent among the best beach destinations not just in the country but the whole world. Although it is a first-class municipality, El Nido remains a secluded and a quiet town. The town proper is tiny, and it has very few establishments other than travel agencies, hotels, restaurants and stores. The nearest city is Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan and it s five hours away from El Nido.
Together with Coron and Puerto Princesa, El Nido is a part of the popular tourism triumvirate in Palawan. These are the three most visited destinations in the province of Palawan. El Nido is in the middle, it is accessible from both Coron to its north and Puerto Princesa to its south.
Here is the five days and four nights itinerary that you can follow when you visit Palawan:
You can go on an El Nido, Palawan Tour. This consists of Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island and 7 Commando.
4:00am Estimated time of arrival in El Nido. Rest
7:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Start Tour A with El Nido Paradise Tours
5:00 am End Tour A with El Nido Paradise Tours
6:00 pm Dinner
You can go on an El Nido, Palawan Tour. This consists of Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Star Beach and Hidden Beach.
7:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Start Tour C with El Nido Paradise Tours
5:00 pm End Tour C with El Nido Paradise Tours
6:00 pm Dinner
Day 3: You can go to Coron, Palawan from El Nido via Fastcraft 5:00 am Estimated time of arrival at El Nido Port 6:00 am Estimated time of departure from El Nido Port 10:00 am Estimated time of arrival at Coron, Palawan 11:00 am Look for accommodation 12:00nn Lunch 1:00 pm Explore Coron Island
Day 4: You can go on a Coron Island Tour and it consists of Twin Lagoon, Barracuda Lake, CYC Beach, Beach 91, Siete Pecados and Skeleton Wreck. 7:00 am Breakfast 8:30 am Start Coron Isand Tour 5:00 pm End Coron Island Tour 6:00 pm Dinner
Day 5: Coron Isand Escapade and it consists of the Banana Island, Malcapuya Island and Bulog Dos Island 7:00 am Breakfast 8:30 pm Start Coron Island Tour 4:00 pm End Coron Island Tour 6:00 pm Estimated time of departure from Coron, Palawan
What you need to know before you go to Palawan: Language - Tagalog is the spoken dialect by the majority of the locals. They also speak english since it is widely understood. There is a significant fraction of the population that speaks other Visayan languages. Currency - The currency is Philippine peso. Php 100 is around $1.92 in US dollars and EUR 1.56 Modes of Payment - Most establishments prefer cash instead of card. There are only a few restaurants and resorts that accept credit and debit cards. There are many tour agencies that are cash basis only. Money Exchange - There are some restaurants and pawnshops that exchange major currencies to Philippine peso. It is best practice to already have pesos before you arrive to Palawan because they are not always available. You need to have your money exchanged while you are in Puerto Princesa or Manila. ATM - There is only one ATM in El Nido and that is for the BPI bank. It is still best to withdraw cash while you are in Puerto Princesa or Manila before going to El Nido. Connectivity - Most of the hotels offer free wi-fi connection but they can be slow. Safety - El Nido has a very low crime rate but do not leave your belongings just anywhere. There are also no hospitals in El Nido so you need to be very careful. The nearest major medical center is in Puerto Princesa.
Where to stay in Palawan: El Nido’s poblacion is composed of four barangays and they are Buena Suerte, Corong-Corong, Maligaya and Masagana. They occupy two small peninsulas that is out into the Bacuit Bay. What they refer to as the as the Town Proper is the settlement parallel to the beach in Barangay Buena Suerte. Just next to it is Barangay Masagana which is best known for several more resorts and Calaan Beach. Corong-Corong lies on the souther cape and its nooks and crannies are filled with fine sand.
These are the areas where you can stay in the four main places: Buena Suerte - This is where most of the city life is. The streets are flanked with tour offices, small hotels and restaurants. Of all of the areas, it was the first to be developed in Palawan. Corong-Corong - It is tucked in the southern beach of the poblacion, it has the isolated tropical paradise feel. It is also the nearest to the bus terminal. Calaan Beach - The resorts have also begun flourishing in this area, but just like Corong-Corong, it is not crowded. The Islands - The accommodations on the islands are mostly luxury resorts, which are expensive. If you are in El Nido and if you want some peace and quiet, it is best to stay in either Corong-Corong or Calaan. But if you want convenience then you can stay in their Town Proper.