20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido in Palawan

Hurricane Hagupit swept across the Philippines days before our flight to El Nido in 2014. We shrugged off the sunk costs and tried our luck again in 2016. When we arrived at Mactan-Cebu Airport to check in for our flight, we were told our flight was canceled. Dammit, what does it freaking take to visit this place?! We eventually made it there the following day and realized it was all worth it! Here are 20 photos to inspire you to visit El Nido in Palawan, Philippines.

READ MORE: 8 Reasons to convince you to visit Cebu in the Philippines

20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Island hopping is a must!

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Town proper from the sea

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Marvel at the countless islands and rock formations

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

The ocean has never been so inviting!

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Have breakfast with views overlooking the Corong Corong Bay

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Indulge in views like this from the Taraw Peak

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

And this

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Sun tan on this soft white sand beach

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

…as long as you bring sunscreen!

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Go island hopping on your own private banca and avoid crowds

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Explore this natural aquarium

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Enjoy sunsets while swinging in a hammock on your balcony

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Dive into crystal clear turquoise waters

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

The snorkeling conditions here are pristine!

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Live among trees in a cottage with an infinity pool

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Motorbike to the famous twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

The Twin Beaches of El Nido: Nacpan and Calitang

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Go kayaking in the Big and Small Lagoons

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

Get your hair fried and skin burnt…. worth it!

Still not convinced? Check out our Youtube video:

Stay tuned for our guide to visiting El Nido comfortably and efficiently without breaking your bank!

Like it? Pin it!

Kollecting Koordinates - 20 Photos to inspire you to visit El Nido

25 Comments

  1. April 28, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Gorgeous! I’ve heard great things about the Phillipines and El Nido in particular, but these pictures have me totally convinced. I need to get there soon! Thanks for sharing

  2. April 29, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Love the clarity of the water in the Philippines. When we were diving in Thailand, the vis was not “amazing” and all the staff said we had to try the Philippines. I was just on the beach a week ago getting ready to take my advanced open water class and we called it do to low vis. Such is diving in San Diego.

    • May 3, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      You’ll have to let me know how your Advanced class goes! When the vis is better, that is lol

  3. Cassandra
    April 29, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous and now I’ve got a deep case of wanderlust! It seems like a great place to explore and enjoy the view! The diving I may have to pass. I keep seeing photos and videos of diving, and every time it always scares me!

    Also love your video (:

  4. April 30, 2017 / 5:13 am

    Your pictures brought back so many found memories we had in El Nido! Hubby and I actually went there for our honeymoon. Like you said, it is not easy to get to, but absolutely worth it! I would go back in a heartbeat!

  5. May 1, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    When I read through here I know that I failed miserably in reaching Busuanga, but not making the hop over to El Nido! The picturesque beauty is timeless over there on there on the little gorgeous isle. The twin beaches leave me breathless and I loved the video too Ivy!

    • May 3, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      The underwater world there will make you very happy, Dave! Tons of fishies waiting for you to befriend 😉

  6. May 1, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Philippines is just next to Malaysia but I still haven’t been there as the logistics are known to be quite a nightmare. But you pictures are giving me 2nd thoughts and might look into planning a holiday there again soon.

  7. May 1, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    You have sold me, definitely on my list of places to go! Love the video and I love that song too! I used it for another slideshow I made for my cousin 🙂

    • May 3, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      I love Mike Perry! Will be using more of his tracks for future vids 🙂

  8. May 1, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    With scenery as beautiful as that, you had to get there! Even if all I did was sit in that hammock in my room, I would be happy. Glad things finally turned around for you for this amazing trip:)

  9. May 2, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    It really does sound like fate wanted to stop you El Nido but good on your for remaining persistent. And certainly, looking at your photos, it really does seem as though it was all worth while. The underwater shot in particular is incredible but really, you can’t beat a beautiful Palawan sunset

    • May 3, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Haha I guess that’s why they say ‘Never give up’! 🙂

  10. May 2, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    The place looks lovely and worth the wait in the end! I love all those little boats from the vantage point. excellent photo journal.

  11. May 2, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    We have heard a lot about El Nido and every blog and picture we have ever seen has only inspired us to make a trip to this slice of paradise very soon. These pictures of azure waters, kayaking in the perpetual waters and the resorts hidden amidst the verdant nature are awe-inspiring.

  12. May 2, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    This place looks like an absolute dream! I would LOVE to have breakfast with a view over Corong Corong Bay. And the view from Taraw Peak looks incredible. The turquoise blue water looks incredible inviting – the perfect paradise. El Nido is totally going on my bucket list!

  13. May 3, 2017 / 2:34 am

    Philippines has so many gorgeous beaches. Palawan is one of those with plenty to choose from. I’ve heard about many islands in the Philippines but El Nido is on top of my bucket list. These photos excite me and make me want to go so bad!

  14. Abhinav Singh
    May 5, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Philipines, I think is the next big destination in South East Asia. It is under rated, under promoted and a well kept secret. I am glad bloggers like you are writing about it.

  15. June 4, 2017 / 3:32 am

    Holy crap your photos never cease to amaze me Ivy!!!!! Actually, scratch that, the number of vacation days you get shocks me more every time I see you heading off to gorgeous places like these. BTW, couldn’t help but stare at your tattoo! I really wanna get one and maybe one of a treble clef but most of the designs I’ve seen are so… basic lol. Love yours though! Did you get it done here in Van?

    • June 16, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      HAI JAS! Hehe thanks, I drew what I wanted and took it to a 師傅 called 大毛 in Taiwan. I had 2 others done here in Vancouver but I like what the Taiwanese dude did a lot better… plus it was a lot cheaper lol

  16. David Glass
    July 5, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Going to El Nido in September.
    Been to the Philippines before to Puerto Galera.

    When I started watching videos about Island Hopping in El Nido and showed my mate, he said there’s no place in the world like it.

    You’ve just made my day as I was taken amazed by the breathtakingly background music which I didnt know of and then last night found out it was Ocean by Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin.

    Philippines my favourite country in the world. 🌴😊🌴

    • July 10, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      Thanks for stopping by David! This made my day 🙂 I’m excited for your September trip!

  17. July 10, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    El Nido is just down right gorgeous. It’s literally paradise.

    • July 13, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      I agree! The water clarity is hard to beat <3

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *