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More detailed El Nido travel guide here: El Nido Budget Travel Guide
Cadlao Island’s Nat Nat Beach is one of the places you’ll visit during Tour D. It has soft white sand and clear waters; both of which are an ideal combination for a relaxing few hours or afternoon. Few people make this destination one of their stops, meaning you may have a place where it’s just you and your group. The beach also has towering limestone dotting it, giving it a certain rawness which adds to its appeal.
How to Get There
Nearest Airport: El Nido Airport, also known as Lio Airport (Palawan); Puerto Princesa International Airport (Palawan); Francisco B. Reyes Airport, also known as Busuanga Airport (Palawan)
- There are many flights to and from Puertro Princesa. From Manila, major airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia have daily and regular flights. Buy your plane tickets months in advance to get the best and lowest possible price.
There are also direct flights to El Nido from Manila via Air SWIFT, but this will cost you more.
- Once in Puerto Princesa, you have the option to board the RoRo and Cherry Bus or one of the many vans that travel to El Nido. The bus option costs around P290-P480/way and the van’s fare costs around P550 to P600 per way.
- Once you arrive in El Nido, take a tricycle going downtown or directly to your hotel.
- From either the town proper or along Bacuit Bay, book El Nido’s Tour D.
Via van, head to Robinson’s Mall where the van terminal is located.
Via bus and RoRo bus, go to Junction 1 (P8), and then ride a multi-cab going to San Jose Terminal. You can also hire a tricycle for P80-100.
Entrance Fee and Other Charges
Nat Nat Beach is included in El Nido’s Tour D package.
El Nido Island Hopping Tour D: P1200/person
Note: The local government standardizes the tour rates. Island hopping tour operation starts at 9am and ends at 4pm.
Eco-Tourism Development Fee: P200 (good for 10 days)
Tour D Private Boat Rental: P1500 (small boat); P3000 – P4000 (large boat)
Others: P700 (kayak rental, whole day, within operation hours); P150 (snorkel gear rental)
- Natnat Beach is the perfect place to forget your worries as it is often far from the crowds. If you go on a private tour, you’ll have plenty of space to wade or swim in the waters and relax on the soft white sand.
- There are also snorkeling sites in the area for those who want to discover the beach’s underwater beauty.
- You’ll need enough cash. Even if there are ATMs in town, there are often long lines and chances of those machines running out of money is relatively high.
- Internet connection is often slow, be patient.
- Bring your own gear if you plan to snorkel but don’t want to rent.
- Tour D doesn’t run as regularly as the others in town. You might have to book a private tour whether you are traveling alone or with a group.
- If you decide to rent a boat for a private tour, you can buy your own food and drinks for lunch or picnic during one of your stops.
- Bring a power bank to keep your phone and camera charged for the trip.
- Keep the place clean. Practice proper garbage disposal. Leave nothing but footprints. Follow the rules and regulations.
If You Have More Time and Budget
- El Nido has other joining tours (A, B and C) and places you can visit by tricycle or on a motorbike.
- Watch the sunset at Marimegmeg Beach or spend a day or night in Nacpan Beach.
Where to Stay
Whether budget or high-end, you have plenty of choices in El Nido. Here are some of the top-rated accommodations according to Agoda users as of September 2017.
El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
El Nido Resorts Lagen Island