El Nido is best known for it’s white sand beaches and laid back, tropical island vibe. If you are hoping to dive and enjoy some relaxation time then El Nido ticks all of the boxes.
El Nido showcases a wide variety of marine life from passing pelagics to unusual critters. Macro highlights of the area include seahorses, nudibranch, scorpion fish, a plethora of crustaceans and cephalopods, jawfish and blennies. Big fish sightings include reef sharks, passing eagle and marble rays, schooling jacks, snapper, barracuda and groupers. Turtles are seen at most dive sights.
El Nido Airport, also known as Lio Aiport, is located approximately 4 kilometres / 2.5 miles from El Nido Town. There are daily flights from Manila, Cebu, Boracay and even Coron Busuanga. Once you arrive at El Nido Airport it is a 20 minute motor tricycle ride into El Nido Town.
It is also possible to access El Nido over land from Puerto Princessa Airport in central Palawan which receives flights from Cebu and Manila. The journey is around 220 kilometres / 137 miles and takes 5-6 hours. There are regular bus and van transfers from Puerto Princessa and although it is a longer route, there is stunning scenery along the way.
A common plan for divers is to combine El Nido and Coron / Busuanga as one vacation by using the daily ferry. It takes roughly 4 - 5 hours and the one way ticket is around 2800php per person.