Palawan | 5D4N El Nido Solo Travel Guide 2018 | 5D4N El Nido Itinerary

Contributed by: Carlee Arsigono

Palawan | El Nido 5D4N Solo Travel Guide 2018 | 5D4N El Nido Itinerary

El Nido, Palawan

El Nido is a popular destination for locals during the long holidays of Holy Week but, until recently, has been relatively unfamiliar to foreign tourists. El Nido is a coastal settlement and primary tourist destination on the Philippines island of Palawan. El Nido comprises 45 islands and islets; limestone cliffs are also found here, which form a Karst backdrop similar to those found in Ha Long Bay, Krabi, and Guilin. Beaches, clear waters (away from the main town), jungle, steep limestone cliffs, and stunning inlets make for beautiful seascapes. El Nido Solo Travel Guide
I’ve traveled to a lot of gorgeous tropical islands in South East Asia but nothing prepared me for the beauty of the Philippines. And nothing outfitted me for the effect that El Nido would hold on me.

Palawan | El Nido 5D4N Solo Travel Guide 2018 | 5D4N El Nido Itinerary
Sharing my DIY 5 days & 4 nights experience in El Nido, Palawan as a SOLO BACKPACKER!
(Airfare not included)
Booked a promo flight from Cebu Pacific – MNL – PPS – MNL for just P865 roundtrip!
Itinerary: El Nido Solo Travel Guide
Day 1: Manila to Puerto Princesa, Palawan & Puerto Princesa to El Nido
Day 1
1:40 PM – 3:10 PM Flight from MNL to PPS
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM Travel from PPS to El Nido
(5 hours drive with 1 stopover)
9:00 PM – Checked in Big Mike’s Hostel
10:00 PM – Free time
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Day 2
Tour A
8:00 AM – Hostel Breakfast (Free)
9:00 AM – Pick up time for the tour (Island Hopping)
Island Hopping:
Small Lagoon
Big Lagoon
Seven Commandos
– Lunch is included
(Secret Lagoon is not included on the day I did the tour because of the weather)
5:00 PM – End of the tour
6:00 PM – Back to the hostel
7:00 PM – Dinner
8:00 PM – Nightlife (Nightlife is perfect if you want AFAM) Haha!
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Day 3
(I woke up late so I was not able to attend the Tour C)
10:00 AM – Hostel Breakfast (Free)
3:00 PM – Las Cabanas Beach Resort for the Sunset
5:00 PM – Back to the hostel
7:00 PM – Dinner
8:00 PM – Nightlife El Nido Solo Travel Guide
Day 4
10:00 AM – Hostel Breakfast (Free)
11:00 AM – Walking to the beach
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Travel from El Nido to PPS
(5 hours drive with 1 stopover)
11:00 PM – Checked in to the homestay
Day 5
10:00 AM – Breakfast
11:00 AM – Buying souvenirs and pasalubong
3:00 PM – Supposed to be my flight going back to Manila but the worst thing is, it was delayed for 6 hours.
All expenses:
Tour A – P1,000 per person
Kayak (Small) – P300
Van transfer – P1100
4 Days 3 nights at Big Mikes – P500 per night El Nido Solo Travel Guide
Palawan | El Nido 5D4N Solo Travel Guide 2018 | 5D4N El Nido Itinerary
PS: I would definitely recommend for you to stay in a hostel if you’re a solo backpacker or if you’re on a tight budget. You can also meet new friends around the world, I made new friends from different countries.
Also, I suggest PUKKA Bar if you love nightlife! You will meet a lot of friends there too! El Nido Solo Travel Guide

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Special thanks to Mr. Michael Yao for helping me with my accommodation. I would recommend him to all as he is nice and legit! El Nido Solo Travel Guide


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