Weekend backpacking to El Nido

el nido

We all need mini-breaks. And it’s not impossible, even to yuppies who only have the weekends (or 2 days in a week) off! Here’s the simple and affordable 2D/1N itinerary for our weekend adventure in El Nido.

Call us the great weekenders!

Tandikan Beach El Nido

El Nido

el nido

EL NIDO ITINERARY

BUDGET: Php7,169.96 per head (including airfare, group of 3. Excluding food & misc)* or Php3,266.67 per head without airfare.
DURATION: 2 days, 1 night (technically, 2.5 days, 2 nights mostly spent on the road)**

Day 1 (Friday)
-afternoon/evening arrival in Puerto Princesa
-5-6hrs travel to el nido (RORO bus @ night, or Van)

Day 2 (Saturday)
-early morning arrival in el nido, check-in
-island hopping (whole day) w/ picnic lunch (Kayak, snorkel)***
-overnight @ el nido

Day 3 (Sunday)
-stroll, beach bum, or another island hopping tour (if the time allows)
-check-out of cottage
-departure to puerto princesa
-pasalubong shopping in puerto princesa
-evening flight back to manila

(check below for footnotes indicated by the asterisks)

tandikan beach cottage

Tandikan beach el nido

tandikan beach cottage

tandikan beach cottage

el nido

You may tweak the time or day of departure to your liking. Because we have our dayjobs, and we’d only have weekends off, we made it work by planning to be in El Nido by break of dawn & get started with activities at sunrise.

But if you want to relieve yourself of time pressure, get an early morning flight to Puerto Princesa and a late night flight back to Manila, plus maybe book your transportation to El Nido ahead of time. Also it pays to make your accommodation arrangements/reservation in advance so they can prepare for your arrival (especially when you get there by break of dawn, like we did).

Quick tip: you can save a lot more if you planned ahead of time and booked plane tickets early (read: promo fares). We booked ours just a week away – this was sorta just a spur of the moment escapade anyway.

Check below for helpful contacts.

el nido

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

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*COST BREAKDOWN:
Approx total cost: Php21,509.87
Approx cost per person: Php7,169.96

Airfare
MNL-PP (zestair) PHP 5,950.83
PP-MNL(tigerair) 5,759.04 PHP 11,709.87
Airport Transfer
PP-El Nido(Fortwally Van) P700x3 2,100.00
El Nido-PP(Fortwally Van – yep, got a discount!) P500x3 1,500.00 3,600.00
Island Hopping w/ Kayak & lunch
Boat Rental 2,500.00
Kayak 700.00 3,200.00
Beachfront fan room (Tandikan Beach Cottages)
P1,500 per room x 2days 3,000.00 3,000.00
TOTAL         PHP 21,509.87  
or P7,169.96 each

**Because of the Puerto Princesa-El Nido travel time by bus/van, the first & last days of the trip will be spent on the road.

***Choose to either join a group tour with local and foreign tourists or arrange a private tour and rent a boat for your own gang. Dan, Nur, and I chose the latter because (1) we want to be the boss of our own time (what if we 3 liked to stay a bit longer in 1 spot but the strangers are too killjoy?) And (2) we’re anti-social (Kidding!). We personalised our island hopping (and reserved our room) with Arman V. Booking Office (check below) to include 2 package tours, a total of 7 beauty islands/spots, into 1 whole freaking day of sunburn awesomeness.

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el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido snake island

el nido snake island

el nido seafood lunch

el nido seafood lunch

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nidokayak

el nido big lagoon

el nido small lagoon

el nido kayak

el nido small lagoon

el nido small lagoon

el nido snorkel

el nido snorkel

el nido snorkel

el nido island hopping

el nido island hopping

el nido at night

el nido at night

el nido at night

CONTACTS:
Fortwally Shuttle (for Van services)
Contact person: Mark Gonzales, 09164589741 (also offers tours to underground river)

Arman V. Booking Office (for island tours & accommodation reservation – they did our reservation to Tandikan Beach Cottages, plus our island hopping tour)
Contact persons: Mr. & Mrs. Mascardo Villaraza, 09192034199/ 09297063556

***Or message me, for travel bookings. I may be able to help you with cheap vacations & travel deals.***

If you want to take the bus instead, reserve & contact any of the following bus lines:
RORO – 09175971182
Eulen Joy – 09197162210
Sweety – 0919711922

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4 thoughts on “Weekend backpacking to El Nido

    • Wag kang pabigla-bigla, para makatipid. Planuhin mo na ahead of time, abang ka ng promo fare. Biglaan lang naman na trip namin yan last yr kasi may balikbayan na nag-aya

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