We are gonna talk about all aspect of living in El Nido and having fun outside of the water !

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Weather in El Nido

Understanding the weather and seasons in El Nido.

El Nido enjoys pleasant weather and calm seas are great for freediving.

Even though it can be at times hard to predict, El Nido’s weather follows distinct patterns depending on the seasons of the year. To get the most out of your trip, time your visit to El Nido and enjoy the best weather.

December to April: Dry season

The main wind is blowing from the North-East bringing nice sunny days and good diving conditions. At this time of the year, the temperature are a bit cooler which is always enjoyable if you are planning to do any inland activities. This is also high season and you should expect higher tourist affluence.

Late April to early June: Summer time

The temperature are steadily rising until June. This is the hottest time of the year in the Philippines. This should not bother you if you are planning to spend most of your time in the water. The diving conditions are at their best with flat seas and visibility of up to 30m and water temperature around 30C°.

June to October: Rainy season

The Monsoon starts to establish itself sometime around mid June. From then on humidity rises and rains becomes more frequent. Typhoons are also common during those month. Even if El Nido is enjoying protection from it’s location far west of the areas most affected by typhoons, a low pressure system will bring rain and winds for up to week. Flights and boat trips can be canceled. Take this in consideration when planning your holiday.

November: Fall transition

At the end of the rainy season we enjoy a few weeks of perfect weather and great diving conditions. The wind drops in late October before getting steady again in December. The rain is gone and the temperature not as hot as in the summer months. For many this is the best time to visit the Philippines. The water is calm and clear, perfect for freediving.

 

Where to find us

Our freediving center is located in Corong-corong, El Nido, Palawan.

It’s a 5min tricycle ride (local taxi) from the center of El Nido. Ask for “La Plage”, a popular restaurant on the beach front. You will see us on your left side as you approach the beach through the sandy path.

In Corong-corong you will find a wide choice of accommodation and restaurants. It is also one of the best place in town to enjoy the sunset!

 

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How to get to El Nido

To get to El Nido, you have three options:

1) Direct flight to El Nido airport: the fastest and most comfortable way to get to El Nido.

Airswift offers direct flights between El Nido (Lio) and four popular destinations in the Philippines: Manila, Cebu, Caticlan (Boracay) and Clark (Angeles).
Travel time is about 1 hour on a 50 seater ATR aircraft. You will land directly at Lio airport, located only 4 kilometers from El Nido town. From the airport, it’s a 20-minute tricycle ride to El Nido town.

For bookings you can visit: www.air-swift.com
Another option is through Artcafe using this email address: flights@elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.com.

A one way ticket is around PHP 5,000, but this can vary depending on the time of the year. Watch out for promo flights on Artcafe’s Facebook page.
There is a 10kg weight restriction, including hand luggage. Each extra kilo is charged P200.

2) Land transportation from Puerto Princesa to El Nido: the best value for budget travelers.

Puerto Princesa Airport in Central Palawan is the main gateway to the rest of the island. The airport receives regular flights from Manila, Cebu and most of the major airports in the country via CebuPacific, PAL Express, AirAsia and other local carriers. From Puerto Princesa, you still have to cover about 230 kilometers of highway to get to El Nido. To do so, you have different options:

a) Van :  The trip takes 5-6 hours. Most companies have 2 stops on the way where you can eat and rest for a bit.

We warmly recommend DaytripperPalawan. They will get you to El Nido safely and comfortably in their executive vans/coaches. You will have to get in touch with them to book your seat and organize pick up and drop off locations. The price per passenger is PHP 850-950.

Palawan Day Tripper

Several other van companies leave daily from the Puerto Princesa airport. The vans can be crowded and the drivers in a hurry to get to destination. The price per passenger is PHP 500-600

b) Bus. If you are on budget, take a bus. Ask a tricycle to take you to the bus terminal. There two companies travel on the Puerto Princesa-El Nido route every day. We recommend Cherry Bus. It takes about 6-8 hours, depending on how many stopovers the bus will make on the way.

c) Car or motorbike. If you want to travel at your own pace you can rent a car or a motorcycle. A road trip is a great way to discover the Northern part of Palawan. You can stop over villages and enjoy the rustic view of the countryside. Be prepared, though. This can be a long trip (more than 230km) and full of surprises (cows, dogs, water buffaloes, potholes, etc.). Avoid traveling at night and drive safe!

Overnight in Puerto Princesa: If you want to stay overnight in Puerto Princesa, we can recommend you.
Hibiscus Garden Inn. The hotel has a beautiful tropical garden and a nice restaurant serving both local and western dishes. It is a convenient base if you want to explore the city.
One Manalo Place is another good choice. It offers a wide choice of rooms, a pool and a beautiful spa.

3) Boat trip from Coron to El Nido: only for the more adventurous souls.

If you decide to make the journey by boat your best option is probably Monte Negro lines. They offer daily transfers from Coron to El Nido and vice-versa. They operate a fastcraft which is newer and relatively comfortable. The trips leave daily from El Nido at 6am and from Coron at 12am. It will take about 4h to reach your destination. The price is PHP 1,760.

Several big outrigger boats also make the trip 4-5 times a week. They can be slow and uncomfortable and not recommended if you can find a faster way to come here. As these shuttles are weather dependent, cancellations are quite common on this route. The trip may take 7-10 hours and costs PHP1,400.

To book a ticket visit one of the local travel agency at least one day before. Your hotel might also be able to help with this.

If you are not in a hurry and want to take your adventure a bit further, a chartered sailboat is the best way to explore the remote islands between El Nido and Coron. It’s a beautiful experience and you’ll get a chance to set foot on wild tropical islands untouched by tourism. Alternatively you can have a look at Tao Philippines. Their expeditions between El Nido and Coron are always popular.

Once you get to El Nido you are welcome to visit us. At freediving Dimension we are water lovers. Choose your favorite way of discovering the bay, with activities like scuba diving, sailing and of course freediving.

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Things to do in El Nido

Scuba Diving in El Nido with Palawan Divers

Palawan Divers is a pioneer PADI school in El Nido and the most established dive center. That’s why we  work together. They offer PADI Scuba Diving Courses (from beginner level and up), PADI Specialty courses and PADI Pro Courses. They also cater to certified divers wanting to explore Bacuit Bay’s reefs with daily guided dives. With a staff of experienced and full-time captains, divemasters and instructors you can rely on them to make the most of your time in here.

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Sailing

Palawan Divers offers sailing courses through Palawan Sailing. It is the first IYT center in Philippines. Join our professional and experienced instructor to get a course or simply discover Bacuit Bay on Aquilone, a 45 footer yatch. All the informations are in our website: www.palawan-sailing.com

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Island Hopping

Island hopping is the most popular activity in El Nido. It’s a way to discover many hidden beaches and spend a day snorkeling in the most beautiful spots of the bay.

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Kayaking 

Going to the islands with a kayak is the best way to be independent and feel like Robinson Crusoe while arriving alone on a beautiful beach! The waters are very calm, it’s really easy to get around the bay and further.

  • For a full day tour or an overnight kayak trip, contact El Gordo adventures
  • You can rent a kayak for half a day or a day at Art Cafe
  • For a 2 to 4 days trip, contact Serge

Stand up Paddleboard

Hire a paddleboard for the day and spot the turtles! Book at the Art Cafe.

Hiking

Take a 2-3 hour walk on Cadlao Island, see the incredible flora and fauna living in the dense forest of the island, soak in the breathtaking views of El Nido, or climb the cliff without rope for an hour. Book at Art Cafe.

Mountain Biking

Discover a nice little village right on the beach only 8km away from El Nido, or for the more adventurous, cycle up to 60km in one day. Book with El Gordo adventures for renting a bike or organize a guided tour.

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There is a 750m zipline joining Las Cabanas to Snake Island. PHP500 one way, PHP400 more to come back, otherwise you can walk at low tide or swim. Book at Art Cafe.

Tours in the North

You can rent a motorbike or a van to visit the Northern tip of Palawan. Book at Art Cafe.

  • Nacpan and Calitang, the twin beaches– Enjoy stunning face to face beaches, probably the most impressive ones in Palawan (motorbike, 45min ride by van, longer by tricycle.)
  • Nagkalit-kalit Falls and Makinit Hot Springs – Chill out in the hot springs surrounded by the jungle and take a rewarding fresh bath in the waterfall after a walk through the forest (45 min ride, then 45 min trek to get to the waterfalls).
  • Dagmay Beach – Dagmay beach is completely empty and very quiet – a perfect spot for those who want some peace and quiet. If you’re there at the right time, you’ll be able to meet the local fishermen (45min by van).
  • Duli Beach 2h away from El Nido, you’ll find a beautiful 4km long beach, only surrounded by jungle and clear water.
  • Ille Cave Explore the famous cave where archeologists found human bones and potteries from 12 000 years earlier. (45mn drive from El Nido)

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Kitesurfing

Only 50min from El Nido, you’ll find a perfect spot to learn or practice kitesurfing. QI Palawan is a resort as well.
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Chill out

Take a tricycle and go for a day out to enjoy Las Cabanas and the surrounding beaches, or just sit on a terrace with a fresh fruit juice and relax as you enjoy the view.

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Sleep, drink and eat in El Nido

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El Nido town has a range of budget accommodation from small run-down cottages to a few high-end resorts.

  • The El Nido Overlooking is our favorite place in town. Their cozy and spacious private villas are hidden in the hills and face Bacuit Bay. From the infinity pool or from your deck, the view is breathtaking. If you’re looking for space and peace in a luxury setting, this is the perfect accommodation.
  • The El Nido Mahogany is the Overlooking baby sister. Located on Corong-Corong beach, it offers well designed sea front cottages and spacious amidst coconut trees and tropical gardens. The wide infinity pool is worth it as well!
  • The Cadlao Resort and Restaurant is a classy accommodation. You will appreciate their nice and comfortable bungalows, the tropical garden, the infinity pool and the view on Cadlao island. They house the best restaurant in town and propose a lot of high-end services (massage, island and inland tours).

MIDRANGE

  • The Rosanna’s Cottages Just in front of our dive center. Beachfront rooms are simple but nice
  • The Bulskamp-inn Basic but very comfortable rooms in a quiet street downtown
  • Stunning Vista Located in Corong Corong. Just outside of El Nido. Quiet and peaceful
  • Golden Monkeys Nice native cottages. At walking distance from town. You benefit from the peace of the surrounding forest

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NIGHT LIFE

 In the Philippines you’ll find live bands performing in bars almost every night and playing any kind of music.

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Why visit El Nido

El Nido is your starting point to discover the wonders of the surrounding Bacuit bay.

You will be blown away by the crude beauty of the place. With pristine beaches and secluded lagoons, luxurious vegetation and exotic wildlife, It has nothing to envy when compared to Koh Phi Phi or the bay of Halong and offers breathtaking sceneries above and under water. The warm turquoise waters are home to some of the best marine life variety in the Philippines. There, countless species of fish and corals form a vibrant array of forms and colors.

With high variety of marine life and clear waters, El Nido is a great place of a freediving course

El Nido is a must see for anyone traveling to the Philippines and has much more to offer than just tour A,B,C:

Freediving is a unique way to discover the islands and the underwater wonders far from the crowds. Beginners are more than welcome. Join one of our courses and learn a new skill that will open a whole new world of possibilities for you.

Don’t miss out on diving!

On the other side of the mirror you will find strange rock formations, colorful corals and lush sea life, all coming together to create an incredible underwater scenery. Each island corner having developed its own biotope and particular character.

Bacuit bay’s unique setting offers you endless exploring possibilities and a new experience every time.