Travel Guide: El Nido The Philippines

Travel Guide: El Nido, Palawan Island

El Nido, Palawan Island in the Philippines… This is where I found it; unspoiled paradise right here on earth. The people who live here live the simple life. And it’s this simple island life that is ever so attractive for those of us who like to be surrounded by turquoise clear waters, beautiful lagoons and caves, high limestone cliffs and a mainland filled with lots and lots of green.

Travel Guide: El Nido The Philippines

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Do you remember the novel-turned-movie, The Beach? It’s one of my favourite films! Why?

1. Because I love, love, love Leo!
2. It always sparks my world of wanderlust.
3. The 90’s fashion brings back great memories from my childhood. Velcro strap sandals, kids?
4. The soundtrack is awesome.

Fun fact: El Nido in Palawan was actually the inspiration behind the author Alex Garlands’ book. He wrote his best selling novel while living in El Nido Palawan, but for creative licence purposes the movie was set in Koh Phi Phi in Thailand which since has exploded in tourism.

I’ve recommended this little slice of paradise to my friends and family, so here’s me turning to you this time and saying ‘you need to go!’ because trust me, you’ll definitely have your ‘Moby Porcelain’ kind of moment here. In this Travel Guide you’ll find information and inspiration on:

Getting to and around El Nido, the Weather, Where to Stay, Things To Do, Shopping, What To Pack and Travel Tips You Need To Know Before You Make The Trip.

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Read more: 5 Tips For Island Hopping in El Nido, Palawan

  • Love this Aubrey! I’m going to take these tips on board for my own trip 🙂 xx

    • TheLoveAssembly

      Thanks for your comment Liv! Glad you like it and can use it on your trip. Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with 🙂 Ax

  • Letitia Elizabeth

    Sigh… I guess I am going to have to take a vacation soon. Oh


    • TheLoveAssembly

      Vacations should be said with excitement, right? 🙂 Ax

  • Malena

    These pictures are incredible! Happy to have discovered your blog.

    X Malena

    • TheLoveAssembly

      Thanks Malena! Oh so glad to have you discover The Love Assembly also! Hope you stay by our side for our journey 🙂 Ax

  • Sarah Caracciolo

    Hello! I am going to Palawan on a solo trip this upcoming November! I am just not sure what Island to start at and where to stay. I would potentially like to volunteer and/or stay at a low budget hotel/hostel and just RELAX. If you have any suggestions I would so very appreciate it. I am going to read through (again) everything you posted via Palawan. This trip is really for me to let go and have some one on one time with MYSELF! 🙂

    Thanks for reading!


    • Zahid Patel

      Hey Sarah, I hope you had a great trip to Palawan. I’m actually planning on volunteering in Davao city in The Philippines later this year and came across this blog as well. It’s really made me want to fly up to Palawan for a week of relaxation before I return home. I’d really love to hear of your experience finding budget accommodation in this area and the activities you got up.

      Thanks for your time 🙂


  • Hey Audrey! Just wondering how much do you actually have to set aside in your bank for a full-blown trip to Palawan like this? It really is my dream (and bucketlist)!
    Thanks xxx

    • TheLoveAssembly

      Hi Alyson, thanks for your comment! For this trip to El Nido in Palawan (also have a trip planned for Coron next!) I spent just over AU$1000 for a week – that’s including everything: accomodation at Cadlao Resort, return flights Manila>Puerto Princesa, return transfers from Puerto>El Nido, island hopping tours, food and bike hire. Hope that helps! I’m thinking of making an extensive guide with more detail as an ebook. Would this be something you would be interested in? Happy Travels! 🙂 Aubrey

  • Sarah

    Hi Audrey, we’re planning our trip and I’d love to get in touch with Daphnee Travel & Island Tours but I cant find info online and the link to the Facebook page doesn’t work. Do you have details you could send please? Thanks Sarah

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for your comment! I’ve just checked for Facebook and it links to their page – When are you going? I’d love to hear about what you get up to 🙂 Ax

  • Mia

    Hi audrey,
    Thankyou for the blog, its really useful.
    i was wondering if you can pass on the details of Daphnee Travel and Island tour.