Thursday, February 26, 2015

Travel Guide: El Nido Palawan - 4 Days 3 Nights Itinerary and Expenses (4D/3N)




(Do It Yourself - DIY)
 ITINERARY
Day 1
6:45AMArrival in Puerto Princesa
7:00AMAirport Pick-up c/o Eulen Joy Van
8:00AMDeparture from Puerto Princesa to El Nido (stop overs in between)
2:00PMArrival in Telesfora Cottages in Corong Corong, El Nido, Palawan
2:30PMCheck in, Rest/Sleep
5:00PMPicture taking, Catching Sunset
7:00PMFreshen up
7:30PMTricycle ride to El Nido town Proper 
8:00PMDinner at Art Cafe
9:30PMBack to Corong Corong
10:00PMRelax, light trail shots/chill
11:15PMSleep


Day 2
7:00AMWake up, Breakfast, Prepare for Island Hopping
9:30AMEl Nido Island Hopping Tour A

Small Lagoon
   Big Lagoon
   Shimizu Island
   Secret Lagoon
   Papaya Beach
5:10PMShower / Freshen up
6:00PMSunset Picture taking
7:30PMDinner at Art Cafe (again)
9:00PMFoodtrip: Crepe with Banana and Chocolate or Peanut Butter
9:45PMBack to Telesfora Cottages 
11:00PMSleep


Day 3
7:00AMWake up, Breakfast, Prepare for Island Hopping
9:10AMEl Nido Island Hopping Tour C

Hidden Beach
   One of the not so occupied island for Lunch
   Secret Beach
   Matinloc Shrine
   Helicopter Island
5:10PMShower / Freshen up
6:30PMOff to El Nido Town Proper Beach Area
7:00PMDinner somewhere
8:00PMFoodtrip: Crepe (again)
9:00PMBack to Corong Corong, chill/drink in nearby bar
11:00PMSleep


Day 4
6:30AMWake up early, relax and explore (last morning)
7:00AMBreakfast, Prepare for check out
9:00AMVan Pick up from Telesfora c/o Eulen Joy
9:15AMDeparture from El Nido van terminal to Puerto Princesa
2:45PMArrival in Puerto Princesa, Rest
3:15PMLeave Baggages at Eulen Joy Van
3:30PMOff to Souvenir Shop for Pasalubong hunting via tricycle
5:15PMBack to Eulen Joy to get our bags, off to Airport via tricycle
5:30PMCheck in Puerto Princesa Airport




Date of Visit: Feb 2015
Number of Bakasyonistas: 4 people

EXPENSES

Day 1Group ExpensesPer Head
Airport Fees (NAIA Terminal 3, Manila)
Terminal Fee (included in the ticket)

Transportation

Van: Puerto Princesa to El Nido
Php 600
Tricycle Fare: Telesfora (pasundo) to Town ProperPhp 60Php 15
Tricycle Fare: Town Proper to TelesforaPhp 60Php 15
Accommodation

Telesfora Beach CottagesPhp 9000Php 2250
Php 3000/night for 4-5pax with breakfast (x 3 nights)
50% deposit upon reservation thru email


Food/Meals

Lunch during stop over     
Php 80
Bottled Water 1.5 liters (bought in Corong Corong)
Php 40
Dinner at Art Cafe (splurge on 1st dinner)
Php 380



Day 2Group ExpensesPer Head
Transportation

Tricycle Fare: Telesfora (pasundo) to Town ProperPhp 60Php 15
Tricycle Fare: Town Proper to TelesforaPhp 60Php 15
Food/Meals

Ice Cream during island hopping
Php 50
Buko juice during island hopping
Php 50
Dinner at Art Cafe
Php 250
Crepe (with Peanut Butter + Banana) in Town Proper
Php 120
Tour Fees

Environmental Fee (one time fee for 10 days)
Php 200
Tour A with lunch included
Php 1200
Kayak Rental at Small Lagoon (Php200/boat)
Php 100
Tip to our tour guides/boatmen (voluntary)
Php 100



Day 3Group Expenses       Per Head
Transportation

Tricycle Fare: Telesfora (pasundo) to Town ProperPhp 60Php 15
Tricycle Fare: Town Proper to TelesforaPhp 60Php 15
Food/Meals

Ice Cream during island hopping
Php 50
Dinner at Town Proper
Php 270
Crepe (with Peanut Butter + Banana) in Town Proper
Php 120
Tour Fees

Tour C with lunch included
Php 1400
Tip to our tour guides/boatmen (voluntary)
Php 100
Miscellaneous Expenses

Tip to our friendly receptionists (voluntary)
Php 100
Banana 4 pcs
Php 20



Day 4Group ExpensesPer Head
Airport Fees (Puerto Princesa Airport)
Terminal Fee
Php 150
Transportation

Van: El Nido to Puerto Princesa 
Php 600
Tricycle Fare: Eulen Joy to Souvenir Shop 
Php 15
Tricycle Fare: Back to Eulen Joy
Php 15
Tricycle Fare: Eulen Joy to Airport
Php 10
Meals

Lunch during stopover + coke
Php 90
Bottled Water
Php 35
Cup noodles in airport
Php 90


Basically, if you sum up, I spent around Php 8,575 (without airfare). But wait, there's more! Me and my friends love to buy pasalubong and souvenirs, I think I spent around Php 1,500++ for the pasalubong alone. I've listed the prices of souvenirs we bought in Puerto Princesa souvenir shop.

Cashew Nuts 1/4 Kilo - Php 70
Cashew Nuts 1/2 Kilo - Php 140
Spicy Dilis - Php 50
Ref Magnet - Php 25
Keychain - Php 5
Pearl Earrings (small) - Php 10
Pearl Earrings (medium) - Php 15
Pearl Earrings (large) - Php 30
Jade Bracelet - Php 50
Coin purse - Php 20
Chopstick - Php 100
Danggit - Php 100 to Php 200
Butterscotch 24pcs - Php 120
Yantok - Php 90
Souvenir Sando (adult) - Php 80
Souvenir Sando (kids) - Php 65

TIPS:

  • There are few beach spots you can stay in El Nido. If you're in for some night life (Puerto Galera/Boracay feel) & lot of food choices, diving and souvenir shops, stay in El Nido Town Proper Beach.  However if you wanted the serenity of the beach and great view of sunset,  you may opt to choose the Corong Corong side.
  • Corong corong to El Nido tricycle fare (vice versa) is usually Php 10/head. (If you'll ride it along the highway). Otherwise you can make pasundo for a fixed price like what we did.  Travel time is around 3-5minutes.
  • You can also visit the Marimegmeg Beach and famous Twin Beach - Nacpan & Calitang via land travel (tricycle or motorcycle rental). 
  • Some islands require you to wear aquashoes to protect your feet from rocks.  Better if you have it.
  • No ATM in El Nido. Bring cash.
  • Ask your accommodation if they'll provide bath towel & beach towel so you don't have to bring any.
  • Buy bottled water prior the trip so you can just refill water in case it is available in your accommodation.
  • Ziplock, waterproof /dry bag is probably needed in some island.
  • The land travel from Puerto Princesa to El Nido (vice versa) is not really good, so bring medicines (e.g. Bonamine).
  • Bring some band aids or other first aid kits in case of wounds caused by underwater rocks.
  • Also don't forget to bring lotion against mosquitoes & sunblock against sunburn.
  • Obviously, we spent too much on the food we eat, you can save a lot by eating cheap. :)

Just sharing!  I'll update this post, once I'm done with my El Nido series. Haven't started yet (we just got back from the trip).   Meanwhile, here's my mobile photos. =)



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11 comments:

Carlo said...

Nanjan kami December 2012. Honeymoon namin.

SOBRANG ALON!

Di namin nasulit Tour C. Maipit pa sa bato si Faye. Natangay ng alon. Huhu.

Mukhang ok Feb going March. Balik kami jan :)

adventurousfeet said...

ok nga ang feb, painit na pero di super. :) sa byahe ako masuka suka haha.

Ian | Going Places said...

Wow, another useful guide for a future trip from you Ms.Ca... El Nido is another dream destination for me. Is the price you share for boat Tour A or C is per head per passenger or per group?

adventurousfeet said...

hi ian! the tour rate is per head. nasa 1k++ na talaga yung mga rates per tour per head

Tiano Lenono said...

Ano po gamit nyo phone pang picture?

adventurousfeet said...

cellphone ko po lg g2

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