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My 4K Budget Plan to El Nido Palawan 4D-3N

El Nido Palawan

Nile on Weekends started the year with an adventure! Together with my family, we went to El Nido, Palawan. El Nido is a municipality on Palawan island. It is famed clear waters with white sand shores, beautiful coral reefs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago. Bacuit archipelago is a group of islands with steep karst cliffs. El Nido is also known for Miniloc island having Small and Big Lagoons. 

I recommend Melo as a tour organizer. Contact him via 09168382292.

🏖 Day 1

We arrived at Puerto Princesa Airport at around 3:00PM. After which, we traveled to El Nido via a shuttle van for 6 hours. Van transfer is P500/pax. We arrived in El Nido, just in time to eat and sleep. We had a good rest at our choice accommodation.

*Melo gives the tourists an option to book their own preferred accommodation. Although, he can help them scout for an affordable one upon request of the tourist.

🏖 Day 2

The next day, we are up and ready to experience El Nido. We were fetched from the apartelle to the shore. First tour is the Tour A (BEST SELLING) which starts at 9AM to 4PM with 5 locations (Tour A is P1,200/pax includes sumptuous lunch). Tour A is mainly adventure around Miniloc Island and is limited to 200 people in a day. So, we had to reserve our slots before we arrived in Palawan. We also paid for the environmental fee P200/pax which covers our stay as a tourist and the entrance fee to lagoons P200/pax. Finally, I got to try kayaking! (So childish! heheh)

Tour A includes the following destinations.

💦Secret Lagoon

El Nido Palawan

We forgot to take out the camera from the waterproof pouch. The plastic absorbed reflection from the sunlight causing a not so good photo.

💦Payong Payong Beach

El Nido Palawan

We did our snorkeling activity on this area.

Things to remember when snorkeling.

  • Snorkeling goggles are free of charge.
  • Wear your life vest.
  • Don’t step on the coral.
  • Just float.

💦Shimizu Beach

El Nido Palawan

We also had our lunch over this area. Well, since we cannot dock, we had our floating buffet. And, we were shocked with our lunch. Fresh fruit, fishes, grilled pork belly, grilled squid, green shells, vegetables and salad plus 2 Liters of soda.

💦Big Lagoon

El Nido Palawan

Going inside the Big Lagoon, we had to do kayaking. It was fun! Midway on its entrance, there is a knee-high area where you can take photos. White clear waters means shallow depth while blue color waters is deep area.

💦Papaya Beach

Lastly, we had some relaxing hour at Papaya Beach which is a papaya plantation island back in 1970s.

El Nido Palawan

El Nido Palawan

We had a stroll by the beach and fresh coconut juice and meat.

El Nido Palawan

Palawan is strict to prohibiting the use of plastic. No use of plastic straw. So, I had to kiss the coconut long to drink its juice HAHAHA

After we arrived back to the apartelle, we fixed ourselves. Me and Ate (sister) went to Vanilla Beach to capture the beautiful sunset. Vanilla Beach is comparable with the D’ Mall of Boracay. They have store and service provider such as spa and massage, fast-food chain McDo, underwater gears rentals and more. Trikes from Vanilla beach to town proper is about P30/pax or P150/rent.

I recommend Melo as a tour organizer. Contact him via 09168382292.

🏖 Day 3

On our 3rd day, we had Tour C (BEST SELLING) which also starts at 9AM to 5PM with 5 locations (Tour is P1,400/pax includes sumptuous lunch). This tour has more physical activities especially with the Hidden Beach and the Secret Beach. But we enjoyed! We even met a fish that bites us. Don’t worry, it won’t kill you though.

Tour C includes the following destinations.

💦Helicopter Island

El Nido Palawan

There is a sanctuary of fishes near the shore. You can have snorkeling activities over this island.

💦Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach is paved with rocky entrance which use of aqua shoes is recommended.

El Nido Palawan

El Nido Palawan

Here is the beach area behind the boulders.

💦Talisay Beach

El Nido Palawan

We had our lunch over this beach. Again, we are really amazed by the food during this tour. We had fresh fruits, grilled pork belly, crabs, green shells, grilled fishes, vegetables and salad plus 2 liters of soda.

💦Matinloc Shrine (View Deck)

We dropped by Matinloc Shrine to climb a not-so-high rock formation to get a photo of the whole view.

El Nido Palawan

💦Secret Beach

Secret Beach has a unique entrance. We had to swim our way in through a small tunnel battling with the waves. Totally a memorable experience.

El Nido Palawan

El Nido Palawan

Here we are, capping our El Nido Experience!

🏖 Day 4

The next day, we woke up early to ride the first trip of a shuttle van from El Nido to Puerto Princesa Palawan. (Van transfer is P500/pax) We had to rush back because our flight to Iloilo City is about 12 noon. 

I recommend Melo as a tour organizer. Contact him via 09168382292.

🏖 Includes in 4K: Van transfer from Puerto Princesa to El Nido (vice versa), Lunch during actual tours (sobrang sarap ng lunch, peks man!), mask & snorkel, an environmental fee (P200/pax), lagoons entrance fee (P200/pax), life vest, and guides to assist you.

🏖 NOT included in 4K: airfare to Puerto Princesa Palawan, accommodation, other meals (breakfast and dinner), aqua shoes rental (P150/pair/day), Kayaking (P350/kayak) and Matinloc Shrine Fee (P100/pax optional). This gives the tourist an option to customize based on their preferences. It can also help us find affordable service providers.

El Nido Palawan

I recommend Melo as a tour organizer. Contact him via 09168382292.

Contact Melo, the most affordable, and friendliest tour organizer in El Nido! He arranged everything for us underlined with our preferences from van transfer to accommodation and tours.

Melo will assist you on:

  • Van Transfers
  • Scout for affordable accommodation (if you have not booked yet)
  • Tour assistance
  • Pasalubong assistance
  • Fetching from the hotel room to the tour dock

This 4 days-3 nights budget plan is to give time allowance before and after the tours to have ample rest. There are affordable meals in El Nido. Meals (breakfast and dinners) budget can be P150/pax/meal. 

What I love about these El Nido adventure tours is you get to have enough time to enjoy every destination island. There is active interaction with nature. You get to swim, do snorkeling, floating, and kayaking. No rush. No hush. Just enjoy the adventure!

El Nido Palawan



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The Mansion offers guests a sentimental charm and a calm respite from the city’s rapidly developing business & entertainment districts. The hotel provides a total of 187 spacious rooms & suites located in its two wings, 5 restaurants, a banquet & events convention center, a full service salon, and an outdoor swimming pool — all within the 1.5-hectare property nestled at the heart of Iloilo City Proper.

The Mansion Iloilo is also just a short drive away from historical sites like the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Molo Mansion, and Calle Real; Atria Park District, Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park, SM City Iloilo, and the Smallville Complex. Also accessible are ferries to Guimaras, Palawan, Bacolod, CDO, and Cebu; and just 45 minutes away, the Iloilo International Airport offers domestic and direct international flights to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Contact them on the following details:

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