21 Best Places To Stay In El Nido, Palawan - Updated 2024

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El Nido is one of the best places where you can unplug from the usual without sacrificing comfort, not to mention it has several great tours you can enjoy while vacationing. During your visit, be sure to explore the serene beaches, such as Secret Lagoon, Nacpan Beach, and Hidden Beach. For ultimate relaxation, unwind on the golden sands of Marimegmeg Beach, which also has several restaurants and shacks. Adventure seekers can climb Taraw Cliff for an adrenaline-pumping experience. With the long list of accommodations offered for almost every kind of tourist, why not consider some of the top Airbnb vacation rentals, or are you looking for something more luxurious?

Read on to find a curated list of the best places to stay in El Nido, Palawan, for great accommodations.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on March 01, 2024.

Resorts

1. Seda Lio (from USD 242)

Sitting on Lio Beach within Lio Tourism Estate is Seda Lio, a 5-star resort that offers luxurious getaways in a relaxed setting. The place features a large outdoor pool surrounded by lounge chairs, perfect for those who want to unwind and soak up some sun. There is also a pool bar on site that offers delicious thirst quenchers. When they’re not cooling off in the pool, guests can work out in the fitness center or play games in the recreation room. A bamboo bike is also available so guests can get around the area in style.

After a long day, they can retire in a well-furnished room with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a balcony that looks out to the stunning landscape.

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Seda Lio

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Lio Tourism Estate, Barangay Villa Libertad, Palawan
13.51 km (8.4 mi) from Shimizu Island

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden

2. Cadlao Resort and Restaurant (from USD 220)

A family-run property, Cadlao Resort and Restaurant offers luxurious accommodations amidst beautiful gardens. All bungalows are standalone units equipped with air conditioning, coffee-making facilities, and a private bathroom. They also connect to the enclaves with their pools.

With direct access to the sea, guests can enjoy many water adventures, including island hopping, kayaking, diving, and snorkelling. The hotel also offers cultural tours to complete the whole getaway experience. Other amenities include a garden, a beach shuttle, and an international restaurant and bar.

Should you wish to explore the shores, El Nido Beach is just 650 m (2132.55 ft) away f from here.

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Cadlao Resort and Restaurant

Wifi Available

Address: Sitio Caalan, Barangay Masagana, Palawan
9.7 km (6.1 mi) from Shimizu Island

Restaurant Room service Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry

3. Vellago Resort (from USD 368)

El Nido’s Island hopping tours often start or end with Seven Commandos Beach. But if you want to spend your entire vacation in this picturesque area, Vellago Resort is for you. What you should know is Vellago Resort is committed to keeping their guests’ privacy and seclusion during their stay. There are a few rooms available that offer amazing sights from the private balcony.

You can have your breakfast in the comfort of your room or visit the on-site restaurant. After that, lounge on the terrace and soak in some sunshine!

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Vellago Resort

Wifi Available

Address: Outside El Nido Town Proper, Seven Commando Beach, Palawan
7.71 km (4.8 mi) from Shimizu Island

Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing Laundry

El Nido Tour Guide

Rosalyn Capablanca

Rosalyn Capablanca

From Palawan Paradise, greetings! Hello, my fellow nomads! Your guide to Palawan, the Last Frontier, is me, Rosa! I live in a tropical oasis surrounded by luscious flora and blue lakes. Together, let me be your ticket to paradise as we discover Palawan's wonders.Palawan is well known for its breathtaking islands, each with an individual allure. The most well-known locations are Puerto Princesa, Coron, and El Nido. Bright coral reefs, secret lagoons, and majestic limestone cliffs are the main attractions of El Nido. Coron is home to gorgeous scenery, World War II wreck dive locations, and lakes that are glistening with clarity. The capital, Puerto Princesa, serves as a point of entry for the Underground River, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Palawan's landscapes are a mix of lush rainforests, limestone karst formations, and captivating beaches. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, showcases an underground river winding through a mesmerizing cave system.Palawan is not just a destination; it's a journey into a tropical paradise where nature's wonders unfold at every turn. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Palawan invites you to explore its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant marine life.

4. El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island (from USD 602)

El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island is a favorite getaway spot for couples. You can enjoy candle-lit dinners by the beach and island-hopping tours in your private boat. The resort is designed like a coastal village where every thatched house is built with wooden flooring and other native materials and is arguably one of the best hotels to stay in El Nido. Every room is cozy and clean, and the staff is always ready to provide you with top-notch customer service. Free transfers are provided for guests once they arrive at El Nido Airport. Expect to have quality treatment right when you step on the island as the staff welcomes you with a song.

Some beaches you can visit on the nearby islands include Hidden Beach and Entalula Beach.

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El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Miniloc Island, Palawan
872 meters (0.6 ft) from Shimizu Island

Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

5. Cauayan Island Resort and Spa (from USD 702)

In Cauayan Island Resort and Spa, you will have access to an outdoor infinity pool, a fitness center, a restaurant, and a spa all located on one peaceful island. This spa resort is nestled near the beach, which is a ready snorkeling site for those who want to see baby sharks. The activities are also endless, which include island hopping tours that can bring you to the other snorkeling sites and caves of El Nido.

Embark on the island-hopping to visit the nearby Paradise Beach.

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Cauayan Island Resort and Spa

Wifi Available

Address: Cauayan Island, Bacuit Bay, Palawan
14.14 km (8.8 mi) from Shimizu Island

Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

6. El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island (from USD 1094)

Get away from the typical El Nido hotspot and sail to Bacuit Bay’s Pangalusian Island. It is indeed pricey, but it’s all worth it as everything you’ll need is already available here. The eco hotel in El Nido offers a spa center, a bar, an outdoor pool, and of course, the beach just right in front of you. There are available itineraries for guests which include island hopping tours, snorkeling around Big and Small Lagoon, and hiking to catch the sunset.

You can even explore the nearby Entalula Beach.

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El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Bacuit Bay, Palawan
3.45 km (2.2 mi) from Shimizu Island

Restaurant Room service Bar Fitness centre Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Business centre

7. Charlie's El Nido (from USD 556)

Deluxe amenities and lovely nature views await travelers staying in Charlie’s El Nido. This resort features air-conditioned rooms, a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and a dedicated workspace. Some of the units feature a kitchen for convenience as well.

During their stay, guests can enjoy access to the large outdoor swimming pool for refreshing soaks. There is also a bar and a sun terrace where they can unwind and take in lovely views simultaneously. With an à la carte or an Asian breakfast available to jumpstart their day, guests are guaranteed a memorable getaway.

Head to Lio Beach, a five-minute drive from the property, for some fun on the shore.

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Charlie's El Nido Managed by HII

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Km 279 National Highway, Barangay Villa Libertad
13.92 km (8.7 mi) from Shimizu Island

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry

8. El Nido Cove Resort (from USD 75)

El Nido Cove Resort is the choice if relaxation is your main vacation purpose and the hustle and bustle of El Nido main town are too much to handle. It is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away from the town proper but it promises you a better view of the waters and limestone cliffs of Bacuit Bay. One of the main reasons why the resort is a top pick is its stunning views. Never miss watching the sunset!

Unwind on the private beach or explore the nearby Seven Commandos Beach. After a long day, indulge in a relaxing massage at the on-site spa.

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El Nido Cove Resort

Address: Sitio Lamoro, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines, 5310
15.33 km (9.6 mi) from Shimizu Island

9. The Nest El Nido Beach Resort (from USD 175)

The Nest is a 10-minute walk away from the busy streets and beachfront of El Nido town. The Nest is a great choice for people who want to unplug from it all and just relax. Here, you can start your mornings by eating breakfast while viewing the scenic bay.

The resort is also a convenient option for tourists who want to take island hopping tours without going through the crowd on El Nido’s main beach. Alternatively, unwind on Seven Commandos Beach, around 1.4 km (0.87 mi) away from here.

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The Nest El Nido Beach Resort

Address: Sitio Caalan, Barangay Masagana, Palawan, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines, 5313
9.92 km (6.2 mi) from Shimizu Island

Villas

10. Cozy vacation home near Corong Corong Beach (from USD 264)

Fully indulge in the natural wonders of El Nido by staying in this vacation home close to Corong Corong Beach. The property is located in the heart of El Nido, providing you with quick and easy access to restaurants, bars, resorts, beaches, and other attractions.

The house has two spacious bedrooms, perfect for groups of friends or families. It has air-conditioning, WiFi, a TV, a fully equipped kitchen, a patio, a balcony, and other nice features to ensure comfort and convenience.

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El Nido, MIMAROPA, Philippines
8.91 km (5.6 mi) from Shimizu Island
101 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire villa 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi connection wasn’t the greatest on
if the second floor bedroom also has air conditioning it is more perfect
there’s actually no wifi during our stay but the house is really lovely and unique
the upstairs room doesn’t have ac so 3 of us shared a bed
Cleanliness:
the place itself was really nicely decorated and spotlessly clean
recommended to anyone who wants to stay in a clean traditional filipino house
saar's place was very spacious and clean
it’s spotlessly clean very comfortable and in an excellent location
saar's place is perfectly clean which we have found is hit and miss in the philippines
Host:
saar is a great host
saar is a fantastic host and i would recommend his home to anyone
the host was great and help us out with everything we needed
he was a wonderful host and great to talk to
however we appreciated that they were attentive and ready to help us out
Location:
excellent location and awesome location
such a great location in corong-corong and super close to the water
right near a bunch of great places for food and drinks and watching the sunset
great decor location and value
close to scooter rentals and easy access to trikes to take you into town
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11. Karuna El Nido Villas (from USD 304)

Featuring panoramic views and an Indonesian-inspired vibe, Karuna El Nido Villas is one of the best hotels in El Nido. Each lodging in this hotel features a flat-screen TV with cable, a kitchen with a minibar, and a patio with lovely sea views.

When not enjoying the sun terrace scenery, guests can head to the outdoor pool for refreshing laps. The pool area is open year-round. There is also a hiking trail near the property for those who prefer outdoor adventures. The closest beach to this property is Corong Corong Beach, around 1.4 km (0.87 mi) away from here.

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Karuna El Nido Villas

Wifi Available

Address: Corong Corong - El Nido National Highway
9.27 km (5.8 mi) from Shimizu Island

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

12. Pagauaen Island Beach Cottages (from 717 USD for 2 nights)

Stay on a secluded beach on Pagauaen Island near the famous Snake Island in this family beach cottage. Here, you can have your own private tour at any time you want - it’s one of the best places to stay in El Nido. The total price you pay here already includes your meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Gear needed for snorkeling and kayaking is also included.

Alternative Beach Cottages - Family Beach Cottage

Price: from 717 USD for 2 nights

Number of Guests: 2

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13. Bamboo Guest House

Are you traveling with a large group of people? Are you fashion forward and boho chic? If so, then definitely consider the Bamboo Guest House. This Airbnb is situated right between El Nido’s main road and beach. You will be able to both explore the city or relax at the pristine with ease. The house is equipped with six beds, bamboo deck, mini kitchen, bamboo shower, wooden bar, and several other amenities. All the exposed wood and bamboo in the house give it a natural, boho vibe, and the brightly colored plants and cushions in the house provide a wonderful pop of color and interest!

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El Nido, MIMAROPA, Philippines
12.11 km (7.6 mi) from Shimizu Island
108 reviews  
ENTIRE CONDO 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the ac in the room works really well
aircon was nice and cold and the breakfast was great
the breakfast was nice and the coffee was amazing
the breakfast is amazing and the outside place is so relaxed and chill
we couldn’t feel more welcome lovely filipino breakfast included every morning
Cleanliness:
very simple and clean place
the accommodation is very clean and may cleaned the communal areas every morning
the place was very clean and tastefully done
their place was very clean and tidy
the place was very clean and perfect for our needs
Host:
may was a great host
may was a perfect host
she is very helpful and assisted us with everything we needed
may herself is a wonderful host
thank you for hosting us
Location:
the location is perfect just a 2 minute walk to the beach
her place is a cute little house in the middle of a neighborhood
the location was perfect it was close to all the nice beaches and local hotspots
it's lovely place in a good location and nice breakfast
the location is amazing with the beach a small two minutes of walking away
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Hotel and inns

14. Maligaya Beach Bungalows (from USD 178)

Maligaya Beach Bungalows comes with free WiFi and offers a luxurious getaway on the beachfront. It is just a few steps from Corong Corong Beach, which features towering limestone rock formations and crystalline waters.

This beachfront hotel offers accommodations that are well-furnished and equipped with a minibar and a flat-screen TV, not to mention a private terrace that delivers lovely views of the surrounding nature. The hotel also offers continental or à la carte breakfast options. With a beautiful, well-maintained garden, this hotel provides a relaxing oasis for travelers.

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Maligaya Beach Bungalows

Wifi Available

Address: Corong Corong Beach, Palawan
9.08 km (5.7 mi) from Shimizu Island

Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Breakfast in the room Internet services Express check-in/check-out

15. Buenavista House (from USD 89)

Buenavista is a Spanish term that translates to “good view”. This Airbnb accommodation is aptly named. The multiple windows, some of which are floor-to-ceiling provide a clear view of the outdoors. The lush vibrant plants, stately palm trees, and mountains densely covered in foliage are set against a gorgeous blue sky. If you and up to three other friends or family members would like to get even closer to the view, you can sit outside on the private balcony, savor your complimentary breakfast, and enjoy the panoramic view of El Nido town and cliff.

Afterward, you can explore the serene area in which the house is located or head to the beach that is a ten-minute walk away. Whatever you choose to do, you are practically guaranteed to have a relaxing and restorative stay!

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El Nido, MIMAROPA, Philippines
9.04 km (5.7 mi) from Shimizu Island
145 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ROOM IN BED AND BREAKFAST 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there was electricity aircon a fan hot water shower and wifi throughout our entire stay
the rooms all have a balcony and view and are a good size
rooms have a balcony with an amazing view on the bay and the mountaines
room size is really generous and the view to the beach from the balcony is awesome
beautiful view from balcony room is clean
Cleanliness:
everything was spotlessly clean and our sheets and towels were regularly changed
they clean our room and change our sheets everyday
the room was clean and wide
rooms were nice and clean
the room and bathroom were clean and spacious
Host:
nord and his wife were wonderful hosts
lovely host family and staff
service was extremely helpful
thank you noud and your staff
they were very helpful
Location:
the location is perfect
the location is quiet but a close walking distance to town which was perfect
the location of the hotel is perfect
excellent location a two minute tricycle ride to the hustle and bustle
noud’s place is in a great location a short walk from the town centre
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16. El Nido Viewdeck Cottages (from USD 141)

El Nido Viewdeck Cottages offers peaceful accommodations and excellent hospitality at high altitudes. Perched on a hilltop, this stunning hotel features cottages and villas with air conditioning and a dedicated workspace. Each unit also has an outdoor seating area where guests can unwind and marvel at the stunning scenery.

Shuttle services and tour arrangements are available at the hotel. Guests can also enjoy easy access to water sports and adventures, such as diving and snorkeling. With massage services available at the hotel, guests can enjoy relaxing treatments and feel their tiredness melt away. Moreover, the nearby El Nido Beach is a three-minute drive away.

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El Nido Viewdeck Cottages

Wifi Available

Address: Zone 1, Barangay Maligaya, Palawan
8.97 km (5.6 mi) from Shimizu Island

Pets allowed Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Internet services Tour desk Luggage storage

Hostels

17. Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido (from USD 18)

If luxurious accommodations in a relaxed setting sound like your idea of a perfect escape, then Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido is the best place to stay. This hip hostel in El Nido features well-furnished and air-conditioned rooms, some of which come with private bathrooms. Access to the shared kitchen is provided. You can also head to the communal terrace overlooking the thick forest. Other facilities include barbecue facilities as well as a games room.

To complete your whole getaway experience, the hostel provides scheduled activities. During the day, you can join walking tours, and pub crawls for a fee. There are also movie nights to enjoy before you retire to your cozy room.

El Nido Beach is the closest beach to the property, around 400 m (1312.34 ft) away.

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Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Balinsasayaw Road corner Calle Real, Barangay Maligaya, Palawan
9.33 km (5.8 mi) from Shimizu Island

Parking Garden Terrace Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Games room Free parking Internet services

18. OYO 712 Island Hop Nido Hostel

With many things to do and see in El Nido, comfortable accommodation, such as OYO 712 Island Hop Nido Hostel, is what you need to complete your getaway. This 2-star property is less than 3 km (1.9 mi) from Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon and an eight-minute drive away from Seven Commandos Beach. It also has tastefully appointed rooms with air conditioning, cable TVs, and private bathrooms. In addition to free WiFi, there are also common areas where guests can relax in between water adventures.

Other amenities on the property include a parking lot, a restaurant, and massage services.

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OYO 712 Island Hop Nido Hostel

7.2 User Rating

Address: National Highway, Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines, 5313
9.14 km (5.7 mi) from Shimizu Island

19. El Nido Resorts Lagen Island (from USD 552)

A real-life paradise on an island where one can get in touch with nature, from island monkeys to sunset views. The resort comes with modern facilities, buffets, and balconies overlooking the lagoon. Rooms are all filled with wooden furnishings and floor-to-ceiling glass doors which lead guests to their balcony overlooking the cove.

Adventurers can also enjoy the activities offered on the island. You can hike around the island’s forest trail to view the other cove located on the other side of the island. Other activities such as diving, kayaking, and windsurfing are also available.

You can even try island-hopping and visit nearby Ipil Beach and Entalula Beach.

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El Nido Resorts Lagen Island

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Bacuit Bay, Palawan
9.18 km (5.8 mi) from Shimizu Island

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

Boat rentals

20. Sail with "Serenite"

Be different and try out sea camping with “Serenite,” a 36-ft (11 m) yacht that will take you around El Nido even on the parts untouched by tourism. The yacht offers basic amenities such as a private cabin with a double bed and its own attached bathroom, solar showers, and mattresses to put on the deck. All freshly cooked meals are included during the trip.

Stayed at this property?
El Nido, MIMAROPA, Philippines
12.99 km (8.1 mi) from Shimizu Island
60 reviews  
Boat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the boat is in great shape and very clean everything is basic but very nice and convenient
the boat is clean and well kept
the boat is clean and well looked after
Host:
florent was a wonderful host and the boat was awesome
florent is a great host and captain
florent is a great host a good sailor and easy company in a small space
a great host and nice sail boat
florent is a great host and we did appreciate a lot the experience on the boat
Location:
just as advertised and a wonderful experience in a stunning location
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21. Party boat for a fun stay (from USD 111)

When you don’t care about the comfy beds and you just aim to spend the entire day exploring the hidden spots of El Nido, El Nido Party Boat is waiting for you to jump in. What’s there to do while sailing around El Nido? A lot! There’s snorkeling, swimming, eating, overnight camping, and partying with unlimited booze.

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Explore the tropical beauty of El Nido

El Nido offers several accommodation options, including beachfront resorts, luxurious villas, and hotels with water views. You can even opt for a secluded paradise without the noise and the crowd to disturb you. So, pick your ideal space from the above options and plan a memorable getaway with your loved ones in El Nido, Palawan.

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Frequently asked questions about where to stay in El Nido, Palawan

1. Which are the best luxury places to stay in El Nido?

The best luxury hotels in El Nido for your vacation include El Nido Resorts Lagen Island, a five-star property, and Vellago Resort, which boasts a four-star rating.

2. Which are the best places to stay with a spa in El Nido?

If you’re looking to have a restful and rejuvenating stay at a hotel with a spa in El Nido, then you should consider booking a suite at El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island. The spa and wellness center is open to guests for an additional fee.

3. Which places to stay in El Nido are good for families?

While most properties in El Nido are great for families, some of the best accommodations for a family looking for a vacation in El Nido are Pagauaen Island Beach Cottages and El Nido Resorts Lagen Island.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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