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Everything You Need to Know If You're Traveling to El Nido

From what you need to bring to places you can stay.

( El Nido is a well-known beach destination located in one of the world's most beautiful islands-Palawan. It boasts amazing lagoons, rich marine life, and awe-inspiring limestone formations. So you can imagine the happy dancing that probably happened when the tourist destination reopened to visitors from Metro Manila on Nov. 30, 2020. In case you're looking to spend your summer months in El Nido, we round up everything you need to know.


10 Best Places to Stay in El Nido

The Guide to El Nido, Palawan

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Here's an updated list of travel requirements for Manila residents going to El Nido, Palawan:

What to Bring

  • QR-coded tourist ID from El Nido Tourism's website
  • Health declaration form, negative RT-PCR swab test result within 48 hours, confirmed travel itinerary and accommodation reservation are required for uploading when you secure your QR-coded tourist ID (QT-ID).
  • Save a physical or electronic copy of your QT-ID and take it with you at all times.

What to Expect

  • Leisure travel to El Nido is open to all ages without underlying conditions and health risks.
  • Upon arrival, tourists are required to undergo health checks and documents verification at the Tourist One-Stop Site at Lio Airport.
  • Guests are required to electronically check in and check out from their accommodations using the QT-ID.
  • You may only leave your resort's premises for guided island tours.
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How to Get There

  • Domestic tourists to El Nido coming from outside Palawan are only allowed to enter via Lio Airport, where AirSwift operates.
  • Puerto Princesa City and San Vicente are not yet allowing tourists to fly in.
  • Palaweños can drive to El Nido as long as health protocols are observed.

What to Do

  • Make sure to book your tours with one of the travel agencies and tour operators with Department of Tourism's accreditation and the local government's Local Seal of Compliance.
  • Island-hopping and scuba diving are allowed, but trips to mainland beaches are not yet an option.

Where to Stay

Only hotels and resorts accredited by the Department of Tourism and given the Certificate of Authority to Operate are allowed to reopen.

El Nido Resorts

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El Nido, Palawan
Contact: (02) 902-5934
E-mail: [email protected]

El Nido Resorts' Miniloc Island is the first resort in Palawan to receive the Department of Tourism's Certificate to Operate. It started holding the three-night travel bubble as early as July with succeeding trips immediately selling out within days of announcement. El Nido Resorts' Pangalusian Island and Lagen Island are also open for travel bubbles.

Seda Lio

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Lio Tourism Estate, Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido, Palawan
Contact: (02) 956-8888
E-mail: [email protected]

Seda Lio, which was partially opened in August 2018 and officially launched in December 2018, is Seda's first-ever resort property. They're offering the Seda Lio Beach Escape package for three-night travel bubbles.

Huni Lio

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Lio Tourism Estate, Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido, Palawan
E-mail: [email protected]
Contact: 0917-570-8179

Huni Lio is a two-storey resort features spacious air-conditioned rooms that range from 34.5 square meters to 54 square meters. It has plenty of outdoor space, which is a welcome change from all those months of staying indoors. Not to mention that it's within walking distance to the 4.5-kilometer white sand Lio Beach.

El Nido Coco Resort

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Barangay Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan
Contact: 0919-587-7569
E-mail: [email protected]

El Nido Coco Resort has eight villas surrounding a beautiful garden where all guests can lounge around while planning their next big adventure-a trip down El Nido's famous lagoons or an exciting trek up the mountains. If you're looking for souvenirs, the resort's CocoBoutik has pasalubong choices that your friends and family would love.

For updates and the complete list of accredited tourism-related providers and establishments, follow El Nido Tourism on Facebook or visit El Nido Tourism's website.

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