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El Nido: Ultimate Bucket List Experiences 2024

Updated: Mar 6

Picture a breathtaking scenery of nature, the clear waters of the beaches populated with beautiful coral reefs, and stunning limestone cliffs—El Nido undeniably wins the hearts of many tourists.

For a long time now, El Nido has been receiving attention from local and international tourists as one of the most alluring destinations in the Philippines. Aside from just taking in the beauty of the place, here’s a list of enjoyable things to do in El Nido to fully experience the island that you shouldn’t leave out of your travel plans.

1. Island Hopping

Simple is always best. This may sound cliché but you can never go wrong in joining tour groups that will help you visit and learn more about the many different islands in El Nido.

There are four main tours to choose from: Tour A, B, C, D or E, which will take you on a journey to discover and photograph all the breathtaking landscapes the islands have to offer. Prepare to be blown away by the stunning islands, crystal-clear lagoons, pristine beaches, and snorkeling spots with abundant fish and coral species that are waiting to greet you.

2. Ziplining

How about ziplining from one island to another for an extraordinary experience that’s very

similar to going on a magical carpet ride? Las Cabanas Beach offers this thrilling experience via a 750-meter long zip line, exposing tourists to remarkable flights around the enchanting island of El Nido.

3. Hike the Taraw Cliffs

Aside from soaring the skies, climbing the Taraw Cliff also provides the best panoramic view of El Nido and Bacuit Bay. Challenge yourself and reach new heights with a two-hour hike up

Taraw Cliffs - the highest point of El Nido. Be prepared for a steep climb among jagged rocks and an epic view of the sunrise.

4. Go Sunset Watching

Work on your beach tan and watch as the sun sets over the horizon. As you watch the colorful display of the sun, indulge in the delicious food and refreshing beverages served by noteworthy bars and restaurants found along the beach strip. It’s the perfect way to relax and take in the laid-back atmosphere of this El Nido tourist destination.

5. El Nido Full Moon Party

Every month, El Nido hosts a get-together of people that are having a good time while basking in the moonlight, listening to live music, and watching fire dances. Wearing fluorescent face paint, feeling the sand between your toes, making friends with total strangers, and dancing the night away are a few of the many things to look forward to at an El Nido Full Moon Party.

6. Explore Marine Life - Scuba Diving / Snorkeling

Experience El Nido on a deeper level and go on a dive in South Miniloc where you'll see the

coral gardens and if possible, spot sea turtles swimming in the area. Get to choose from 40

scuba diving spots which offers a variety of diving experiences, including deep dives, sandy

flats, steep vertical walls, and coral gardens.

7. Kayaking in the Small Lagoon

Rent a kayak to access the Small Lagoon, the peaceful turquoise waters is the perfect

background for a serene afternoon of floating or kayaking. The Small Lagoon isn’t the only place to visit though so make sure to use this opportunity to uncover the secret beaches.

8. Explore the Caves

Aside from the beaches, El Nido is home to amazing rock formations that can be found in the Cathedral Cave. Within the cave, you will encounter huge stalagmites and stalactites hanging from the roof and growing from the floor. The cave is located at the edge of Pinasil Island of El Nido and can be accessed through kayaking. This beautiful scenery serves as a true embodiment of all the beautiful places the Philippines has to offer.

9. Visit the Snake Island

Unlike the name, there are no snakes here, in fact, it is one of the most unique spots in El Nido. The island arcs out into a sandbar that connects to the mainland during low tide and earns its name mainly due to its shape. Walking along the sandbar surrounded by cerulean waters is an unexpectedly awe-inspiring experience.

10. Dive into Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls

Take the plunge into the natural pool of the Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls. Located between El Nido town proper and Nacpan Beach, tourists can choose between the big or small falls to jump from for a refreshing swim after an adventurous trek to reach the waterfalls.

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