Travel Budget for El Nido

Palawan, Philippines

How much does it cost to travel to El Nido?

How much money will you need for your trip to El Nido? You should plan to spend around ₱1,778 ($37) per day on your vacation in El Nido, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ₱528 ($11) on meals for one day and ₱851 ($18) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in El Nido for a couple is ₱1,262 ($26). So, a trip to El Nido for two people for one week costs on average ₱24,885 ($516). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    1,778
  • One Week Per person
    12,443
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    24,885
  • One Month Per person
    53,326
  • One Week For a couple
    24,885
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    49,771
  • One Month For a couple
    106,651
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A vacation to El Nido for one week usually costs around ₱12,443 for one person. So, a trip to El Nido for two people costs around ₱24,885 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ₱49,771 in El Nido. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in El Nido can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.



How expensive is El Nido? How much money do I need for El Nido?

How much does a trip to El Nido cost? Is El Nido expensive? The average El Nido trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these El Nido prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in El Nido
Average Daily Costs

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The average price for one person for accommodation in El Nido is ₱631. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in El Nido is ₱1,262.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    631
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    1,262

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Food Budget in El Nido
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in El Nido can vary, the average cost of food in El Nido is ₱528 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in El Nido should cost around ₱211 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in El Nido is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    528


Transportation Budget in El Nido
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in El Nido is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ₱851 per person, per day, on local transportation in El Nido.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    851

Flights to El Nido

How much does it cost to go to El Nido? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner or Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.




Entertainment Budget in El Nido
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  • Entertainment and activities in El Nido typically cost an average of ₱243 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    243


Tips and Handouts Budget in El Nido
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in El Nido is ₱35 per day. The usual amount for a tip in El Nido is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    35


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in El Nido
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in El Nido is ₱2.50.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    2.50


Alcohol Budget in El Nido
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about ₱379 on alcoholic beverages in El Nido per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    379


Water Budget in El Nido
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  • On average, people spend ₱118 on bottled water in El Nido per day. The public water in El Nido is not usually considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    118


El Nido On a Budget
El Nido Palawan, El Nido, Philippines
El Nido is a coastal destination on the Philippine island of Palawan. It consists of about 45 islands and islets all with beautiful beachfront scenery and plenty of opportunities for experiencing nature above and below the water. Some of the island's best features include limestone karst cliffs, coral reefs, lagoons, coves, and waterfalls.
Sights
The coastal town and its surrounding islands are characterized by stunning waters, beaches, coral reefs, and lagoons with a diverse array of marine life. The Bacuit Bay is home to these islands and their wildlife which include species like dugongs (a kind of marine mammal), turtles, manta rays, fish, reefs, and sometimes whale sharks. Each island is a kaleidoscope of flora and fauna with colorful reefs and paths lined with native flowers. Miniloc Island is famed for the clear waters of its Small and Big lagoons. Small Lagoon shimmers with tranquil turquoise-green waters, while Big Lagoon rests amidst impressive karst limestone cliffs. Nearby Shimizu Island has fish-filled waters great for snorkeling, while Seven Commandos Beach offers a long sandy stretch lined with palm trees. Each island and each beach has its own unique treasures waiting to be discovered.
Neighborhoods
The main town, or Poblacion, of El Nido sits near the northern tip of the Philippine island Palawan. It is nestled in a sheltered bay with a pier at one end of a crescent beach flanked by the area's famous limestone cliffs on the eastern side and hills to the west. The center of town is laid out with tree-lined streets and plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining with restaurants and beachside bars as well as souvenir shops. Out of El Nido's islands, Cadlao is the largest and closest to a town proper. It is characterized by white sand beaches and steep forested peaks with a number of nature trails, one of which leads to the saltwater Makaamo Lagoon. Other islands amidst the Bacuit Bay of El Nido include Dilumacad Island (nicknamed Helicopter Island due to the shape of its limestone cliffs), Pangulasian Island (with powder white sands next to waters lined with reefs good for diving and snorkeling), Vigan Island (nicknamed Snake Island for its s-shaped sandbar), Cudugnon Point (an anthropological site which yielded artifacts dating back to the Song Dynasty), Matinloc Island (known for its hidden Secret Beach), and Pinasil Island (featuring a cathedral-like cavern accessible by kayak).

Activities
The best way to see the archipelago of El Nido in the Bacui Bay is to schedule an island-hopping boat. Most routes allow passengers to visit four or five islands in a day. Overnight island-hopping tours are also available where visitors take a few days to see more of the archipelago and camp overnight on one or two of the islands. The waters of these islands also offer great opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, while the white sand beaches are prime locations for relaxing and sunbathing. There are also a number of nature trails great for hiking and perhaps experiencing some of the local wildlife. Other activities include mountain biking, rock climbing, and kayaking or cultural lessons in fishing, boating, cooking, and crafts.
Food and Dining
The food found in El Nido consists of a mix of European, American, and Filipino cuisines. A few of the more authentic dishes native to the Philippines include items like:

lechon - whole roasted pig
longganisa - Philippine sausage
tapa - cured beef
torta - omelet
adobo - chicken and/or pork braised in garlic, vinegar, oil and soy sauce, or cooked until dry
kaldereta - meat in tomato sauce stew
mechado - larded beef in soy and tomato sauce
puchero - beef in bananas and tomato sauce
afritada - chicken and/or pork simmered in tomato sauce with vegetables
kare-kare - oxtail and vegetables cooked in peanut sauce
pinakbet - kabocha squash, eggplant, beans, okra, and tomato stew flavored with shrimp paste
crispy pata - deep-fried pig's leg
hamonado - pork sweetened in pineapple sauce
sinigang - meat or seafood in a sour broth
pancit - noodles
lumpia - fresh or fried spring rolls

Transportation
By plane, the nearest major airport is Puerto Princesa International Airport (Palwan's primary gateway). Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Airphilexpress, Seair, and Zest Air fly from Manila, Davao, Busuanga, Cebu, and Clark to the airport. Upon arrival, buses and private or public vans are available from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. El Nido Airport is another, smaller option, offering four flights daily to and from Manila as well as one flight daily to and from Cebu. Flights here are operated by Air Swift.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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