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Puerto Princesa and El Nido

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hydro

I am looking for hotel recomendations in Puerto Princesa and El Nido. Budget is around php 2000 per night. I have looked via the search function but many posts and not a lot of recent hotel recomendations.

Will be traveling in August 2018.

Many thanks.

 

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Headshot

In El Nido, concentrate your search around the pier end of town. Most of the good restaurants are in that area, and all of the boats leave from there. So, if you want to be able to walk to restaurants and boats, that is where you want to be. It is fairly easy to get a room for 2 to 3k in that area, and you will be close to everything. Most rooms in the area are fairly simple, so don't expect fancy furnishings or great beds, but they are adequate for most people. This shows most of the lodgings in the area I am talking about.

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b&q=el+nido+hotels&npsic=0&rflfq=1&rlha=1&rlla=0&rlhsc=Ch4I5oT8krvagK1hCK-s04u187CTJAiI-L-f2qmBnBUwAQ&rllag=11181234,119390186,263&tbm=lcl&ved=2ahUKEwj0kJmQqObbAhVGfCsKHYF6B0IQtgN6BAgBEGE&hotel_dates=2018-07-14,2018-07-15&tbs=lf_hd:-1,lf_ho:2,lrf:!1m4!1u13!2m2!13m1!1b1!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e10!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e2!1m4!1u10!2m2!11m1!1e3!2m1!1e13!2m7!1e17!4m2!17m1!1e3!4m2!17m1!1e8!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e4!2m10!1e10!4m2!11m1!1e10!4m2!11m1!1e2!4m2!11m1!1e3!2m21!1e7!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u2000!3sPHP!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u3000!3sPHP!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u4000!3sPHP!4m4!7m3!1m1!1u5000!3sPHP!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:6&rldoc=1#rlfi=hd:2018-08-15,2018-08-16;si:;mv:!1m3!1d1151.8049761713235!2d119.38838401398618!3d11.180355332343431!3m2!1i791!2i452!4f13.1

Zoom in until you just have the area close to the pier.

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hydro

Thanks Headshot. Any other ideas from people who have traveled recently. Good places to eat, an excellent tour etc?

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Kabisay-an gid

TripAdvisor is your friend.

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hydro

I had hoped to get genuine information from forum members given its one of the most popular holiday locations, but so be it .....  

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37 minutes ago, hydro said:

I had hoped to get genuine information from forum members given its one of the most popular holiday locations, but so be it .....  

a lot of people are busy as it's the weekend so give it some time for posts to roll in.  for now with headshot's excellent post and along with tripadvisor you should be able to get started on your plans.   you are after all not taking this trip until some time in august so give it a day or two for everyone to see your topic and figure out if they can contribute.  i haven't been to palawan in over 3 years so i don't have any up to day info for you.  however with your tight budget you may be best to grab one of the economical rooms mapped out on headshot's post and then just nose around town and find the lower priced restaurants and stuff.   exploring that sort of thing is part of the fun anyways.  

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Headshot
5 hours ago, hydro said:

I had hoped to get genuine information from forum members given its one of the most popular holiday locations, but so be it .....  

My post was based on my experience from my trip there last October. I didn't give you any info on Puerto Princesa because I haven't been there. There are several decent places in the area I spotlighted for you that are in your stated price range, plus most of the good restaurants are in that area too. There is also a BPI bank with an ATM there. All of the island tour boats leave from the beach right in front of that area, so staying within a few blocks is a real advantage. I made the mistake of staying at the El Nido Beach Hotel, which is at the other end of the beach and a long walk from anything you might want to do in or around El Nido. BTW, most of the hotels and restaurants in El Nido do a cash business, so you will need to use the ATM or just carry a lot of cash. It seems the electronic age hasn't hit El Nido yet. Nobody has card readers.

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hydro

Thank you for the replys. After our holiday I will do a trip report. 

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Rocketman

I stayed in one of my favorite places in 2013 and assume it's still the same.  It's near Port Barton but are able to pick you up via banka in El Nido.  It's a very private place run by a Swiss guy.  There are no roads, just the island, trees & birds.  Food is amazingly good - they have a chalk board in the morning for you to pick the evening meal.  I remember the hot water didn't work one morning and THEY offered a discount without me asking - shocking in this country!  I paid P1000 for a private boat for the day.  I look forward to going back.  

http://www.coconutgardenislandresort.com/

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Laurence

I was in Palawan 12 years ago for 10 days.

Did PP to Sabang to Port Barton to El Nido to PP. A trip of a lifetime ! Just go and play it by ear because buses breakdown, boats can't travel, etc..

I think it's best to just "wing it" in Palawan.

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