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How To Enjoy El Nido And Stay On A Budget

El Nido on a Budget
Posted: April 16, 2014 at 1:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

El Nido, Palawan is one of the best places I’ve been to in the country. It was in 2012 when I first step foot on this town and oh boy, the beach, the limestone formation, and the rich aquamarine life blew me away! It’s one of the few places in the Philippines that I’d never grow tired of going back to.

It’s sad that many people still think that the place is just for the rich and the privileged which isn’t true. I often travel on a budget and I’ve been in El Nido twice without spending more than P10,000 ($250) for a few days of stay in the town. The amount already includes the fare, fee for island hopping tours, food, accommodation, and more.

Stop daydreaming and make your El Nido trip happen with these tips because you can definitely enjoy El Nido and stay on a budget.

  • Stay in a hostel
Tay Miloy's Inn

a typical budget room in El Nido

Although most hostels offer dorm-type accommodation, there are those like Tay Miloy’s Inn that offers private rooms. I usually opt for this type of accommodation as it’s cheap yet gives me the privacy I need especially that I work online. You can get a room in El Nido for as low as P250/night ($6.25).

  • Eat where the locals eat

A trip would never be complete without trying out the best food in town or city. You can do this without breaking your budget by eating where the locals eat. Believe it or not, you can get a decent meal in town (rice + meat/veggie) for P60 ($1.5).

  • Rent a motorcycle

Rent a Motorcycle

El Nido is more than just the beach. You can explore an archaeological site, a hot spring, waterfalls, and go trekking without spending more than P1,000 ($25). It’s cheaper and easier to go around the town by renting out a motorcycle. One day rental costs P700 ($17.5).

  • Buy less stuff

El Nido locals

In both life and travel, buying less stuff gives you more freedom – freedom to move around easily and freedom to spend your money on experiences that matter. Souvenir shops are some of the locals’ ways to earn a living which is a good thing but do you really need that shirt? When I buy something from a souvenir shop which I do less these days, I opt for something edible or a very unique item that reminds me of the place.

Enjoying a place doesn’t necessarily mean splurging. Making small changes on the way you travel can go a long way.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bag and head to El Nido because life’s better at the beach 🙂

Have you been to El Nido? What other budget-friendly tips can you share?