Are you planning a vacation in El Nido Palawan? El Nido is one of the major tourist destinations in the Philippines. It is home to 45 picturesque islands and islets and notable for its limestone cliffs which form a karst backdrop similar to those found in Ha Long Bay, Krabi and Guilin.
El Nido is one of the top 5 tourist destinations in Palawan (which is known as the world’s best island destination) along with Coron, Underground River (Perto Princesa), Port Barton (San Vicente) and the Long Beach (San Vicente).
AirSwift provides regular direct flights from Cebu to El Nido Airport, which is also called Lio Airport. It is a privately owned airport that services residents, tourists and visitors to El Nido from Cebu.
A popular alternative in going to El Nido is the Puerto Princesa International Airport, located in Puerto Princesa City, which is roughly 5 to 6 hours away by land travel. The international airport in Puerto Princesa is a public airport with domestic airlines offering affordable fares going to Palawan. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia operates regular flights to Puerto Princesa using Airbus 320 planes.
For those tourist who would not like to travel the 5-6 hour road to El Nido, San Vicente Palawan Airport is another option. It is also a public airport like the Puerto Princesa International Airport. San Vicente is beginning to become a popular gateway to El Nido as it is only around 2 to 2.5 hours away by land travel (compared to 5 to 6 hours travel time from Puerto Princesa to El Nido).
San Vicente is a rising tourism hot spot with its Long Beach increasingly attracting investors who are into real estate and hospitality industries. Tourists are encouraged to stay for a while before travelling to El Nido as San Vicente has its own natural attractions that are perfect for escaping the busy environment of the metropolis. Experience the the country’s longest white sand beach stretching to approximately 14.7 kilometers from barangay Poblacion, to New Agutaya to San Isidro all the way to Alimanguan.
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To those who do not want to travel 5-6 hours by land, they can fly from Puerto Princesa International Airport to San Vicente Palawan Airport.
From San Vicente, El Nido can be reached in approximately 2 to 2.5 hours onboard shuttle van from San Vicente Palawan. Backpackers can also easily commute from San Vicente to El Nido.