El Nido: Island Hopping at El Nido

El Nido, officially the Municipality of El Nido, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 41,606 people.

It is about 420 kilometres (260 mi) south-west of Manila, and about 238 kilometres (148 mi) north-east of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital. A managed resource protected area, it is known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, limestone cliffs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago.

El Nido is currently ranked #4 in Condé Nast Traveler’s list of “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World.”  CNNGo has called it the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines for its “extraordinary natural splendour and ecosystem.”

SEVEN COMMANDOS BEACH
An isolated beach that is located on the mainland, but only accessible by water, due to the mountainous terrain.

Unlike most remote destinations in Bacuit Bay, there is a multi-story, high-end resort here in addition to cottages and tent camping sites right on the beach. There are quite a number of small permanent structures throughout Seven Commandos. It is also a popular stop on island hopping tours.


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