3D2N El Nido Itinerary [2022 Travel Guide]

I know not all of us has the luxury of time to stay longer in El Nido. So, if you have a limited time to spend on the island and only afford 3 days and 2 nighs then don’t worry we got you covered. You can still have the best experience in El Nido with our suggested itinerary.

Check out our detailed El Nido Travel Guide to learn more about El Nido – how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, and more!

So here’s our 3D2N El Nido Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in El Nido

You have two options in getting to El Nido: Take a morning flight from Manila direct to El Nido via Airswift or you can take an early morning flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa and take a van or bus to El Nido. The travel time is around 5-6 hours so be prepared. There is a lunch and pee break along the way so you do not need to worry about it.

  • 1:00 PM: Arrival in El Nido
  • 2:00 PM: Hotel Check-in
  • 3:00 PM: Go to Nacpan Beach – chill and wait for the sunset. There are restaurants along the beach area so you can enjoy a meal or grab a drink.
  • 6:30 PM: Go back to hotel
  • 7:30 PM: Dinner at Art Cafe
  • Optional: Night out
Nacpan Beach is one of the top tourist spots in El Nido, Palawan
Nacpan Beach in El Nido

Day 2: Island Hopping Tour A

Optional activity for Day 3: Taraw Cliff hiking

  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:45 AM: Proceed to the island hopping jump-off point
  • 9:00 AM: Start of Island Hopping Adventure
  • 3:00 PM: End of Island Hopping
  • 4:00 PM: Go back to hotel, freshen up
  • 5:30 PM: Happy hour at Frendz Hostel’s Sky Bar. You can also catch the sunset at their sky pool area.
  • 7:00 PM: Dinner at Frendz

For Tour A, you will visit: 7 Commandos Beach, Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon, and Payong Payong Beach.

Day 3: Island Hopping – Tour C (only if you leave El Nido after 5:00 PM)

If the weather is good we highly suggest to take the Tour C first because it’s the tour that easily gets cancelled because of bad weather. So, take it first by all means. When I first visited El Nido, I took the Tour A first only to find that that Tour C would be cancelled the next day.

  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast at the hotel
  • 8:45 AM: Check out at the hotel, leave things at the reception and proceed to the island hopping jump-off point
  • 9:00 AM: Start of Island Hopping Adventure
  • 3:00 PM: End of Island Hopping
  • 4:00 PM: Go back to hotel, pick-up stuff and leave the island

For Tour C, you will visit Helicopter Island, Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Talisay Beach, and Matinloc Shrine.

So that’s it, I hope you’ll enjoy El Nido as much as I did. If you have more time to spend in El Nido, you can also check out our 5D4N itinerary or our 4D3N El Nido itinerary.

Budget and Possible Expenses

  • Van transfer Puerto Princesa to El Nido and return: Php1400
  • Van rental from El Nido to Nacpan: Php3,700 or around Php1,000 if you choose a tricycle
  • Accommodation: Ranging from 800 per night to Php5,000 depending on your choice of hotel/hostel
  • Island Hopping Tours: Php1,200 for Tour A. Add Php,1200 to avail Tour C.
  • Meals: Avail of free breakfast at your hotel/hostel, lunch is covered in the tours so you will only spend around Php200-500 for dinner.

If you are a budget traveler you can enjoy El Nido for 3 days 2 nights for around Php6,000 plus the airfare. Check out our list of the best hostels in El Nido ideal for backpackers and budget travelers.

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