Activities in El Nido

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El Nido is famous for island hopping. But for those who likes ocean and nature, there are a lot of fun activities to do and hidden places to discover!

Sea activities

Scuba diving

Palawan Divers is a pioneer PADI school in El Nido and the most established dive center. That’s why we  work together. They offer PADI Scuba Diving Courses (from beginner level and up), PADI Specialty courses and PADI Pro Courses. They also cater to certified divers wanting to explore Bacuit Bay’s reefs with daily guided dives. With a staff of experienced and full-time captains, divemasters and instructors you can rely on them to make the most of your time in here.

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Palawan Divers has its own AIDA freediving center, named Palawan Freedivers. Want to try this amazing way to discover El Nido’s reef, to get a course or be catered by our banca for fun diving? All the informations are in our website:

Island Hopping

Island hopping is the most popular activity in El Nido. It’s a way to discover many hidden beaches and spend a day snorkeling in the most beautiful spots of the bay.

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Going to the islands with a kayak is the best way to be independent and feel like Robinson Crusoe while arriving alone on a beautiful beach! The waters are very calm, it’s really easy to get around the bay and further.

  • For a full day tour or an overnight kayak trip, contact El Gordo adventures
  • You can rent a kayak for half a day or a day at Art Cafe
  • For a 2 to 4 days trip, contact Serge

Stand up Paddleboard

Hire a paddleboard for the day and spot the turtles! Book at the Art Cafe.


Only 50min from El Nido, you’ll find a perfect spot to learn or practise kitesurfing. QI Palawan is a resort as well.

Land activities


Take a 2-3 hour walk on Cadlao Island, see the incredible flora and fauna living in the dense forest of the island, soak in the breathtaking views of El Nido, or climb the cliff without rope for an hour. Book at Art Cafe.

Mountain Biking

Discover a nice little village right on the beach only 8km away from El Nido, or for the more adventurous, cycle up to 60km in one day. Book with El Gordo adventures for renting a bike or organize a guided tour.


There is a 750m zipline joining Las Cabanas to Snake Island. PHP500 one way, PHP400 more to come back, otherwise you can walk at low tide or swim. Book at Art Cafe.

Tours in the North

You can rent a motorbike or a van to visit the Northern tip of Palawan. Book at Art Cafe.

  • Nacpan and Calitang, the twin beaches– Enjoy stunning face to face beaches, probably the most impressive ones in Palawan (motorbike, 45min ride by van, longer by tricycle.)
  • Nagkalit-kalit Falls and Makinit Hot Springs – Chill out in the hot springs surrounded by the jungle and take a rewarding fresh bath in the waterfall after a walk through the forest (45 min ride, then 45 min trek to get to the waterfalls).
  • Dagmay Beach – Dagmay beach is completely empty and very quiet – a perfect spot for those who want some peace and quiet. If you’re there at the right time, you’ll be able to meet the local fishermen (45min by van).
  • Duli Beach 2h away from El Nido, you’ll find a beautiful 4km long beach, only surrounded by jungle and clear water.
  • Ille Cave Explore the famous cave where archeologists found human bones and potteries from 12 000 years earlier. (45mn drive from El Nido)

Chill out

Take a tricycle and go for a day out to enjoy Las Cabanas and the surrounding beaches, or just sit on a terrace with a fresh fruit juice and relax.