You can distinguish this tropical, white sand, postcard-perfect beach from the rest by one magnificent trait — those unmistakable, protruding limestone cliffs. Shooting out of the turquoise-blue lagoon straight to the sky, they draw your eyes away from the magnificent reefs and palm-lined shores. Until somewhat recently, the only ones flocking to the remote El Nido island were the swiftlets who nest in the cliffs — hence the name El Nido, which means beach in Spanish. Now, all those who visit enjoy breathtaking views and world-class diving by day and luxurious resorts by night.
The most direct and fastest way to reach El Nido is with the charter airline Air Swift. Air Swift offers direct flights from Manila, Coron, Cebu, and several other cities to El Nido every day of the week. Flights land at Lio Airport, and the ride to town is just 20 minutes by tricycle. Visitors can also fly into Central Palawan’s Puerto Princessa Airport. This airport services regular flights by AirAsia, Palexpress, Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific and more. North Americans can fly into Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines and continue their journey from there.