Tucked in the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan, the Municipality of El Nido is home to magnificent limestone cliffs and formations, biodiverse ecosystems, crystal-clear waters, stunning beaches, spectacular views, and beautiful people with amazing culture and hospitality – it’s no wonder that Palawan was declared the World’s Best Island in 2020 by travel magazine Travel+Leisure!
“El Nido” are Spanish words that translate as “the nest”. The thriving Balinsasayaw (swiftlet) bird’s nest industry in Town was one of El Nido’s leading trades before the boom of tourism. Currently, the nest trade is highly monitored and regulated as the birds’ population needs to recover. At present, many of the residents depend on tourism – the Town’s leading commerce for the last two decades.
The Municipality is bordered by Taytay in the South, the West Philippine Sea on the west, the Sulu Sea on the east, and Linapacan on the North. With 64 islands and islets, 18 barangays (barrios) with a total land area of 92, 326 hectares, El Nido is home to 11,144 households with 45,803 individuals (source: Municipal Health Office/2020 Projected Population). Majority of the population is Roman Catholics while the minorities are Born Again, Muslim, Seventh Day Adventist, Iglesia ni Cristo, Jehova’s Witnesses, Baptist, Pentecostal and Protestants.
Many El Nidonians or residents of El Nido speak Tagalog and Cuyunon- one of Palawan’s local dialects. English is widely known even in the rural villages, so conversing with locals should not be difficult.
As you wander around the Municipality, the renown Filipino hospitality and warmth await you. Travel the El Nido way and get the best out of your visit!
Welcome to El Nido. Mabuhay!