Delta, Emirates, Korean Air and other airlines offer connecting flights from Washington Dulles or Reagan National to Manila. One-way flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa with Cebu Pacific start at $25. In Puerto Princesa, any hotel can help you book a $17 air-conditioned shared van for the six-hour drive to El Nido.
WHERE TO STAY
35 Malvar St., Puerto Princesa
Friendly hotel with air-conditioned rooms, WiFi and a surprisingly good upstairs bar and restaurant. Single rooms start at $22, doubles at $25. Breakfast included.
Marina Garden Beach Resort
Quezon Road, El Nido
Cozy hotel on the beachfront. Rates during peak season (October to May) start at $25 for a cottage, while the nicer villas start at $41.
22 Don Pedro St., Coron
Offers hot showers, WiFi, flat-screen TVs and 24-hour electricity. Double rooms start at $40.
WHERE TO EAT
369 Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa
You’ll be asked to go barefoot at this popular Filipino restaurant, which specializes in traditional preparations of local seafood. Entrees range from $3.50 for eel in coconut cream to $9.30 for the catch of the day with prawns, vegetables and rice.
El Nido Boutique and Artcafe
Sirena Street, Buena Suerte,
Every tourist in town eventually passes through here, if only to buy food, sunscreen or flip-flops. The upstairs restaurant is standard Filipino and Western fare, but the grilled mackerel with garlic rice is worth a special trip. Entrees $5 to $13.
National Highway, Barangay 4, Coron
If you’re craving something other than seafood, the pizza here will hit the spot. Entrees $4 to $11.
WHAT TO DO
Serena Street, El Nido
Offers five-day boat trips from El Nido to Coron or vice versa, starting at $500 per person for a small group expedition or $540 per day for a two-person private expedition.