Had the pleasure of taking a trip here recently. Started off badly as at the airport, there was SUPPOSED to be a van to take us on the 5 hour trip from the airport to El Nido. Regardless of what they tell you, they dont leave until the van is full, about 5:30 in the evening. We spent some hours at the airport listening to the lies. After that, everything went well. The hotel was clean, reasonably priced, and the staff very friendly. There are tours listed as A, B, and C. Due to the weather we did not get C. I would recommend as tour A to take a boat called Island Nica I believe. The boat is what I think is called a pump boat, but the guide was funny, very knowledgeable and the tour was fantastic. They park the boat for lunch ( they are cooking on the back during the tour) at one of the islands and puts out a feast that astounds you. All total, less my drinking, was maybe $1,500 from Dumaguete round trip, 5 days and four nights. Some of the most beautiful islands, hidden coves, caves and such that I have ever seen.
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Stayed at this resort about a week ago for a night. It's a good place to go and just relax. I stayed there with my gf, her sister and her sister's husband. Two rooms + lots of alcohol + dinner for 4 + my breakfast = P4800
The resort was well maintained and clean. Rooms were nice and had air-conditioning and cable. The kitchen wasn't stocked because it was low season but the owner went to town to get what was needed to make us dinner.
The beach area was clean as well. If you look on Agoda the place only had 2 stars but I would have given it 3.5-4 stars (as an expat living in the Philippines, not as a tourist).
If you go there is no sense in taking a laptop. There was no WiFi at the resort (which is why I went through the "lots of alcohol" above). The owner said that he had a USB WiFi of some sorts that i could borrow but another guest was using it at the time...and I was pretty drunk by the time it was free. The cell phone coverage with Smart is absolute sh*t as well. My gf's Globe sim faired much better though.
Overall, I liked the place and consider it a nice place to get away and relax. A tourist might not consider it a good place because of the remoteness and lack of reliable internet connection though.
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