Hidden gems of El Nido, Palawan

Hidden gems of El Nido, Palawan

El Nido is the type of place which you might think can only exist in the imagination. Green, lush islands jut out of the blue, clear ocean. White sand beaches line the islands’ coasts, whilst local fishermen and boats make their way between them.
El Nido seems like a perfect place, and for many, it is the most beautiful place they have ever visited. However, as everyone knows, any place with beaches and sand, always hides buried treasure; some hidden gems which might not be known about as much as they should. Here are just a few of El Nido’s.

Boodle Fight Restaurant


The Boodle Fight Restaurant is a real treat for anyone looking to give local Filipino cuisine a try. This unique restaurant offers a way of eating which many probably aren’t used to back home. Served on a huge banana leaf and eaten with your hands, the backdrop of islands and beaches makes it this El Nido hidden Gem a real treat for backpackers and holidaymakers alike.

Marimegmeg beach is a swimmer’s delight

Nacpan Beach might be more popular than Marimegmeg Beach (also known locally as Las Cabanas), but the latter can be regarded as a hidden gem in you’re looking to go swimming, instead of just lazing around. The reason for this is that Nacpan can have a bit of a rip current, making swimming somewhat of a problem if you’re not as strong a swimmer as you think.
That being said, the Marimegmeg beach does have an incredible view of the sunset, if you stick around into the evening. It’s also a brilliant place to go for a walk and see which islands you can go island hopping between.

The Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach

Ok, so whilst this might not be a secret, it’s ‘hidden’ status means we’re assigning it as a hidden gem. And who wouldn’t want to visit this concealed delight? The Hidden beach in El Nido hides behind tall natural stone walls, with only a tiny break from which to enter and exit.
Whilst this beautiful destination might be hidden from nature, it’s not hidden from you. Local tour groups tend to offer this as one of their main options, just ask around.


Pizza. Everyone loves pizza (right?). Regardless as to your preference towards the tomato and cheese covered bread snack, Altrove is an absolute delight. You might not expect to find a great pizza place in this (somewhat remote) locale, yet you would be wrong. Most nights, in fact, you’ll find yourself joining the back of a somewhat lengthy queue.
The pizzas here are stone baked and many state that those they have eaten were cooked to perfection. If you’re a backpacker on a trail around the Philippines – or even the whole of Southeast Asia – grabbing a bite of familiar food to eat can feel like heaven. Altrove counts as one of El Nido’s hidden gems because the pizza is just that good.

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