Where to stay in El Nido? Best accommodation in El Nido.


Here is a question we get very often. After our expedition is over and we drop guests at the port of El Nido… where should they go? Given that we attract guests from all budget ranges, we’re going to give you our favourite options for high budget, mid budget and low budget that we’ve heard or experienced first hand ourselves as great spots.


High Budget (>$300): El Nido Resorts


Photo Credits: El Nido Resorts

If you can afford to go big we think you may as well do one of the El Nido resorts, they really are top of the class. There are a few to choose from and some certainly are more attractive to us than others although each offer different feels so do your research. They are eco conscious which is great and they were doing that before it was cool! 5/5.


Mid Budget($100-300): The Birdhouse

Photo Credits: The Birdhouse El Nido

Probably the most sought after accommodation in El Nido is The Birdhouse, number one on speciality lodging on trip advisor and with an accompanying restaurant which is also number one The Nesting Table, it’s easy to see why. It also helps that the business is run by an awesomely cool family. Mark has been a great friend to BDBM since our inception and watching these guys build something so unique and memorable for travellers is a joy. Check them out but be sure to book in advance! 5/5

Note: The Birdhouse hasn't reopened since covid, please check their website or Booking to see when this changes!


Low Budget($10-40): Outpost/Mad Monkey

Photo Credits: MadMonkey & Outpost Hostels

For all your hostel needs, look no further than Outpost or Mad Monkey. With a few different locations across Philippines and the world these guys are reputable, clean, social and accountable… what more can you ask for from a hostel! When you go low budget in places like Palawan you can be taking a big risk so we definitely recommend going with one of these two. Again, they book out way in advance so try to find something early!

That's it!


1. Our Coron to El Nido Expedition (and vice versa)

2. 7 Day Palawan Itinerary Suggestions - Medium Budget 

3. Getting from Coron to El Nido by Flight, Ferry and Expedition for different budgets and traveller types

4. Most Romantic Things to do in Palawan

5. 5 Things to Expect Travelling with Big Dream Boatman


About the Author:

bdbm krish

Big Dream Boatman is the number one rated expedition in Palawan specialising in multi-day trips around Coron and El Nido. We have been featured in Lonely Planet as well as chosen by the most famous names in travel. Our main goal is to make people who come to Palawan happy, in any way we can, so even if you read our blogs and never join our expeditions, it's ok with us 😁.