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El Nido, Palawan Accommodations List with Map

Palawan By November 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 61 Comments

Having lived in El Nido on and off since 2005, I have seen how the little town has grown over the years. When I was last back there this year, there are so many more accommodations available that I felt making a master list would be very useful. The El Nido Tourism council has come up with a map and this will be our guide. This list was compiled in September 2012. *updates are ongoing with the photos and details*


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We will use these maps as guide:

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Pura Vida Rooms and Tours, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 12, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Located on the narrow street of  Sirena (or Serena), the hotel can be easily overlooked. From the outside, it doesn’t look promising, especially since the reception area looks like the family living room and is dark and small. The building is on the right, if coming from Rizal Street, after The Alternative, and right before La Salangane and El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe.

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

Pura Vida Rooms and Tours, El Nido, Palawan

Pura Vida Rooms, El Nido, Palawan

Pura Vida Rooms, El Nido, Palawan

They only have 3 rooms: 1 street-side (standard) at Php2,000/night and 2 bay view (de luxe) with balcony at Php2,500/night, inclusive of breakfast. The bay view rooms are located on the second floor – and the second floor is pretty!

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The Before-and-After El Nido Photo-documentation Project – Sirena Street

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Photography By October 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

Where Rizal Street ends is where Sirena Street begins. Sirena Street runs parallel to the beach, as well as a part of Calle Real, both terminating at the port.

Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan

Sirena Street, a very narrow, one-way street, can easily be missed. At the corner, on the left side is a clothing store, painted in green, and a sari-sari store on the white building on the right side.

Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan

On Sirena Street, construction was in full swing on the lot right next to the clothing store when I was documenting during the month of September. It used to be a cozy little restaurant called Vicenta’s, that we loved to eat at back in 2006 because they had the most delicious seafood dishes.

Vicentas Sirena St

We used to feel uncomfortable walking on this street because it was crowded and a bit scary. It’s looking a bit better now, but it is still the street I like least in El Nido.

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

 

On this street, one will also find the Tao Philippines booking office.

TAO EXPEDITION

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan
Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

And the Palawan Pawnshop, one of two in this town. I used to ignore this shop until I realized how important it was in a town that had no banks or ATMs. It is the only way to send or receive money from outside of El Nido.

PALAWAN PAWNSHOP AND EL NIDO SANDS INN

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

I’ve never even noticed it before, but a photo from 2006 tells me it’s been there ever since.

Palawan Pawnshop

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