Visiting El Nido has always been part of my "to do list" but budget was a big consideration. Regular Airfare alone costs 2T-4T/per person roundtrip excluding the travel between Puerto Princesa to El Nido and back. However, after having our trip, I learned that you wouldn't need to shell out P20T ++ per person just to see what El Nido Palawan has to offer. You just need to be patient (seat sales everyone!), be an expert in haggling and not be choosy in accomodations.
Last year, due to Cebu Pacifics' Piso Fare, we were able to get RT airfare tickets for only P450 per pax! Thats an extra 2T-3T savings that can be spent on other activities at the islands. Booked 3 tickets for june 11-15, 2013 and started saving for it a year in advance.
Fast forward to march of this year and no concrete plans yet were made. No accomodation, no travel itinerary, no island hopping sched. We were starting to feel the pressure since we had a lot of unnecessary expenses a few weeks prior. Nagkasunod sunod rin ang lakad and nagalaw ang budget para sa bakasyon. Not to mention that we have another trip the following week (Boracay --- june 22-24) with the rest of our friends.
Buti na lang, 2 other people joined in for the El Nido trip and shared sa gastos. They were the ones who searched and prepared the itinerary along with the resort accom and island hopping tours.
See the next post for our itinerary ^^