New York City
We are two 26 year old female travelers looking to explore El Nido for a few days while we tour SEA. Any recommendations for where we should stay? We're looking for awesome views and lowish cost.
You can try looking at Ipil Travel Lodge. We stayed there for 4 days and got the tours. They provided all the food and can provide transfers from Puerto Princesa (for an extra fee).
I've also been told to avoid El Nido Beach Hotel because the owner was involved in smuggling endangered Ipil wood.
Well, not "lowish" on cost, but the El Nido Resorts Lagen Island is pretty amazing. If you decide to splurge for a night or two, beautiful place.
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SPIN isn't super cheap but absolutely beautiful
Try the Greenviews in Corong Corong Beach. It's pretty basic but they do have fan rooms and a decent restaurant on site. My friend stayed there and I preferred it over my accommodations in El Nido. They have a van to drive you or it's a super cheap tricycle ride if you do want to go into town.
All the killer views are mostly seen on the island and diving/snorkel trips.