Alot of travelers arrive in Palawan and do not have anything for their El Nido accommodation. One of the issues when looking for a place in El Nido is that everywhere seems to be very pricy but that does not have to be true. There is ways to not spend alot of where you sleeping. In the end, people do not come to Palawan to spend time in a hotel.
In the last few years, alot of “professional hotels” have came into El Nido and they have really jacked up the prices. However, there is still the old timers, the locals from the town, who have had their little backpackers for decades that offer alot better prices.
El Nido Accommodation tip: get back from the beach
The truth is the best places to get a good deal are on the beach. If you take the road toward Coron Coron, you will find some places for about P300-P400 a night. They are just as clean and modern as the others but they are ran by the families of El Nido, not some professional from Germany.
I normally stayed at Cliffside Cottages and at Lualhati Cottages just a little more down the road. Both are in the P300 range. Not bad at all. If you go away from the town area, you can find P250 but you will spend alot in tricycles going back and forth.
Sleep Cheap, Eat Well
One of the things about El Nido is that food will cost you. Most resturants are about 25% higher than Puerto Princesa. I find that saving on the El Nido accommodation that I need will enable me to enjoy better food while visiting.
Another factor to consider that is the packages to go out on the water are now quite high (P1200-P1500) on average so you need to factor that into your El Nido holiday as well.