El Nido is a compact town and full of young backpackers. The main beach itself is only average and not especially attractive for swimming because of the number of bancas coming and going. Because there are more than forty islands in the area, so you’ve got a lot to go at. Do not miss „Big Lagoon“, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs which look like a cathedral rising from the water. Nearby „Small Lagoon“ is only accessible through a small gap in the rocks by swimming through. We like Makulay Lodge, because it is located just a few minutes away from the crowded town at Calaan Beach.