El Nido Miniloc Island Resort

Of Palawan's famed eco-resorts, this gateway to Bacuit Bay has the youngest and most vibrant appeal.

By Krissie G. Pacia
January 28, 2013

A charming El Nido Resort in Palawan that offers rustic rooms and cottages evocative of a coastal village.


  • El Nido, Palawan
  • 238 km from the capital, Puerto Princesa
  • Gateway to Bacuit Bay and a strategic jumpoff point to the area's best dive sites
  • Nestled in a cove of sheer limestone cliffs and white sand beach
  • Dedicated daily flights by Island Transvoyager Inc.; travel takes a 75 minute flight from Manila to El Nido, plus a 45 minute boat ride to the island
Photo courtesy of El Nido Resorts

Ideal for:

  • Couples, nature lovers, divers, families, and tropical thrill seekers
  • A honeymoon favorite, or a perfect place to splurge on a summer vacation with family and friends


  • Coastal-village-style island resort
  • Indigenous Filipino architecture and construction
  • Eco-friendly, low-impact rooms
  • Native materials throughout; floors and walls covered in sawali or bamboo
  • Design and layout maximizes the surrounding natural landscape; large picture windows with water, garden, and cliff views
  • Overall feel is relaxed but active; luxurious simplicity highlighting the beauty of the natural environment
Photo courtesy of El Nido Resorts


  • 50 rooms with thatched roofs and private verandas offering views of the sea and neighboring islands
  • The limited number of rooms is in keeping with the resort's commitment to sustainable operations
  • Room categories include:
    • Water Cottage
    • Seaview Room
    • Garden Cottage
    • Cliff Cottage
    • Beachside Room
    • Deluxe Seaview Room


  • Al fresco dining and complimentary WiFi connection at the Clubhouse Restaurant
  • Beachside bar
  • Massage cabana and a marine sports center
  • Boutique, game room, and kids' activity center
  • Conference room that can accommodate up to 40 people, depending on configuration
  • Exclusive access to El Nido Resorts' beach clubs at Entalula Island and Dibuluan Island