The Taraw Cliff El Nido Canopy Walk is on the majority of tourists bucket lists when visiting Palawan. Although with recent accidents, here’s a safe guide.
The company used for the Taraw Cliff El Nido Canopy Walk is called ‘El Nido Taraw Via Ferrata’.
Their office is located within walking distance of El Nido town and bookings may be made in advance or you can just turn up on the day.
The ‘climb’ is not tough at all and is more of a short walk up safe stairs and secure scaffolding. We’ve pin pointed the canopy walk starting point below.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Daily: 8am – 5pm
Entrance: 400 Pesos per person.
This includes a helmet, harness and a guide.
Best Time To Visit Taraw Cliff El Nido Canopy Walk + Tips
It can get pretty hot and humid on the climb once the sun is up, so an early start is best if you don’t like it too hot.
If you love sunrises, this has to be on your Philippines Itinerary, as the sunrise is apparently spectacular from here. However, you do need to be ready to go by 4.30am and find a good guide.
We would recommend wearing good walking shoes. Definitely not flip flops!
Don’t forget the anti mosquito spray before you start!
What To Pack
The History Of El Nido
El Nido is situated in Bacuit Bay and covers a land area of 465 square kilometres.
It is in the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan and is bordered by the Linapacan Strait in the north, the Sulu Sea in the east, and the South China Sea in the west.
El Nido includes 45 islands and islets, each with its own unique geological formations.
In 1954, a Republic Act approved changing the name of the town from Bacuit to its present name El Nido after the edible nests of swiftlets found in the crevices of its limestone cliffs.
What To Expect At Taraw Cliff El Nido Canopy Walk
A visit to El Nido wouldn’t be complete without hiking the famous Taraw Cliff and doing the canopy walk.
The giant limestone cliff is a famous attraction on the island. It offers a steady rock climbing experience and spectacular views of the Bacuit Bay.
Taraw Cliff in El Nido is the highest peak in town and one of the best viewpoints in Palawan, according to locals.
However, the climb to the viewpoint did come under some stick in recent years following a couple of needless accidents.
Subsequently, a clever company by the name of ‘El Nido Taraw Via Ferrata’ set up the self labelled ‘Safest Taraw Cliff Experience‘.
Hence, we set off excitedly one morning at around 11am to head up the 30 minute climb.
Geared more towards inexperienced climbers, yet ones who still want to snap a photo from the birds-eye view of the bay, we found it to be perfect for us.
A few sharp rocks were overcome and also the 75 metre long wobbly suspension bridge, which could prove to be a little challenging for anyone afraid of heights.
However, we had our harnesses attached to a steel cable above the bridge as we crossed, making us feel much safer.
Apart from that, it’s not too difficult a climb at all and definitely well worth the effort for the amazing view.
From the top you can enjoy a stunning vista of the coastline all the way up to twin beach. Blues for miles and a view out into the ocean was a great way to start that day.
Also, the guides were friendly and full of fun which certainly helped to make you relax on the climb.
Luxury – Lagùn Hotel
Lagùn Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace. Located around 5 miles from Big Lagoon, the hotel is also 5 miles away from Small Lagoon.
Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar or a meal in the restaurant. The rooms come with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, fridge, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a desk.
Featuring a private bathroom, certain units at Lagùn Hotel also feature a balcony.
Breakfast is available daily, and includes continental and buffet options.
Mid-Budget – Ipil Suites
Set amidst lush greenery, Ipil Suites features a restaurant and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi access.
It has a common lounge area with a TV, while parking space is provided on site at no charge.
The property is conveniently located within a 15-minute drive from El Nido Airport.
Fitted with tiled flooring, rooms come with air conditioning, a personal safe, clothes rack and freshly-laundered bedding. The en suite bathroom includes hot/cold shower facility, towels and free toiletries.
Budget – Elternative Hostel
Featuring a rooftop sun terrace and views of the surrounding mountains, Elternative Hostel offers solar-powered accommodations 6 minutes’ walk from Corong Corong Beach.
The local market is just 3 minutes’ walk away, while the bus/van terminal are 4 minutes’ walk away.
Every room has a private bathroom and mini garden. Several rooms have air conditioning and an attached mini-kitchen.
During good weather, guests can relax and enjoy a barbecue on the rooftop.
For more places to stay in El Nido, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.