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Taraw Cliff In El Nido – A Complete Guide

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.

How To Get To Taraw Cliff

The company used for the Taraw Cliff 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.

Taraw Cliff Opening Times

Monday – Sunday: 8am to 5pm.

Taraw Cliff Entrance Fee

Adults: 400 Pesos per person.

This also includes a helmet, harness and a guide.

Taraw Cliff El Nido Canopy Walk Things To Do In El Nido
And we’re off.

Best Time To Visit Taraw Cliff

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

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

El Nido History

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 Canopy Walk

As if island hopping in El Nido isn’t enough, a visit to Palawan 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 and the El Nido beaches, 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.

The Views

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.

If you have the chance whilst looking for things to do in El Nido, don’t miss off the Taraw Cliff El Nido Canopy Walk. Definitely one of the best things to do in the Philippines.

Taraw Cliff El Nido Canopy Walk Things To Do In El Nido
Over the bridge and up into the cliff edges
Taraw Cliff El Nido Canopy Walk Things To Do In El Nido
Stunning views coming towards the end of the Taraw Cliff El Nido Canopy Walk
Taraw Cliff El Nido Canopy Walk Things To Do In El Nido
And we made it!

Where To Stay In El Nido

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.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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Taraw Cliff In El Nido (Canopy Walk) Guide

Faith

Saturday 17th of February 2024

Word of advice for those considering the dream catcher/spider walk package

Whoever wrote this article clearly did not do the dreamcatcher/spider walk. That part past the peak (which you have to pay extra for) is an extremely scary descent from the top and not nearly as secure as this article would lead you to believe.

There is no guide with you, very very steep sections, parts with no handrails whatsoever and sections where if you did fall you would be impaled by rocks.

Sure the regular canopy walk is easy and much more secure. When we purchased the dream catcher package they did not explain how much more challenging it would be compared to the regular canopy walk.

Would only recommend dreamcatcher to people who aren't afraid of heights or with experience and very good footwear(we did it in thongs/flip-flops and they said prior to purchasing that was fine.)