El Nido Warnings and Dangers
As beautiful as EL Nido might be, always err on the side of caution and beware of the following warnings.
ATM and Money Matters
ATMs can be hard to find on El Nido. Look for them at gas stations or at the Art Café, but be aware that the ATMs often do not work. Tourists are generally at the mercy of merchants when it comes to services or products, so pay close attention to the exchange rates. If the amount seems too high, chances are it is.
Don’t Drink the Water
Drink bottled water in El Nido. Water from the tap is not potable in El Nido because the town does not have a water system. You can, however, try refilling water bottles from the purified water outlets.
Roads and Sidewalks
There are no sidewalks or pavements so be careful while walking around. Try leave your motorbike at the hotel if the town center is in walking distance. There are not really any parking areas for vehicles in the center of town.
Glass on the Beach
Watch out for sharp glass on the town beach. Some travelers report finding glass from broken bottles, not soft seagrass, nearly ever time they went to the beach. It’s easy to cut your feet if you are not careful. It’s advisable to wear shoes or sandals.
Jellyfish in the Water
As usual in the tropics, watch out for jellyfish and sea urchins, both of which are incredibly painful to the touch. Trigger fish can bite and fire fish burn. In general, don’t touch anything in the water. If you are stung, applying vinegar or anti-jellyfish sunblock can help with the pain.
Editor’s Note: The information on this page was compiled using traveler reviews about El Nido warnings and dangers.