Imagine you are on a gorgeous island with crystal clear waters and secret lagoons. The main activity you’d want to do is to probably go snorkeling, boating or scuba diving but what do you do when a typhoon hits and nobody’s allowed in the water?
That’s exactly what happened to us so we had to find something to do to make up for the fact we couldn’t experience El Nido out in the water. We noticed that there was plenty of motorcycle rentals spread out throughout town so we rented a motorcycle in El Nido and go around the area.
Palwan is a stunning island and although we didn’t get to see the beauty of the water, we got to see the incredible nature, landscapes and scenery. Riding a bike really gives you a wonderful view and lets you explore off the road when you want, where you want. We enjoyed feeling the wind in our faces, seeing the stunning green hills and jungle and saying hi to the local kids passing by (they are so cute!).
The route you should take if you rent a bike in El Nido is to up north. There is a beach and a waterfall not too far away so we went to Nacpan Beach which is about a 14 kilometer ride.
The first 10 kilometers are on the main road and then you turn onto a very bumpy road, riding through puddles and mud for. As soon as you think your butt can’t get any more sore, you come upon a big beautiful beach.
Riding a motorcycle in El Nido – route to Nacpan Beach
Tips for Renting a Motorcycle in El Nido
- Check the condition of the bike – we saw a couple that were in dire need of repairs
- Most motorcycles/scooters are with clutch. They didn’t have any automatics so if you don’t know how to ride one with a clutch, you’re probably out of luck.
- Bargain. They will try to get as much from you as possible so don’t go with the first price. Ask other renters what they paid to get an idea. We paid 500 PHP for an average bike, one day. One lady tried to charge us 1000 PHP for the same bike which is a total rip off
- During high season, you can book a motorcycle before hand which is highly recommended (we got one of the last ones!). You can book a bike with El Nido Paradise.
- You must bring your passport to rent a bike for foreigners. They will hold onto it and give it back to you when you return the bike
- Find out what time they close. Nobody was there when we got back because the workers were on a break so we had to ask the police officer to call them to return our passport
- The Philippines drive on the same side as the US
You can read about our cost of travel in the Philippines in this post.