Road to El Nido with Daytripper

Road to El Nido with Daytripper

Hello and kumusta (how are you), dear GG readers?!

Van and Coach

Van and Coach

Are you like the Gourmet Getaways team in planning most of our travels ahead of time? Do you want to relax and enjoy the moment while traveling? Today I’m taking you to one of the most popular island destinations in the Philippines – El Nido!

En route to the captivating El Nido we were in the capable hands of Daytripper. Daytripper also took us on a fantastic side trip to the lovely Puerto Princesa City.

El Nido - Preview

El Nido – Preview

Living in Manila, our journey began at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. We were totally psyched by the thought of celebrating Christmas in El Nido, Palawan. With 7,100+ islands in the Philippines, I knew we wouldn’t run out of fantastic beaches and places to pick!

Arrival - Sunset

Arrival – Sunset

In approximately an hour, we reached the airport in Puerto Princesa. It’s a 5 to 6-hour van ride to get to El Nido from here. There are several other options which include chartering a private plane straight to El Nido. This was obviously the most expensive alternative.

Airport Tricycle Terminal

Airport Tricycle Terminal

The Daytripper transfer was by far our best option, and included the side trip.

Airport Waiting Area

Airport Waiting Area

Before I chose this transport company, I spent days reading about the other modes of transport to take us to the beautiful El Nido and its surrounding islands.  With long rides beyond 1 hour, comfort and punctuality become an instant requisite. Needless to say, safety is highest on the list. Visitors to the Philippines really need to consider comfort and reliability ahead of prices.

Daytripper Shuttle

Daytripper Shuttle

Some buses and other transport shuttle vans seem to showcase cheaper rates. Daytripper was the one company that stood out among the rest. The reviews it received from other happy travellers satisfied all my requirements.

Daytripper Van and Coach

Daytripper Van and Coach

As I was getting us booked for El Nido and back to Puerto Princesa, I was given a big statement by Daytripper’s Manager – Jem. According to her, what makes Daytripper different is that they care. Hmm…cliché, right? Like everyone claims that. A ho-hum statement? Not quite.

Daytripper Neck Pillows

Daytripper Neck Pillows

I remember my working days doing customer service and client management. I was trained to treat everyone as if it was always the first time. Best foot forward, end-to-end. Don’t settle to satisfy customers, DELIGHT THEM!

Daytripper - Compliments

Daytripper – Compliments

Daytripper never left me. It was as if they were with me the entire trip. From the handling of inquiry to booking, trip details and reminders thru emails and SMS, punctuality, politeness…and the list goes on. They have the right to claim those two words. They DO CARE!



Trip Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

On our trip back to Puerto Princesa, the van was partly filled with just 5 of us in the batch. A Japanese passenger was telling our driver how horrible his experience was. He rode another transport company on his road to El Nido. He enumerated the cons. Poor pre-cooked meals at the food stop, lack of leg room, long waiting times. With Daytripper, this was certainly not the case!

coach interior shots 03

coach interior shots 03

There were two stopovers for food and comfort room. The air conditioning was excellent. Lots of space to move. The choice of music – jazz, acoustic, mellow. It was just perfect.

Stopover - Vietnamese Food 1

Stopover – Vietnamese Food 1

Vietnamese Huts - Stopover

Vietnamese Huts – Stopover

Vietnamese - Beef Stew NoodlesVietnamese - Beef Stew Noodles

Vietnamese – Beef Stew Noodles

As soon as the Japanese guy got to El Nido, he hastened to book with Daytripper on the way back. I didn’t hear anything else after, as he fell sound asleep. Who wouldn’t?!



As Palawan is such an enchanting place, I will definitely come back in the offing.

Arrival - Accom Sunset El Nido

Arrival – Accom Sunset El Nido

If I want to start and end my land travels right, I would entrust it to the same company. Comfort trippin’. Prompt trippin’. Safe trippin’ with Daytripper!

Daytripper logo

Daytripper logo

This marks the beginning of Gourmet Getaways’ El Nido/Puerto Princesa Travel Series. Gourmet Getaways firmly believes in sharing our experiences; hence, we concocted a little New Year gift to our avid readers!

We will have another exciting giveaway in one of our stories in the series. So please stay tuned. 

Gourmet Getaways’ land travel to and from El Nido was provided for by Daytripper. The opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with Gourmet Getaways’ disclosure policy.

Daytripper Palawan

Suite 2-01, Yellow Building, SJD Center
National Highway, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Phone: +63 48 723 0533


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About Alesah Villalon

I used to chase life as one would chase targets in their calendar years. Until someone came to say, "Do more of the things that you love, and share that love with others!" Now I'm slowing down a bit.

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  1. Wow, what a great adventure… oh, happy new year to you all!

  2. The Philippines are very high on my list for this years adventures! Thanks for sharing, there are so many great places to visit!

  3. That beef stew looks amazing!
    I’m not sure if it’s my computer or a glitch for some reason, when I try to come into your web page it says that your system is down and you’re working on it 🙁

  4. It all looks so fantastic!

  5. Now thats the way to travel in style.

  6. El Nido looks amazing. Looking forward to seeing more pics!

  7. J’aimerais beaucoup aller à El Nido, tout à l’air superbe ! La compagnie que tu as choisis pour aller est fantastique, très confortable et accueillante ! Je crois que tu as fait un voyage extraordinaire ;)xo

  8. Just finishing up a few weeks in Asia myself, your mode of transport sure does look fabulous next to some of the ways I got about. LOL!

  9. Hey, my husband and I recently made this journey with Daytripper and can wholeheartedly agree with your very positive descriptions! They were safe, reliable and comfortable…..everything you want for this journey! You definitely need to book quite far in advance however, as unfortunately we couldn’t get seats for our return journey to Puerto Princesa to we had to use another company (called Camirh I think) who were okay but definitely not so good. There was no communication, the driver was very fast & the stops were not so good….also no lovely vietnamese restaurant either! 🙁


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