Palawan is one of the most famous places in the Philippines. Being the largest province in the country subdivided into 23 municipalities, its entirety will astound you with its mystic waters and lush islands.
I have only been to two municipalities in Palawan so far: Coron and Puerto Princesa. Despite hearing good feedback about El Nido, I hadn’t gotten the chance to visit before. So, when the opportunity came to go to El Nido, I said yes immediately. If you’re an El Nido virgin like I was and don’t know where to start exploring, I highly suggest that you check out Lio Beach.
What is Lio Beach?
Lio Beach is a 325-hectare beach town. Guided by sustainable design and an eco-friendly drive, it’s a one-stop adventure for those seeking a good thrill in various types of accommodation.
This beach is filled with endless possibilities for everyone. During the day, you can opt to do a series of water sports or go island hopping. By noontime, you can feast on exquisite restaurants and shop for locally handcrafted goods. In the evening, you can enjoy a quiet night or grab some drinks at the local bars on Lio Beach.
How to Get to Lio Beach
Getting to El Nido used to be a rather arduous journey. To get there, you had to land at Puerto Princesa Airport and take a 4-hour van transfer to arrive at the island. Now, it’s much easier to get to, thanks to the direct flights to El Nido via AirSWIFT.
You will land at El Nido Airport (aka Lio Airport), which is conveniently situated minutes away from Lio Beach—a hassle-free route for a world-class destination.
If you booked at any of the resorts on Lio Beach, you can also enjoy a free shuttle service around the estate and even the town proper and some islands.
What to Do at Lio Beach
Stay at a Comfortable Resort
There are several resorts on Lio Beach catering to different travelers. Seda Lio is for those looking for a stunning high-end accommodations. El Nido Cove is a respite for travelers looking for a peaceful retreat to recharge and reconnect with nature. Balai Adlao is suited for couples looking for a special getaway.
Casa Kalaw is a Filipino-themed resort perfect for families.
Huni Lio and Hotel Covo are designed for youthful and adventurous travelers.
All of these resorts are just steps away from the beach— an ideal location for modern island life.
Eat at Exquisite Bars and Restaurants
There are several restaurants of all cuisines located within Lio Beach. From Chinese to European, feast on scrumptious meals set on a picturesque background.
Choices include Bead Café, Shaka Café, D’Factory, Fat Choy, Globy Travelling Chef, Pizza & Amore, El Nido Grill, and The Red Crab Alimango House.
Explore the Eco-Trail
Lio Beach recently opened an eco-trail for guests to take a leisure self-guided walk in nature and to encourage them to adhere to a healthier lifestyle.
It’s a 3.8- kilometer trail with a rewarding view of the island and Bacuit Bay once you reach the sky deck. Note that the eco-trail is open from 6AM to 5:30PM from Wednesday to Monday. Registration is located at the Security Hut across the Star Apple entrance of Lio Beach or the Activity Hall across Jungle Bar. Get a chance to see native and endemic species such as the Palawan Hornbill and flora like the Antipolo, Ipil and Narra.
Attend Various Beach Events
There are several beach events at Lio Beach, such as the beach cleanup that was conducted during the International Coastal Cleanup Day 2019. Various organizations and locals got together to take part in this global movement.
Guests can expect more events like this among others (beach volleyball tournaments, music festivals, etc.). You may follow their website and social media accounts for updates and announcements.
Engage in Exciting Activities
No trip to the beach is complete without trying water activities or going island hopping. Make your stay is exciting by going kayaking, paddle boarding , windsurfing, and more.
You may also explore more of El Nido through island hopping. Discover magical places and breathtaking views by boat. You may set up tours via tour operators inside Lio Beach like El Swift, El Nido Adventure Scuba, and El Nido Yachting Club.
There’s also a beach volleyball area and obstacle course for active guests.
The obstacle course imitates the plight of the fishes when stuck or caught in nets and plastic waste—a beautiful representation to remind us to take care of the environment whilst having fun.
Shop for Souvenirs
Purchase a memento to immortalize your memories at Lio Beach. There are several stores selling local products that you will definitely want to take home with you from shops like Cabana by TESOROS, Salt & Sun, and artist-owned shops in Kalye Artisano.
Clothes, accessories, and many more are available.
Lio beach has facilities like ATM machines and fast WiFi. It also has convenience and drugstores like Mercury Drug; a co-working space, Lift Gym; and Mayana Spa. Seda Lio also has a spa that’s open to non-resort guests!
Have Sunset Cocktails
What better way to admire the beauty of the island than with a good cocktail in hand? Say cheers to a good life with drinks from Jungle Bar or Manille Beach Bar.
End the day with excellent cocktails as you watch the sunset turn into a beautiful twilight.
Adventure awaits at Lio Beach. Whether you’re looking for a heart-pumping rush or a casual stroll by the beach, this island has all that you need for a memorable island getaway.