FAQ

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Planning a trip to El Nido can be difficult, here at The Birdhouse we strive to provide a delightful vacation from planning to arrival and even beyond your leaving paradise. Of course for those looking at coming to El Nido tons of questions arise. No worries we are here to assist you. If there are questions that aren’t covered here please don’t hesitate to contact us!


What is glamping?

Glamping, simply put, is glamorous camping. It involves most of the luxuries you would find at other hotels but set up in a luxurious tent rather than a traditional camping tent. Here at The Birdhouse El Nido our nests (accommodations) are large bell tents (5 meters in diameter) and sit on a 7 x 7 meter platform with balcony/outdoor space and a standard bathroom attached to the corner of the platform. The nests are complete with solar powered lights, solar powered water heaters, and electrical outlets for your gadgets to keep you connected.


Do you welcome children?

We not only welcome children, we encourage them to come along and enjoy the experience. Glamping is a great way for families to have an alternative type of vacation to the normal resort vacation. We’ll have activities set up for children of all ages aside from the swimming on the beach, the kids can make s’mores, play board games, and learn about birding.


Can I bring my own tent?

Unfortunately, we don’t accept outside tents.


Do I have to set up my own tent?

The nests (tents) are already set up so there’s nothing on your end to do other than bring yourselves up to the property!


What time is check-in and check-out?

Our check-in time is 2:00 hrs PM and check-out time is 12 noon. Depending on our bookings and reservations we can try to accommodate for early check-ins and late check-outs.


Can I cook my own food?

Each morning we provide breakfast and will have a menu of the day based on market availability. Given our small kitchen facilities we are unable to accommodate for guests to cook their own food.


Are there chargers in each nest?

Each nest will have solar powered lamps that provide USB sockets for charging different electronic devices.


Is there 24/7 electricity?

We will be running on a combination of a generator and solar powered electricity. During the day when most guests are out on tours we may not have electricity but will make every effort to keep you comfortable.


Can I bring my pet?

At this time we don’t accommodate pets.


What glamping activities do you provide?

Given the outdoor space and our neighboring landscapes you will likely find yourself on the beach swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and exploring the 45 different islands and islets El Nido has to offer. Onsite we’ll have a BBQ pit, hot coco at night with smores, and board games and a large library for those that would rather lounge.


Is there a minimum stay?

There is a 2-night minimum stay given the number of inquiries we received and the limited number of nests we have.


Do you host functions and parties?

We are open to hosting parties, retreats, seminars, company outings, and other functions. Need space for a yoga/meditation retreat, want to have a child’s birthday party, or small conference space, we’re here to accommodate your event. For further inquiries contact us at 09272137852 or at thebirdhouseelnido@gmail.com.


What should I bring to the island?

Sunscreen
Bug spray
Tampons- These can be difficult to find though there are always sanitary napkins at most pharmacies.
Any special medication
Motion sickness for those who get car sick. The van ride is 5 hours and has some windy parts on it.
Water shoes
Binoculars
Camera
Underwater camera

Can I pay by credit card?
The majority of establishments in El Nido accept only cash. For payment of tours and accommodations, we can accept credit cards through PayPal with an additional minimum fee.

How much money should I bring?
Our suggestion is to bring enough cash to El Nido to cover your costs during your trip. If you happen to be short on cash here are some options.

Option 1: Direct flight from Manila to El Nido: The easiest, fastest, but most expensive way to get to El Nido from Cebu or Manila is to take a straight flight in.
Option 2: Fly into Puerto Princesa then take a van or bus into town.
Flights from Manila and Cebu are daily. There are also weekly flights from Iloilo. Check this for the flight schedule for Philippine Airlines, Air Asia, and Cebu Pacific.

What can I see in El Nido?
There are 4 different island hopping tours, the most popular being Tour A and Tour C (though Tour B and Tour D are just as beautiful and less crowded). Additionally there are many beaches on the mainland including Nacpan Beach (Twin Beaches), Duli Beach, San Fernando and many other off-the-beaten path destinations. If you are in town you can kayak to Cadlao Island, Papaya Beach, 7 Commandoes, or Pinagbuyutan Island. There are tons of snorkeling destinations near El Nido town as well as on tours. Whatever your needs we can customize itineraries based on your preferences.
For a summary of most of your options check out our tours.

How many days should I spend in El Nido?

Given the amount of time and effort, it takes to get here plus the number of sites to visit we typically recommend a minimum of 4 days and 3 nights. That will cover your time in transit this gives you enough time to do at least 2 tours.
A 4D/3N itinerary would look like this:
Day 1- Pick up from Puerto Princesa airport on a shared shuttle. Then 5 hour van ride to El Nido
Day 2- Tour C
Day 3- Tour A
Day 4- morning van from El Nido to Puerto Princesa
or
Nacpan Beach trip then afternoon van if flight is the following day