Ille Cave | Things to do in El Nido-Palawan

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The sight of Ille Cave alone, even from afar, already makes it a place of interest. The jagged limestone towers over the bright green fields that surround it, sticking out like a sore thumb. What makes it even more interesting is the thousands of years’ worth of history that it contains. Many artifacts have been found on the site, from shells and stone tools to human remains that indicate that the cave could have been a burial site. Perhaps the coolest find so far are the tiger foot bones, the only evidence of the presence of tigers in the entire Philippines. The finds in Ille Cave truly tell a lot of stories, though many of them are still being written as archaeologists continue their excavations. At any rate, Ille Cave is an easy site for even the most inexperienced cavers who are bound to enjoy walking and climbing through the cave’s cool chambers.
Open: Open everyday; 8am to 5pm
Address: New Ibajay, El Nido, Palawan
Fee: None
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Nearby attractions

El Nido Taraw Via Ferrata Canopy Walk
8.79 km away

If you want to experience El Nido’s famous Taraw Cliff in a safer way, this is the attraction for you. The Canopy Walk experience is rock climbing lite, geared more towards inexperienced climbers who still want to catch a bird’s eye view of the town and the bay. That’s not to say that the Canopy Walk is not without its challenges. There are some steep and sharp rocks that need to be passed in order to get to the top. There is also a 75m-long bridge suspended 30m above ground that swings with the slightest movement, shaking the wits out of anyone remotely afraid of heights. Once you see the view though, going through all those challenges will be worth it. You also get a bit of a geography lesson along the way, thanks to the knowedegeable guides! The whole canopy walk costs P500 per person.

Maremegmeg Beach
10.12 km away

Corong-Corong’s go-to sunset spot, this generous stretch of white sand is a great place to hang out even during the day. It has several establishments that can cater to all your beachgoing needs – from bars and restaurants, to paddleboard and kayak rentals. Most people here are inclined to lay out and tan with an island-themed cocktail in hand, but if you’re feeling the need to do some exploring, you could take your vessel of choice out to the open sea and paddle away to the nearest island. Food and drink may be a bit pricier here compared to El Nido town, but it’s a small difference to pay when you’ve got a great beach, an uncompromised view of Bacuit Bay’s legendary limestone formations and islets, and the chance to catch a sunset you won’t soon forget.

Seven Commandos Beach
10.12 km away

Towering limestone cliffs and a row of lush palm trees are the sights that welcome you as you approach 7 Commandos, now one of the more famous stops among the 45 islands and islets in Bacuit Bay. With a generous shoreline of sparkly white sand, 7 Commandos is a beach bum’s dream, perfectly suited for lazing around and taking a quick dip without having to do much in the way of physical exertion. The small bars selling refreshments by the beach make it even easier to indulge in a bit of sun-dappled laziness, the kind you associate with hammocks and the soothing sounds of a ukulele. With 7 Commandos’ easygoing vibe and sheer beauty, people often find that a quick stop here as part of an island tour is not enough. Luckily, it’s near enough to El Nido town to be reached by kayak if the waves are good. A resort on the island itself also means you can spend your entire trip there if you so desire.

Things to do nearby

Explore El Nido's Finest in 3 Days
Island hopping
0.01 km away

Experience the best of Palawan's go-to tourist destination, El Nido in the span of a long weekend! Sail around the province's star attraction, the stunning Bacuit Archipelago. Swim in crystal clear waters, and enjoy white sand beaches in solitude. Choose your preferred package in the listing below. Here in Explora, our partner travel and tours are screened to deliver the top services we can find in the Philippines. Secure your slots in advance for these can soon become fully-booked!

Experience Cooking Exotic Filipino Food
Cultural experiences
8.90 km away

Hands-on culinary experience to curious and foreign appetites-FILIPINO COOKING CLASS. This is a one of a kind experience in El Nido that will not only share our most traditional and celebrated Filipino recipes, but a way for you to also get a taste of our Filipino culture, literally! Because the best way to get to know our culture is through our food!

Flying Through El Nido's Zipline
Outdoor adventure
8.93 km away

For an extra-scenic adrenaline rush, try out this zipline. It’s a bit of a trek (and uphill at that) to the starting point, but you’ll want to wake and warm your muscles up anyway. After all, you’ll be flying across the sky at top speed, and that’s something you’ll want your entire body to be alert for. 

Where to stay

El Nido Corner Pension & Restaurant

For an accommodation right in the main town, this place still gives guests some peace and quiet, located as it is on the far end of the main beach, on the way to Caalan beach. With rooms that don’t scrimp on space, you’ll definitely be comfortable here, even more so when you catch the sunrise from the pension’s breezy beachfront deck.

Lally and Abet Beach Hotel
Hotels and homes
8.25 km away

Tucked away in one end of the town in El Nido, Lally & Abet Beach Cottages provides each guest a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Its idyllic location is a wonderful jump-off for exploring the picturesque island of El Nido, Palawan. Accredited by the Department of Tourism of the Philippines as a special interest resort, it was established in the late 1980s, and has since become one of the more reputable resorts in El Nido town.

Spin Designer Hostel
Hotels and homes
8.40 km away

By Everyone we mean You. Whether you’re a global traveler or a seeker. A wanderer or wonderer. If you’re hungry for adventure or in need of a well- deserved break. If you’re curious, inspired, aspiring, dreaming. We welcome you to Spin Designer Hostel, home to all walks of life from all over the world. Here at Spin, like-minded strangers become friends, bonded by a search for the unique and sometimes even the weird, where sharing spaces mean sharing Yourself: your stories and experiences, the places you’ve seen and the faces you’ve met along the way. We, the Spin Team, share with you too! We give you our El Nido: this insanely beautiful group of islands, our unique culture and of course our people. The most fun-loving, warm and friendly bunch you’ll ever meet. Come spin with us and meet the world. This is #SpinLIfe!

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