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
10.11 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

El Nido Island Tours
Island hopping
0.01 km away

  • Discover the clear waters of Miniloc Island, where you will find three breathtaking lagoons
  • Soak up the sun and relax on the white sand beaches of Shimizu island
  • Relish a delcious grilled lunch on the beach
  • Snorkel in the pristine waters of Seven Commando beach, and get a chance to see a few sea turtles!

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
8.92 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

Garden Bay Beach Resort
Hotels and homes
7.40 km away

Garden Bay Beach Resort is set in a private bay 1,500 m north of the bustling El Nido town. With 1 ha of tropical gardens, it is surrounded by forest and has its own sandy beach. Birdlife and butterflies abound. No motorbikes or vehicles can be heard. Guests can walk 20 minutes to the resort around the coastal path or local tricycles can be arranged to assist you. With its clean, sandy beach, the shallow bay is fringed by a coral shelf into deeper water for snorkeling. The stunning island views, sea breezes and sunsets can be enjoyed from your own beach side hammock under huge shade trees, or from the fully stocked beach bar. Kayaks are available for rent.

Sun Valley Inn
Hotels and homes
7.77 km away

Strategically located at Barangay Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan, this inn is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable 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.

Getting there and around

New Ibajay, El Nido, Palawan

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