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Port Overview

The Port of El Nido on the island of Bacuit (El Nido), the most important town on the west coast of Palawan, is situated on the east of the peninsula of which Ipil Point is the southwest extremity. The town is situated at the head of a small bay which is fringed by a drying reef and fronted by foul ground as far as 800 m off its head. A stone causeway, its outer end in ruins, is located at the west end of town where a church is a prominent landmark. Anchorage can be taken 1.6 km north of town, in depths of 15 to 16.5 m, mud, protected from all but north winds. Occasional variable squalls of hurricane force blow through the gaps in the highlands making the anchorage untenable. Vessels approach the anchorage from the west via the narrow passage between the headland and Cadlao Island.From the north, the approach lies east and southeast of this island.

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Port Location and Contact



Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

El Nido, Palawan

Port's Complete Name

Port of El Nido


11 10 51.50 N


119 23 12.39 E

Managing Company or Port Authority

Philippine Ports Authority

Management Contact Person

Elizalde M. Ulson

Acting Port Manager, PMO Palawan

+63 48 434 5626 / 434 4881

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines; Cebu Pacific Air, PAL Express, Philippines AirAsia.

Port Picture

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.

Port Performance

Seasonal Constraints


Time Frame

Rainy Season


From August to December

Major Import Campaigns



Other Comments

Typhoons may disrupt port operations.

Handling Figures for 2020

Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)

0 TEUs

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2020

Bulk (MT)

0 MT

Break bulk (MT)

85 589 MT

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following links:




Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth



Maximum Draft


Conventional Berth


50 m

5 m

Container Berth


Silo Berth


Berthing Tugs


Water Barges


General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo


Exports - Bagged Cargo


Imports and Exports - RoRo


Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

The Port of El Nido does not have port handling equipment.

Container Facilities

The Port of El Nido does not have container facilities.

Customs Guidance

The Port of El Nido handles domestic cargoes only.

For more information on customs in the Philippines, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information. 

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

The Port of El Nido Terminal has an existing terminal building with a 800 m2 open storage area.

Grain and Bulk Handling

The Port of El Nido does not have grain discharging facilities.

Main Storage Terminal

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo


Refrigerated Cargo


General Cargo

Open storage area

800 m2


The Port of El Nido TMO will provide stevedoring.

Hinterland Information

The Port of El Nido does not have commercial transporters and warehouses.

Port Security

The PPA TMO El Nido manages the deployment of security services within the port premises.


ISPS Compliant


Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

Level 1

Police Boats

Coast Guard / PNP Maritime Command

Fire Engines

LGU fire trucks

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