|Municipality of El Nido (Baquit)|
|Location of El Nido in the province of Palawan|
|District:||1. District of Palawan|
|Income class :||1st income bracket|
May 1, 2000 census
August 1, 2015 census
|Population density :||45.1 inhabitants per km²|
|Area :||923.26 km²|
|Postal code :||5313|
|Mayor :||Nieves Rosento|
|Geographical location in the Philippines|
El Nido (Baquit) in North Palawan / Philippines is a small fishing and port town with 41,606 inhabitants (as of August 1, 2015). The name El Nidos comes from the many swallow nests (span. Nide / nido) that are collected in the surrounding caves for swallow's nest soup . In the community there are campuses of Western Philippines University and Palawan State University .
There are daily flights to Manila and Cebu City from El Nido Airport . There are ferry connections to Manila via Coron (Palawan) , and Bangkas run daily to Coron. Taytay , Roxas and Puerto Princesa can be reached via the Palawan Highway by buses and jeepneys .
Tourism plays an essential role. There is a dense infrastructure with accommodation, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. Since October 2015 the place also has an ATM. Only 12% of those passing through stay in town for a few days, the majority of tourists go to the resorts on the offshore islands. Day trips with an outrigger boat in the local style ( Bangka ) lead to the Bacuit Archipelago with its islands and beaches, to Cadlao Island with a 609 m high summit, to Pinagbuyutan Island with a lonely beach and a 370 m high, almost vertically sloping limestone rock as well to Vigan Island (Snake Island) with a serpentine sandbar.
Underwater world in the Bacuit Archipelago
In 1998 the area in the Bacuit Archipelago off El Nido in the South China Sea was declared a marine protection zone. The coral reef top was destroyed in many places by the cyanide fishery . The condition is exacerbated by hundreds of crowns of thorns ( Acanthaster planci ), which are rare in such an accumulation. Since the conch ( Charonia tritonis ) (actually strictly protected according to the Washington Convention on Endangered Species ) is the only natural enemy of the crown of thorns and is very popular with locals as a delicacy and also a tourist souvenir, its decline is partly responsible for this massive expansion. In some reef sections on the channel-facing sides of Tapiutan Island and Matinloc Island there are still schools of fusiliers and other colorful coral fish . The corals are still largely intact here, but the first crowns of thorns are also spreading here. The El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area was established in 1998 to protect biodiversity .
- PH.Rappler.com: 2016 Election Results: Mayor, El Nido. Retrieved April 24, 2017 .