I booked Tandikan by calling Jane (owner) directly from a contact number I found online. First of, Jane is a very friendly and reassuring host. Upon arrival in El Nido bus terminal, we took a tricycle (50 pesos for the whole trike) for the 10 minutes ride to Tandikan.
Location is perfect as it’s a beach front property. The duplex accommodation which have two family rooms are directly facing the ocean with a balcony, whereas 4 room have doors and windows facing the duplex but there’s a balcony at the end - the last room – facing the beach and shared by the 4 rooms, so whether you’re on the last room or the first, you’ll get to enjoy the view of Bacuit Bay on the balcony.
Rooms – small but clean and with ensuite toilet/shower. Large bed enough for two, a table, an electric fan, if you need an airconditioned room, you get to pay a higher rate. Fan room is 600, the last room beside the balcony is 700, aircon rooms are 1,200. Common Area – have big TV, but who needs to watch TV when you can watch the happenings and the breath-taking view of the bay on the balcony. Towels provided.
Staff – Janice and Jonjon – are very polite and friendly. Ask them for hot water for your coffee and they’re happy to oblige. You can book the boat tours (A, B & C) with Jane.
Aside from the good-natured staff and owner, the best thing about the place is its location, you needn’t walk far as the cleanest part of the beach without seaweeds or murky water is just in front of Tandikan, walk 50 meters on the left and it’s a bit rocky and shallow, whereas some meters on the right near the port and the water is a bit greasy and murky from the big boats and ferries docking on the port. Also, tour boats anchors in front of the place, so no need to walk far. Ministores are on the street side entrance of Tandikan, where you can buy some grocers stuff. Restaurants too are few strides away.
The place is quiet, no noisy groups, but if you’re looking for a happening place, it may not be for you, although there are couple of bars and restaurants that serve beers and liquors couple of minutes walk away like Seaslugs, Habibi, Ric Son’s, OG’s Restobar on the left while El Nido Corner is on the far right end of the beach.
Thermos for hot water is delivered anytime you need it for your coffee or tea, there’s a coffee sachet free every morning.
Clean place, budget-friendly room rates, friendly owner and staff, Tandikan is value for money.
- Also Known As:
- Tandikan Beach Cottages El Nido, Palawan Island