The Philippines can be a little more expensive than other Asian countries, this can mean carrying around lots of extra cash or using your card more often. Unfortunately, it not always easy to find places to withdraw money in El Nido.
Only last year (2015) did El Nido get its first ATM unfortunately, that wasn’t an end to the money problems. With so many tourists visiting the town it is constantly running out of money or even just plain not working. Some of the best advice would be to make sure you bring enough money for your trips with you. Try paying for your accommodation online and factor in the costs of your excursions.
On this map, you will find the ATM located inside the El Nido Municipal Hall.
If you do find yourself low on cash and the ATM isn’t working don’t panic, there are a couple of other options.
This site is AMAZING. It lets you use any credit/debit (Visa/MasterCard) to make an online payment. You can then pick up the money at any local remittance branch. All for a fraction of the cost of Western Union.
(this is where you will pick up the money, It’s opposite the church on Real Street)
(you will need official I.D matching the name of the recipient e.g. your passport.)
Western Union these guys are finding themselves a little outdated and way overpriced. But if nothing else works you can find them on Real Street.
You can use your card at the Petron gas station. Located just outside town they will charge you at least 8%.