DISCOVER TARAW CLIFF IN EL NIDO!
Hiking to the top of Taraw Cliff for sunrise is one of the best things to do in El Nido! This one is for the thrill-seekers who are not afraid of heights and not afraid to break a sweat, for you will experience both of these things when embarking on the 45-minute hike to Taraw Peak!
I have put together this guide of Taraw Cliff including where it is, finding a guide and my own experience hiking to the summit of Taraw Peak for sunrise!
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WHERE IS TARAW CLIFF
Taraw Cliff, also referred to as Taraw Peak, is located right in the heart of El Nido town. You can’t miss it because it’s the most dominant mountain in the area and completely visible from practically everywhere in town.
If your accommodation is somewhere along the bayfront or in town, it’s no more than a 10-minute walk to reach the starting point of Taraw Cliff El Nido.
FINDING A GUIDE FOR TARAW PEAK
Having a guide with you for the Taraw Cliff hike is something I highly recommend because they know this mountain like the back of their hands. The trail would not be easy to navigate on your own and having a guide to show you the safest way to the top is imperative.
To find a guide to hike Taraw Peak you can ask around some of the tour desks in town to see if there are any guides available.
Alternatively, you can contact the guys from The Couch El Nido on Facebook. Simply send them a message and organise your adventure preferably a day or two before you plan to hike Taraw Peak.
The cost of a guide to hike Taraw Peak is around 500 pesos.
Selfies at Taraw Peak El Nido
View from Taraw CLiff
MY EXPERIENCE HIKING TARAW CLIFF
I contacted the guys at The Couch El Nido to organise my Taraw Peak adventure one day before. After chatting with them over facebook, I was told to meet my guide at 4:30 am the following morning at Midtown Bakery.
The sun rises at around 5:30 am in El Nido and the Taraw Cliff climbing takes approximately 45-minutes.
If you’re not an early riser, you can choose your own time to start the hike to Taraw Peak, though I strongly advise the earlier the better as it gets very hot and humid as soon as the sun is up.
At 4:30 am sharp I met with my guide Jeo and another fellow traveler from Israel. It was still pitch black at this time and so we were given head torches and a pair of gloves. I was a bit questionable as to why we needed the gloves but soon realised why.
There is no easing into the hike and I broke out in a sweat almost instantly as we started to scale the mountain, following in Jeo’s footsteps. I use the word ‘hike’ lightly as it was more of a scramble most of the way up and I needed to use my hands to hold on to the rocks for balance. That’s where the gloves came in handy.
The trail to the top of Taraw Cliff El Nido consists mostly of sharp jagged limestone rocks and two almost vertical sections that require climbing. At this point, I was more than happy to have Jeo guiding the way to show me exactly where to place my feet and hands to reach Taraw Peak safely.
Jagged rocks on the Taraw Peak Hike
All-time adventure at Taraw Cliff
The almost vertical wall at Taraw Cliff
AT THE SUMMIT OF TARAW CLIFF
We arrived at the summit of Taraw Peak drenched from head to toe in sweat but we were graced with the phenomenal view of Bacuit Bay and El Nido town, instantly drawing our attention away from the hurt.
From what I know, the highest point of Taraw Cliff is around 250m above ground level and the knee-jittering drops on either side of the peak sure do prove that.
If you aren’t comfortable with heights, you can safely sit around in the center of Taraw Peak away from the edges and enjoy the panoramic views in front of you.
As the sun was rising I continued to explore the area on top of Taraw Cliff, looking for different angles and perspectives to shoot. I couldn’t find much in my efforts and to be honest, the best view is the one that overlooks the bay.
When the sun was finally shining, it really showed the true beauty of El Nido, the distant islands and the surrounding mountains that envelop the township. Though it didn’t take long for the temperatures to start rising so I took a few more keep-sake photos before we started our descent down Taraw Cliff.
The way down took just as long as coming up and required full concentration. We all made it back down safely without a scratch and it was hi-fives all around!
If you’re looking for an epic adventure that doesn’t require the use of a boat, hiking Taraw Cliff El Nido is a well-worthy addition to your El Nido itinerary!
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Marveling at the Taraw Cliff view
Sunrise at Mt Taraw El Nido
Viewpoint at Taraw Peak El Nido
Chilling with the boys at Taraw Cliff
Sitting on the throne at Taraw Cliff
Taraw Cliff sunrise
El Nido Taraw Cliff
TARAW CLIFF CANOPY WALK
There is another alternative to get an elevated view of El Nido Bay which is the Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk.
This particular viewpoint is positioned at a lower section of Taraw Cliff which has better safeguards and features a Ferrata making it easier to get to the top.
In my opinion, the view from the Canopy Walk Viewdeck isn’t as impressive as the official Taraw Peak El Nido, though it is an option for those who are looking for a worry-free experience for this activity.
Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk consists of steel cable rails fixed to the rock, metal steps, a suspension bridge and zip wires. Visitors will also be provided with a helmet and harness as extra precautions.
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WHERE TO STAY NEAR TARAW CLIFF
El Nido has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay near Taraw Cliff El Nido to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Lagùn Hotel
Lagùn Hotel is one of the best and most modern hotel near Taraw Cliff in El Nido featuring an outdoor swimming pool, terrace, restaurant, bar and free wifi throughout the property. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen tv, wardrobe, work desk, fridge, kettle, private bathroom and some with a balcony. A buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families and friends.
Mid Range: Sea Cocoon Hotel
I personally stayed at Sea Cocoon Hotel and can’t recommend this place enough! Located right in the heart of El Nido near Taraw Cliff and just minutes walk to the beach. Sea Cocoon Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, terrace, restaurant, bar and a shared lounge. The rooms are spacious and modern with air-conditioning, large comfy beds, wardrobe, balcony and private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Affordable place to stay for couples, families and friends!
Budget: One Hostel El Nido
One Hostel is one of the best budget accommodations near Taraw Peak El Nido with great reviews! Centrally located and walking distance to the bus terminal, shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and beaches. There are dorm rooms, double rooms and quadruple rooms available with air-conditioning. The Hostel also has free wifi and a shared lounge area for guests to hang out. Perfect place to stay in El Nido for solo travelers, couples and friends!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR EL NIDO
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF TARAW CLIFF
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