Where to get WiFi in El Nido, Palawan? Short answer: DON’T EVEN TRY. Wifi is rarer than flying pigs.
Luckily, after much frustration in El Nido, I can present some possible options of Wifi in El Nido. Note: the internet is beyond horrible in the Philippines. This is the best option available.
In this time and age, the internet is the most important, especially when it comes to digital nomads. As much as the Philippines is a great place to be, with the beaches and sunshine, it is the worst place for digital nomads. The Philippines has the worst internet speed in Southeast Asia. It makes life a lot tougher when you are trying to send an email or upload a picture. Below, you will find some options for usable Wifi in El Nido.
Café with the best WiFi in El Nido
By best, it is relative. Best wifi compared to the entire El Nido.
Artcafe has bad WiFi
If you do some quick google search, they will tell you “Artcafe in El Nido has good wifi”. Guess what! IT IS A WHOLE LOAD OF BULLSHIT. Artcafe has wifi so terrible that it is shocking.
This is the wifi for Artcafe. After 2 more tries of checking the internet speed, it was so low that the test would not run. To put things into perspective, the download and upload in my home are 111mbps and 112mbps respectively. We promptly left the famous “Artcafe” and onwards to hunt for more wifi.
Good Wifi in El Nido
So Wifi in El Nido is rare. We popped into many cafes looking for Wifi but they do not provide wifi. For instance, Gusto, the ice cream place, is said to have good wifi too. But they stopped providing wifi.
It started to pour and we entered this café for shelter. Turns out, they have extremely decent (relatively) internet! The pages load and you are able to send and receive emails. It might take some time, but work can be done!
As you can see, it is not the best figures for pings and internet speed. But comparing to Artcafe as above, it is a lot better. You could do basic stuff like surfing websites and sending mails. I even used apple chat support on this internet! It may be slow but works fine.
Café with Best Wifi in El Nido
Name: Café Caalan
Address: Calle Hama, Barangray Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan
Operating Hours: 8am – 10pm, daily
Download Speed: 0.22mbps
Upload Speed: 0.78mbps
Mid-range Accommodation with the best WiFi in El Nido
Every travel adventure is actually a first-hand research on the best practices of the countries and share it with the world. We stayed in 4 accommodations in El Nido to find out which has the best value, best bed, best wifi and best price. Let’s talk about the best wifi here.
We stayed in this place called Cliffside Cottage in El Nido. It is on the main street, about 6min walk from the beach. The place is not the most fantastic in terms of noise from the road, bed, pillow, towels or even toilet. But man, the internet is actually goooood!
The internet router is just outside the rooms so you get stable internet from your rooms. The downside is that the place suffers from blackout way too often. Sometimes they last for 15min and other times, few hours. Nonetheless, it is your best bet to get stable internet for that price.
Accommodation with Best Wifi in El Nido
Name: Cliffside Cottages
Address: Rizal St, El Nido, Palawan
Download Speed: 5.29mbps
Upload Speed: 4.62mbps
Do share other good wifi places in El Nido if you experience them!