Last Updated on August 28, 2021 by Tina
When I visited El Nido in Palawan in 2018, one of the things I wanted to do was to go hiking. El Nido is famous for its beautiful beaches and island hopping activities, and I wasn’t really sure if there is any mountain I can climb. Searching the internet led me to Taraw Cliff. Some of the blogs I’ve read say that Taraw Cliff is an epic climb, perfect for the thrill-seekers, and the view atop the cliff is worth all the pain. For a moment I actually thought of doing it. In the end though I decided it’s not worth risking my life. I’ve read that there were numerous accidents in the past with some leading to deaths. And then when I was already in El Nido, I found out I can still enjoy the amazing views from Taraw Cliff in a safe way and that is by doing the Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk.
It was already my last day in El Nido when I learned about the canopy walk. I was on my way to Maremegmeg Beach a.k.a Las Cabanas Beach. It’s a few kilometers away from my hostel, Spin Designer Hostel. I hailed a tricycle to take me there and instead of telling him to take me to the beach, I asked him what else is there to explore in El Nido. He immediately suggested Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk. I don’t know anything about it because I never encountered it when I was researching Taraw Cliff but I am always up for an adventure. And so I asked him to take me there.
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Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk
The canopy walk is organized by El Nido via Ferrata Nature Interpretation & Eco-Tourism Adventure. Their office is located in downtown El Nido.
Taraw Cliff is El Nido’s highest peak. Many tourists climb it because it is one of the best viewpoints in El Nido. The good news is that you still can snap a photo and catch a bird’s eye view of the town and Bacuit Bay from Taraw Cliff in a safe way through the canopy walk.
How is the Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk?
When you avail of the canopy walk, you will be provided with a helmet and a harness. You will also be given a safety orientation and will be asked to sign a waiver. I don’t remember what the waiver is for, but I think it simply says that you had a safety orientation and that they will not be held liable in case something happens to you.
The canopy walk is super easy. It’s just a walk through stairways and a hanging bridge on your way to the cliff. The hanging bridge is about 75 meters long. I think it took me around 20 or 30 minutes to get to the view deck. Anyone can do this, and it’s a very safe way of enjoying Taraw Cliff.
If you are afraid of heights, I’d say conquering your fears is super worth it as you get a really amazing view of Bacuit Bay at the view deck. There was no Dream Catcher yet when I was there in 2018 so I can’t say anything about it or share any picture. But I’m sure it must be a cool experience as well.
One thing I loved about the canopy walk is that my guide, Alvin, is super friendly and has a lot of stories to share. He even takes nice pictures. This activity is highly recommended for solo adventurers.
Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk Rates
With Taraw Via Ferrata, you can do Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk, Dreamcatcher, or Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk with Dreamcatcher. Here are the rates:
Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk- Php 400
Dreamcatcher- Php 400
Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk with Dreamcatcher- Php 700
Rates are cheaper if you book with Klook. The Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk costs Php 340 while the Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk with Dreamcatcher is Php 595.
The fee includes a helmet, harness, and a guide.
Taraw Cliff Canopy Walk Opening Times
They are open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The whole activity usually lasts around 1 to 1-1/2 hour.
How to Get to El Nido Via Ferrata Nature Interpretation and Ecotourism Adventure Trail
The Via Ferrata Nature Interpretation and Ecotourism Adventure Trail is located in Rizal St., Brgy. Maligaya, El Nido. It is located in downtown El Nido and easily accessible by tricycle. You can also walk if you’re just staying within the downtown area. Below is a map of the El Nido Via Ferrata Canopy Walk.
Be sure to include this in your itinerary when you visit El Nido. Need more information about traveling to El Nido? Check out El Nido, Philippines Complete Travel Guide and My Six Days Solo Travel Itinerary.
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