Swimjunkie Challenge: EL NIDO 2019

El Nido, Palawan
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Swimjunkie Challenge: EL NIDO 2019
Sunday, May 26, 2019 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Philippine time)

El Nido
Lio Tourism Estate
El Nido, Palawan 5313

Map and Directions

One of the world's most beautiful islands awaits...

If Palawan has been called "The Most Beautiful Island in the World", El Nido is known as the gateway to some of its most beautiful sights. It acts as the jump off point of boat tours to lagoons, hidden beaches, teeming reefs, and secluded island resorts. 

The Lio township is our race venue-host and is Ayala Land's first tourism estate, designed for ecological sustainability. Lio Beach is 10 minutes away from the Lio Airport Terminal and is 20 minutes away from El Nido town. Three Lio resorts are open exclusively for Swimjunkie Challenge racers, all are within walking distance of the start and finish line (Casa Kalaw, Balai Adlao, Hotel Covo). El Nido Cove Resort is also an accommodations partner and is less than 10 minutes away. Lio resort guests can also avail of discounts on flights direct to El Nido care of AirSwift.

Registration Period: December 1, 2018 - (Extended!) April 5, 2019

P3,300 early race registration fee   NOW P3,600
8Km: P3,600 early race registration fee NOW P4,000

* Expect a P350 processing fee to be charged by the registration platform.

Where to Stay: Lio Resorts (Casa Kalaw, Balai Adlao, El Nido Cove, Hotel Covo) 

Race kit pick-up Saturday, May 25, 2pm-5pm Lio Tourism Estate

Briefing:  Saturday, May 25, 5:30pm, Lio Tourism Estate 

Body-Marking : Sunday 5:15am, Lio Tourism Estate

Race Start: Sunday 6:00am, Lio Tourism Estate

Located at the very north end of Palawan island, El Nido was for a time considered a remote destination. These are the ways to get to the town. 


Taking a plane from Manila to El Nido is the fastest and the most comfortable way to get to El Nido.  
AirSWIFT is the only airlines that lands at and departs from El Nido airport. The airport is 10 minutes away from race central. Racers who are booked at Lio Resorts can avail of a big discount on regular airfare - from a P12,000 roundtrip (Manila) ticket to P9,000 plus a terminal fee. (EDIT: the final airfare rate provided by AirSwift for 2019 is P10,500 all in; as announced from January to March 2019 on our racer update emails and our official event page)


Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily flights to the Puerto Princesa International Airport. Ticket prices vary, P4,500 to 8,000+ for a round trip from Manila. ** The flight prices indicated here are based on December 2018 rates.

From the Puerto Princesa airport you can ride one of the many vans making the trip to El Nido (P500-700 per person).
You can also book a private van for about P6,000 so there's no need to wait for other passengers or feel cramped while sharing space with 8-9 other people.

The van ride is the fastest land transportation option to El Nido BUT, it can take 5 to 6 hours! When you arrive in El Nido your private van can drop you off at your resort. If you are in a shared van, from your drop off points hail a tricycle to get to your town resort. If you are staying at a Lio Resort, you can take a tricycle to the Ten Knots office in El Nido and a shuttle will take you the rest of the way. 

This is a Swimjunkie Challenge race. Managed by Swimjunkie Swimming Inc.

For more details on this event.: Swimjunkie Challenge: EL NIDO 2019 on Facebook.

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