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El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

1. El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

Spend a perfect day island-hopping in paradise. After pickup from your accommodation in downtown El Nido, you'll head to Carong-Carong beach for the necessary tour briefing and registration. By 9:00 AM, you'll be on your way to various destinations on Bacuit Bay.  Your day will include 4 stops in all: start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in the jagged rock walls. Continue on to Shimizu Island, a gorgeous beach with crystal-clear waters. Then, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand. Your last stop will be the Big Lagoon. If you've booked far enough in advance, you'll be guaranteed entrance to this Lagoon, one of three premium stops designated by the local government—entrance is restricted to just 700 people per day. By midday, make a stop to enjoy a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. Head back to Carong-Carong by approximately 4:00 PM. 

From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

2. From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

Discover the islands around El Nido on a full-day island hopping tour from Puerto Princesa. Explore the area's most picturesque sites, including the Secret and Big Lagoons, and replenish your energy with a sumptuous BBQ lunch. Choose the private option to have your own exclusive experience, allowing for more flexibility and customization.  Begin your tour bright and early with pickup from your hotel in downtown Puerto Princesa at around 4 AM and head straight toward El Nido. Rest during the approximately 5-hour journey, and make a short stop to stretch your legs and buy some food. Upon arrival in the resort town of El Nido, you'll be dropped off near the jump-off point. Have breakfast at one of the several restaurants before boarding your boat, if you like. To fully enjoy the activity, rental of gears and kayak are already included in the package. Set sail on your island hopping activity by 9 AM and make up to 5 stops in all. Depending on the assigned route, you will start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in jagged rock walls. Continue on to Shimizu Island, a gorgeous beach with crystal-clear waters. Then, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand, before making your last stop at the Big Lagoon. By midday, pause your island hopping to savor a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. The island hopping activity ends at around 4 PM, at which point you'll be dropped off back at the wharf where you'll head back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa. Prior to going back to Puerto Princesa, you can enjoy dinner in El Nido. At 6 PM, get back on the road to your hotel, which you should reach by midnight.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Our tour guide Alvin was the best. He helped us take our beautiful photos, carried our stuff and gave us a lot of insight about the islands. I would really recommend the private tour, it avoids crowds and you get a more tailored experience. The food was amazing and well presented, it was unfortunate that we couldn’t finish it all as there was only 4 of us. If you can only do one tour, make sure it’s Tour A - lots of activities and beautiful sights. I would recommend to bring a lot of sunscreen and sun safe accessories as you can easily burn without noticing because you are having a lot of fun.

Amazing experience. Pick up transportation from Puerto Princesa to El Nido was smooth, driver picked us up from our hotel at the exact time given and got us there safely after a 5 hour drive. Tour guides Jason and Nathan on the Marielle boat really put an effort in making sure we enjoyed the tour. They were very friendly, accommodating and our family enjoyed our conversations with them.

The most beautiful tour I have been on In the Philippines. Would for sure do it again. Even though it was raining at times the sun came out at perfect times.

I loved this tour. Such an amazing part of the world to explore. Our guides Jason & Nathan were excellent as were the whole crew.

Trip was great. Went a lot longer than I expected. The guys in the boat avoided crowds. Very pleased.