There are four options that you can take when you go island hopping in El Nido. The tour price ranges from P700-P900($16-$20)/person inclusive of lunch, tour guide and boat rental. Typically, it takes 7-8 hours to visit all the islands in each tour and I think this is enough time to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.
Tour A: Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Simizu Island, Seven Commando
Tour B: Pangalusian Island, Snake Island, Cadugnon Cave, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cathedral Cover
Tour C: Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Star Beach, Tapiutan Strait
Tour D: Cadlao Lagoon, Helicopter Island, Paradise Beach, Natnat Beach, Bucal Island
Last Tuesday, I went island hopping (Tour A) to see the beauty of the neighbouring islands. I never thought that I signed up for a big surprise. The islands are so gorgeous that I’m thinking of cancelling my trip and stay here in paradise.
Small Lagoon, El Nido
Our first destination was the Small Lagoon. The boat docked near a small opening where you would have to swim to get inside. It’s a nice, calm body of emerald, clear water.
Big Lagoon, El Nido
Afterwards, we then went to the Big Lagoon which is being taken cared of by the Miniloc Island management. There’s a small floating platform inside where a private romantic dinner for two is usually being held. According to our boatman, there used to be a dugong in that area but due to lack of funds, the management decided to transfer the dugong to another location.
Secret Lagoon, El NIdo
We had lunch on our next destination. The beach where you can find the Secret Lagoon is definitely my favourite among all the islands that we went to. Just like the small lagoon, you have to go thru a small hole on the rocks to see the secret lagoon. Nothing much to see inside but it’s nice to relax there especially if the beach gets crowded with tourists.
Shimitzu Island, El Nido
After lunch we then went to Shimizu Island to snorkel. Too bad my underwater camera stopped working a couple of weeks ago and I wasn’t able to capture the amazing variety of fishes and other sea creatures that I saw. The coral seemed to have been destroyed though by constant dropping of anchor in the area but the good thing is, there’s still an abundance of fishes around. I even saw some cuttlefishes and sea slugs and of course I saw Nemo (clownfish).
Seven Commando, El Nido
Seven Commando was our last destination. After being under the hot sun for more than six hours, my skin seemed to be complaining already. But of course, I didn’t mind it and still basked under the sun, walked around to explore the vicinity and snorkelled afterwards to cool off. Seven Commando has a long stretch of white sand and clear water and everyone who visits this place will definitely be mesmerized by its beauty.
If you have ample time and budget, I suggest that you go thru all the island hopping activity. Don’t be afraid to bargain hard because some boatmen do give discounts especially to their repeat customers.
Photo Credits: Pics by Frameless World