I booked Tour B with Kuya Leo since I was pretty much amazed and awed at the beauty of the islands of El Nido that I saw in Tour A. I was eager to see more (since there are actually four options with the island hopping).
The tour started a bit late though due to some technical problems with their boat. But with the resourcefulness of Kuya Leo, he was able to rent another boat to still accommodate his customers.
Since we started off late, we proceeded directly to Pinagbuyutan Island and had our lunch of grilled pork chops, squid and fish complimented with vegetable salad, pineapple and banana.
Pinagbuyutan Island has soft powdery white sand comparable to Boracay’s. The water is shallow for about a couple of meters from the shore and then there’s a sudden increase in depth. What captivated my attention was the emerald green color of the water and the phenomenal seascape fronting this island.
Afterwards we then proceeded to Cadugnon Cave, wherein you have to go thru a small opening among the rocks to enter. Inside you’ll see spectacular rock formation and a way to go up the limestone hill. However, according to Kuya Leo, climbing up inside the cave is now prohibited due to an accident that happened in the past. I asked our tour guide about a dug up hole that I noticed on the ground and he said that around twenty human remains that dates back probably hundreds of years back where found inside the cave. The remains are now in a museum.
Snake Island was our third destination and it was a treat to see. Two islands are connected by a long stretched of winding white sand bar and the seascape is also beautiful.
Our last destination was Ipil beach (2). According to our guides there are two beaches named Ipil and the first one is now a private property. The most spectacular thing that happened on this part of the trip was the appearance of a sea turtle. It surfaced to breathe near at the front end of our boat and since I was on the other end, I didn’t see it at all.
Along the way we passed by Lagen and Pangulasian Resorts which are known exclusive resorts in Palawan (alongside with Club Noah and Miniloc Island). We didn’t dock though and just saw them from a distance. The structures seem very luxurious and very expensive. I think I would never experience such luxury in my lifetime though I think its fine since I’ve also experienced the beauty of El Nido without spending truck loads of money.
All of these islands are beautiful and impressive though I personally prefer Tour A and above all I was impressed by the beauty of Nacpan and Calitang Beach. Nevertheless, Tour B is still worth your time and money. Tour C and Tour D would have to wait on my next visit.
Photo Credits: Pics by Frameless World