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Which is the best El Nido Tour? – A, B or C (a Photo Guide)

By: Author MC Miller

Posted on Last updated: September 23, 2020

Categories Philippines , Travel Blog Post

El Nido is a tropical paradise popular for romantic beach getaways in the Philippines and home to 45 stunning islands which can be reached on a boat tour.

Tour companies all over town advertise A, B & C island hopping tours. We had so many questions.

But which El Nido tour is the best? What are the best islands to visit in El Nido?

So we decided to stay in El Nido a little longer to do all the tours available.

Which El Nido Tour? – A, B or C (a Photo Guide)

We categorised the tours into the Iconic Lagoon Tour, the White Sand Beaches & Caves tour and the Snorkelling tour.

Read on to see what each tour has to offer (with lots of photos) so you can decide which tour to do first!

Or, jump straight to a tour here:

  • Tour A – Iconic Lagoon Tour
  • Tour B – White Sand Beaches & Caves
  • Tour C – Snorkelling Tour
  • Which El Nido Tour Operator?
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Tour A – The Iconic Lagoons

When you think of El Nido you probably think of the iconic Lagoons – the big lagoon and the small lagoon. If this is what you are interested in, pick Tour A.

If we had time for only one tour in El Nido, this would be it. The landscapes & the lagoons are something unique to El Nido and something that you simply do not see elsewhere.

The tour costs 1200 PHP per person ($22 USD).

Tips for Tour A:

  • If you want to hire a go pro, save it for Tour C, there is not a lot of snorkeling on Tour A;
  • Hiring/buying reef shoes is a necessity. You can hire a pair for 100 PHP per person on the beach before you depart;
  • El Nido is an ocean friendly town so no plastic water bottles are allowed on the boat. Bring a reuseable water bottle for water.

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Small Lagoon

The first destination on the El Nido Tour A is the Small Lagoon. An absolutely stunning turquoise lagoon.

Here, you have the choice of swimming into the Lagoon or kayaking (costs 300 PHP per kayak).

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We highly recommend hiring a kayak as it would be extremely tiring swimming and you likely would not get to experience the full extent of the small lagoon.

Next stop was Big Lagoon – our favourite spot in El Nido and the most instagrammable place in El Nido in our opinion.

Like Small Lagoon, you have the choice of swimming into the Lagoon or kayaking (costs 300 PHP per kayak).

If you choose to swim you probably won’t have access to some of the best parts of the lagoon.

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Secret Lagoon

After exploring the Big Lagoon, we got to visit the Secret Lagoon.

We loved that Tour A is action packed and includes lots of adventure activities such as crawling through a little hole to get to the beach on the other side.

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The water at this lagoon was not as spectacular or impressive as the previous spots we had visited but we loved the adventure of accessing the lagoon.

El Nido Tour A - Secret Lagoon

Shimizu Island

After all this activity it is time for lunch on the beautiful Shimizu Island.

If you have a drone, Shimizu Island is the perfect place for a drone shot.

For lunch, we ate a delicious array of food prepared by the Umi Travel crew consisting of grilled fish, pork, prawns, vegetables and fruit. Yummo!

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Seven Commando Beach

The final stop on Tour A is Seven Commando Beach.

This beach is a stunning strip of sand dotted with little beach huts to relax in as well as vendors selling various cool beverages for you to enjoy.

It is possible to use your snorkel at seven commando beach.

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Tour B – Outstanding Beaches & Caves

If you are staying a little longer in El Nido, we highly recommend taking Tour B with Umi Travel & Tours – the beaches & caves on Tour B are just outstanding!

If you want to witness beautiful beaches, pick Tour B.

The tour costs 1300 PHP per person ($24 USD).

*** Note: Same Tips for Tour A (above) apply to Tour B.

Entalula Island

The first stop of the day was Entalula Island.

They don’t call Tour B ‘The Beach Tour’ for no reason. Entalula Island is the most beautiful beach with crystal clear water and white sand.

There is also super cool large rock formations on this island.

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Snorkeling at Popolkan Island

Tour B is not considered ‘The Snorkeling Tour’ however, we did experience some great snorkeling at our next stop – Popolkan Island.

Snorkeling is absolutely fabulous all over the Philippines – the coral is vibrantly coloured and the fish are plentiful.

Snake Island

After a refreshing snorkel, the next stop of the day is Snake Island.

Luckily, snake island is not called snake island due to the snakes that live on the island but due to the snake shaped sandbar that joins one end of the island to the other.

We were very excited to visit snake island to get a drone shot of the sand bar however, it was high tide when we visited. Regardless, snake island was absolutely stunning and we got to see many orange starfish lining the beach.

A delicious lunch (same as Tour A) is served at snake island.

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Cudugnon Cave

We love adventuring so we were happy to hear Tour B included a secret cave – Cudugnon Cave.

The cave involved entering through a tight hole and climbing. The guides at Umi Travel & Tours were quite helpful in this regard and helped us every step of the way through the cave.

An interesting fact about the cave is it was used by the Japanese during WWII to store treasure and was only discovered just recently.

The beach directly next to the cave is beautiful too. The good thing about Tour B is that it is less popular than Tours A & C so fewer people are at each destination.

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Pinabuyutan Island

This was our favourite island of the day. It was so picture perfect.

At one end of the island is a palm tree lined beach and the other end of the island is the cutest Instagram-worthy house where a local family live.

If you feel like a drink, vendors kayak to the island to sell beer, soft drinks and ice cream.

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Tour C – The Snorkeling Tour

If you love to snorkel then Tour C is the Tour for you. Many debate whether Tour A or C is better in El Nido as these are the two most popular Tours.

We preferred Tour A at a pinch (for the iconic factor) but Tour C proved pretty awesome too! If you have the time we strongly encourage you to do both!

The fish & marine life we saw on Tour C was world class.

The tour costs 1400 PHP per person ($22 USD). The boat travels the furthest away from El Nido on Tour C and hence it is the most expensive tour.

Tips for Tour C:

  • If you want to hire/bring a go pro, this is your tour!
  • Hiring/buying reef shoes is a necessity. You can hire them for 100 PHP per person.

Matinloc Shrine

Matinloc Shrine is usually a stop on Tour C but the team at Umi Travel & Tours were fabulous – they gave the day trippers the choice whether to visit the shrine or go snorkeling.

The people on the boat choose to skip the shrine and go snorkeling instead. A decision well made as the snorkeling was absolutely unbelievable in this area.

It is also a great place for epic photos on the front of the boat. The crew was very happy to oblige with some ‘couple goal’ shots for us.

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Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach was one of the coolest places we saw on Tour C. If you have a drone, get it ready for hidden beach, the shot is most certainly a winner.

From where the boat docks, you must swim in to find the hidden beach located within.

As it was low tide when we arrived it was quite easy and we were able to walk most of the way in to hidden beach.

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Helicopter Island

Another fabulous view from the sky is Helicopter Island.

Helicopter Island is also a nice place to go snorkeling off the beach. The best spots for snorkeling were at both ends of the island.

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Talisay Beach

During Tour C, lunch was served at Talisay Beach. It wasn’t our favourite beach of the day.

However, it was a very relaxing place to enjoy the delicious lunch prepared.

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Secret Beach

Another awesome place to visit during Tour C is secret beach. This would also be an epic drone shot as from the sky it vaguely resembles a love heart. Unfortunately our drone had lost power by this time of the day – bring extra batteries!

Much like Secret Lagoon, you are required to jump out of the boat and access Secret Beach through a little hole.

At high tide, it can be a little more difficult to access and you must dive underwater to enter.

Fortunately we arrived during low tide and accessing the secret beach was relatively easy.

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So which is the best El Nido Tour?

That’s a hard question because we loved them all. We definitely recommend doing all three if you have the time but if you have ONLY enough time for one tour we would personally recommend Tour A.

Our Tour Company – Umi Travel & Tours

For all three of our El Nido Tours we went with Umi Travel & Tours. The staff were fun, professional and made sure we were safe the entire time during the 3 day adventure.

We met Sheen from Umi Travel & Tours who informed us that we would really be missing out to choose just one tour. And she was right! All three of the Tours in El Nido are equally fabulous and have different benefits to offer.

We also appreciate that they serve an absolutely delicious lunch consisting of grilled fish, chicken, pork, prawns, grilled vegetables, rich & fruit.

We would highly recommend this company for a tour in El Nido.

Umi Travel and Tours Hama Street, Barangay Masagana Zone 3 El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

You can find more information at  Umi Travel and Tours   website . You can also them on  Facebook &   Twitter , and Instagram .

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Where to Stay in El Nido?

We stayed at  Sea Cocoon  during our time in El Nido and loved it. You can read more about our stay and see pictures  here !

There are so many fabulous places to stay in El Nido. Search & book with this discount link and save $20 off your stay!

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We hope this helped you plan your El Nido island tour! If you have anything to add or need some advice, leave a comment below!

Save this ‘El Nido Tour Guide’ to Pinterest so you can find it again later!

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We were guests of Umi Travel & Tours. However, that does not impact our opinion. As always, all opinions are own own.

MC Miller

MC Miller is a travel blogger and writer who has travelled America extensively and abroad to over 80 countries. He founded Couple Travel The World in 2017. Since then, he has spent over 6 years on the road as a full time travel couple. When he not traveling he likes to spend quality time with his partner Bett, planning our their next date or romantic getaway!

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A Guide to El Nido Island Hopping Tours

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El Nido Island Hopping Tours offer a unique and unforgettable experience to explore the stunning landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and hidden gems of the islands of Bacuit Bay, Palawan. Tour A, B, C, and D are the most popular island hopping tours in Bacuit Bay, Palawan. Tour A takes you to the lagoons and beaches of Miniloc Island, Tour B to the caves and beautiful beaches, Tour C to the hidden coves and beaches of Matinloc Island, and Tour D to the lesser known lesser known beaches of Cadlao Island. Let's explore the different individual tours and determine which one best suits your needs.

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El nido island hopping tours, el nido tour a.

  • Departure Time: between 8.30-9.00am
  • Departure point: El Nido town
  • Attractions: Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and Seven Commandos Beach
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Tour A is offered daily and can be booked as a shared or private boat tour
  • Bangka outrigger boat can fit 12, 15, or 25 passengers, depending on availability.
  • Kayak rentals are available for both the entire tour or just for the Big Lagoon

Swimming at Big Lagoon El Nido, Palawan

El Nido’s Big Lagoon is a stunning natural wonder surrounded by towering limestone cliffs , making it the most photographed attraction in Bacuit Bay. If you’re planning a trip to El Nido, the Big Lagoon is a must-visit destination that should not be missed.

Access to the Big Lagoon is via a shallow but large channel, which can accommodate several outrigger boats at the same time. During low tide, visitors can walk or kayak through the channel. Once inside the lagoon, visitors can enjoy a natural swimming hole with emerald green waters, surrounded by massive and towering karst walls.

It’s important to note that access to the Big Lagoon is limited to a certain number of visitors per day. To secure your slot to the Big Lagoon, it’s recommended to Book Tour A in advance.

Secret Lagoon

Aerial view of Secret Lagoon in El Nido, Miniloc Island, Philippines

The Secret Lagoon of Miniloc Island may not be a secret anymore, but it remains one of the most popular attractions in El Nido. Concealed behind karst limestone cliffs , the Secret Lagoon offers a hidden world waiting to be explored.

To access the Secret Lagoon, visitors must scramble or swim through a tiny crevice on the rock’s face, depending on the tide. Once inside, visitors are treated to stunning views of emerald shallow waters and unique rock formations that make for perfect photo opportunities.

Shimizu Island

Shimizu Island, El Nido Bacuit bay, Palawan, Philippines

Shimizu Island is renowned for being one of the top snorkeling spots in El Nido, thanks to the diverse range of corals and marine life that can be found here. With its towering limestone rock walls and pristine white sandy beach, Shimizu Island is the perfect place to stop for a picnic lunch during your island-hopping adventure.

Named after a Japanese diver who lost his life while exploring an underwater cave here, Shimizu Island has become a popular stopover for boats doing the Tour A circuit around Miniloc Island.

7 Commandos Beach

Scenic view of 7 Commandos Beach

Seven Commandos Beach is the ultimate beach paradise in El Nido, with its high cliffs sheltering the whitest sand and crystal-clear water that you can imagine. The sunsets here are breathtaking and are not to be missed.

Although this isolated beach is located on the mainland, it can only be accessed by boat due to the mountainous terrain. It has become a popular stop on island hopping Tour A , and is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to El Nido.

Named after a stranded fishing vessel, Seven Commandos Beach has a fascinating history. When the vessel was repaired and left the beach, locals discovered a huge stone engraved with the words “7 Commandos,” which they believed was the name of the vessel

Map of El Nido Tour A Island Hopping

El Nido Tour A by Shared Boat

Day trip to El Nido's Big Lagoon with private boat

El Nido Tour A by Private Boat

El nido tour b.

  • Attractions: Snake Island Sandbar, Cudugnon and Cathedral Caves, Entaluala Island and Popolkan Island
  • Tour B is offered daily and can be booked as a shared or private boat tour

Snake Island

Panoramic view of Snake Island from the view point

Snake Island, also known as Vigan Island, is one of the must-visit destinations on El Nido’s Island Hopping Tour B. The island gets its name from its S-shaped sandbar , which connects it to the mainland.

The unique shape of the sandbar allows visitors to walk through it during low tide, making for a memorable experience. You can also splash around in the shallow waters on both sides of the sandbar.

For those who love a good hike, Snake Island also offers a trek to a stunning viewing point at the top. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the white sand stretching out like a long tongue, winding its way along the island.

Cudugnon Cave

Beach at Cudugnon Cave El Nido, Palawan

Cudugnon Cave is another popular attraction on Island Hopping Tour B in El Nido. This cave is believed to have been a burial site during the Neolithic period, and artifacts and human bones have been discovered inside.

To enter the cave, you’ll need to squeeze through a small rocky hole, but once inside, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking rock formations and high ceilings. The cave roof’s crevices are home to swiftlets (known as Balinsasayaw) and bats.

Just a few steps away from the cave’s entrance, you’ll find a secluded white sand beach where you can relax in a peaceful environment after exploring the cave.

Cathedral Cave

Aerial View of Cathedral Cave, El Nido

El Nido is not just famous for its stunning beaches and lagoons but also boasts some amazing caves that are often overlooked by tourists. One of the most awe-inspiring caves is the Cathedral Cave, located on Pinasil Island, just a boat ride away from Cudugnon Cave.

Although it may not look impressive from afar, as you get closer, you’ll be amazed by the huge cavern with an opening even higher than the Underground River . The cave is navigable by boat and has spectacular rock formations and a high ceiling that resembles a cathedral.

The cave is also an important nesting site for the Cave Swallow, whose nests made of dried saliva are the main ingredient in the exotic bird’s nest soup.

While the crystal-clear emerald water inside the cave looks inviting, it’s too risky for swimming since it’s the habitat of venomous sea snakes.

Entalula Island

Beautiful beach in Entalula Island, El Nido bacuit Bay, Philippines

Entalula Island is a pristine and beautiful spot that offers visitors a serene and private island experience. The island’s crystal-clear waters and colorful coral reefs make it an ideal place to snorkel and discover the vibrant marine life beneath the surface. The island’s lush vegetation and rocky cliffs provide a beautiful backdrop for its pristine beaches.

Popolkan Island

Popolkan Island is a fantastic snorkeling spot that offers an excellent experience for underwater enthusiasts.

Map of El Nido Tour B Island Hopping

El Nido Tour B by Shared Boat

A group of friends on a day trip to snake island

El Nido Tour B by Private Boat

El nido tour c.

  • Attractions: Matinloc Island, Secret Beach, Hidden Beach Helicopter Island and Tapiutan Island.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Tour C is offered daily and can be booked as a shared or private boat tour

Helicopter Island

A deserted beach in El Nido's Helicoter Island

Helicopter Island, also known as Dilumacad Island, is a stunning destination in Bacuit Bay. Its towering limestone cliffs covered in lush vegetation and pristine beaches are typical of the area’s stunning islands.

Helicopter Island gets its name from its cliffs’ resemblance to a helicopter’s shape when viewed from a distance, although some visitors may find it challenging to see the similarity.

The island boasts excellent snorkeling spots and underwater tunnels that advanced divers will appreciate. Besides water sports, Helicopter Island is also an ideal spot for relaxation and rejuvenation. Its 300 meters of beach is perfect for picnicking during island hopping trips or basking in the sun.

Secret Beach

Aerial View Secret Beach Bacuit bay, El Nido. Palawan,

The Secret Beach is a must-see attraction. Situated on the edge of Matinloc Island, Secret Beach is a pocket of fine white sand encircled by towering rock walls . Accessing the Secret Beach can be a challenge as visitors must swim through a narrow crevice in a rock wall. During rough seas, even experienced swimmers may find it difficult to enter. However, the reward for reaching this secluded location is a pristine beach with crystal-clear waters.

Local lore suggests that Alex Garland, author of the novel-turned-film The Beach, lived and wrote his bestseller in El Nido, likely inspired by the Secret Beach’s beauty. Take a visit to the Secret Beach and experience the allure that captivated Garland and countless others.

Hidden Beach

Aerial view of Hidden Beach, Bacuit bay, El Nido, Palawan

Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the islands, the Hidden Beach is a small paradisiac cove concealed by limestone rock and impossible to see from the open sea . The beauty of this beach is created by towering limestone cliffs and mystical rock formations.

Part of El Nido’s Tour C, the Hidden Beach is a popular stop and a must-visit destination. With its white sands and crystal clear water, this beach is perfect to visit during high tide when the water is calm, making it an ideal spot to take perfect photos. To access Hidden Beach, visitors have to swim to get there, which may be challenging due to the current.

The Hidden Beach is also a great spot for snorkeling, where you can easily see various species of corals and fishes. Its secluded location provides a tranquil atmosphere, making it an excellent place to relax and unwind.

Matinloc Shrine

Aerial view of Matinloc Shrine, Bacuit Bay, Palawan, El Nido, Philippines

Matinloc Shrine, formally known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Matinloc, is a hidden abandoned site located at the foot of towering karst cliffs on the western coast of Matinloc Island in El Nido. This shrine was built in 1982 but has since been neglected and run down. Nevertheless, visitors are still permitted to visit the area and explore the ruins.

While some may consider this place as a spiritual haven, many visitors come to Matinloc Shrine for the breathtaking panoramic view it offers. To reach the viewpoint, you need to climb a small limestone hill located close to the shrine. From there, you can enjoy an awe-inspiring view of Tapiutan Island, which lies opposite Matinloc.

Aerial view of Talisay Beach, El Nido Palawan, bacuit bay, Philippines

Located in Tapiutan Island, Star Beach is a must-visit destination that offers a breathtaking view of the neighboring Matinloc Island. This beautiful beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and white sand, making it perfect for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and even enjoying lunch.

The beach is aptly named Star Beach as it is home to numerous harmless starfishes that can be found resting on the seabed. Whether you’re an experienced snorkeler or a first-time visitor, the underwater world of Star Beach is a sight to behold.

Map of El Nido Tour C Island Hopping

El Nido Tour C by Shared Boat

Day trip to El Nido's Bacuit Bay with private boat

El Nido Tour C by Private Boat

El nido tour d.

  • Attractions: Cadlao Island and Small Lagoon
  • Tour D is offered daily and can be booked as a shared or private boat tour
  • Kayak rentals are available for both the entire tour or just for the Small Lagoon

Small Lagoon

Aerial view of El Nido's Small Lagoon

Small Lagoon, located on the picturesque Miniloc Island, is one of the most fascinating and popular destinations to explore in El Nido, Palawan. It is considered an iconic spot and is frequently photographed alongside the Big Lagoon.

To enter Small Lagoon, visitors can either swim through a small hole in a rock wall or paddle through in a kayak during low tide. Once inside, a hidden world awaits, waiting to be explored by kayaking or swimming. The crystal-clear waters of the lagoon are surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs that provide a stunning and memorable view.

Cadlao Lagoon

Inside Cadlao Lagoon, El Nido Bacuit bay, Palawan, Philippines

Cadlao Island, the largest island in El Nido’s archipelago, is a picturesque paradise that resembles a “ mini-Tahiti “. The island’s lush landscapes, including a conspicuous peak towering 640 meters above sea level, offer a breathtaking view to visitors.

One of the most spectacular natural wonders on Cadlao Island is the Cadlao Lagoon. Its emerald waters surrounded by towering limestone cliffs create a breathtaking view that will take your breath away. This lagoon also offers an excellent spot for snorkeling, where you can explore the shallow coral gardens just off the beach.

Kayaking in Cadlao Lagoon is an unforgettable experience that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty.

Pasandigan Cove

Pasandigan Beach, El Nido

Pasandigan Cove is a hidden gem located in the stunning Cadlao Island. With its inviting stretch of white sand and bright blue waters flanked by towering limestone cliffs, it’s a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the pristine nature .

Unlike other crowded beaches in El Nido, Pasandigan Cove is a well off-the-beaten-track destination, allowing travelers to discover a tropical paradise without the usual crowds. It’s a great place to unwind, sunbathe, and swim in the crystal-clear waters.

Nat Nat Beach

Nat Nat Beach is a hidden gem in Cadlao Island, offering visitors a secluded paradise away from the crowds. Its soft white sand and calm turquoise waters are sheltered by sheer limestone cliffs, adding to its raw and untouched beauty.

One of the best things about Nat Nat Beach is its lack of commercialization. It’s a peaceful and unspoiled destination that few tourists know about. This means that you can have the entire beach to yourself, allowing you to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

Paradise Beach

Day trip to El Nido's Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach on Cadlao Island is a true tropical gem and a must-see attraction on Tour D . This secluded beach boasts powdery white sand and emerald waters, living up to its name as a true paradise.

For a truly memorable experience, kayaking is the perfect way to explore the beach and surrounding area. Alternatively, you can simply unwind with a good book or capture stunning photos of the breathtaking scenery.

With no crowds to disrupt your peace, Paradise Beach is the perfect escape for those seeking a serene and tranquil retreat.

Bucal Island

Bucal Island is a hidden gem in El Nido, boasting a small but beautiful white sand beach perfect for a relaxing getaway. This peaceful oasis is an ideal spot for a quiet picnic or a refreshing swim in its crystal-clear waters.

The island’s shallow and transparent waters are also perfect for snorkeling, offering a chance to explore the vibrant marine life teeming with colorful fishes and corals.

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The perfect El Nido itinerary for 3 days

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  • June 18, 2018

El Nido is the most popular district in the island of Palawan in The Philippines. With its pristine white sandy beaches, remote and untouched islands, clear water lagoons, limestone cliffs jutting out into the sea, hidden caves and rich corals, El Nido is a tropical paradise which is every nature-lovers dream come true. If you're planning a visit to El Nido, I suggest keeping at least 3 days (if not more) in hand to explore the best this place has to offer. Here are my suggestions for the perfect El Nido itinerary for 3 days.

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Getting to El Nido

From Manila, Boracay & Cebu

Air Swift聽 has several flights during the day from Manila as well as Boracay (Caticlan Airport) and Cebu.聽 Several resorts have a tie-up with Air Swift and provide a van pick-up for their guests while others have a fleet of tricycles lined up outside to take them to their hotels.

From Puerto Princessa

Unfortunately, there are no flights from Puerto Princessa so the road is the best way to traverse between the two provinces. Several companies run mini-buses & vans through the day, starting from as early as 6.00 am聽from Puerto Princessa to El Nido, and the journey takes about 6-7 hours. Alternatively, you might want to rent a car and drive yourself (although this is not recommended as driving in The Philippines isn't as much a pleasure as you'd want it to be).

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There is a fast ferry ( Montenegro Lines ) that departs from Coron at 12 pm every day and takes about 3.5 - 4 hours for the journey. Apart from this, there are several slower ferries that take about 7-8 hours and can be booked when you're on the island.

In El Nido, you can consider renting a motorbike to travel around or use the most common mode of transportation- the tricycles, which are quite inexpensive.

Where to stay in El Nido

Water villas聽of Miniloc Island ( El Nido Resorts )

An experience that I'd always imagined was exclusive only to the Maldives and some other very expensive destinations, El Nido Resorts located on Miniloc Island give you the option to stay in a water villa! Built on stilts right over the crystal clear green waters of this remote island, which is about 20-minutes away from the mainland, this is a luxurious and romantic experience, recommended for those looking to spend some quiet time amidst extreme beauty and tranquillity.

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Las Cabanas Beach Resort

A more reasonably priced option which is also on the mainland in El Nido, with one of the best beaches in the area offering spectacular sunsets is Las Cabanas Beach Resort. Located only 3 kms away from the town, Las Cabanas Beach Resort is on a beach that has several other bars and restaurants, allowing for enough options outside the resort if you wish to explore. The resort itself is quite small, offering only 9 rooms, with a huge botanical garden, beach cottages, an island that you can walk to, right across from the resort and superb service.

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Budget beach hotel :聽 El Nido Four Seasons Resort

Zip lining at Las Cabanas Beach

As you are likely to arrive late during the day, you can spend some time relaxing at the long stretch of the public beach near Las Cabanas Resort on day 1 of your El Nido itinerary.聽 The beach is lined with several restaurants and bars, playing good music, offering a great concoction of cocktails and superb food. You can go for a swim here, as the water is very clear and beautiful. This is probably the only beach in El Nido that has lively, has beach-side dining options and is perfect for swimming.

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For the adventurous, there's a zip line that goes from the coast to the island across and it's a brilliant experience because of the breathtaking views along the way. You need to climb a steep path behind the beach to the platform which is placed on a cliff (you need good shoes , water, sunscreen because the path is extremely steep and right under the sun, without any shade). A 15-min climb to the top will bring you to the platform where you'll be made to wear the harness and you can choose between going the 'normal' way or 'Superman' style. Make sure you carry all your things with you unless you want to take the zip line back to the starting place.

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Once you're on the other side, be prepared to climb down a rickety mud-and-stone path down to the beach, full of pebbles. On a rainy day, this can be very slippery so you'll have to be very vigilant while getting down. There is no proper path, just a small rope to hold on to while you figure your way out. The experience, nevertheless, is worth it.

The zip line is open from 7 am until 5.30 pm every day so make sure you get there before sunset!

Sunset at Las Cabanas

Any El Nido itinerary is incomplete without including this spectacle of nature. The sunset at Las Cabanas beach is famous and probably one of the best I've ever seen in my life! Due to low tide, the water in the sea recedes, and the island across can almost be walked to. The burning yellow sky with the silhouette of the hills in the background makes for a stunning sight. To get the best views, walk all the way to Las Cabanas Beach Resort's beachside restaurant.

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Sunset at Las Cabanas Beach

Scuba Diving

You cannot visit Palawan and not experience scuba diving! Rich marine life, kaleidoscopic corals and reefs and shoals of tiny, colorful, harmless fish in some of the clearest waters you'll ever see, are reasons enough to want one to explore the mystical underwater world. When I visited The Philippines, I had never gone scuba diving and I wasn't even PADI certified. Yet, I knew I wanted to go.

Most diving companies in El Nido will offer two types of dives - Discovery Dive & Fun Dive. The Discovery Dive is targetted towards non-divers, it involves聽some theory and in-water training with experienced and professional instructors before going for a real dive. If you're not certified and trained, you're likely to be taken only to the shallow reefs (not deeper than 12m below sea level). If you would rather go in a group with a professional company (which I highly recommend for first-time divers), Palawan Divers 聽are one of the best companies you can do this tour through.

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We stumbled upon another company in El Nido called Plankton Divers in Corong Corong . A family-run business, we were initially very apprehensive to go for a dive with them. There aren't many reviews of them on the internet and they have a small shop but we went ahead anyway and the experience was amazing because it was personalized. We were the only two divers on the boat but we each got one instructor and complete attention. I would highly recommend taking a trip with them if you're not too keen on going with a group and are not worried about getting a highly professional training before the experience.

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We went for 2 dives in areas which were not very crowded and saw some beautiful fish! The experience was so amazing that it made me want to get PADI certified in the future. Scuba diving is a key inclusion in any El Nido itinerary!

Sunset at Nacpan Beach

This is a remote beach, located about 45 min away from the city center. Nacpan beach is yet another beautiful beach for swimming (there are very few of those in El Nido, unless you plan to take a ferry and explore the neighbouring islands), and although it is not as lively as Las Cabanas Beach and a lot less crowded, there are a few restaurants and bars located here where you can grab a bit and sip a cocktail. The ride to this beach is bumpy, you'll not see a lot of people along the way and it'll make you wonder where you're headed! Before approaching the beach, there is no proper road, just a rough path with lots of pebbles along the way and it seems slightly daunting to be going towards such an isolated place. But once you arrive, you're greeted by a beautiful white sandy beach, strewn with coconut palms and clear blue waters. Thatched-roof huts provide ample shade and fresh coconut water will keep you refreshed and hydrated during the day.

This is yet another beach to catch a brilliant sunset in the evening. However, most restaurants and bars here shut early so ensure that you make your way out before it begins to get too dark and isolated. Not that it is unsafe, but it is the sensible thing to do!

What to do in El Nido

Island Hopping Tour

Before traveling to El Nido, I researched the 4 types of Island Hopping Tours available thoroughly. As you will read anywhere else, the tours in El Nido are fixed (the stops do not vary from one company to another and the cost doesn't either) so it does not really matter who you purchase it from. All tours (A, B, C, D) depart at about 9 am and return at about 5.30 pm.

If you have only 2 days, your El Nido itinerary must definitely include at least one Island Hopping Tour.

Here are my two cents on selecting the Island Hopping Tours in El Nido:

  • Tour A and Tour C are the two most popular tours in El Nido. Tour A takes you to the lagoons (mostly) whereas Tour C takes you to some hidden/ secret beaches (technically, everyone goes there so they're not really hidden or secret anymore)
  • All tours include lunch on board and you can ask for vegetarian food before you board the boat. They will be happy to carry some fruits, salads and vegetarian dishes along (apart from, of course, fresh seafood)
  • You will be provided with life jackets and snorkeling gear on board. However, you're recommended to carry a pair of water shoes with you (which are available for rent at the pier before boarding the ferry)
  • If you're choosing Tour A,聽 be prepared to get out of the boat and into the water (either swim or in a kayak) as there are hardly any stops which will offer you white sandy beaches to sit and relax on
  • A combination tour is also available (you can combine Tour A and Tour C if you like) but the total time of the tour remains the same which means, you will get only limited time at each of the stops on the tour. In my opinion, it is better to choose one of the tours so that you get enough time in each of the stops
  • If you're more of a beach bum, you should choose Tour C or Tour D.

Island Hopping Tour A

We chose the Island Hopping Tour A. This tour was the highlight of my El Nido itinerary. We visited some of the prettiest lagoons I have ever seen, kayaked in the clearest green waters that exist, surrounded by massive brown cliffs. This tour left me in total awe of nature and its wonders.

Kayaks are available for rent at a minimal price at each of the stops. You get about 30 - 45 minutes in most places and if you're an under-confident kayak rider, then don't be shy about asking your tour guide/ boatman to help you out!

Small Lagoon

You can only explore this lagoon by kayaking, so hop on one (available on the spot for a minimal charge). It is located at Miniloc Island and is usually the first stop on Tour A. The rocks and corals can be sharp (if you plan to get off the kayak) so make sure to wear your water shoes. Also, you might get bitten by some territorial fish (not poisonous, but still), so stay in your kayak if you're not willing to risk that!

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Kayaking in the small lagoon, El Nido

This is the place which has been captured on several drone videos recently. When you say El Nido, you picture massive limestone rocks in the middle of emerald green waters and Big Lagoon is exactly like that! These calm waters are perfect for kayaking and if you're adventurous, you will discover some hidden caves too. Just remember to be back to your boat in time! Also, the lagoon has a lot of sea urchins, so be very careful, should you choose to go snorkeling or swimming. My advice? Stay in your kayak!

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Secret Lagoon

Located in one corner of Miniloc Island, the secret lagoon is accessible only via a small crevice in the limestone rocks and you need to crawl through (prepare to be flexible!) to get to the other side, where the hidden lagoon is. Once you're inside, you're surrounded by very tall cliffs and a small lagoon located in the middle of it. Luckily the place was not very crowded when our boat arrived so we managed to get quality time. There is a beach next to the secret lagoon that you can swim too. It's not very big though and there really isn't much to do here. The boat did not stop for more than 30 min. You do not need to rent a kayak here, you can simply swim to the lagoon and the beach.

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Lunch at Shimizu Island

The boat didn't exactly stop at the island for lunch which meant we ate on board. The lunch was quite decent - they had options for vegetarians as well. Just let them know in advance if you don't eat meat/ seafood and they will ensure to carry salads, fruits, and even dishes for vegetarians. The boat docked in the middle of the sea for about an hour, giving people enough time not only to enjoy a meal but also go for a swim, if they liked. There was no kayak rental available here but you could borrow the one kayak from your boat if you want.

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7 Commando Beach

Each boat doing Tour A in El Nido covers the same places. However, the order may differ. We started from 7 Commando Beach on our tour. As per the story told to us by our boatmen, there was once a ship that was stranded on the island and the name of the island was derived from the name of that ship. Another white sandy beach with coconut palms lining the stretch, 7 Commando beach is not very far from El Nido town. Free to use thatched roof cottages, shops selling fresh coconut juice and snacks, and a beach swing are the highlights of this stop.

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Sunset (and stroll) at El Nido Town

I almost didn't include this in my perfect El Nido itinerary for 3 days but we happened to get really late on one of our tours on the last day and reached the pier when the sun was going down. El Nido's sunsets did not disappoint me and having the opportunity to catch a new one every evening, each one better than the last, was something I really appreciated. A few restaurants located right on the beach (although the beach is not that great) serving mouthwatering Filipino delicacies is a nice place to sit and watch this spectacular scene.

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Sunset in El Nido, Palawan

You may also want to explore the town, buy some souvenirs here. Colorful beachwear clothes, waterproof bags, sunglasses, water shoes, GoPro accessories and local handicrafts are easy to find here. This is the perfect end to your 3-day El Nido itinerary.

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El Nido is one of my most favorite spots in the Philippines. I am planning to get back this year.

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Yash Agarwal

Hey Im planning a trip to El Nido but have heard mixed reviews about Air Swift. Is it safe to take or should I use the PP route? Have read that they create issues with baggage too.

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Medha Verma

Hey, I had no issues with Air Swift. However, I would suggest that you keep some time before your onward flight (if any) and try not to have two flights on the same day, just to be on the safer side. As for the baggage, as long as you read and follow their rules carefully, you should be fine.

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Kevin Wagar

El Nido is so awesome! I was happy to see that you stayed at Minilok island! We were really hoping to stay there but it didn’t work out. We had such a riot spending 3 days there with our kids.

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Hi Kevin, i am planning to go to El Nido with my husband and 4y todler in February. Do you have any recommendation for some places which are kids friendly. Also can you advise if any of these available tours are suitable for family with kids.

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Kirstie Saldo

All the photos are awesome but the sunsets are the best! I understand El Nido is one of the most expensive islands in Philippines so I plan to go all the way and spend a night or two at those houses over the water. Very beautiful!

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The Philippines are definitely on my travel wish list. So I was interested in reading about the El Nido area. Staying in over-water bungalows are definitely on my travel wish list. The beaches look like the perfect place to relax. At least until I head underwater to scuba dive. That is one of the big reasons we would want to visit. What a fun place for you to do a first scuba dive. The sunsets you captured all look awesome! Thanks for writing about the different island hopping options.

It was truly the best place to experience my first scuba dive!

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This place looks breathtaking! I think the highlight for me would be either the zipline (I’ve done various ziplines, but never in a place so beautiful) or the island hopping tour. Looks like I’ll have to make another trip to the Philippines soon!

The zip line is more about the visual appeal of the setting here than the adrenaline rush or sense of adventure. It’s a lovely experience nevertheless 馃檪

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I must admit that those were three days well spent at El Nido. There are so many things to do and see and the beaches are just so beautiful. The over the water villas are amazing and I also thought you could only experience them in the Maldives. I would definitely love to try zip lining at Las Cabanas Beach.

I could’ve spent more days if I had an option! I found the zip line experience to be a lot of fun as well 馃檪

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I love golden hour for it offers great opportunities to click stunning colors of nature. I can spend hours cherishing that sun set at Cabanas Beach and Nacpan Beach. Would love to explore El Nido and Island hopping tour would be my first priority.

Island Hopping is THE thing to do in El Nido and there are so many options to choose from!

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Wow! These are beautiful paradise islands and sunsets are amazing! I would want to go just to get these beautiful photos of the sunsets! The water is so clear, it reminds me of French Polynesia. Looks like I need to go on vacation to the Philippines in the future.

Some of the best sunsets and clearest waters I saw were in The Philippines. So if you like those two things – there’s no reason to not go!

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Your sunsets shots are amazing and have raised my excitement at upcoming diving trip to Philippines in Sept even more. I would love to explore El Nido and the neighbouring islands someday, do kayaking, diving and lazying on the beach.

That’s great, where are you going diving in The Philippines?

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The pictures are all fantastic! I visited Palawan six years ago but now – it seems all different esp the activities! Thanks for sharing your itinerary because we are booked there on October without anything yet!

Oh that’s lovely, hope you have a fantastic trip!

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I’ve read a lot about El Nido recently, and your photos certainly do it justice! The sunset photo from Nacpan beach is absolutely stunning. Your 3-day itinerary sounds like a great mix of activities and relaxation.

Some of the best sunsets I have ever seen were in El Nido 馃檪

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Truly a slice of heaven on earth. El Nido has been on my radar ever since I visited the Philippines about two years ago. I heard so many wonderful things about the island. It’s great to see the picture of El Nido resort on water. Wow! The big lagoon looks simply spectacular. Amazing photos and love the list of things to do in the area.

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Kavita Favelle

El Nido is definitely somewhere coming up on my radar more often recently, and your post on a suggested itinerary is helpful to get a feel for the practical side. I love the look of the Water Villas at Miniloc. Ziplining at Las Cabanas sounds fun! I’d also love to do an island hopping tour.

Island Hopping is THE thing to do in El Nido. Apart from scuba diving of course 馃檪

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Oh come on! Reading this and checking out these photos wants me to book an airline ticket and get to El Nido as soon as possible. I really do love your photography on your blog posts and they really do stand out.

Thank you Danik x

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Alyson Long

I need one of those water cottages in my life! We recently stayed on a private island with similar ( in Indonesia) but the water was anything but crystal clear. These look amazing. As you say, Maldives-ish.

The waters in El Nido will not disappoint 馃檪

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My friend is going to Palawan this summer to scuba dive! I’m going to send her this article.

I didn’t know there were water villas in the Philippines! Are they decently priced unlike my dream destination of Bora Bora? XD

That zipline sounds so cool! Flying over the water to an island. The climb up and down sounds terrible though LOL

They’re cheaper than the water villas in Bora Bora for sure. That’s my dream destination too, by the way 馃槈 The zip line was a good experience, something a bit different 馃檪

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I have been looking for some over water bungalows for my 40th birthday that weren’t in the Maldives. These look like they just might fit the bill. I’ve been wanting to go to the Philippines for a couple of years now.

Wow that would be a nice way to spend your 40th 馃檪

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Palawan has been on my radar for years and we are hoping to visit in 2019 so this was a great time to find your article. We loved the idea of El Nido and now we are certain! I know it isn’t traditionally why people visit but that zip line looks SO much fun, that will be definitely be on our agenda.

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It does take awhile to get there. I spent about a week in Palawan but stayed around Puerto Princessa and explored the island down there. I would love to return and go to El Nido. Thanks for the detailed info.

Both El Nido and Coron will be great places to explore, should you plan to visit Palawan again some day 馃檪

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Looks like it is worth the journey to get there. I would definitely want to stay in the over water bungalows. The island hopping and lagoons look amazing.

The over-water bungalows are a bit far from the city centre though but if you’re looking for peace and quiet, they’re perfect!

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Punita Malhotra

Colorful sunsets like those are inspiring enough, but the add-on of spectacular rock formations, blue-green transparent waters and kayaking makes it El Nido irresistible. Was there anything that you missed doing?

Absolutely, I missed the tours B, C, and D 馃檪 Lots of secret islands, beaches, and caves.

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What a great and thorough piece! Love it. It is so informative, for sure I will use it when I visit El Nido. My top choice will be to see the Las Cabanas Beach. It seems like a place where you can do a lot of things and still relax at the same time. Besides… you had me at sunset… I am total sucker for a good spot to see a sunset 馃檪

You’re in a for a treat if you like sunsets and beaches 馃檪

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This is a perfect post on how to get there and where to stay and what to do. The waters here are just so beautiful. So clear and gorgeous. The diving would have been just amazing. And it has kayaking too….another of my favorite activities.

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Such a beautiful place El Nido is. I would definitely love to try the zip-lining at Las Cabanas Beach inspite of the sun! The lagoons also look so pretty. I am thinking of a tropical vacation right now after reading about El Nido. But then I guess I have to learn how to swim before I venture there, or else I might be miss out on the fun.

I went with my sister-in-law who also doesn’t swim. She had loads of fun anyway 馃槈

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Abhinav Singh

I have already heard so much of good things about El Nido. The resorts are so beautiful. The mere setting of the resort makes me want to go there. I am not much of a fan of sunsets but I know a friend of mine who is crazy about sun sets. She would love El Nido for only that. I am a diving enthusiast though. And this is the reason why I want to visit El Nido.

I love sunsets too, I chase them all around the world 馃榾 And yeah, diving in El Nido is amazing!

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Oh, that sounds like a perfect place to visit. I think I’d love to stay in one of the rooms over the water. I should save me nickels so I can. Do you know if you snorkel from the beaches if you can see things? I mean swim out some and explore. I think I would love the secret beach and the sunsets are wonderful!

Yes, of course. You can swim out and explore, the waters around El Nido are rich in marine life.

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Places like this are why I would absolutely love to visit the Philippines. I haven’t been to El Nido, but I’m dying to get there. The Secret Lagoon is definitely on my list. Really, I just want to spend all the time in those beautiful, blue waters! So amazing!

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Tracie Howe

I’ve been wanting to visit the Philippines, but I wasn’t sure what areas just yet. I haven’t done much research, but I’ll definitely save this as a resource for when I do plan a trip, because I can’t miss El Nido! It’s beautiful! I’m an outdoor enthusiast too, so this is right up my alley. Kayaking around the lagoon sounds like a lot of fun!

You should also consider Cebu. I haven’t been but that’s going to be on my list for the next time I go 馃檪

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El Nido looks like such a perfect holiday in the Philipines! I love that Air Swift have several flights from Manila, making it a bit more easier access. Your sunset at Nacpan Beach looks absolutely incredible. And I am loving the idea of island hopping – tour C would totally be my pick because I love the idea of exploring hidden secret beaches.

If I had more time, Tour C would’ve been my 2nd pick 馃檪

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What exotic places you visit!!! El nido is so gorgeous, definitely a must visit for a beach person. Scuba diving and island hopping is something I would like to do. Thanks for sharing the detailed itinerary.

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I really think that The Philippines is over looked as a stunning beach destination. El Nido is a clear example of that.

One of those over water villas at Manioc Island has my name on them! I could quite easily escape there for a long long time.

Not sure about the zip lining though, looks pretty scary but wow that view!

It wasn’t scary at all, it was pure fun 馃檪

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Such a beautiful place! I love that turquoise water of Philippines I always see in photos. Hopefully someday I get to explore the country. This seems to be a perfect itinerary. We definitely like the same activities.

You will love El Nido then 馃檪

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El Nido seems unbelievably beautiful. I’d love to visit these pristine beaches but driving for 6-7 hours after a flight to Puerto Princesa doesn’t sound too appealing. If I were to go, I’d probably stop in Puerto Princesa for a few days. Is there anything special to visit there?

I am from the Philippines and I haven’t been to El Nido. It is a plane ride away from Manila but I think I should go soon! It looks beautiful and very pristine!

It’s one of the top destinations to visit in the world right now. You should go there soon!

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This is probably one of the most detailed and exceptional itineraries for Wl Nido, Medha. I will definitely use your itinerary when planning my trip there. Are three days enough to see all the highlights there?

Lydia I would suggest to spend 5 days, if possible. As mentioned, there are several other tours such as Tour B, C & D which involve exploring secret islands and beaches, caves, etc. Given a chance, you should do those as well!

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I love itinerary type articles – such great ideas! I particularly like that you included sunset spots. And if I go to El Nido I鈥檒l have to stay at the overwater villas!

There aren’t too many overwater villas in the Philippines. El Nido has a few and this one is probably the best option 馃檪

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Wow! This is such a beautiful place. I have never been to the Philippines but this looks like worth the trip. I would love to go scuba diving and kayaking.

It’s the perfect place for water activities 馃檪

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Clarice Lao

El Nido has been on my bucket list thus, we’re spending my husband’s birthday there in December. Your post just made us more excited about our upcoming trip.

That’s fantastic! Have fun 馃檪

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Peter Korchnak

Beautiful indeed. I’d love the kayaking tour around the islands and lagoons, especially the (not so) Secret Lagoon. I do wonder how the closure of Boracay affects El Nido.

Boracay and El Nido are very different actually. El Nido has more of diving sites, lagoons and beaches far away from the mainland, meant for people looking for adventure and exploring nature. Boracay on the other hand (was) more of a party destination, with a gorgeous white beach right on the mainland itself, lined with bars, cafes, massage beds, tattoo artists and what not.

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Such stunning pics Medha .. this turquoise blue water is so soothing .. excellent choice of accomodation.. so glad u enjoyed diving so much that u plan to get padi certified.. u will love the underwater world

It’s a different world down there 馃檪

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I’ve read so much about the Philippines recently, and El Nido seems to be a perfect….Nido, nestled (pun intended) in the edenic part. The cabanes on the sea look just wonderful – I really hear the Philippines shouting my name loud and clear 馃槈

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El nido is such a gorgeous Island, definitely has so much to offer for a beach person. Scuba diving and island hopping sounds like a perfect option to completely explore this magical place. Thanks for sharing the detailed itinerary.

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Hi! I truly enjoyed reading your post and would definitely check this places in person! What is the best period of the year to go there? Is it a child-friendly area? Is it possible to book a private boat that brings you around the lagoons and the area?

I won’t call it very child-friendly to be honest unless you’re the sorts who is used to taking your child to not so convenient places 馃檪 Yes, it is possible to rent a private boat to take you to the lagoons but to explore inside them, you’d still have to rent a kayak because bigger boats cannot enter inside. You could also do one of the other tours (private) if you like where they take you to the hidden islands and beaches. The best time to visit The Philippines is between November – March 馃檪

Such dreamy and wonderful stay options at El Nido. Zip lining at Las Cabanas Beach seems like a must experience there. Seeing your pic I am really tempted to go on a drive there.

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I’ve been wanting to go to El Nido for ages. Overwater bungalows – yes please! And sign me up for scuba diving and those sunsets every night.

They can get a little expensive though – the overwater bungalows. If I hadn’t already stayed in one in the Maldives, I would’ve shelled out a few extra bucks for this one. It does look pretty awesome!

Hii Medha, Lately i have read many articles on El Nido and that has generated sincere interest in me to explore this part of Philippines. The blue water and white sandy beaches are too tempting. I would love to stay at Water Villas at Miniloc island which looks so pristine. And being an adventure lover, I am certain to try Zip Lining at Las Cabanas Beach followed by some golden hour shots there. I am yet to explore any Lagoons and el nido looks perfect for a Lagoon hopping spree. All photographs are superb.

I am sure you will love Palawan and El Nido specifically, Himanshu. Hope you get there soon x

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I need a tropical vacation soon! The thought of those huge limestone rocks, hidden caves and colorful coral with bungalows over the green water has me drooling! Bookmarking for future travel

I need one tropical vacation (at least) every year 馃槈

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El Nido looks beautiful! I haven’t been to the Philippines yet but I keep hearing how amazing their beaches are. Great read though, I didn’t realize some companies let you go diving without a PADI certification. Seems like a good idea for a taster so you can see if it’s worth it to you to get certified.

It was pretty cool that they did! I don’t have certification and I really wanted to experience it. So happy I could.

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Rashmi and Chalukya

We have not been to El Nido yet but have heard so many wonderful things about the place. The Las Cabanas Beach looks stunning with the crystal clear water and the sunset is breathtaking. We have never gone Scuba Diving too and its something we wouldn’t want to miss if we visit El Nido. Thanks for the tips!

It was my first ever Scuba dive experience and I don’t think I could have picked a better place for it!

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The idea of a sumptuous water villa at Miniloc Island really does get me excited! It’s very tempting to think of only being 20 mins from the mainland, but still in a remote island paradise – heaven.

I love water villas myself!

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Tamara Elliott

Your photos are sooooo dreamy- I would especially like to kayak in those lagoons. It looks so fun!

It IS a lot of fun 馃槈

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Kellee @ LifeAdventurers

This place looks like sheer paradise and the fact you have a plan for just 3 days suits me perfectly. I can’t sit on the beach doing nothing for long, I need something to do. Thank you for sharing.

I totally get that. I love beaches and water but even I am not the sort of person who can just sit on the beach and do nothing, for long. I loved how El Nido had so much to explore!

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Arnav Mathur

To start with, I was also under the impression that the experience of staying in a water villa, was limited to Maldives, Bora Bora, but now that I know, that El Nino is also on the list, the place has become my top new favourite. I love kayaking, and scuba diving, and couple that with amazing sunset views, and its a winner for me. Thanks for such an amazing post, with equally appealing pictures.

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I was in El Nido 3 years ago and loved it!! The water is so clear. You can see so much underwater when you snorkel and scuba dive. I didn’t know there’s ziplining though!

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Sandy N Vyjay

El Nido is indeed a paradise in paradise. El Nido seems to be the glittering gem of the Philippines. The resorts all look so surreal. Love the look of the water cottages. It would be great to wake up in one of those. The scuba diving experience you had also seems to be unique and personalized.

The scuba dive experience was my first ever and I am glad that we got such personalised attention 馃檪 El Nido really was amazing!

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I’ve been hearing so many good things about the Philippines lately! When I visit one day, I definitely want to stay on Miniloc Island in a water villa, that sounds so romantic. Plus, I’ll make sure to go kayaking in the small lagoon, that looks like a great adventure travel activity.

Water villas can be slightly expensive and a little away from the main town, but totally worth the experience, especially if you haven’t lived in one before!

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You have listed perfect 3 days itinerary for El Nido. Living in water cottages must be very beautiful thing to do here. Sunset at La Cabanas beach is hypnotic and I am truly amazed stunning landscapes of these islands. A very detailed post with all necessary details.

There aren’t too many water cottages in The Philippines like there are in the Maldives. However, there are a few pretty cool options and this is one of them 馃檪

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A great destination and something which is getting a lot of attention as a tourist destination these days. Perfect beaches and a lot of activities too make a bucket list destination. Perfect sunsets at las cabanas beach with the small and big lagoon again top spots for me. Your photos bring life into the post Thanks for sharing.

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What a beautiful itinerary, and stunning photos too! Thanks for being honest about the secret lagoon; some places are so pretty, but if there’s nothing to do there, there’s nothing to do! Las Cabanas Beach is probably my favourite, just because of that sunset, it’s gorgeous! And I’m a big baby when it comes to heights, so don’t think I can do that zipline anytime soon! Would love to though!

The zipline was quite cool actually, not scary at all, maybe you should give it a shot sometime 馃槈 And yeah, the sunset from Las Cabanas was really breathtaking – one of the best I’ve seen in my life.

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I highly suggest, if you are coming from Puerto Princessa, to stop over to Port Barton on your way to El Nido!

Were you able to do all of the boat tours? Out of my 3 visits to El Nido, I always seem to get stuck on doing tour A and C. Just want to know your thoughts on the other two.

I’m glad you enjoyed your time! 3 days is a perfect itinerary!

Thanks for the suggestion Mick. Unfortunately, since I had only 3 days, I had to pick one out of all the four options and after thorough research, I picked A 馃檪 Hopefully, I will be able to do the remaining 3 next time.

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When I see pictures like this I really wish I鈥檇 visited El Ni帽o during my trip to the Philippines. I was somewhat put off by the journey from Puerto Princess but I did not realise you could take the boat from coron so that is a great tip. Thanks for sharing

So where all did you manage to go on your trip to The Philippines? I know, the road trip from Puerto Princessa sounds like a pain to me as well!

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El Nido Tour A: Is The Group Tour Worth It?

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This post was written by Ashley Yap, BMTM鈥檚 Director of Brand Relations.

Planning an island hopping tour on El Nido can be fairly simple – you just need to pick one of the four that’s offered all over the town. Each itinerary offers something a little different – tour A takes you to the famous Big Lagoon, tour B to the Snake Island, tour C to the Helicopter Island and tour D, to the Cadlao Lagoon. I visited El Nido in November 2022, and joined tour A, B and C during my 5-day stay. Here’s my honest review on the tour A to help you decide if it’s for you:

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How to Book El Nido Tour A:

El Nido Tour A Review

I booked all of my El Nido tours through Klook, which I highly recommend, as I did not have to spend any more time looking for a group tour whilst on my trip. Because of that, I was able to plan my days ahead of time, and if you are a Type A like me, you’d appreciate that, too.

I was surprised to see that the tour is advertised at a higher price in El Nido Proper, which, while I am sure it is negotiable, I very much prefer to have had it booked online. El Nido is also a very cash-based town, so if you book the tour in person, you will most likely have to pay in cash. Speaking of which, come to El Nido with sufficient cash! Even though there seem to be plenty of ATMs in town, they do not always work. Currency exchange rates are very poor… I learned that the hard way.

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How Much is El Nido Tour A?

El Nido Tour A Review

El Nido Tour A costs $18.55 on Klook, which is affordable considering the lagoons and beaches you visit, as well as a buffet lunch with more dishes than you can imagine. However, do note that you will need to pay an entrance fee to the Big Lagoon (200 PHP or about $4), and a rental fee for a 2-person kayak (300 PHP or about $5). If you want to rent a mask and snorkel set, it’s another 150 PHP (or about $3). There’s also a compulsory environmental fee to pay at 200 PHP, which is valid for 10 days and can be used for other tours. These fees are collected in cash only. Definitely take these fees into consideration when planning your trip.

El Nido Tour A Itinerary:

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Hotel transfer is not included in this tour. You can arrange for a tricycle ride for about 300 PHP to the meetup point, which is Klook’s counter at Jhanna’s Inn, before 8:30am. Then, depending on your luck, your group may depart anytime between right away to an hour later, depending on the coastal guard clearance. This is the reality of group tours, so don’t let it spoil your day! Once you board the boat, you must put on a life jacket for the boat to leave. The tour guide introduced himself and the rest of the boat crew, which consist of a cook, a captain, and two boatmen.

First Stop: Seven Commando Beach (1 hour)

El Nido Tour A Review

I LOVED this beach! Even though it was a crowded morning, the beach was big enough to accommodate everyone. This long white sand beach features a small bar that offers refreshing drinks and cocktails. I enjoyed swimming in the glistening water and people-watching on the beach. This area is known for sea turtles, though I did not see any.

Second Stop: Shimizu Island (45 minutes)

El Nido Tour A Review

Shimizu Island offers untouched natural beauty nestled in the waters. Here is another great opportunity for snorkeling, seeing exquisite corals and marine life, or just kicking back and relaxing on the white sand beach. This island is a pure representation of El Nido鈥檚 geological beauty, boasting limestone cliffs covered with vegetation.

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We had our buffet lunch served on this island. It consisted of 2 big fish, prawns, scallops, pork, vegetables, and rice. There’s a little stall selling fresh coconuts and snacks if you need any extras.

Third Stop: The Big Lagoon (1 hour)

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The tour’s highlight is the infamous Big Lagoon, which is characterized by stunningly deep blue water and massive limestone cliff walls. I rented a kayak and got a decent workout from paddling. The “entrance” waterway was jam-packed with people, but once you crossed over, amazing cliffs encircling turquoise blue water await. You can get off the kayak and swim in it, too. Just watch out for sea urchins, which are usually tucked in rocks. Definitely pile on sunscreen before kayaking because there isn’t much shade.

Final Stop: Secret Lagoon (30 minutes)

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The Secret Lagoon is no secret at all, but it still made an interesting stop. You must duck and climb through a small opening into a secluded lagoon almost entirely sealed off. The water in there was COLD! One can imagine if mermaids hang out in such places, though I must admit that I was also wondering if anyone peed in there…

The boat then took us back to the pier, and it was a relaxing journey watching the sun set as we made our way back.

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Is Tour A Worth it?

El Nido Tour A Review

Considering the itinerary, duration, and food, I’d say that tour A is absolutely worth it. If I was traveling with a group of friends, I’d have most definitely organized a private tour and split the cost. However, that was not the case for me as a solo female traveler; therefore, joining a group tour was the cheapest way to visit these places. Obviously, customization is impossible with group tours like this, but I thoroughly enjoyed all stops with this tour and wouldn’t have changed anything. If you are only doing one island hopping tour on El Nido, I’d recommend this one, as you get a taste of everything, from beaches to lagoons.

It is the most popular itinerary among the four, so expect the boat to be pretty crowded. In my case, there were 22 people on the boat. I did not mind it at all and enjoyed meeting foreign and local tourists. Please remember your boat name and board the boat on time after your time at each stop is up!

What to Bring on Your Trip

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You will be out on the sea the entire day, so it’s best to come prepared! Here’s everything I brought on my island hopping trip, and they all fit into a 10L dry bag:

  • 1 quick-dry towel
  • 1 sarong to keep warm
  • water shoes (essential!)
  • 1 reusable water bottle
  • 1 waterproof phone case
  • mask and snorkel (I brought along my fins but did not use them at all)
  • A quick snack (I always bring a granola bar)

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I hope this article gives you a clear overview of what to expect on El Nido Tour A . If you are interested in checking out the other group tours on El Nido, read these next:

  • El Nido Tour B review (group tour)
  • El Nido Tour C review (group tour)

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01/09/2023 at 10:59 pm

This is awesome. Thanks for providing a second person’s honest perspective from BMTM on El Nido (last one was from 2019 by Kristin, check it out!). I feel even more confident on knowing what to expect! Now yours might be the newest review of these tours on the internet!! 馃檪 I think group tours like this one have the advantage of providing a nice survey of locations to enjoy and explore and if you like a certain type of beach/lagoon or a specific one, you can come back for a longer visit to that one (or something similar) on a private tour perhaps. Ha, regarding Secret Lagoon! Well, I would be relieved (pun maybe intended) knowing the water was COLD and not WARMER than average!

El Nido Coron expeditions Palawan


5-day private boat expedition palawan, el nido to coron | coron to el nido.

Experience the ultimate luxury and adventure with our exclusive 5-day private boat expedition from El Nido to Coron, Palawan. This personalized journey offers a unique and unforgettable way to explore some of the most stunning and secluded islands, beaches, and lagoons in the region. Tailored to meet your preferences, our expeditions promise an unparalleled experience in paradise.

With over 60 of the world's best islands on our itinerary, we prioritize visiting the most beautiful and secluded spots without the crowds, exploring 4-5 islands each day. The following is a rough guide for your journey from El Nido to Coron (the reverse trip follows a similar itinerary):  

Day 1: El Nido's Iconic Spots

Big Lagoon El Nido: Start your journey exploring the stunning Big Lagoon with its turquoise waters.

Secret Lagoon: Discover the hidden Secret Lagoon, accessible through a small hole in a limestone wall.

Small Lagoon: Paddle through the serene waters of the Small Lagoon.

Snake Island: Visit the unique sandbar of Snake Island.

Nacpan Beach: Relax on the picturesque Nacpan Beach with its long stretch of white sand. Day 2: Remote Island Exploration

Darocotan Island: Dive into vibrant marine life around Darocotan Island.

Calibangbangan Island: Enjoy the serene and pristine beaches of Calibangbangan Island.

Tacling Island: Discover the tranquil beauty of Tacling Island.

Ginto Island: Snorkel in crystal-clear waters around Ginto Island.

Lacalaca Island: Visit the peaceful and picturesque Lacalaca Island.

Bulawit - Turtle Watching: Witness sea turtles in their natural habitat.

Cagdanao Island: Relax on the secluded shores of Cagdanao Island.

Linapacan Island: End the day with the crystal-clear waters of Linapacan Island. Day 3: Thrilling Adventures

Cobra Island: Snorkel among vibrant coral reefs around Cobra Island.

Cacayatan Island: Explore the beautiful and serene Cacayatan Island.

Malubutglubut Island: Discover unique landscapes of Malubutglubut Island.

Cliff Jumping: Experience the thrill of cliff jumping from designated spots.

Inapupan Island: Relax in the tranquil ambiance of Inapupan Island.

Bolina Island: Enjoy the hidden beauty of Bolina Island.

Decabaitot Island: Snorkel in the clear waters around Decabaitot Island.

Dipalian Island: End the day at the picturesque Dipalian Island. Day 4: Historical and Scenic Wonders

Culion Island: Explore the rich history and scenic beauty of Culion Island.

Ditaytayan Island: Visit the stunning and serene Ditaytayan Island.

Sand Bar - Snake Island: Walk along the unique sand bar of Snake Island.

Banana Island: Relax on the pristine beaches of Banana Island.

Bulog Dos Island: Discover the beautiful and secluded Bulog Dos Island.

Dimanglet Island: Explore the serene surroundings of Dimanglet Island.

Hiking to Kayangan Lake: Hike to the famous Kayangan Lake for breathtaking panoramic views. Day 5: Coron’s Spectacular Spots

Barracuda Lake: Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Barracuda Lake.

Kayangan Lake: Enjoy the stunning scenery and tranquility of Kayangan Lake.

CYC Beach: Relax on the pristine shores of CYC Beach.

Twin Lagoons: Explore the enchanting Twin Lagoons.

Balinsasayaw Reef: Snorkel among vibrant marine life at Balinsasayaw Reef.

Beach 91: Visit the serene Beach 91.

Sunset Cove: Enjoy a beautiful sunset at Sunset Cove.

Twin Peaks Coral Garden: Snorkel in the stunning Twin Peaks Coral Garden.

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Pricing and Inclusions

Cost for 2 People:

Basic accommodation in beach huts: 210,000 PHP

Upgrade to island resorts: From 50,000 PHP for 2 people for 4 nights

Private boat with crew and fuel

Licensed tour guide and chef

All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks – suitable for everyone including vegetarians)

Drinking water and soft drinks

Rum and coke, gin and tonic, beer

4 nights in beach huts

Mask and snorkel

Beach towels

Life jacket

Transfers from and to hotels


Overnight accommodation in island resorts  

Optional Accommodations for Upgrades:

Nacpan Beach Glamping

Isla Amara Resort

Huni Lio Resort

DRYFT Darocotan Island

Cayo Coco Island Glamping

Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort

Baia Serena Coron Resort

Why Choose Us?

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1. Personalized Itineraries

Our expeditions are tailored to meet your specific preferences and interests. Whether you want to explore secluded beaches, snorkel in vibrant coral reefs, or relax in luxurious accommodations, we customize the itinerary to ensure your experience is unique and memorable.  

2. Exclusive Access to Pristine Locations We prioritize visiting the most beautiful and less-crowded islands. With over 60 of the world’s best islands on our itinerary, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to hidden gems and stunning natural beauty, avoiding the usual tourist crowds.  

3. luxury accommodations.

Stay in the most luxurious accommodations, from beach huts to island resorts. Choose from a range of premium options like Nacpan Beach Glamping, Isla Amara Resort, and Two Seasons Coron Island Resort, ensuring your stay is as comfortable and lavish as possible.

Flexibility and Customization

Private expeditions allow for flexible itineraries and timing, ensuring your journey is tailored to your preferences. Please note that the exact itinerary and number of islands visited depend on weather and sea conditions. This list of islands is not a public offer and does not form part of the contract.

For more information and to book your exclusive 5-day private boat expedition from El Nido to Coron, Palawan, contact us today!

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The Perfect 4 Day El Nido Itinerary

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El Nido is seriously the best. Due to its recent Instagram hype I was a little hesitant on if it was as good as the photos or if they were heavily edited, but it blew me away. The water color, coral reefs, and limestone mountains are stunning. Add to the mix super friendly people and a trendy downtown and you鈥檝e got one of our new favorite destinations.

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We sadly only had 4 days in El Nido before continuing on to Coron , but I could have stayed for weeks. Here鈥檚 how to make the most out of 4 days in fabulous El Nido.

El Nido Itinerary Day 1

Arrive and head to las cabanas beach.

Try to get an early flight so you can have almost a full first day on El Nido. While you can fly to Puerto Princesa and take a van, we decided to spend a little more for the direct flight to El Nido. We flew Airswift and it was such a great airline experience. They even greeted us with umbrellas on the tarmac so we would have shade while walking to baggage claim! Once we checked into our hotel, Entalula Cottages (simple/rustic rooms but AMAZING views, location, and staff), we decided to hit the beach. Luckily Las Cabanas Beach is a short trike (El Nido鈥檚 version of a tuk tuk) ride away.

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We were expecting a normal beach experience but Las Cabanas is awesome! The water is so warm and crystal clear and there are adorable little beach clubs lining the sand. Lay on a lounger for free at most spots. All you have to do is buy food or drink. We recommend margaritas and ceviche!

Get a Massage

After relaxing on the beach all day, get a massage! Massages are one of the best parts of Southeast Asia. They are so cheap compared to the US and the quality is awesome! We randomly chose Athalias and loved it so much we came back again two days later. My sister, Becca, joined us for this trip and all three of us swear it is the best massage we鈥檝e had in our entire lives. Plus the ladies that run the shop are so sweet and their little kids are precious! A one-hour massage will cost you around $10 USD.

Eat at the Local Seafood Stalls

Relax at your hotel for a bit and then head to dinner. While El Nido has so many cute restaurants in town we decided to go local on night one and dine at the seafood stalls near the basketball court. This reminded me so much of Los Kioskos in Galapagos . The seafood is definitely fresh and crazy cheap. We spent $7 for 3 people. If you鈥檙e squirmy on street food you may want to pass but we enjoyed it!

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Sip and Shop

Afterwards, grab a cocktail or local beer, San Miguel, at one of El Nido鈥檚 rooftop bars. Be sure to stop by a few boutiqes too for an inexpensive tank top or straw purse souvenir!

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El Nido Itinerary Day 2

Ride a motorbike to nac pan beach.

Beach day again! This time rent a motorbike and head to Nac Pan Beach. The journey is a little far at 45 minutes and I don鈥檛 recommend it if you are a first time scooter rider. We saw a few crashes and tourists with injuries. (Including one of our own!) The roads at Nac Pan are dirt and difficult to steer on. But don鈥檛 let that stop you from going. You can always take a trike or we recommend hiring a guide to drive you on the motorbike so you get the full experience.

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Okay, so we thought Las Cabanas beach was gorgeous. Wait until Nac Pan. It is jaw dropping. The huge white sand beach leads to beautiful water and unlike the other beaches there are legit waves! We body surfed and it was so much fun! The beach is lined with beach clubs here too. The chairs have a rental price but we got drinks at a bar and sat on the swing seats. We also stopped by the Mad Monkey since it is the same hostel chain our friend works at in Cambodia . Be sure to eat a seafood lunch with your toes in the sand at one of the little local restaurants.

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Good to know: You typically have to pay an entrance fee to Nac Pan but it was free the day we visited plus they were handing out drink coupons!

Dinner and Drinks at Sava

After a full beach day, scoot back to town and freshen up for dinner and drinks at Sava. This restaurant is so trendy and the food was great. It appears to turn up a bit at night with a DJ, but we called it early since we had a full tour day the following morning.

El Nido Itinerary Day 3

Island hopping tour c.

If you鈥檝e done any research on El Nido you know that island hopping is the thing to do and that everyone recommends tour A and C. Well we do too! Although after talking with a local travel agent I鈥檓 sure the other tours are equally awesome and even better in the fact that they are less crowded! We booked our tours through our hotel but they all appear to be more or less the same.

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You are on a shared boat with some other people and you visit different islands for snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing. It also includes an awesome primarily seafood lunch with fresh fruit. (The best mango I鈥檝e ever had!) They go to the same stops but in different order to avoid crowds, but it definitely still gets crowded sometimes.

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Insider Tip: Bring some extra cash for beer and coconuts from the boat man and to rent a kayak on some tours. Secret beach and Helicopter Island were our favorite stops on Tour C!

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Tour C Stops:

  • Secret beach
  • Hidden beach
  • Lunch beach
  • Helicopter Island

Sunset Happy Hour at Republica

After your tour head to Republica for a great sunset happy hour. This was one of the best sunsets I鈥檝e ever seen. The entire sky turned orange and we could see for miles. Get there early to get a good spot for photos! They have good sangria but skip the tapas. You can take a cheap tricycle to Republica so you don鈥檛 have to worry about driving.

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Dinner and Drinks in Town

After sunset, grab a trike back to town for delicious falafel. Holy Smoke is a street stand but don鈥檛 let the simplicity fool you. They have delicious falafel. And in the Philippines, who knew?! Wash it down with a cocktail at The Pangolin and people watch from the second floor.

Island Hopping Tour A

Time for more island hopping! We saved the best for last because Tour A is definitely the all-star of the tours. It used to include both big lagoon and small lagoon, the highlights of El Nido. But they recently changed it so you have to choose one or the other. I wanted big lagoon but it was sold out so we did small lagoon instead. I thought I was going to be disappointed but no way! Small lagoon is awesome and was one of my favorite stops! I鈥檝e heard big lagoon is even better. Try it and let us know. We also loved snorkeling the reef. It is so alive and you can see all kinds of creatures working in symbiosis.

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Tour A Stops:

  • Small lagoon
  • Hidden lagoon
  • Papaya beach

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Get Another Massage

Yep, time for another massage! This time opt for the aloe vera treatment since you may be sunburnt. It鈥檚 $4 extra but so worth it!

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After your massage head to Athena Caf茅 or Happy Hostel for drinks and appetizers. Both spots are super cute and trendy. End the night with dinner at Art Caf茅 or Trattoria Alcove. The latter always has a line but their pizza is great. We ate at their Coron location.

What to Bring to El Nido

You鈥檒l read everywhere that you need a drybag and watershoes in El Nido. We skipped on the watershoes but we did bring our dry bag from home. It was the first time we packed it on our long-term travels and it was a game-changer. It definitely came in handy but you could probably get by without one too. Don鈥檛 stress about buying watershoes and drybags beforehand. They literally sell them on every corner in El Nido. But if you want to purchase before you pack, check out these stylish water shoes and backpack style dry bag.

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Is El Nido too Touristy?

We had some concerns, but honestly to be so crowded the underwater world looks untouched. Some spots on Tour A were pretty packed and while the orange life vests and non-swimmers being dragged by guides in a chain are unappealing, the natural beauty is unparalleled and absolutely worth the tour. For a less crowded experience, consider taking a private boat. We didn鈥檛 know this was an option at the time we booked our tours, but we did do this in Coron and loved it. The price difference isn鈥檛 much, especially if you have a group.

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This 4 day El Nido itinerary is packed full of fun but as always we recommend taking it slow and enjoying this paradise a little longer. Island hoppng in El Nido is an incredible experience and a must-do on your Southeast Asia travels.

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Note: We visited El Nido in March 2019.

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  7. El Nido Tours A, B, C, D

    Learn more about the island hopping tours available in El Nido. Find details and pricing for all El Nido tours. You can book online today!

  8. Which is the best El Nido Tour?

    The fish & marine life we saw on Tour C was world class. The tour costs 1400 PHP per person ($22 USD). The boat travels the furthest away from El Nido on Tour C and hence it is the most expensive tour. Tips for Tour C: If you want to hire/bring a go pro, this is your tour! Hiring/buying reef shoes is a necessity.

  9. Tour A Island Hopping El Nido by Haqqy Life

    Book your tickets online for Tour A Island Hopping El Nido by Haqqy Life, Palawan Island: See 4 reviews, articles, and 14 photos of Tour A Island Hopping El Nido by Haqqy Life, ranked No.192 on Tripadvisor among 192 attractions in Palawan Island.

  10. El Nido Island Hopping Tour C with Lunch 2024

    Explore El Nido's Bacuit Bay on a guided island-hopping adventure. The C route includes the famous Secret Lagoon Beach, accessed by swimming through a tiny gap in a rock wall, plus Hidden Beach, Tapiutan Beach, Matinloc Island, and Dilumacad Island. This convenient package includes hotel transfers from El Nido or Corong-Corong, guide, lunch, and towels. Park fees, Matinloc Island entrance ...


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  12. The Most AMAZING Island Hopping Tour in El Nido

    We are so happy to be here in El Nido, Palawan! It is often referred to as the most beautiful place in the world and is known for its world-famous island hop...

  13. TOUR A

    Choose between a group tour for a more social experience, connecting with fellow travelers, or opt for a private tour for a personalized adventure with friends or loved ones. Our experienced guides will cater to your preferences, ensuring you get the most out of your El Nido island-hopping adventure.

  14. A Guide to El Nido Island Hopping Tours

    El Nido's island hopping tours take visitors on an adventure through crystal-clear waters, hidden lagoons, and stunning beaches. Here's everything you need to know about El Nido island hopping tours.

  15. El Nido Tour A + C

    Experience the beauty of El Nido like never before with our unforgettable El Nido Tour A + C. Explore pristine beaches, stunning lagoons, and hidden gems in this tropical paradise. Book your adventure now and make memories that last a lifetime!

  16. The perfect El Nido itinerary for 3 days

    With its pristine white sandy beaches, remote and untouched islands, clear water lagoons, limestone cliffs jutting out into the sea, hidden caves and rich corals, El Nido is a tropical paradise which is every nature-lovers dream come true. Here's the perfect El Nido itinerary for 3 days.

  17. This Island Hopping Tour in EL NIDO will Leave You Speechless...

    Our last activity in El Nido brings us to another island hopping tour, This is TOUR A which is also another popular option amongst people who come to El Nido...

  18. Island Hopping Combo Tours in El Nido, Palawan

    Do more in just one day by combining two island hopping tours into one. You can combo Tour A & B, Tour A & C and Tour C & D. Online booking available!

  19. El Nido Tour A: Is The Group Tour Worth It?

    An honest review on the popular El Nido Group Tour A, with information on the itinerary, pricing and what to bring.

  20. Happy Life Travel and Tours

    Happy Life Travel and Tours. 2,310 likes 路 7 talking about this. Traveling is one of the most feeling that we feel so much happy,a good life full of pleasure and an experience that we can bring a...

  21. Luxurious 5-Day Private Boat Expedition: El Nido to Coron, Palawan

    Experience a luxurious 5-day private boat expedition from El Nido to Coron, Palawan. Enjoy personalized itineraries, exclusive island hopping, gourmet dining, and luxurious accommodations. Discover secluded beaches and vibrant marine life. Book your unforgettable adventure today!

  22. The Perfect 4 Day El Nido Itinerary

    The price difference isn't much, especially if you have a group. This 4 day El Nido itinerary is packed full of fun but as always we recommend taking it slow and enjoying this paradise a little longer. Island hoppng in El Nido is an incredible experience and a must-do on your Southeast Asia travels.

  23. Helen

    314 likes, 5 comments - helen_aurica on April 7, 2024: " What to do on El Nido Day 2 * Island Tour A with Happy Life Tours (right next to Frendz Hostel) * Benefits: Young people, fun guides and you're allowed to the rooftop of Frendz Hostel after the tour * Dinner at Basil Pizza & Pasta #philippines #elnido #travel #whattodoonelnido #boattour #girlswhotravel #sea #summer #asia #beach".