El Nido Tour B

    Beaches and Islands

    El Nido Tour B is the best option if you want to witness beautiful beaches and caves. Tour B features Snake Island, Cudugnon and Cathedral Cave, Pinagbuyutan or Entaluala and Popolkan Islands.

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      El Nido Tour C

      Beaches and Islands

      El Nido Tour C is the second most popular tour that offers a good mix of adventure and snorkeling. Tour C features Secret and Hidden Beach, Matinloc, Tapiutan and Helicopter Islands.

      from  1,470.00

        El Nido Tour D (with Small Lagoon)

        Beaches and Islands

        With El Nido Tour D you will experience the hidden beauty of El Nido through visiting breathtaking sceneries such as Miniloc's Small Lagoon, Cadlao Lagoon, Pasandigan Beach, Nat Nat Beach, Bucal Island, and Paradise Beach.

        from  1,260.00

        El Nido Attractions

        What you need to see while you’re in El Nido

        Find our everything you need to know before you go to El Nido.  El Nido is dubbed the best place to visit in Palawan. The pristine islands and beaches of El Nido’s Bacuit Bay are Palawan ‘s star attractions.

        El Nido – an eco-friendly paradise, is a first class municipality that is collectively situated in Bacuit Bay, covering a land area of 465.1 square kilometers and is located in the northernmost part of the mainland of Palawan. It was declared as the “Best Beach and Island Destination” in the Philippines for its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem” by the CNNGo years back.

        El Nido is composed of 45 islands and islets – each having its own unique geological formations. El Nido is covered by the largest marine sanctuary act in the Philippines giving its marine life a safer ecosystem and to avoid the destruction of its natural beauty. El Nido also has a “Protected Area” status that covers a total of 903.21 square kilometers of which 40% are terrestrial and 60% marine.

        Over the years, however, El Nido’s marine ecosystem has been the main attraction of the area which attracts and captivates many divers, snorkelers, and beach bums who are all “game” to hop around its islands.

        Bacuit Bay Archipelago

        Island Hopping Bacuit Bay

        Bacuit Bay is a huge body of water dotted with 45 islands and islets with most of it inhabited. Some of these islands are sole limestone islands towering up to three stories high while the larger islands have beautiful stretches of majestic white sands against the bay’s crystalline waters. There are also beaches partially hidden by limestone caves and secret ones as well that could be reached by tourists by swimming through small crevices.

        This bay’s clear blue waters serve as shelter to various marine life such as dugongs, turtles manta rays, species of fishes, coral reefs, and the occasional white sharks. There are a total of 30 dive sites in Bacuit Bay ranging in depth from six to more than thirty meters.

        Other islands located in Bacuit Bay have scenic lagoons and caves waiting to be explored. Having various islands to visit and to feast their eyes on, tourists who go to El Nido gets a hard time on choosing which island to visit first.

        Activities: Island Hopping, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Diving

        Recommended Length of Visit: 3-4 days

        Recommended Tour: El Nido & Coron Tour Package

        Matinloc Island

        Matinloc Island View Point

        With its dramatic limestone cliffs and soft white sand, Matinloc Island is one of the most scenic islands in the Bacuit Bay’s archipelago. But it’s not just a pretty island, the place is great for snorkeling and diving too, thanks to its abundant marine fauna and vast coral gardens.

        The island was named after the Cuyunin word “Matinlo” which means beautiful –definitely, it deserves its name.

        This heart-shaped island has many fascinating beaches to see and stories to tell. There is an abandoned mansion, a shrine built in 1982 in honor of the Virgin Mary and a small museum which displays old photos about the history of the island. The reasons why the mansion on the island has been abandoned are unknown, however, there are many speculations that the island is cursed or hunted, or the owner disappeared with the island’s hidden treasure.

        Aside from the shrine deeper stories and spirituality, most of the visitors come to this place for the stunning view of the Tapiutan Strait. The most breathtaking view of the Tapiutan Strait may be seen by climbing a steep limestone cliff with the use of a stair-like path. Visitors, however, are advised to take caution while climbing the rock since one wrong move may cause serious injury.

        Along with neighbouring Tapiutan Island, Matinloc Island forms narrow Tapiutan Strait, the walls of which offer some of the best snorkelling in El Nido.

        Location: Bacuit Bay

        Activities: Island Hopping, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Diving

        Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

        Accommodation: Matinloc Island Resort

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour C

        Secret Beach

        Secret Beach

        Not far from Mantiloc Shrine there is one the most awesome beach in the archipelago: the Secret Beach.

        To enter the Secret Beach you need to jump off the boat and swim through a hole in this limestone cliff. Once inside the Secret Beach, you will be amazed by the pocket of white sand and emerald waters encircled by craggy limestone formations.

        According to the local people, the Secret Beach was the inspiration behind author Alex Garland’s novel “The Beach” which had a movie adaptation shot in Maya Bay in Thailand years back starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

        It is not the easiest beach to access, but once you get there you will be rewarded with one of the most gorgeous scenery on the archipelago.

        Location: Matinloc Island

        Recommended Length of Visit: 30 minutes

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour C

        Hidden Beach

        Hidden Beach

        There’s certainly no shortage of beautiful beaches in El Nido, but some are simply more beautiful than others.

        As you might imagine, the Hidden Beach is one of the most captivating.

        The Hidden Beach in Matinloc Island is a small paradisiac cove concealed by limestone rock and impossible to see it from the open sea.

        With its powdery white sands and crystal clear water, the Hidden Beach is one of the must-visit places when in El Nido.

        Location: Matinloc Island

        Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour C

        Snake Island

        Snake Island

        NO, it’s not an island infested with snakes!

        Originally known as Vigan Island, Snake Island has become one of the main attractions of El Nido for its S-shaped sandbar that stretches across the waters connecting the island to the mainland of Palawan. The catch? You can walk through it during low-tides, and it’s fascinating.

        You can also splash around the shallow water on both sides of the sandbar or trek to the viewing point at the top of Snake Island.

        At the top, you will be rewarded with striking panoramic views of the winding long tongue of white sand.

        It’s advisable to wear aqua shoes or flip-flops before walking on the sandbar to avoid stepping on stonefishes that are present in the area.

        Location: Bacuit Bay

        Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour B

        Pangulasian Island

        Pangalusian

        Pangulasian Island is another beautiful place known for its white sand beach and for one of the fanciest Resort in El Nido where discerning guests can experience the luxury at its finest.

        Pangulasian Island is hidden oasis with exclusive villas, ultra-fine san, and calm turquoise waters.

        It is the ideal escape from the congested beaches of Cebu and Boracay.

        Pangulasian Island is also known as the “Island of the Sun” for its wonderful views of the sunrise and the sunset.

        Location: Bacuit Bay

        Accommodation: Pangalusian Island Resort (El Nido Resorts)

        Recommended Length of Visit: 3-4 days

        Activities: Island Hopping, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Diving

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Luxury Escape

        Miniloc Island

        Miniloc Island

        Miniloc is the most visited island of the archipelago, known for the spectacular Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon that attract many tourists from all around the world.

        Miniloc Island is located right in the middle of Bacuit Bay. Its jagged coastline is filled with pockets of white sand beaches, lagoons and coves.

        The island is home to the least swanky of El Nido Resorts’ four Palawan properties, Miniloc Island Resort. The cottages, many of them over-water, are native style with thatched roofs.

        A big advantage of staying at the Miniloc Island Resort is that in the early morning you can kayak in the Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon before the tourist hordes arrive.

        Location: Bacuit Bay

        Accommodation: Miniloc Island Resort (El Nido Resorts)

        Recommended Length of Visit: 3-4 days

        Activities: Island Hopping, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Diving

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour A

        Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon

        Big Lagoon

        The Big Lagoon is a huge body of water that is enveloped by towering limestone cliffs that line up on both sides of the lagoon like sentinels that gives off a feeling of sailing through another dimension as your boat ride goes deeper into it.

        The Big Lagoon has crystal blue waters that reflect the light from the sun, peeking through the top of the cliffs. With the limestones surrounding it, many have called it the limestone labyrinth which added to Miniloc Island’s fame.

        The Small Lagoon, on the other hand, is a lagoon only accessible through a gap between two giant limestone rocks that appear to be about to kiss each other. Through space, a person could swim or kayak into the lagoon. The cliffs surrounding the lagoon, together with the rocks ad the corals in the shallow part of the area tempers the waves from the sea, protecting the water in the lagoon from all the possible violent events that may occur in the open sea.

        Location: Miniloc Island 

        Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour A and El Nido Tour D

        Helicopter Island

        Helicopter Island

        Like most islands of Bacuit Bay, Helicopter Island (also known as Dilumacad Island) boasts towering cliffs covered with thick vegetation and pristine beach.

        The island is called Helicopter Island because its limestone cliffs resemble the shape of a helicopter when it is viewed from afar, although many visitors have a hard time associating its shape with a helicopter.

        There are good snorkeling spots around the island and underwater tunnels for advanced divers. Helicopter islands is also a great place to relax and unwind. Its 300 meters stretch of beach is great for picnic lunch during island hopping trips and for lounging in the sun.

        The massive cliff on one side of the island that provides an excellent shade, it also the perfect background for your photos.

        Location: Bacuit Bay

        Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour C

        Shimizu Island

        El Nido Shimizu Island

        Shimizu Island is another awesome island in Bactuit Bay with soft white sand and sparkling, clear blue water.

        Snorkelers will love the abundant underwater life which has made this island one of the favorite destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving.

        Shimizu Island is also the perfect spot for a picnic and the perfect background for your photos.

        Shimizu Island was named after a Japanese diver who died in an underwater cave exploration in an underwater tunnel in the island.

        Location: Bacuit Bay

        Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour A

        The Seven Commandos Beach

        7 Commandos Beach

        The Seven Commandos Beach is a quintessential tropical paradise with palm-fringed white beach merging with crystal clear waters. This is the place that you see in exotic travel magazines!

        This isolated beach is located on El Nido mainland, but only accessible by boat due to the mountainous terrain.

        It can be visited on a day trip (it’s part of the Tour A), but you would need at least a couple of days to fully enjoy this tropical paradise. Vellago Resort is an exclusive boutique resort in Seven Commandos Beach. It has only five rooms each with a stunning view from the balcony.

        It was named after a huge fishing vessel was once stranded here. Later on, when the vessel was repaired and left the beach, the local people discovered a huge stone engraved with the word “7 Commandos” and they believed that it was the name of the vessel.

        Location: El Nido mainland

        Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hour

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour A

        Cathedral Cave

        Cathedral Cave

        Aside from its beautiful beaches and lagoons, El Nido has also amazing caves that are often overlooked. One of the most awesome cave is Cathedral Cave which lies a boat-ride away from El Nido town. It’s a boat-navigable cave in a cliffside on Pinasil Island.

        It’s doesn’t look impressive from afar, but up close you will be amazed by this huge cavern with an opening higher than the Underground River. The dark interior of the cave has spectacular rock formations and high ceiling that looks like a cathedral.

        The crystal-clear emerald water inside the cave looks so inviting, but the reality is that is too risky for swimming since it’s the habitat to venomous sea snakes.

        The Cathedral Cave is considered as one of El Nido’s most promising wonders.

        Location: Bacuit Bay

        Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour B

        Lagen Island

        Lagen Island Resort

        Lagen is a private island resort perfect for those seeking a relaxing holiday in one of the most exclusive resorts in El Nido.

        The resort is nestled between a lush of four-hectares of forest and a calm, shallow lagoon.

        The surrounding jungle and the dramatic limestone cliffs are natural attractions that also serve as a natural sanctuary for a diverse variety of birds and mammals.

        The resort organises eco trips and bird watching tours as well as snorkelling and kayaking to explore its caves and marine treasures.

        Lagen Island Resort offers 50 charming cottages, that are located in quiet areas and feature private verandas.

        Location: Bacuit Bay

        Accommodation: Lagen Island Resort (El Nido Resorts)

        Recommended Length of Visit: 3-4 days 

        Activities: Island Hopping, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Diving

        Recommended Tour: Lagen Island Resort

        Nacpan Beach

        Nacpan Beach

        Nacpan Beach is undeniably one of the most stunning beaches in the Philippines.

        Located in the north of El Nido town proper, this coconut tree-lined, a powdery sand pristine beach is perfect for swimming in the crystal clear sea or relaxing in the sun. It’s a fabulous place to visit when you are in El Nido.

        On the southwest tip, Nacpan meets with the smaller twin-Calitang Beach. The best spot where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the two beaches is on top of the small hill which marks the spot where the beaches meet.

        Location: El Nido mainland

        Recommended Length of Visit: 4-5 hours

        Activities: Swimming, sunbathing, walking, watching the sunset  

        Recommended Tour: El Nido Tour E

        Corong Corong Beach

        Sunset El Nido

        While island hopping is the “thing” in El Nido, Palawan, it does not mean that it’s the only thing you can do in the municipality. Corong Corong Beach is a great place to enjoy last few hours of the day, walking along a “golden sand” that is being illuminated by the setting sun.

        Day-trippers opt to go to Corong Corong Beach to enjoy a good view of the sunset relaxing in the sand or laying on hammocks.

        Location: El Nido mainland

        Activities: Swimming, sunbathing, walking, watching the sunset  

        Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

        Marine Fauna

        Dugong Palawan

        The reefs of El Nido offers some of the greatest marine biodiversity in the Philippines having 850 species of fishes, 120 species of corals, 5 species of sea turtles, some nudibranchs and many other creatures.

        On any given dive, divers are likely to see the abundance of El Nido’s fish reefs, having various schools of parrotfish, damselfish, butterfly fish, angelfish, pipefish, clownfish, sweetlips, and many others. Huge schools of mackerel, batfish, and barracuda are also likely to be seen during divings along with grouper, snapper, and trevallies.

        Divers are also likely to encounter hawksbill or green sea turtle, and families of scorpion fish and moray eel. There are also occasional sightings of eagle ray, manta ray, blacktip reef shark, bumphead, napoleon and for lucky ones, the whale shark.

        Lobsters, cuttlefish, and seahorse are also regularly seen in the area. Aside from those mentioned, the waters of El Nido also has a very interesting macro life beneath it, creatures such as shrimps, crabs, jawfish, gobies, nudibranchs, and worms serve as another set of eye candies for divers who visit the place.

        Night dives are also advised when in El Nido because it’s the time of the day when all the crustaceans are in the open, together with octopus, squid, and even bioluminescence. Dugong, a medium-sized marine mammal that feeds on seagrass may also be seen occasionally in El Nido.

        Read more about Diving in El Nido

        Recommended Tours of El Nido

        • El Nido Tour A: Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and 7’s Commandos Beach.

         

        • El Nido Tour B: Pangulasian Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, and Cathedral Cave.

         

        • El Nido Tour C: Helicopter/Dilumacad Island, Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine, and Tapiutan Island.

        Suggested 4- days Itinerary

        Day 1: Arrive El Nido – Nacpan Beach
        Day 2: El Nido Tour A
        Day 3: El Nido Tour C
        Day 4: Departure El Nido