Island-hopping is the main activity in El Nido and the most popular tour packages are designed to suit up any traveler’s preference.
El Nido Tours are categorized into A, B, C, and D – each includes the visit to some of the most beautiful islands and beaches found in the Bacuit Bay’s Archipelago. With these tours, traveler’s can indulge in the wonderful seascapes, swim in the pristine waters or relax on the white beaches. The itineraries are standard for all the tour operators.
However, when you start researching the best islands and beaches to visit in El Nido, you may feel like you don’t know where to start.
But don’t worry because we’re going to give a glance at what you can experience in El Nido’s itineraries, so you can pick the best tour for you.
Below is the list of tour El Nido Tour Packages
El Nido Tour A
El Nido Tour A also known as Lagoon Tour comprises of getting yourself around the limestone paradise and iconic lagoons. The places involved here are the Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and 7’s Commandos Beach. *with the new rules regulations, the Small Lagoon is now part of the tour D
This is the most popular tour in El Nido compared to the other three. The stunning islands and lagoons are not far from the mainland and the price for a shared tour isn’t expensive, starting from PHP 1,200 per person.
It’s the quintessential El Nido Tour and perfect for awesome photos.
It may be a bit crowded in high season and public holidays.
El Nido Tour B
El Nido Tour B includes a visit to Pangulasian Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, and Cathedral Cave.
This tour offers diverse attractions with a mix of caves, islands, beaches and a sandbank. Tour B is fitting to travelers who want a relaxing experience in El Nido and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Bacuit Bay. The price for shared tour starts from PHP 1,300 per person.
The most diverse natural attractions of Bacuit Bay.
Less active and adventurous than A and C.
El Nido Tour C
El Nido Tour C is the second most popular tour in El Nido. It includes a visit to Helicopter/Dilumacad Island, Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine, and Tapiutan Island.
This tour offers a good mix of adventure, snorkeling and beach lounging. Rate per person starts from PHP 1,400.
Include some of the best places of Bacuit archipelago.
Tour C is a bit farther out in the open sea and waves tend to be strong. It can get canceled last-minute due to the bad weather conditions.
El Nido Tour D
El Nido Tour D offers a visit to Cadlao Lagoon, Pasandigan Beach, Nat Nat Beach, Bucal Beach, and Paradise Beach.
This may be the least among the others mentioned; however, Tour D should be one every seasoned traveler’s wish list.
With El Nido Tour D you will visit some of the hidden gems of Bacuit Bay, visited by few foreign tourists. You should pick this when you need a great escape where you can’t feel the presence of the outside world.
Rate per person starts from PHP 1,200.
Ideal for those who would like to visit beaches for snorkeling avoiding the crowds.
Minimum number of participants to run the shared tour may not be reached. Most of the times it is organized in private basis only.
Are El Nido Island Hopping Tours suitable for non-swimmer?
You don’t have to be a seasoned swimmer to enjoy El Nido. You’ll be given a life jacket so you can go snorkeling or swimming in deep water and join the other tourists wherever the boat stops.
Tour B and D are the most suitable options if you have fear of deep water or aren’t a good swimmer. You can do these tours without swimming and just enjoy the beaches.
You would have to swim a lot if you choose Tour A or Tour C, especially when going to the hidden lagoon, secret and hidden beach. Sometime even expert swimmers may find difficult to get inside the Secret Beach where you need to swim underwater through a narrow rock tunnel with strong currents.