Which El Nido Island Hopping to choose?
El Nido is an incredible place that every traveler should visit in the Philippines.
El Nido is a first class municipality and is one of the provinces of Palawan’s pride. El Nido that means “The Nest”, takes its name from the Spanish. It was named after the edible nest of the balinsasayaw – swiftlets, found in the crevices of its limestone cliffs. The locals use the birds’ nest for making soups and medications.
El Nido has been declared one of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines and is one of the top-ranked tourism destinations around the planet’s numerous bucket lists. The water in El Nido is so pristine, coral reefs are just a big wow, and the tropical vegetation is lush and unspoiled.
Moreover, El Nido, Palawan is secretly rich when it comes to culture and heritage aside from its pleasing environment. There is a place called Sibaltan in which they preserve their local culture up to this date. El Nido isn’t just for the sun sand & sea, but also for educational purposes like in the field of archaeological scientific studies and research participation.
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 packages discussed beforehand:
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.
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.
Pro: It’s the quintessential El Nido Tour and perfect for awesome photos.
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.
Pro: The most diverse natural attractions of Bacuit Bay
Cons: 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.
Pro: Include some of the best places of Bacuit archipelago
Cons: Tour C is 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.
Pro: Ideal for those who would like to visit beaches for snorkeling avoiding the crowds.
Cons: Minimum number of participants to run the shared tour may not be reached. Most of the times it is organized in private basis only.
El Nido Combo Tours
The combination of two different itineraries can be done in one day. The most popular are El Nido Combo A& B and El Nido Combo A & C.
The advantage of doing a combo tour is that you can see the highlights of two tours in one day. Combo tours are more expensive than normal tour with a rate per person starting from PHP 2,100.
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