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What to Expect: Island Hopping (Tour A) at El Nido, Palawan

Palawan is the largest province in the Philippines in terms of land area. It is award winning and definitely a must-see for tourists. The prime locations in this province are Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron.

My friends and I decided to visit El Nido for our 2014 Summer Trip. It took us about six hours to get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa Airport so make sure to book the earliest flight possible if you are planning to go there. It is advisable to make van reservation before your trip so that someone will pick you up at the airport and drive you cross-town. I recommend using the services of Eulen Joy Express, one of the most popular  transport service in the area. You may send your reservations at

When in El Nido, you have to choose which kind of tour you want to avail. We chose to go for Island Hopping Tour A and here are the places we visited:

1.Big Lagoon – this is the main tourist attraction of Tour A because of its amazing rock formation and calming scenery. During low tide season, boats can not enter the lagoon so it is recommended to rent a kayak.


2.Small Lagoon – Snorkeling is the main activity in this lagoon. However, tourists are advised to take caution at all times because you can easily hurt yourself with sharp coral reefs and its inhabitants (yes, I was bitten by a fish)!


3. Secret Lagoon – We were curious why this lagoon was a secret and sure enough, the entrance was hard to find when you do not know where to look. The entrance being a hole in a huge limestone wall just big enough to accommodate one person at a time. It is not recommended to visit during high tide as there is no way out when you get stuck inside the lagoon when the water rises.


4.Simizu Island – It’s like visiting a little paradise where you can simply relax under the coconut trees surrounded by limestone cliffs. This place is perfect for a noon stopover so your tour group can have a picnic.


5. Seven Commandos Beach – Unlike the previous islands that are pure nature, this island actually has a small community. You can buy snacks and use cottages and hammocks for free while killing time before going back to the main land. Playing volleyball is recommended unless it gets too windy that you can hardly see where the ball is coming from.


The Island Hopping will take one whole fulfilling day and is great for those who are staying for only three days and two nights. However, we had one more day to spend so we were able to visit the beautiful Las Cabanias Beach just a tricycle away.


Have you visited El Nido, Palawan or are you planning to visit soon? I’d be glad to share experiences and expectations in the comments section. Talk to you, guys soon!


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Kim Florendo

Leisure traveler, e-book author, iPhone photographer, blog writer, entrepreneur and overall interesting girl.

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