Hopping from one island to another while snorkeling the crystal-clear waters in between is by far the best and recommended activity to do in El Nido, Philippines.

Gettin’ to know El Nido

All tours in El Nido are organized and have the same rate from all the tour operators which are all inclusive of buffet lunch, and drinking water and some include a mask and snorkel. These tours are arranged based on their location and proximity to the town. Combined tours are also available, just ask your local tour operator.

Tour A

Known as the “Lagoon Tour”, it is the most popular in all the island-hopping tours in El Nido. The tour takes you around the limestone formations and lagoons in the island of Miniloc. The views at Miniloc are reminiscent of the beautifully taken scenes you see from postcards with towering cliffs on both sides.

Get to visit Small Lagoon with this tour, where you will need to swim or board a kayak between giant limestone rocks in order to enter. Tranquil turquoise-green waters await you with limestone walls so tall you’ll find yourself in awe of this display of beauty. You’ll also be amazed by the magnitude of the Big Lagoon and concealment of the Secret Lagoon where another world lies on the other side of a small opening in the rock. Also, part of this tour is, Shimizu Island and 7 Commando Island where you can enjoy the tropical surroundings and stay under the shades of the cliffs.

  • Small Lagoon
  • Big Lagoon
  • Secret Lagoon
  • Shimizu Island
  • 7 Commando Island

Tour B

Recognized as the “Cave Tour”, Tour B lets you visit 2 caves and 3 islands with white sandy beaches and a sandbar in the middle of the sea!

In this tour, you will visit Cudognon Cave where you’ll have to climb a small opening among the rocks where after passing through reveals remarkable rock formations. Another cave is called Cathedral where the only access inside is by kayak. Like the first cave, Cathedral is just as big. Be captivated by the fine powdery white sands of Pinagbuyutan Island and Entalula Island, and by the S-shaped sandbar of Snake Island where a glimpse of the sandbar is accessible by climbing a hill. Beware: A stealth-like monkey living on the island is known to be a notorious food stealer!

  • Cudognon Cave
  • Cathedral Cave
  • Pinagbuyutan Island
  • Entalula Island
  • Snake Island

Tour C

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Also, one of the most popular tours is Tour C or the “Shrine Tour” where you will get to visit beautiful snorkeling spots, beaches, islands and a mysterious abandoned shrine.

Adore the blue and green colors of nature as you walk along the white sands

The Secret Beach, cloaked by cliffs, is only accessible through a narrow opening where one has to swim in order to get the little piece of paradise. Hidden between two huge rocks is a strip of white sand is called nothing other than, Hidden Beach. Here you’ll get the chance to bask in the sun before moving on to your next stops. Adore the blue and green colors of nature as you walk along the white sands of Helicopter and Talisay Island. And lastly, climb up the top of the cliff and get the best view in Matinloc Shrine where you’ll be able to snap the most picturesque seascape.

  • Secret Beach
  • Hidden Beach
  • Helicopter Island
  • Talisay Island
  • Matinloc Shrine

Tour D

If you’re a beach bum and a sun lover then this tour might have been created just for you. Take Tour D or otherwise known as the “Beach Tour” as it mostly hubs beautiful and peaceful white sand beaches.

Located along Cadlao Island, Pasandigan Beach and Paradise Beach are coves that are less crowded, perfect for those who just want to enjoy the serenity of the place under the coconut trees and relax in a tropical paradise. Bucal Island and Natnat Beach feature great sceneries ideal for your much-awaited photo series! And while waiting for your lunch to be served, swim and snorkel in the clear emerald waters of Cadlao Lagoon.

  • Pasandigan Beach
  • Natnat Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Bucal Beach
  • Cadlao Lagoon

 Tip:  If you are traveling in groups, it might be best to rent your own boat. This will cost cheaper and will give you more freedom about your length of stay for each stop.

Of all the tours in El Nido, it is guaranteed that one will enjoy whichever tour you may choose. After all, El Nido is already a delight of its own blessed with the most amazing views and most abundant marine life. A destination that truly exceeds one’s expectations, an incredible paradise, a heaven on earth, how much more can anyone really describe the true experience of getting to know El Nido? Perhaps there is only one way to confirm, see it for yourself.