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From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

1. From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

Start your day with a convenient pick-up service from your downtown accommodation at 7:00 AM. From there, travel by land to the famous underground river. Your tour guide will provide information about the area and Puerto Princesa City in general along the way, ensuring you get to learn as much as you can about this wonderful location. During the trip a stop will be made at Buenavista, a delightful viewpoint where you can get a glimpse of Ulugan Bay. Arrive at Sabang Wharf at approximately 8:00 AM, and board a pump boat to the mouth of the cave. This place is home to Monitor Lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other forms of wildlife, some of which are exclusive to Palawan. After a short walk, you'll ride a paddleboat to the underground river and marvel at this natural wonder. Once back at the wharf, lunch will be served at one of the restaurants in Sabang. Get to enjoy local cuisine and sample the taste Filipinos love. An optional side trip to Ugong Rock Adventure Zipline and Spelunking is available after the Underground River Tour so that you can make the most of your day. Once back in the city, you'll be dropped off at your hotel. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

2. El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

Spend a perfect day island-hopping in paradise. After pickup from your accommodation in downtown El Nido, you'll head to Carong-Carong beach for the necessary tour briefing and registration. By 9:00 AM, you'll be on your way to various destinations on Bacuit Bay.  Your day will include 4 stops in all: start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in the jagged rock walls. Continue on to Shimizu Island, a gorgeous beach with crystal-clear waters. Then, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand. Your last stop will be the Big Lagoon. If you've booked far enough in advance, you'll be guaranteed entrance to this Lagoon, one of three premium stops designated by the local government—entrance is restricted to just 500 people per day. By midday, make a stop to enjoy a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. Head back to Carong-Carong by approximately 4:00 PM. 

Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

3. Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

Experience the beauty of marine life in Puerto Princesa. Honda Bay is located on the eastern shore of Puerto Princesa and hosts a variety of tiny islands with resorts and beaches. It is also home to a wide variety of fishes, corals, and giant clams. Begin your 30-minute journey from the city to Barangay Sta. Lourdes, where the Honda Bay Wharf is located. Before boarding your boat, you will make a stop to rent your snorkel, aqua shoes, and swimming fins. Once on board, you will be taken to 3 different places each with its own unique attractions and characteristics. First is Luli Island. This sand bar got its name from the Filipino 'Lulubog at LIlitaw', which means to appear and disappear on water. The sand bar disappears when the tide is high and appears when the tide is low. It has powdery cream-colored sand and clear blue water, which is perfect for swimming and relaxing. There is a cocktail bar where you can sample the local mixes. There is a dive platform where you can take a jump into the water.  Next is Pambato Reef. This reef is a famous snorkeling site in Honda Bay. It has an average depth of 13 meters and covers an area as wide as 16 hectares. It has a thriving community of branch and ear corals and schools of fish including lapu-lapu (grouper), parrot fish, and spadefish. Finally, head to Cowrie Island where you will spend most of your day. Your buffet-style lunch will be served on this island. The clear blue waters and powdery sand are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sun bathing. There is a massage center where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage. Your day will end at approximately 2:30 PM. You will head back to the wharf and your driver will meet you there to return you to your accommodation. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

El Nido: Island Hopping Tour B Cudognong Cave & More

4. El Nido: Island Hopping Tour B Cudognong Cave & More

Start your tour with convenient pickup from El Nido or Corong-Corong area before you board your tour boat for some island hopping. You'll visit Snake Island, which got its name from its constantly changing sandbars. Snake Island is a well-known photo spot for tourists. Next, discover Popolkan Island with its abundant marine life and rich reefs and enjoy some snorkeling or swimming in crystal blue waters. Then, listen to stories about World War 2 at Cudognong Cave where Japanese soldiers often hid. Other tour highlights include Cathedral Cave and Pinagbuyutan Island, famous for its white sand beach. At the end of the tour, you'll also enjoy a local seafood barbecue lunch while enjoying amazing views. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped back off at Corong-Corong Beach.

Transfer between Puerto Princesa and El Nido

5. Transfer between Puerto Princesa and El Nido

Enjoy a hassle-free journey between Puerto Princesa and El Nido. Sit back and relax inside a modern air-conditioned vehicle as your professional driver takes you to your destination. Choose between a shared or private transfer.  If your upcoming holiday has a laid-back schedule, try the shared transfer with time slots available throughout the day. If you would prefer a readily available transfer, you can book a private van. Enjoy the spacious interior that will fit up to 13 people.

El Nido: Hidden Beaches and Lagoons Boat Hopping Tour D

6. El Nido: Hidden Beaches and Lagoons Boat Hopping Tour D

Discover the heavenly natural sites and emerald waters around El Nido on a full-day tour of the region's secret spots. Visit hidden gems, including secret beaches and famous lagoons with space to enjoy water activities. On this 7-hour tour, you will visit Cadlao Island, Small Lagoon, Pasandigan Beach, Nat Nat Beach, Paradise Beach, Bucal Island.   Start your day with hotel pickup in downtown El Nido or Corong-Corong area. After a short safety briefing, the boat will head out into the crystal clear sea. The first stop is at Small Lagoon, where mysterious rocks and clear waters awaits you. Continue to Cadlao Island and swim the beautiful lagoon.   Visit Pasandigan, Nat Nat, and Paradise Beach, three hidden beaches on the island where shallow waters and calm waves allow even beginners to enjoy the sea. A BBQ lunch will be served at one of the stops, where you can enjoy the food with stunning natural scenery in the background. The tour ends at around 4:00 PM and you'll be dropped off on Corong-Corong Beach.

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: Hidden Beaches & Shrine

7. El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: Hidden Beaches & Shrine

This unique tour will take you over the world-famous beaches of El Nido that include Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Helicopter Island, Tapiutan Beach and Matinloc Shrine. Your day begins with an early departure to El Nido Pier, where you'll travel to your first stop: Helicopter Island, named for its unique rock formations that from a distance looks like a helicopter. Visit Matinloc Shrine, which is also known as the Shine of Our Lady of Matinloc, a spritual oasis. After learning the stories behind this location, indulge in a delicious barbecued lunch and then head off to the Secret Beach. Hidden away from the shoreline, it's like your own private paradise. Don't miss out on the chance to see and swim along El Nido's finest beaches.

Puerto Princesa: Underground River Tour

8. Puerto Princesa: Underground River Tour

Start the tour with an early pick up from your hotel in Puerto Princesa City. Enjoy a 2.5-hour drive to Sabang during which you can admire the picturesque scenery. From Sabang, take a small motorized Bangka boat to the entrance beach. Pass through a wonderful forest area home to a number of indigenous species including a naughty troop of macaques. Get up close to monkeys and monitor lizards in a rainforest setting. From there, enter the underground river on a paddle boat during a 45-minute to 1-hour tour. Explore the pitch-dark inner recesses of the cavern as you navigate one of the longest underground rivers in the world with a total length of 5 miles (8 km). Witness the stalagmite-pillared interiors, different rock formations, and domed amphitheaters which took thousands of years to form. Marvel at the swift and bat populations that inhabit the cave. Upon your return to the Sabang port, visit a local restaurant for a buffet lunch.

Coron: Private Island-Hopping Tour on a Yacht or Speedboat

9. Coron: Private Island-Hopping Tour on a Yacht or Speedboat

Experience an exclusive tour of Coron Island on board your own private yacht or speedboat. Walk along two idyllic beaches, Banol Beach and CYC Beach, and discover what lies beneath Barracuda Lake you plan to snorkel. Enjoy an included lunch and optional pickup. Choose to meet your guide at one of the meeting points or get picked up directly from your hotel. Then, leaving Coron Harbor Square, set sail on the turquoise waters to explore the island’s unique charm. Be camera-ready as you visit Coron's famous Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, and the Twin Lagoon, the latter of which is hidden away amongst staggering limestone cliffs. With this being a private trip, you'll get plenty of time to take in the sights at your own pace. As you continue the day island hopping around one of the best island destinations in Asia, stop to walk along pristine beaches, including Banon Beach and CYC Beach. Be welcomed by their golden sands and clear, turquoise waters. If snorkeling is your cup of tea, you’ll enjoy the visit to Coral Garden, known for its vibrant corals and colorful marine life. Make sure you bring your underwater camera as this might be the best coral you've ever seen. Refuel during the trip with an included 3-course traditional lunch. You can also bring your own food and drinks on board to further personalize your private trip. Enhance your experience by adding the private tour photographer as an add-on for unlimited shots, USB in soft copies, drone shots included and all photos are enhanced for unbeatable memories and easier to share on your social media accounts!

Puerto Princesa: Underground River, Zipline, Paddleboat Tour

10. Puerto Princesa: Underground River, Zipline, Paddleboat Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Princesa and travel for 90 minutes to Sabang. Upon arrival at the wharf, your tour guide will arrange the necessary paperwork to access the cave. Ride in a motorboat for approximately 20 minutes until you reach the cave entrance. Put on your hard hat and explore the cave with audio guide commentary. Learn about the cave's importance to the local ecosystem on a tour lasting approximately 45 minutes.  After the cave tour, head back to Sabang wharf where your lunch will be waiting for you. Visit one of the restaurants lining the beach and enjoy traditional Filipino dishes with vegetarian options available. After lunch, walk along Sabang beach to reach the Sabang X zipline. Be strapped in and enjoy a scenic low-speed zip line ride for 800 meters. Take in the beautiful views of the mountains and the coastline. At the end of the zipline, enjoy a paddleboat tour through the lush mangrove forest, before being returned to Puerto Princesa.

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Come prepared for going in the water immediately, as you will need to get water to waist/chest level just to get started with the tour. Bring your own reef shoes or rent from them at the beginning of the tour. We had a great and fun guide, which helped us spend a great time and was a master at avoiding the crowds. Loved the hidden and the big lagoon, as well as just chilling in some of the islands. Great day all around if you have some time by El Nido. PS: I love how much they care about keeping the whole area clean and forbid any type of plastics to be brought in.

Me and my girlfriend really enjoyed the tour, the crew were all friendly and ready to help. Food was enjoyable, the tour guides gave explanations about each island we went to. I would definitely recommend this excursion for anyone visiting El Nido. Special shoutout to the main tour guide on the Kubera boat, he made it extra special for us!

Everything was great, from the pickup to the guides, the places we visited and the food. It is a must to do this tour when in El Nido!!! Absolute recommendation.

The views are breathtaking and the guide was excellent. If you’re in Puerto Princesa this is a must!

The tour was on time. private tour is good and definitely recommend.