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Transfer between Puerto Princesa and El Nido

1. 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: 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. 

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: Hidden Beaches & Shrine

3. 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.

From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

4. From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

Discover the islands around El Nido on a full-day island hopping tour from Puerto Princesa. Explore the area's most picturesque sites, including the Secret and Big Lagoons, and replenish your energy with a sumptuous BBQ lunch. Choose the private option to have your own exclusive experience, allowing for more flexibility and customization.  Begin your tour bright and early with pickup from your hotel in downtown Puerto Princesa at around 4 AM and head straight toward El Nido. Rest during the approximately 5-hour journey, and make a short stop to stretch your legs and buy some food. Upon arrival in the resort town of El Nido, you'll be dropped off near the jump-off point. Have breakfast at one of the several restaurants before boarding your boat, if you like. To fully enjoy the activity, rental of gears and kayak are already included in the package. Set sail on your island hopping activity by 9 AM and make up to 5 stops in all. Depending on the assigned route, you will start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in 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, before making your last stop at the Big Lagoon. By midday, pause your island hopping to savor a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. The island hopping activity ends at around 4 PM, at which point you'll be dropped off back at the wharf where you'll head back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa. Prior to going back to Puerto Princesa, you can enjoy dinner in El Nido. At 6 PM, get back on the road to your hotel, which you should reach by midnight.

El Nido: Island Hopping Tour B Cudognong Cave & More

5. 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.

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.

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What people are saying about El Nido

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 129 reviews

Our tour guide Alvin was the best. He helped us take our beautiful photos, carried our stuff and gave us a lot of insight about the islands. I would really recommend the private tour, it avoids crowds and you get a more tailored experience. The food was amazing and well presented, it was unfortunate that we couldn’t finish it all as there was only 4 of us. If you can only do one tour, make sure it’s Tour A - lots of activities and beautiful sights. I would recommend to bring a lot of sunscreen and sun safe accessories as you can easily burn without noticing because you are having a lot of fun.

Consider a long journey, a terrible road and a space on board that is not exactly excessive, but the service is precise and punctual. Long journey and terrible road, not so much space on board but this service is punctual and precise.

The most beautiful tour I have been on In the Philippines. Would for sure do it again. Even though it was raining at times the sun came out at perfect times.

Trip was great. Went a lot longer than I expected. The guys in the boat avoided crowds. Very pleased.

Beautiful scenery. Would really recommend the private tour. Alvin our tour guide, was very helpful