Water activity

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

4.3 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider: Corazon Travel & Tours
Water activity

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

Activity provider: Corazon Travel & Tours

From US$ 381.49 per group up to 1

Have fun in El Nido on a shared day tour from Puerto Princesa, perfect if time's running short. Hop on a van up north, then experience the beautiful islands on Bacuit Bay by boat. Snorkel, swim, kayak, and more, and enjoy a BBQ lunch onboard.

About this activity

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Duration 20 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Tagalog
Pickup included
Pickup from within 15 kilometers of Puerto Princesa City Airport. Please be at the lobby at least 10 minutes prior to your pickup time. Your driver will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Private or small groups available


  • Enjoy a full-day island hopping activity in El Nido
  • Visit major sites such as the Secret and Big Lagoons
  • Fill out your day with water activities and a delicious BBQ lunch
  • Get to see the countryside during the drive to and from El Nido
Full description
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 barbeque 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.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off for guests staying within downtown Puerto Princesa or within 10 miles (15 kilometers) of Puerto Princesa City Airport
  • Return transfer Puerto Princesa-El Nido
  • Island tour at El Nido with lunch and boat crew
  • Entrance fees to all destinations
  • Use of life vests
  • Snorkeling mask, aqua shoes, kayak rental
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off for guests staying beyond 10 miles (15 kilometers) of the airport
  • Gratuities
  • Insurance
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water shoes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This activity is 20 hours long and involves a total driving time of over 10 hours (5+ hours each way)
  • This activity is subject to favorable weather conditions. If it's canceled due to poor weather and you're already in El Nido, you will be offered an alternate activity that may not involve island hopping
  • The stops on the island hopping tour may vary based on local situations
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

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Amazing experience. Pick up transportation from Puerto Princesa to El Nido was smooth, driver picked us up from our hotel at the exact time given and got us there safely after a 5 hour drive. Tour guides Jason and Nathan on the Marielle boat really put an effort in making sure we enjoyed the tour. They were very friendly, accommodating and our family enjoyed our conversations with them.

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October 14, 2022

The tour was extremely well organized. Despite a slightly late pick-up we arrived well on time in El Nido. The boat company were great, we were told 5 stops and we got them. No rushing and ample time to enjoy each spot. The scenery is stunning and really good snorkeling and beaches. Lunch is cooked and served on the boat. They put a lot of emphasis on safety and we were well looked after during the day. Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone. Well worth the price and journey.

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February 1, 2020

The boat does not dock directly on the beach, so you have to walk 10m to the boat at the open. We had to carry our bags on our heads to prevent them from falling into the water. This tour should only be done in good weather (ideally no weather with strong wind). The drive from puerto princesa to el nido takes 4.5 hours, far too long, but with 2 toilet breaks. On the whole, one must have seen el nido.

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January 7, 2020

Product ID: 265815