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El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

1. 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

2. 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: 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.

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

4. 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!

Coron Private Tour B: Barracuda Lake and Smith Beach

5. Coron Private Tour B: Barracuda Lake and Smith Beach

Spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun as you visit places like Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, Skeleton Wreck, Reef Garden, and much more. You'll begin your tour with a visit to Barracuda Lake, a gorgeous lake surrounded by sturdy trees and a popular spot for many divers because of its dramatic temperature shifts. Strong shoes are recommended for this tour as the path to the lake itself can be difficult, but you'll be rewarded with a fun dip in the lake's crystal clear waters. This is followed by a stop at Skeleton Wreck, a sunken warship, where you can enjoy swimming with colorful fishes and maybe even touch the edge of the ship if the tide gets low enough! DESTINATIONS: • Barracuda Lake • Smith Beach • Skeleton Wreck • Twin Lagoon • Reef Garden

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

6. 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.

Coron Private Ultimate Tour: Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon

7. Coron Private Ultimate Tour: Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon

Experience Coron’s pristine beaches and clear waters on an island-hopping cruise, complete with buffet lunch, guide, and door-to-door round-trip transfers from town hotels. Climb to the crystal waters of Kayangan Lake, swim in Twin Lagoon, snorkel Skeleton Wreck, and explore Siete Pecados/ Reef Garden. Catch some rays on Corn Youth Club Beach and Sunset/ Atwayan Beach. DESTINATIONS: • Kayangan Lake • Twin Lagoon • Sunset beach/AtwayanBeach • Siete Picados/ReefGarden • Skeleton Wreck • Coral Garden • CYC Beach

Coron: Coastal Cliffs, Beach & Malcapuya Island Hopping Tour

8. Coron: Coastal Cliffs, Beach & Malcapuya Island Hopping Tour

Sail local style on a Philippine Banca boat to venture out to the most popular islands in Coron. Your all-inclusive tour provides of pickup and drop-off, a local lunch, and snorkeling gear so you can immerse yourself in a full day of island hopping. After pickup from your hotel and a quick safety briefing, you'll pick up your snorkeling gear before setting sail. Your first stop is Banana Island. Although you won't be able to spot bananas, a soft beach and lazy hammocks await you. The second stop is one of the most well-known island of Coron. Malcapuya Island has the best beach in Coron with stunning blue sky, emerald water, and white sand. Discover an even more colorful of amazing marine life underwater with your snorkeling gear. Last stop is Bulog Dos Island, famous for its more private atmosphere away from the crowds. Here you can take pictures, enjoy tanning, or go swimming. Finally, it's time for a local-style BBQ lunch with seafood and more amidst the stunning scenery, before you head back to your hotel.

El Nido: Island Hopping Tour B Cudognong Cave & More

9. 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

10. 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 Palawan

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 20 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.

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.

It was a nice trip. The guide is friendly and entertaining. Get to enjoy everything. It was a fantastic trip going in Palawan.

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