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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. 

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

2. 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.

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 Tour A: Kayangan Lake, Quin reef Tour with Lunch

4. Coron Tour A: Kayangan Lake, Quin reef Tour with Lunch

Today you will discover the beauty of Coron Island beginning with the magnificent rock formation and towering million years of limestone. Visit the most unique island destination, crystal clear water, powdery white sand beaches, enchanted lakes, sunken old shipwrecks, beautiful fishes, and different corals in the coral gardens. The itinerary begins at: “KAYANGAN LAKE” Experience the enchanting beauty of this lake. Accessible by a 10-minute climb. The crystal clear water of kayangan lake is located on a mountain wall; underwater is like a moonscape. There’s a little wooden pathway and platform to stay your things if you go swimming. “CYC BEACH (CORON YOUTH CLUB)” One of the beach destinations for the tour is the CYC (Coron Youth Club) Beach. CYC means “Coron Youth Club.” One interesting fact about this place is that it is the only beach without an entrance fee. It has a long stretch which makes it the better pick when it comes to swimming. The beach has a picturesque view, decorated by rock formations, mangrove trees, and powdery white sand perfect for sunbathing. “SUNSET BEACH” It's named sunset beach because the view of the sunset. This beach is a good area for lunch. A beautiful beach, with crystal clear water. “LAS ISLAS DE CORAL” Just a little swim from CYC Beach and you'll reach Las Islas de Coral where you can do some snorkelling. When swimming in the snorkeling area, be cautious since there are many sea urchins scattered around the floor. This area also rich in colorful corals and fishes.

Puerto Princesa: Private Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

5. Puerto Princesa: Private Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

Experience the magnificent marine life of Puerto Princesa. Honda Bay is located on the eastern shore of Puerto Princesa and is home to a wide variety of tiny islands lined with resorts and beaches. Before boarding your private boat, make a stop to rent your snorkel, aqua shoes, and swimming fins. Once onboard, you will be taken to three different locations, each with its own unique attractions and characteristics. The 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 reappears when the tide is low. It is home to long stretches of powdery, cream-colored sand and clear blue water, which are perfect for swimming and relaxing. Next is Pambato Reef, a famous snorkeling site in Honda Bay with 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 and where your buffet-style lunch will be served. The clear waters and fine sand are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Head back to the wharf at around 2:30 PM for hotel drop-off.

Coron Private Ultimate Tour: Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon

6. 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

From Coron: Island Hopping Boat Day Trip with Buffet Lunch

7. From Coron: Island Hopping Boat Day Trip with Buffet Lunch

Uncover the magic of Malcapuya Island and Kayangan Lake on this boating day trip with hotel pickup and drop-from Coron Town Proper. Tuck in to light refreshments as you cruise along and feast on a full buffet lunch. Have the option of renting extras like snorkel gear, a kayak, and water shoes.  Be picked up from your doorstep and whisked away to the boat. Boat the boat and embark on an adventure to o Malcapuya Island. Take in panoramic views of coastal cliffs as you make your way along the shore. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of Kayangan Lake and the Twin Lagoon. Sit down to a mouth-watering buffet lunch with bottled water and seasonal fruit on the beach. Rent some snorkel gear and explore the remains of Skeleton Wreck and admire the vibrant colors of the Reef Garden. Soak up some sun at the Corn Youth Club Beach and Sunset beach. 

El Nido: Island Hopping Tour B Cudognong Cave & More

8. 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.

Coron Private Tour B: Barracuda Lake and Smith Beach

9. 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

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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4.3 / 5

based on 30 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.

Great snorkeling. Make sure you bring suntan lotion. Even overcast days can burn alot. Buffet was awesome and the staff is so helpful.

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

Really love taking the kayaks into the big lagoon.