Included in El Nido’s Tour A package, Big Lagoon is another one of those iconic Palawan lagoons with the towering limestone cliffs acting like sentinels. The clear emerald water is a sight to behold, piquing the curiosity of those who marvel at it about what’s underneath the calm waters. Some parts are deep while some are shallow.
Big Lagoon is normally the second stop of El Nido’s Island Hopping Tour A, furthering the excitement of guests for what is to come. The tour package is usually inclusive of boat, lunch, tour guide fee, life vest, and snorkeling gear. Check with your operators and agencies. All island hopping tour operations start at 9 AM and normally end at 4 PM.
Things to Do
- You can explore the lagoon by kayaking.
- Take photos of the scenery and have this piece of paradise as your backdrop for your next profile picture.
Fees and Rates
You can book your tour with the travel agencies or tour operators along Bacuit Bay or while in town.
- Group Tour: P1200 per person
- Private Boat Tour: Around P4000-P6000 (depending on the size of the boat and group)
- Kayak Rental Fee: P700 (whole day; within operation hours)
You can also book via Klook.
Airport: El Nido Airport, Puerto Princesa International Airport
From Manila, you can reach El Nido via any of these three gateways: El Nido Airport is the nearest and the most convenient one, but also the most expensive route. Puerto Princesa Airport is the most common jump-off point to El Nido. It is also the best course to take for those who want to explore both Puerto Princesa and El Nido. For those who want to embark on a Coron-El Nido combination tour, Busuanga Airport is the best option.
- From Puerto Princesa, you have 3 options going to El Nido: Roro Bus (P290-380, 6-7hrs); Bus (P385-480, 6-7hrs); Van (P550-600, 5hrs). If you are taking the bus and RoRo bus, take a tricycle from the airport to Junction 1 (P8). From there, take a multicab to San Jose Terminal. Special tricycle trip from the airport costs around P80 to P100. If you are taking the van, there are shuttle vans at the airport or if you are already at the city center, go to the terminal located at Robinson’s Mall.
- Once in El Nido, you can take a tricycle going downtown or directly to your hotel if you already booked one.
Here are some resorts near Big Lagoon.
El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Photos above courtesy of respective resorts (via Agoda).
For more options, search here: Palawan Hotels
- Follow the rules and regulations. Breaking the rules is never cool; it may cost you your own life or the lives of others.
- Wear your life vest, especially if you are not a good swimmer or you can’t swim at all. Always demand life vests from your tour operators and agencies.
- Bring lots of water; if possible, bring your own refillable water container instead of plastic bottles. Some tour operators provide drinking water. Check if yours do.
- Wear protective footwear. There are sea urchins in the shallow parts.
- It’s not easy to enter the lagoon by big boats during low tide, so people use kayaks instead.
- Make sure you bring your power bank or extra batteries for your cameras and phones, so you won’t miss taking photos.
- Leave nothing but footprints. Bring nothing but memories. Respect the place.
- After completing Tour A, you may also do the other tours (B, C, D or E) if you still have time and money to spare.
- You can explore other parts of El Nido. If you are quite the adventurous type, challenge yourself by climbing Mount Taraw, also known as Taraw Cliff.
- If you are flying out via Puerto Princesa airport and you still have time, explore the city or buy souvenirs.