EL NIDO: SECRET LAGOON (Tour A)

The Secret Lagoon is included in the itinerary of El Nido’s Island Hopping Tour A. It is one of the lagoon stops for this tour and one of the many in Palawan. It is also called Hidden Lagoon; the entrance to the lagoon is somewhat inconspicuous, hence the name. Explore this best-kept “secret” when you got to El Nido by booking Tour A.

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

  • Make the most of your visit by swimming and taking photos. The part near the lagoon’s entrance has shallow water, but it gets deeper as you go further.
  • When you are done exploring the lagoon, you can also swim or just relax at the beach beside the lagoon. Ask the guide and the boatman if you still have time to spare before heading to the next stop.

Fees and Rates

The Secret Lagoon is part of El Nido’s TOUR A. You can join a Group Tour or charter a private boat.

  • Tour A: P1200 per person
  • Private Boat Tour: Around P4000-P6000 (depending on the size of the boat and group)

You can also book via Klook.

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Getting There

Airport: El Nido Airport, Puerto Princesa International Airport

From Manila, you can reach El Nido via 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Once in El Nido, you can take a tricycle going downtown or directly to your hotel if you already booked one.

Nearby Resorts

Here are some resorts in El Nido.

El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Location: Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan

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Matinloc Resort
Location: Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan

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Vellago Resort
Location: 7 Commando Beach, El Nido, Palawan

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El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Location: Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan

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Photos above courtesy of respective resorts (via Agoda).

For more options, search here: Palawan Hotels

Travel Tips

  • 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.
  • 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.

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