Island hopping is one of the activities you can do while in El Nido. Tour D includes Paradise Beach, Bukal Beach, Natnat Beach, Pasandigan Beach, and Cadlao Lagoon. These destinations have a mix of powdery white sand, azure waters, an idyllic atmosphere, and a raw beauty that characterizes many attractions in this part of Palawan.

Tour Stops

Tours in El Nido are standardized. Most boat trips take around 7 hours to finish, usually starting at 9am and ending at 4pm-5pm.

Lunch is included in every tour. It’s part of what you paid for. It usually includes grilled fish, grilled pork or chicken, rice, vegetables, and fruits (usually bananas, watermelons, or pineapples). However, drinking water is often EXCLUDED, so bring your own.

  • Paradise Beach
  • Bukal Beach
  • Natnat Beach
  • Pasandigan Beach
  • Cadlao Lagoon/li>

Paradise Beach has the nicest shore and waters of all the destinations in Tour D. It has swaying trees, emerald crystalline waters, and laid back vibe.

The beaches of Bukal and Natnat have fine sand and cerulean waters good for swimming and chilling.

Cadlao Lagoon has the characteristic limestone formations found in the best places in Palawan. The lagoon can be quiet and perfect for those looking to get away from the crowds if you go early enough.

Note: The guide may change the itinerary depending on the weather and the number of tourists in a place.


Fees and Rates

Tour C can be done in two ways: by joining a group tour or chartering a private boat.

  • Tour D: P1000-P1200 per person
  • Private Boat Tour: Around P4000-P6000 (depending on the size of the boat and group)
  • Eco-Tourism Fee: P200 (good for 10 days)
  • Snorkel Rental: Around P150

Klook offers discounted El Nido tours.


Getting There

By Air

Airport: El Nido Airport and Puerto Princesa International Airport

  1. There are many flights to and from Puerto Princesa from Manila; major airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia have daily and regular flights. Buy your plane tickets months in advance to get the best and lowest possible price.
  2. From Puerto Princesa, you have the option to board the RoRo and Cherry Bus or one of the many vans that travel to El Nido. The bus option costs around P290-P480/way and the van’s fare costs around P550 to P600 per way.
  3. Note: There are also direct flights to El Nido from Manila but will cost more; AirSWIFT plies this route.

By Sea

  1. If you were unable to buy discounted tickets, you can go to Puerto Princesa by boat. 2Go plies the Manila-Puerto Princesa route every Tuesday and Friday. The boat arrives at around 9:00 PM the following day. The Super Value Class is the cheapest option this costs around P1,680.
  2. Once in town, you have the option to board the RoRo and Cherry Bus or one of the many vans that travel to El Nido. The bus option costs around P290-P480/way and the van’s fare costs around P550 to P600 per way.

Nearby Resorts

Here are some resorts in El Nido.

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


Matinloc Resort
Location: Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan


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


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


Photos above courtesy of respective resorts (via Agoda).

For more options, search here: Palawan Hotels

Travel Tips

  • You’ll need to waterproof your things before going on the trip as these may get wet during the ride.
  • Keep your devices ready to shoot videos and take photos by bringing a power bank or extra batteries.
  • Always leave no trace behind whenever you eat or drink on the islands or on the boat.
  • After Tour D, you can do the other island hopping trips as well (A, B and C) or go on a land trip to Nacpan and/or Marimegmeg Beach.
  • If you have days to spare, you can book a tour to the Underground River, Honda Bay, and others while in Puerto Princesa.



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