Most key attractions in El Nido are regulated by organizing them into “tour groups”. Group tours usually start at 9 AM and end between 4-5 PM. Lunch is included in the package, prepared by your boatmen. Remember to bring your own drinking water. Here’s a list of the tours available:
Standard Rate: P1200/person
A good starting choice for first-timers, this takes you around the limestone paradise of Miniloc Island and its iconic Small and Big Lagoons – the ones you usually see captured in postcards. Other beach stops in the tour include Shimizu Island (the usual stop for lunch), Entulala Island, and another at the 7 Commandos Beach in mainland El Nido. When Shimizu gets crowded, Payong-payong Beach can be the alternative stop. More info.
Standard Rate: P1300/person
Most popular for its main attraction, The Snake Island – a narrow sandbar that connects the mainland Palawan to neighboring Vigan Island. Other stops are Cudugnon Cave, Pinagbuyutan Island, and Cathedral Cave. More info.
Standard Rate: P1400/person
For those looking for white sand pristine beaches, this tour is for you. The main attractions are the white-sand beaches of Matinloc and Helicopter Islands. Other popular stops are The Secret Beach, The Hidden Beach, Tapuitan Island, and Matinloc Shrine. Please note that you need to make sure the weather is good when you book this tour, and book this first if you’re doing multiple tours. Matinloc Island is a bit secluded and faces the West Philippine Sea, thus more exposed to bigger waves. More info.
Standard Rate: P1200/person
This tour explores the beaches of Cadlao Island, Cadlao Lagoon, Nat Nat Beach, Pasandigan Cove, Paradise Beach, Ubugon Cave, and Bukal Island. Most of the stops are in the mainland El Nido. More info.
The inland tour. You don’t need to hop on a boat for this one. You can rent a tricycle (P1500 for up to 4 pax), van (P3000 for up to 12 pax), or motorcycle (P500 per day) to get to Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beach and Nagkalit-kalit Falls – the main attractions of the tour. The rates cover only the transportation, so bring your own food. Other stops: Las Cabanas or Marimegmeg Beach.
Entrance Fee: P500, available 8 AM – 5 PM)
If you want to see the breathtaking view of El Nido from a higher point, Taraw Cliff is considered a must-go. It is famous for its rough, steep, and sharp rocks along its original trail – which is considered to be a tough one. However, there exists a safer trail if you go through the mountain via Ferrata Nature’s Canopy Walk, where safety helmets are also provided. The viewpoint is not as high as the original one but is said to be close enough. The jump-off point for this safer trail is just within the town proper.
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