After spending 2 days and 2 nights in Coron, Palawan. I and my friend sailed to El Nido, Palawan.
We boarded Montenegro Shipping lines, by far, this is the fastest way to reach El Nido from Coron, Palawan. It takes 4 hours to reach El Nido, the sea was a bit rough. The crew said, this is normal during the month of December and we are also traversing the West Philippine Sea.
The moment you sojourn El Nido, we were greeted with tricycle drivers. They are asking where our hotel is and offered us to take there. Unfortunately, they jack up the price, the price is too expensive for a two-kilometre ride. After the negotiations, we met halfway and he took us to our hotel.
We asked our hotel if they can book us an Island hopping tour A. Luckily, the owner of the hotel also owns an island hopping tour. The price for island hopping in El Nido is regulated. Although, there are persons who approach you offering a lower price. But you were served what you paid for. The service is inferior.
Around 7AM, we walked our way to the Tour A jetty. We wrote our name on the manifest and boarded the boat.
Around 9AM after we got a clearance from the coast guard, we sailed off to the first island.
The 7 Commandos
The coconut trees are line up along the white powdery beach.This island is named after the 7 Japanese soldiers who stayed here during the WW2.
This lagoon is one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Philippines. It is located in Miniloc island. It is widely known for the picturesque entrance. Kayaking is the recommended activity to do here. Our guide advised us not to swim in the Big Lagoon, for safety reasons. The area is busy, boats are going in and out, and pose a danger to the swimmer.
The entrance going to the Big Lagoon is absolutely stunning, it was a breathtaking view. I ran out of words to describe it. The karst rock formation, turquoise clear water, and the lush green plants that grow on the rocks create a panoramic view.
We rented a kayak for 300 Php. We kayak our way from the entrance until we reach the Big Lagoon.
We had a lunch on the boat while facing the entrance of the big lagoon. It was great ambience!
After we ate our lunch, we proceeded to the Hidden Lagoon.
Cruising up to the hidden lagoon, we passed this rock island that has unique rock shapes.
We docked and we need to swim for 100 meters to reach the hidden lagoon. There are many tourists going to the lagoon. We need to queue up ourselves, waiting for our turn to get inside the small rock hole to see the hidden lagoon.
After the hidden lagoon, we went to the Shimizu Island. This island is famous for snorkelling activity.
The last stop of the Tour A is the small lagoon. Here you can rent a kayak to explore the place or swim. I prefer to swim my way, to reach the small lagoon. We were warned by our guide that the area has territorial fish, they attacked you if you invade their place. Do not be surprised that you can feel like a needle throbbing your legs. I did experience it, at first it was scary, but later on, I get used to it.
We stayed in the small lagoon for an hour. Our guide called us, it is time to board the boat. Time to wrap up the day, we’re going back to the town.
Tour A package is a must try in El Nido. It offers you great views that El Nido has to offer. From lagoons, snorkelling, amazing rock formations and the sandy white beaches.