The famous Big Lagoon El Nido seems to be at the top of everyone’s Philippines Bucket List and it’s easy to see why! I can tell you now that it is every bit impressive and I highly recommend adding El Nido Big Lagoon to your list of places to see in Palawan!
I have put together this complete guide of Big Lagoon El Nido including how to get there and what to expect!
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HOW TO GET TO BIG LAGOON EL NIDO
El Nido Big Lagoon can only be accessed by boat on one of the El Nido Island Hopping Tours. More specifically, El Nido Tour A is the only boat tour that operates trips to Big Lagoon Palawan.
I personally booked Tour A El Nido online in advance with Klook and it couldn’t have been easier!
El Nido Tour A is the most top-rated El Nido Island Hopping Tour with great reviews and thousands of bookings.
Tour A El Nido includes a full day of island hopping on an outrigger boat to Seven Commandos Beach, Big Lagoon El Nido, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island and a BBQ lunch on the boat. All this for just $18 USD.
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BIG LAGOON EL NIDO
Big Lagoon El Nido is located on Miniloc Island and is typically the second stop on El Nido Tour A. When we arrived on the boat I could finally see why Big Lagoon was at the top of everyone’s list of things to in El Nido!
The towering limestone cliffs of Miniloc Island are other-worldly and the deep blue-colored waters inside Big Lagoon El Nido are too inviting not to go for a swim!
One of the best activities to do at Big Lagoon El Nido is to rent a kayak and paddle your way through the opening of the lagoon and explore the deep blue waters inside. The cost to rent a kayak is an additional 250 pesos which is worth every cent.
Big Lagoon El Nido
Kayaking at El Nido Big Lagoon
EXPLORING EL NIDO BIG LAGOON
If you opt not to go kayaking in Big Lagoon El Nido, it’s possible to swim from the boat into the opening of the lagoon where the water is quite shallow. From here you can walk around beneath the curving limestone cliffs and take a moment to let the phenomenality of this place soak in!
I decided to fly my DJI Mavic Drone at Big Lagoon El Nido to capture the beauty of it all from a birds-eye perspective. Safe to say these were my favorite photos I took on the El Nido island hopping tour!
You’ll have around 1 to 1.5hrs to enjoy your time inside the El Nido Big Lagoon before heading off to the next stop of El Nido Tour A which is Secret Lagoon!
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Big Lagoon Palawan
WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO
El Nido has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in El Nido to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Lagùn Hotel
Lagùn Hotel is one of the best and most modern hotel in El Nido featuring an outdoor swimming pool, terrace, restaurant, bar and free wifi throughout the property. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen tv, wardrobe, work desk, fridge, kettle, private bathroom and some with a balcony. A buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families and friends.
Mid Range: Sea Cocoon Hotel
I personally stayed at Sea Cocoon Hotel and can’t recommend this place enough! Located right in the heart of El Nido town and just minutes walk to the beach. Sea Cocoon Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, terrace, restaurant, bar and a shared lounge. The rooms are spacious and modern with air-conditioning, large comfy beds, wardrobe, balcony and private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Affordable place to stay for couples, families and friends!
Budget: One Hostel El Nido
One Hostel is one of the best budget accommodations in El Nido with great reviews! Centrally located and walking distance to the bus terminal, shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and beaches. There are dorm rooms, double rooms and quadruple rooms available with air-conditioning. The Hostel also has free wifi and a shared lounge area for guests to hang out. Perfect place to stay in El Nido for solo travelers, couples and friends!
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AIRBNB EL NIDO
Another option for accommodation in El Nido is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals El Nido.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii
• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2
• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black
• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm
• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L
• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m
• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod
• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome
• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank
• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB
WHAT TO PACK FOR PHILIPPINES?
• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case
• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket
• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes
• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag
• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter
• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes
• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance
• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about El Nido Big Lagoon, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.