Secret Lagoon El Nido is one of the most epic places to visit in Palawan! Featuring pinnacle limestone cliffs, secluded white sand beaches and of course, a secret lagoon!
I have put together this complete guide of Secret Lagoon El Nido including how to get there and what to expect!
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HOW TO GET TO SECRET LAGOON EL NIDO
El Nido Secret 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 Secret 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/Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon El Nido, Shimizu Island and a BBQ lunch on the boat. All this for just $18 USD.
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SECRET LAGOON EL NIDO
Secret Lagoon El Nido is around the corner from Big Lagoon which is typically the third stop on El Nido Tour A. The name isn’t quite fitting as it’s one of the more popular spots on the itinerary, though despite its popularity, Secret Lagoon El Nido is something you just have to see with your own eyes!
Our boat anchored just off the shore from Secret Lagoon El Nido and the boat crew started to prepare lunch while we were off exploring. We had around 45 minutes to explore the small caves, sandy coves and inside El Nido Secret Lagoon itself.
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Secret Lagoon El Nido
Inside Secret Lagoon El Nido
Limestone cliffs at Secret Lagoon El Nido
El Nido Secret Lagoon
LUNCH AT EL NIDO SECRET LAGOON
Buffet Lunch is served on the boat here at Secret Lagoon El Nido and what a spread it is! A mix of BBQ prawns, fish, chicken, pork and fresh salads, noodles, rice and fruits!
The limestone cliffs that envelop Secret Lagoon Palawan are some of the most impressive ones that you’ll come across when Island Hopping in El Nido. You could marvel at these classic El Nido cliffs for hours and ponder how they came to be.
You’ll have around 1 to 1.5hrs to enjoy your time at Secret Lagoon El Nido before heading off to the next stop of El Nido Tour A which is Shimizu Island!
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Azure waters at Secret Lagoon Palawan
Buffet lunch at Secret Lagoon El Nido
Drone shot of Secret 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 Secret Lagoon, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.