Shimizu Island is home to some of the best beaches in El Nido and not to be missed on your next trip to the Philippines! Shimizu Island stands dominantly among the archipelago of islands in the north of Palawan, boasting secluded coves, epic limestone cliffs and a colorful reef with an abundance of marine life!
I have put together this complete guide of Shimizu Island El Nido including how to get there and what to expect!
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HOW TO GET TO SHIMIZU ISLAND
Shimizu Island 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 Shimizu Island 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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Shimizu Island is right around the corner from Secret Lagoon which is typically the fourth and final stop on El Nido Tour A.
Natural beauty is one way to describe the incredible landscapes and tropical vibes that you will experience on your visit to Shimizu Island El Nido!
When our boat arrived on the outer edge of the reef we noticed we were one of just three other boats at Shimizu Island. Ultimately, it was far less crowded than some of the other spots we had visited on the El Nido Island hopping tour.
We grabbed our snorkel gear and filled a dry bag with phones, towels and camera gear to swim to the beach. We jumped off the side of the boat and headed straight to the sandy shores of Shimizu Island.
Exploring Shimizu Island
Drone shot of Shimizu Island
Shimizu Island El Nido
EXPLORING SHIMIZU ISLAND EL NIDO
There’s quite a bit of exploring to be had on Shimizu Island to its number of secluded stretches of sand, small caves and snorkeling around the colorful coral reefs.
The turquoise waters surrounding Shimizu Island are more vibrant than the other islands we visited that day and it seriously looked good enough to drink! The sun was already starting to set which cast some pretty cool shadows of the cliffs on the top of the ocean.
Salty, sun-kissed and exhausted is what we were all feeling by the time we left Shimizu Island and we made the 1 hour journey back to El Nido Bay.
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Snorkeling the reefs at Shimizu Island
Turquoise waters at Shimizu Island El Nido
Snorkeling at Shimizu Island
Aerial shot of Shimizu Island El Nido 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 in El Nido.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Shimizu Island, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.