SHIMIZU ISLAND IN EL NIDO – A COMPLETE GUIDE

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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 

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.

 

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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 Shimizu Island 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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WHERE TO STAY NEAR SHIMIZU ISLAND

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 near Shimizu Island 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.

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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!

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Budget: One Hostel El Nido

One Hostel is one of the best budget accommodations near Shimizu Island 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 near Shimizu Island in El Nido is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.

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One of the best books to take on your trip is the Lonely Planet Philippines Travel Guide!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR SHIMIZU ISLAND

 

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Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables,  drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.

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Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions. 

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Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.

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Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF SHIMIZU ISLAND

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.

Happy Travels!

Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With an ever-growing passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched Jonny Melon Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

My little corner of the interwebs is a space where I love to share all of my epic adventures, cultural experiences, and captivating photos from around the globe with the ultimate goal to inspire and motivate other like-minded travelers to explore this wonderful earth too!

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