Island Hopping in El Nido is one of the best things to do in Palawan and El Nido Tour A is the most popular among the other El Nido boat tours such as B, C and D.
El Nido Island Hopping has been on my bucket list for years and I am stoked to have finally ticked it off. That being said, I guarantee you will enjoy El Nido Tour A just as much as I did!
I have put together this complete guide of El Nido Tour A including where to book, how much it costs and what to expect on Tour A El Nido.
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WHERE TO BOOK EL NIDO TOUR A
There are countless tour agencies in the town offering El Nido Island Hopping Tours and it can be very overwhelming trying to find the right company at the right price.
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, Shimizu Island and a BBQ lunch on the boat. All this for just $18 USD.
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WHAT TO EXPECT ON TOUR A EL NIDO
El Nido Tour A begins at the meeting point on the beach in El Nido Bay to sign in to the registrar and meet the other travelers joining in on the adventure! The tour starts at around 9am and returns again between 4pm – 5pm.
Do note that there is an additional environmental fee of 200 pesos which is valid for 10 days, so hang on to the ticket if you are planning on doing other El Nido boat tours. You will also have to pay 200 pesos fee to enter the big and small lagoon.
Before jumping on the boat, there are many beach vendors selling waterproof phone cases, dry bags, reef booties and all other sorts of products that you may be interested in purchasing. Prices vary so put your bartering skills to the test.
Once you’re all geared up, head to the boat to begin the El Nido island-hopping adventure!
It begins! – El Nido Tour A
SEVEN COMMANDOS BEACH
The first stop on Tour A El Nido is Seven Commandos Beach and what a place to begin. As our boat was pulling into the cove, I couldn’t believe the epic landscape in front of my eyes!
Azure waters, glistening white sands, coconut palm trees and a few beachside shacks lining the shores. This is what the Philippines is all about and Seven Commandos Beach is hands-down one of the best beaches in El Nido!
We spent around 45 minutes on 7 Commando Beach, soaking up the sun and taking several dips in the ocean to cool off.
You can also purchase a fresh coconut from one of the beach hut vendors for as little as 50 pesos. Hold off on the plastic straws and help to reduce the use of single-use plastic.
There are some fun-fuelled activities to be had on Seven Commandos Beach such as playing a game of beach volleyball with your mates or flying out over the water’s edge on the tree swing.
If you want to get an Instagram-worthy photo, head to the cluster of palm trees at the eastern end of 7 Commando Beach and work some angles before continuing on to the next location on El Nido Tour A.
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Seven Commandos Beach – El Nido Tour A
Seven Commandos Beach El Nido
7 Commando Beach – Tour A El Nido
Coconut palms on Seven Commandos Beach
Seven Commandos Beach – El Nido Tour A
Seven Commandos Beach – Tour A El Nido
BIG LAGOON EL NIDO
The next stop of Tour A El Nido is the famous Big Lagoon at Miniloc Island. 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.
If you opt not to go kayaking in Big Lagoon, 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!
Big Lagoon – El Nido Tour A
Big Lagoon El Nido Tour A
Some nearby islands – El Nido Island Hopping
SECRET LAGOON EL NIDO
Secret Lagoon El Nido is around the corner from Big Lagoon which is the next stop on El Nido Tour A. The name isn’t quite fitting for this location as it’s one of the more popular spots for most El Nido boat tours. Despite its popularity, Secret Lagoon 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 check out the small caves and sandy coves that surround Secret Lagoon.
The limestone cliffs that envelop Secret Lagoon 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.
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!
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Secret Lagoon – El Nido Tour A
Azure waters at Secret Lagoon Palawan
Limestone cliffs – El Nido Tour A
El Nido Tour A – Secret Lagoon
Secret Lagoon – El Nido Island Hopping
Buffet lunch on the boat – Tour A El Nido
Last but not least on El Nido Tour A is Shimizu Island. Yet another natural beauty that lies in the archipelago of islands in the north of Palawan!
We were one of just three other boats at Shimizu Island so it was far less crowded than some of the other spots on the El Nido Island hopping tour.
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.
After an epic day on the water, it was time to make the return journey back to El Nido Bay which takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Salty, sun-kissed and exhausted, I think a beer is in order at one of the beachside bars to conclude your El Nido Tour A!
Shimizu Island – El Nido Boat Tours
Shimizu Island – El Nido Tour A
Snorkeling the reefs – El Nido Tour A
Turquoise waters – Shimizu Island El Nido
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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WHAT TO PACK FOR PHILIPPINES
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MY CAMERA GEAR
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.
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.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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