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!
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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
Seven Commandos Beach El Nido
7 Commando Beach – Tour A El Nido
Coconut palms on Seven Commandos Beach
The tree swing on Seven Commandos Beach
Idyllic scenes at Seven Commandos Beach
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!
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Big Lagoon El Nido – Tour A
Kayaking at Big Lagoon El Nido
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
Azure waters at Secret Lagoon Palawan
Limestone cliffs at Secret Lagoon El Nido
El Nido Secret Lagoon
Secret Lagoon – El Nido Island Hopping
Buffet lunch on the boat – Tour A El Nido
Last but not least on Tour A El Nido 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 Island hopping tour!
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Shimizu Island – El Nido Boat Tours
Drone shot of Shimizu Island
Snorkeling the reefs at Shimizu Island
Turquoise waters at 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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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 7 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 Island Hopping, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.