Tour A takes you around the limestone paradise of Miniloc Island and its Big Lagoon. The sights at Miniloc are usually the ones perfectly captured in postcards. There are a couple of beach stops: one in Simizu Island and another at the 7 Commandos Beach in mainland El Nido.
Simizu Island is the usual lunch stop. But if it gets too crowded, the boatman picks an alternative, usually Payong-Payong Beach. But if you really want to see Simizu (or Payong Payong), just let the tour guide know so he wouldn’t skip it.
You can go kayaking around Big Lagoon! Let the tour guide know beforehand that you intend to kayak so they can prepare the units for you before you leave town.
Stops: Big Lagoon and Hidden Lagoon on Miniloc Island, Simizu Island or Payong Payong, and 7 Commando Beach.
- Big Lagoon: Just like any other lagoons in Palawan, Big Lagoon is dotted with dark limestone cliffs. The entrance to the lagoon has shallow water, but the emerald color of the water indicates the deeper areas. Enjoy the view!
- Miniloc Island’s Secret Lagoon, also Hidden Lagoon, is actually an open secret, and a very popular one at that. Concealed behind the towering karst cliffs, the Secret Lagoon seems like a precious masterpiece that the dark limestone walls need to protect at all cost. If it’s your first time in El Nido, make sure you don’t miss this one.
- Simizu Island, also called Shimizu Island, is one of the numerous islands dotting Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan. This small island As alternative lunch stopover, tourist boats bring their guests to Payong-Payong Beach instead.
- The 7 Commandos Beach: Its long sloping stretch of fine sand and coconut trees welcome the guests after a long day of island hopping. It is yet to be confirmed how the beach got its name, but one consistent story is that of the 7 soldiers who got stranded here during WWII. Whether that story is true or not, the important thing is happily spending your much-deserved holiday here before marching back to work.
- 7 hours duration
- 8:00 – 15:00
- 1 hour lunch on board
PHP 1200 (~20 EUR, ~25 USD)
- 200 PHP (~3.5 EUR, ~4 USD) Big Lagoon entrance
- 200 PHP (~3.5 EUR, ~4 USD) Eco tourism fee of municipality of El Nido
- 300 PHP (~5 EUR, ~6 USD) Kayak Rental (optional)
- Pickup is available from hotels in the city center and around Corong-Corong
- Professional tour guide
- Entertaining activities
- Visit of islands on the boat
- Life jacket
- Amazing lunch
- Drinking water
- Snorkeling mask
- Go back to your accommodation
- Diving shoes, Fins and kayak available for rent
- Personal expenses
- Food is included in island hopping tours, but you can bring your own snacks and drinks during your stay. Bring your trash with you.
- To save money, bring your own gear for snorkeling such as mask, snorkel tube, fins and others you may need.
- Waterproof your gadgets as you don’t want to damage your phone and/or camera and lose the photos and videos you took.
- Bring a power bank to keep your phone and camera charged for the trip.
- Follow the rules and regulations.