El Nido Tour A- Lagoons and Beaches
El Nido Tour B- Caves and Beaches
While El Nido is known for it’s beaches and lagoons it’s caves are often overlooked. On Tour B you get a chance to discover some of what’s inside these limestone rock formations, beat the crowds, and get a look at the true diversity of Bacuit Bay!
This tour takes you to Snake Island is made up of a long S-shaped sandbar which is best visited during low tide. At one end of the sandbar is a small island with a short hike to the top of the hill where you can take in panoramic views of El Nido. On the other end is the mainland and a shoreline of mangroves. On both sides of the island are some corals. Your boat captain may prepare your lunch here and if you do end up eating here be cautious of the monkeys that are present as they will come up for food.
From Snake Island you will make your way to Pangalusian Island which offers one of the widest stretches of beach in El Nido. There are areas for snorkeling and diving in front of the beach where coral reefs abound.
Next stop Cudugnon Point and Cave. Here you can explore a small cave and crawl through it’s small opening being rewarded with spectacular rock formations. Inside you can climb up the limestone hill for a different view of the cave.
The beach outside of the cave is nice for sunbathing and there are some corals for snorkeling but be careful with the tide.
Entalula is another white sand beach that has everything for your quintessential beach trip- swimmable blue waters, drastic limestone cliffs, rock formations as shades and gentle waves.
Looping your way back towards the mainland you will have the opportunity to take pictures of Cathedral Cave. If you come during low tide you may have a chance to go in with your boat!
After a short stop at the Cathedral Cave you make your way past tons of other islands you wish you could stop at before finally making it to Pinagbuyutan Island. This island has one of the most majestic landscapes with one of the largest limestone karst cliffs in El Nido next to flat land filled with coconut trees! The water is shallow a few meters from the shoreline but then quickly drops into a sea filled with vibrant corals teeming with marine life! The emerald, green, blue and turquiose waters set on the powder white sand beaches makes this one of El Nido’s top destinations!
El Nido Tour C- Beaches and Shrines
Bacuit Bay consists of 45 different islands and islets. Tour C explores some of the islands on the outskirts of the bay.
One of the most iconic islands in El Nido is Dimumacad and Helicopter Island- named after it’s resemblance to a helicopter when seen from a distance. The island has a 300-meter white sand beach ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Continuing further out the bay is Tapiutan Island. This island is the home of Star Beach and provides visitors with opportunities to go scuba diving and snorkeling.
Matinloc Island is the longest in El Nido and has a secret beach. To get to the beach visitors must swim underwater through a hole. Aside from the secret beach there are two areas for snorkeling Kalmung Beach and Kulasa Beach.
At one of the stops on the island, you can visit Matinloc Shrine a sacred monument built over 30 years ago in honor of the blessed Virgin Mary.
El Nido Tour D- Cadlao Island and Snorkeling
El Nido Tour E- Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beaches
Tired of island hopping and want to see what El Nido’s mainland has to offer? Hire a tricycle and head out to Nacpan Beach!
Being nearly 20 kilometers north from El Nido beaches Nacpan and Calitang collide giving visitors a unique chance to experience pristine white sand twin beaches! Given the rough roads to get here and the long width of Nacpan Beach one can easily have a large portion all to themselves.
For those wanting to make it a full day there are two restaurants at the entrance to the beach that serve Filipino food and cold beers and fruit shakes!
If you are looking to mix in some adventure you can easily do so by combining this beach trip with a hike to Nagkalit-Kalit Falls involving an hour long hike crossing 7 different rivers and streams.
This tour is most popular when island hopping tours are cancelled due to weather and sea conditions. Otherwise you will have a large stretch of beach all to yourselves!
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