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El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

1. El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

Spend the day island-hopping in paradise on an El Nido cruise to deep-blue lagoons and white-sand beaches. Explore Bacuit Bay, the Big Lagoon, Seven Commandos Beach, the Secret Lagoon, and a snorkeling area. Enrich your trip with optional rental gear including aqua shoes, fins, and kayaks. Your day will include up to four stops in total. Start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in the jagged rock walls. Continue on to Shimizu Island, a gorgeous beach with crystal-clear waters. Later, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand. In between your adventure, enjoy lunch. Big Lagoon will also be one of your destinations - pay the premium destination fee and rent a kayak to enter.

From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

2. From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

Sail along the world's largest underground river at Puerto Princesa on a full-day tour. Learn about this incredible structure from your guide, look out for wildlife, and enjoy a restaurant meal.  Start your day with a convenient pick-up service from your downtown accommodation at 7:00 AM. From there, travel by land to the famous underground river.  Your guide will provide information about the area and Puerto Princesa City in general along the way, ensuring you get to learn as much as you can about this wonderful location. During the trip, a stop will be made at Buenavista, a delightful viewpoint where you can get a glimpse of Ulugan Bay. Arrive at Sabang Wharf at approximately 8:00 AM, and board a pump boat to the mouth of the cave. This place is home to Monitor Lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other forms of wildlife, some of which are exclusive to Palawan.  After a short walk, you'll ride a paddleboat to the underground river and marvel at this natural wonder. Once back at the wharf, lunch will be served at one of the restaurants in Sabang. Get to enjoy local cuisine and sample the taste Filipinos love.  An optional side trip to Ugong Rock Adventure Zipline and Spelunking is available after the Underground River Tour so that you can make the most of your day. Once back in the city, you'll be dropped off at your hotel. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

Transfer between Puerto Princesa and El Nido

3. Transfer between Puerto Princesa and El Nido

Enjoy a hassle-free journey between Puerto Princesa and El Nido. Sit back and relax inside a modern air-conditioned vehicle as your professional driver takes you to your destination. Choose between a shared or private transfer.  If your upcoming holiday has a laid-back schedule, try the shared transfer with time slots available throughout the day. If you would prefer a readily available transfer, you can book a private van. Enjoy the spacious interior that will fit up to 13 people.

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: Hidden Beaches & Shrine

4. El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: Hidden Beaches & Shrine

This unique tour will take you over the world-famous beaches of El Nido that include Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Helicopter Island, Talisay Beach and Matinloc Island. Your day begins with an early departure to El Nido Pier, where you'll travel to your first stop: Helicopter Island, named for its unique rock formations that from a distance looks like a helicopter. Visit Matinloc Shrine, which is also known as the Shine of Our Lady of Matinloc, a spritual oasis. After learning the stories behind this location, head off to the Secret Beach. Hidden away from the shoreline, it's like your own private paradise. Don't miss out on the chance to see and swim along El Nido's finest beaches.

Coron: Barracuda Lake, Skeleton Wreck, Twin Lagoon Boat Tour

5. Coron: Barracuda Lake, Skeleton Wreck, Twin Lagoon Boat Tour

With an early morning pickup, head out to the port and jump on the banca boat with your snorkel mask. You'll visit 5 popular destinations and the first is Skeleton Wreck, a popular snorkeling and diving site. It is a WWII-era Japanese ship which was sunk by the allied forces. The ship rests just 5 meters below the surface, so it's easy to enjoy this magnificent stop.  The next stop is Barracuda Lake where the water is a combination of saltwater and freshwater. Take a dip into its deep emerald water, cool on the top and warm like a hot spring on the bottom.  Enjoy a Philippines-style lunch buffet prepared by the boat crew at a popular sunbathing spot, Smith Beach. Snorkel at Reef Garden to see various marine animals and do not forget to take a snapshot of yourself with the beautiful view at Twin Lagoon. You will be back in Coron downtown around approximately 4:30 PM.

Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

6. Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

Experience the beauty of marine life in Puerto Princesa. Honda Bay is located on the eastern shore of Puerto Princesa and hosts a variety of tiny islands with resorts and beaches. It is also home to a wide variety of fishes, corals, and giant clams. Begin your 30-minute journey from the city to Barangay Sta. Lourdes, where the Honda Bay Wharf is located. Before boarding your boat, you will make a stop to rent your snorkel, aqua shoes, and swimming fins. Once on board, you will be taken to 3 different places each with its own unique attractions and characteristics. First is Luli Island. This sand bar got its name from the Filipino 'Lulubog at LIlitaw', which means to appear and disappear on water. The sand bar disappears when the tide is high and appears when the tide is low. It has powdery cream-colored sand and clear blue water, which is perfect for swimming and relaxing. There is a cocktail bar where you can sample the local mixes. There is a dive platform where you can take a jump into the water.  Next is Pambato Reef. This reef is a famous snorkeling site in Honda Bay. It has an average depth of 13 meters and covers an area as wide as 16 hectares. It has a thriving community of branch and ear corals and schools of fish including lapu-lapu (grouper), parrot fish, and spadefish. Finally, head to Cowrie Island where you will spend most of your day. Your buffet-style lunch will be served on this island. The clear blue waters and powdery sand are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sun bathing. There is a massage center where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage. Your day will end at approximately 2:30 PM. You will head back to the wharf and your driver will meet you there to return you to your accommodation. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

Coron Tour A: Kayangan Lake & Quin Reef Tour with Lunch

7. Coron Tour A: Kayangan Lake & Quin Reef Tour with Lunch

Today you will discover the beauty of Coron Island beginning with the magnificent rock formation and towering million years of limestone. Visit the most unique island destination, crystal clear water, powdery white sand beaches, enchanted lakes, sunken old shipwrecks, beautiful fishes, and different corals in the coral gardens. The itinerary begins at: “KAYANGAN LAKE” Experience the enchanting beauty of this lake. Accessible by a 10-minute climb. The crystal clear water of kayangan lake is located on a mountain wall; underwater is like a moonscape. There’s a little wooden pathway and platform to stay your things if you go swimming. “CYC BEACH (CORON YOUTH CLUB)” One of the beach destinations for the tour is the CYC (Coron Youth Club) Beach. CYC means “Coron Youth Club.” One interesting fact about this place is that it is the only beach without an entrance fee. It has a long stretch which makes it the better pick when it comes to swimming. The beach has a picturesque view, decorated by rock formations, mangrove trees, and powdery white sand perfect for sunbathing. “SUNSET BEACH” It's named sunset beach because the view of the sunset. This beach is a good area for lunch. A beautiful beach, with crystal clear water. “LAS ISLAS DE CORAL” Just a little swim from CYC Beach and you'll reach Las Islas de Coral where you can do some snorkelling. When swimming in the snorkeling area, be cautious since there are many sea urchins scattered around the floor. This area also rich in colorful corals and fishes.

El Nido: Hidden Beaches and Lagoons Boat Hopping Tour D

8. El Nido: Hidden Beaches and Lagoons Boat Hopping Tour D

Discover the heavenly natural sites and emerald waters around El Nido on a full-day tour of the region's secret spots. Visit secret beaches and famous lagoons with time to enjoy water activities. Discover Cadlao Island, Small Lagoon, Nat Nat Beach, Paradise Beach, and Bukal Island.   After pickup and a short safety briefing, the boat will head out into the crystal clear sea. The first stop is at Small Lagoon, where mysterious rocks and clear waters await you. Continue to Cadlao Island and swim in the beautiful lagoon.   Visit Nat Nat, and Paradise Beach, hidden beaches on the island where shallow waters and calm waves allow even beginners to enjoy the sea. When the tour ends, you'll be dropped off at the same place as the meetup.

El Nido: Island Hopping Tour B Cudognong Cave & More

9. El Nido: Island Hopping Tour B Cudognong Cave & More

Start your tour by boarding your tour boat and getting ready for some island hopping. You'll visit Snake Island, which got its name from its constantly changing sandbars. Snake Island is a well-known photo spot for tourists. Next, discover Popolkan Island with its abundant marine life and rich reefs and enjoy some snorkeling or swimming in crystal blue waters. Then, listen to stories about World War 2 at Cudognong Cave where Japanese soldiers often hid. Other tour highlights include Cathedral Cave and Entalula Island, famous for its white sand beach. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped back off at the same starting point.

Puerto Princesa: One-Way Transfer To/From El Nido

10. Puerto Princesa: One-Way Transfer To/From El Nido

Experience easy and efficient transfers between El Nido and Puerto Princesa City! Sit back and feel at ease as your professional driver takes you from one place to the other in a relaxed and modern air-conditioned vehicle. With this peaceful and convenient transfer, you'll be able to appreciate your trip to Palawan without worrying about finding public transportation - everything will be set and organized for you! With 10 seats and multiple schedules available, the shared transfer option can give you a ride on your preferred time.

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This was an amazing tour! Such beautiful beaches & scenery! The only thing I would say is, it is very confusing at the start. The tour operator sent us a long message before that seemed to have all the information we needed. However when we got to the beachfront there was no sign for the restobar they had told us to meet at, there were so many people getting their boats it was really confusing. Basically, what you need to know is - go to the table where you will see everyone queuing, they will have your name, pay them your Environmental Fee, then they give you a slip of paper with your boat name on and you sit and wait for this to be called out.

Incredible tour guide called JM - had so much knowledge and really made the day! The staff on board Cinco Ninos were so kind and welcoming; 5 star experience that felt relaxed and homely! The lunch was also amazing!

Great company! I even messaged them4 hs before the arrival and they could accommodate my request with no issues! Amazing service. Also have some other trips with this company.

Excellent tour. Had plenty of time in each place. The guides were amazing taking photos. Take a dry bag as you could be wading up to armpits but all part of the experience.

Day was amazing. Tour guides were so helpful and being by myself accomodated me. Didn’t miss a thing