As a divers, you should do at least one or two days of diving in El Nido. There are many nice dive sites in El Nido. I especially loved the rock formations and caves and of course the turtles.
On the way back, we saw some dolphins.
El Nido Adventure Scuba
They offer also discovery dives for non-divers. SSI and PADI dive course for any level.
Island hopping tours are a must in El Nido! Do them all for there is several and they are all different from each other and really fantastic. The lunches are usually cooked over a charcoal fire on a deserted beach.
Kayak Tours to the lagoons and beaches around Miniloc are many travellers favorite.
For the fittest, i highly recommend you climb the cliff, towering El Nido town for a challenging hike and a breathtaking view. If you feel like trekking, wildlife watching (there is no monkey feeding in El Nido, thanks god) join a trekking tour by the El Nido Tour Guide Association (office at Artcafe). They offer Trekking trips to Cadlao island to an inland lagoon thru dense virgin forest or visit the hot spring and waterall on the mainland.
For a relaxing day, have yourselves dropped off on a lonely beach. Bring your own lunch, there are no restaurants anywhere.
For island hopping we have arranged at El Nido boutique and Art Cafe, run by Swiss Judith, who has been established here for 15 years. Her tours include 3 or 4 islands where you can snorkel and swim. The price includes an adequate lunch and her employees are friendly. We certainly enjoyed it, especially when a writer for one of the travel guides dived in and lost his shorts.
With over 45 beautiful islands surrounding this town, island hopping is the most popular and perhaps the most essential activity in El Nido.
you can find mostly on the comments of other people regarding the 4 tours you can get.
Tour A, Tour B, Tour C and Tour D. Their main recommendations is Tour A and Tour C. This is what we took and it involved lagoons, beaches, and snorkeling.
go on island hopping for only PHP 500. We took the tour A that the El Nido tourism association offers. The Tour, which starts at 9am and ends at 4pm, took us to the small and big lagoon and the island of simisu, and the beaches of entalula and commando. The tour includes lunch which is barbequed chicken, grilled fish, veggie salad, loads of rice, and bananas for dessert. Truly worth it!!!!
When you are in El Nido, the only thing you need to do is to go on Island Hopping with snorkling,swimming,relaxing to those islands that the boat will visit. Basically, you need at least 4 days stay in El Nido to visit most of the beautiful slands/spots. www.elnidotourism.com.
They have grouped the island hopping into A,B,C or customized on your own island hop. There are several boat operators you can visit with rates ranging from PhP 500-P900 per head depending on which tour group you will choose. Please clarify whether the lunch buffet is included as well as the mask/fins in the rates..It should be.. If your island hopp will be in Small/Big Lagoon, we recommend to take a kayak (~PhP 700/pax extra ) with the trip. Specially, if you have kids/teenagers. Usually, they separate the trip with kayaks and those who prefer just to snorkel.. Though, the boat will carry also drinks (separate to pay), its best you bring your own water. And if you can afford, bring a waterproof camera .(Canon D10 for us). This is important to document most of your pics in/out of water in a once in a lifetime shots..
Is a little farther on the island's coast. The crossing can be rough at times, but the contrast as you enter the lagoon's silent world is captivating. At is far end, accessible only by canoe or swimming, is an opening in the rocks that lead to even smaller and more enchanting lagoons imprisoned by immense cliffs.
Dennis our boatmen told the story about the Matinloc Island. It started all in the vision of the owner of Matinloc Island they received the vision over 20 years ago "To find the heart of my Son in Matinloc”. This vision led them to establish the Matinloc Shrine and retreat house in the island.
We try to climb the steps above the sunken gallery. At he top, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Tapiutan Strait, and a chance to touch and feel the ruggedness of limestone cliffs.
This island has a beautiful white sand beach stretching to some 300 meters that is ideal for picnic lunches during island-hopping trips. There is an underwater tunnel at its nothern side and a fringing reef on its southern end. The island is also called Helicopter Island because its limestone cliffs resemble that of a helicopter when it is viewed from a considerable distance.
For mails, the Post Office is located just across
the El Nido Tourism Officeor beside the Municipal Hall.
Postcards can be bought at the El Nido Boutique & Artcafe.
El Nido means Island Hopping Tour for me.
Island hopping is usually divided into 3 categories: Tour A, B & C.
Islands/beaches/caves to visit:
Tour A: Small,Big & Secret Lagoons at Matinloc Island, Simizu Island, Seven Commando Beach and Entalula Island
Tour B: Pangulasian Island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, Cathedral Cave, Lagen Island (sidetrip only), Pinagbuyutan Island
Tour C: Matinloc Shrine at Matinloc Island, Secret Beach at Matinloc Island, Tapiutan Island
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The EL NIDO TOUR GUIDE ASSOCIATION, INC. is organizing yearly in September the EL NIDO CADLAO CHALLENGE, a 2.5km Swimming race from Cadlao island to the mainland,
Join the Endurance Swim for Fun or to compete and a stunning scenery of El Nido.
More information on this years event:
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, beside the municipal hall on the roofed basketball court you will find a small market with all the local agricultural and marine produce and some items that get shipped in such as apples and oranges :)
The real highlight is the lechon, a roasted pig that gets cut up not later than 7 a.m. Have a look at a masterful hog raiser, lechon roaster and butcher: If you ask for 700 grams, you'll get 700 grams. This goes with lechon sauce "Mang Tomas" sold bottled in the shops. If you are early, you can choose a piece of the filet with some crispy skin. Delicious!
Or buy large crab, two or three bags of grated coconut and bring it to your favorite place to have it cooked, 'ginataan' for your dinner: Crab in coconut sauce.
Or just get some kalamansi, the little greenish lemon typ, to make some hot juice against your cold from too much aircon ... :)
There are several places in El Nido, where you can rent a kayak, but only one that is run by a true adventurist and kayak professional, Serge Farre from France, with professional kayaking equipment.
You can rent any of the six kayaks for half a day, one day or set with Serge overnight trips with camping, snorkling, sightseeing, sports and fun ...
And mind you, Serge will not send you off, if he expects strong winds, unfavorable weather conditions that may endanger you. I saw him turn people away on these grounds and the weather forecast was proved wrong. Serge shrugged his shoulders, better safe than sorry.
Are you a beginner? Get a short lesson before venturing off, discuss a tour and have a good look at the seascape map indicating water depth, sand or corals.