El Nido Things to Do

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    Tour C

    by heydelin Written Apr 18, 2014

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    This is Tour C time and time to discover more rock formation and more amazing views in El Nido! Did you know that part of the movie “Bourne Legacy” was shot and filmed in the islands of Dilumacad and Matinloc?

    First stop is the Hidden Beach which is famous. Unfortunately, the waves were being wild and the current of the water looks strong. Most of the people on the tour stayed on the boat. Others went swimming and went back immediately as they almost drown. :(

    Dimalucad and Helicpter Island were our next destination. The island resembles to, guess what, a helicopter! We spent some 45 minutes there to sunbathe and swim.

    Another fantastic s spot in El Nido is where the guides prepare a sumptuous lunch by the beach – Star Beach. While you are discovering some cool corals and fishes, or sunbathing or swimming, the guides will grill seafood, steam rice and prepare some fresh fruits.

    After a tummy-filling lunch, we headed to Matinloc Shrine which is formerly known as Shrine of Our Lady of Matinloc. This place used to be a seminary which closed due to environmental concerns. The seminary looks like a mansion that some rich family used to lived to. Wonder how they get to build that in a secluded island!

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    Tour A

    by heydelin Written Mar 15, 2014
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    Head to The Alternative Inn’s tour guide, Kuya Edward (kuya means big brother in tagalog) and ask if he still have seats for you on his daily island tours. He was going to do Tour A on that date and luckily there were available seats for us! The tour costs Php 1200 but I used my haggling tactics and paid Php 11o0/pax. This fee does not include the Php 200/pax environmental fee which expires for 10 days. Pay the environmental fee at the Tourism office and you are good to go!

    Our group on Tour A consist of 3 guides, 3 Chinese girls, a German girl and Iranian dude (a couple) and us – 10 people on the boat! The first destination was the Secret Lagoon which is located in a small island reminiscent of the movie “the Beach”. It is surrounded by limestone cliffs. You have to enter a small hole to witness a massive caldera used to be a cave which collapsed and now is surrounded by karst cliffs.

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    TOUR A

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 12, 2014
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    How I wish I had the skill of a professional photographer so I could capture well the beauty of this place. No matter what, I just need to document everything that 'wowed' me here. Really amazing stones and cliffs!

    Rocks and corals would hurt your feet so for those who have not been here yet, don't forget to bring and wear your best aqua shoes to avoid going home with cuts. Also, a dry bag to keep your things will make you happy especially if your camera is not water proof.

    Here are the sites, costs P1,200/pax (as of January 2014)
    1) Small and Big lagoons
    2) Zimisu Beach
    3) Secret lagoon
    4) 7Commando Beach/Papaya beach

    Prices of Island hopping tour packages have gone up. A lot of visitors, including me got the surprise of our life when we booked our tours.

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    TOUR B

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 11, 2014

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    Actually, my first choice was to go Tour C, but because of the strong Siberian winds that brought big waves to El Nido seas, the guides advised me to switch to Tour B. I really thank them for informing me of lesser waves in this tour. And pardon me for not so adventurous at sea.

    The waves was really strong that it made me too scared and too difficult to take pictures as it kept the boats moving. The experience to me was like - - every time I set foot on the islands, it's paradise. But every time I'm back at the angry seas of El Nido, paradise lost!

    Here are the sites, costs 1, 300/pax (as of January 2014)
    1) Snorkeling site (forgot the name of the island)
    2) Snake Island
    3) Cudugnon cave
    4) Cathedral cave
    5) Pinagbuyutan Island

    Other Tour Packages available:
    TOUR C: Matinloc Shrine, Star Beach, Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Helicopter Island - P1,400/pax

    TOUR D: Natnat Beach, Bukal Beach, Paradise Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, Pasandigan Beach - P1,200/pax

    *February 2014

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    Diving - Adventure Scuba

    by Judithdistal Written Jul 6, 2012

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    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.

    I recommend:

    El Nido Adventure Scuba

    They offer also discovery dives for non-divers. SSI and PADI dive course for any level.

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    Adventure - Experience nature

    by Judithdistal Updated Jul 6, 2012

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    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.

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    ISLAND HOPPING

    by davidjo Written Mar 25, 2012

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    ISLAND HOPPING

    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.

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  • Ultimate Island Hopping

    by gerum Written Aug 9, 2011

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    With over 45 beautiful islands surrounding this town, island hopping is the most popular and perhaps the most essential activity in El Nido.

    http://www.senyorlakwatsero.com/2010/08/21/el-nidos-island-hopping-tour-a/

    http://www.senyorlakwatsero.com/2010/08/23/el-nidos-island-hopping-tour-c/

    http://www.senyorlakwatsero.com/2010/08/28/the-snake-island-and-more-from-el-nidos-tour-b/

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    Island Hopping

    by Jimbo222 Written Nov 17, 2010
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    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.

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    island hopping

    by ayn_g Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    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!!!!

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    Island Hopping

    by gerryexide Written May 15, 2010

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    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..

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    Island Tour - Small Lagoon

    by judayandryan Written Mar 5, 2010

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    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.

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    Visiting Matinloc Island

    by judayandryan Updated Mar 4, 2010

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    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.

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    Island Hoping-Dilumacad Island / Helicopter Island

    by judayandryan Written Feb 21, 2010

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    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.

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    Mail a postcard!

    by janbonivic Updated Jan 25, 2010

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    El Nido Post Office


    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.
    (see shopping)

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