Love traveling: The spots and activities I absolutely recommend in El Nido

Hello everyone.

I summarized the troubles caused by a typhoon in El Nido in the previous article.

I am going to write about places I went and activities I did in El Nido when it was not rainy.


■ Las Cabanas Beach

Las Cabanas Beach is in the south which is a few minutes away from the center of El Nido. It took 12 minutes from the hotel we stayed in.



You can get to the beach after going down this flight of stairs.

The beach was messed up by a typhoon. The dog in the middle of this picture also looks disappointed.

But if you see the ocean and the beach from the sky, you will find out how beautiful it is.

The ocean is so clear! If the sun is sunshining, the color looks even more beautiful.

You can also enjoy ziplining here.


■ Canopy walk 

If you want to do something but you don’t have enough time to go to the places which are far away, Canopy walk would be great.

The location of the canopy walk shop is in the center of El Nido but it seems to hide.

It is only one minute away from the hotel but we couldn’t find it. (Mabye because it was  too close?)  We asked local people where the place is and found it. You can get there by passing through one narrow street from the main street.


This is the starting point. You will rent a rope with a carabiner and a buckle which saves your life and a helmet.

Canopy walk costs 500 pesos for each person. It is about 10 US dollars (5th/Sep/2018).


You definitely need an insect repellent spray.

A guide will navigate you so you can just follow the guide.


There is a suspension bridge on the way.


You can walk around at the top and see the whole of El Nido town. The view is good!


You can see the view of El Nido town. The weather is not good.

The staff will take your pictures.


Those poles seem to be just put on the stones and not fixed. So it looked a little bit dangerous.

But the shop is in the center and it doesn’t take a long time. And the view from the top is really awesome, I can recommend going!


■ Island Hopping Tour

It was canceled once due to a typhoon but I definitely recommend to join an Island Hopping tour. It is totally worth it!


There are 4 basic tours in El Nido tour. And there are 4 choices from A to D.

Each tour goes to 5 different islands but the islands to visit are different for each tour.


You can choose the islands and order Combo tour. Combo has 3 choices, A&B,A&C,C&D

If you choose a Combo tour, you can go to 7 out of 10 different islands.


We have chosen Combo Tour A&C. The cost of each combo tour is as follows.

Combo A&B: 1,900pesos (98.33 USD)

Combo A&C: 2,000pesos (103.50 USD)

Combo C&D: 1,800pesos (93.15 USD)

This exchange rate is as of the on 9th of September in 2018.


I guess the reason Combo A&C is the most expensive is that it is the most popular.

These are the islands to go on Combo A&C tour.


We actually went to 1:  Papaya Beach(It is not in the HP)→ 2: Helicopter Island → 3: Talisay Beach(It is not in the HP)→ 4: Hidden Beach → 5: Secret Beach → 6: Big Lagoon → 7: Small Lagoon.


During the tour, the tour guide sometimes changes the destination if the island we are supposed to go is crowded. The islands I wrote “It is not in HP” are those islands which are not in the original plan.


On the tour day, the tour staff tried to accommodate as many custmers as they can since it was right after a typhoon and their business got affected negatively. Tourisits who came earlier just waited for a long time.


They all complained.haha


Papaya Beach

The tour guide changed the destination to Papaya Beach. We stayed here for only a short time. 

It was about 10 to 20minutes. We enjoyed just swimming or snorkeling.


Helicopter Island 

The next island we visited was Helicopter Island. The name came from the shape of the island.


It looks like a helicopter, right?

The water is so so clear and beautiful!


Since the people were not able to swim for the past days due to the tyhpoon, they were really enjoying swimming and taking photos at the beach.


Hidden Beach

The boat stopped a little bit away from the beach the beach so people have to swim to get to the beach. It was still windy and the waves were pretty high on that day so it was hard to swim.

If you walk for a while, there is an open space and you come from the left side to the beach in the picture below.

Secret Beach

You have to swim again to get to the beach. And the distance is farther when compered to Hidden Beach. 

There was no beach looking around the boat. 

The entrance of the Secret Beach is very small and people usually can’t find it. You have to swim at least 20 meters to get there. There is a small limestone tunnel that you have to pass through. The Secret Beach is in the inner part of the limestones.

This is how the inside is (the entrance is under the limestone which is in the center of the photo but probably you can’t see it).

Secret Beach is completely surrounded by limestones. It was like only a few people knew its location and kept it a secret within themselves. As the suggested by its name, this is exactly a secret beach.

This is one of my favorite beaches.


Big Lagoon

You can also enjoy lagoons on the latter half of the tour. 

Big Lagoon was so magnificent.

Big Lagoon is so popular and there were many staying boats, so the entrance of the lagoon was crowded.

You can enjoy kayaking here.

Some points are shallow enough to walk but many big boats also pass even though it is so shallow. 


Small Lagoon

There is another lagoon called small lagoon.

The entrance is small like the one of the secret beach.

You can enjoy kayaking here as well.

It was pretty late and it was getting dark. We stayed on the kayak and enjoyed the quiet and peaceful moment.

I really felt like I am part of nature and I wanted to stay a night on the kayak.


You can not enjoy without this Island Hopping Tour, haha.

I really enjoyed and I want to recommend you to join this tour.

You can check the detail on this HP.

■ Summary

Typhoon ruined our time in El Nido but we still enjoyed enough. There are so many beautiful places that attract many people.

I especially liked the Island Hopping Tour. I was highly satisfied even if it was only one day. That means that El Nido is worthy of visiting even if you only have one day for traveling. haha

Thank you for reading!


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