Island Hop in El Nido (Route A)

El Nido Dock

Explore beautiful beaches, kayak and snorkel remote lagoons, experience a banca boat ride, and enjoy delicious Filipino Food.

One of the best ways to experience the beauty of El Nido is by boat. Fortunately, they make it easy by offering four different island tours, listed A-D. Each different tour costs roughly around 1,500 pesos ($30 american) which covers the national park fee, snorkel gear, and lunch. I chose Tour A for the lagoons but they all looked like some good fun.

Around 9a.m. you load on the banca boat with the crew and fellow explorers. Although there is four stops on the tour, you can visit five different locations throughout the day, starting with the Small Lagoon, a gorgeous tiny beach surrounded with pristine green-blue water. This is where I did most of my snorkeling and swimming.

The second stop is called Shimizu Beach, a white-sand oasis, which is perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun. This is when the crew cooks up a delicious filipino lunch consisting of shrimp, pork, garlic rice, and giant plate of fresh fruit. While they prepare lunch, you can visit the Secret Lagoon, a small pool hidden within the rocks. The lagoon can only be accessed by a tiny hole in the cliffside at the end of the beach.

The third and most popular stop is the Big Lagoon. Here you can rent a kayak and paddle through jaw-dropping reefs, cliffs, and caverns. If kayaking isn't your thing, you can grab a snorkel and take swim. Or for the true loungers, flag down the ice cream boat and cool off with treats and cold beer.

The final stop of the trip is at the largest beach, 7 Commandos, where all of the tours come to an end. Grab some drinks at the bar and meet with other tour groups, or take in the view of islands on the horizon.

Pack List

  • Camera (water housing advised)
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Money
  • Sunglasses
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming, Diving
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Adult Beverages
Family Friendly


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El Nido getaway with my fiancé 👫💕

Great island hopping with the UMI crew. My fiancé availed all three tours (tours A, B, and C) and we really enjoyed it. I love Papaya Island the most. We also camped near Helicopter island (forgot island's name).

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