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El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

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

Spend a perfect day island-hopping in paradise. After pickup from your accommodation in downtown El Nido, you'll head to Carong-Carong beach for the necessary tour briefing and registration. By 9:00 AM, you'll be on your way to various destinations on Bacuit Bay.  Your day will include 4 stops in all: 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. Then, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand. Your last stop will be the Big Lagoon. If you've booked far enough in advance, you'll be guaranteed entrance to this Lagoon, one of three premium stops designated by the local government—entrance is restricted to just 500 people per day. By midday, make a stop to enjoy a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. Head back to Carong-Carong by approximately 4:00 PM. 

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: Hidden Beaches & Shrine

2. 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, Tapiutan Beach and Matinloc Shrine. 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, indulge in a delicious barbecued lunch and then 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.

Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

3. 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.

El Nido: Hidden Beaches and Lagoons Boat Hopping Tour D

4. 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 hidden gems, including secret beaches and famous lagoons with space to enjoy water activities. On this 7-hour tour, you will visit Cadlao Island, Small Lagoon, Pasandigan Beach, Nat Nat Beach, Paradise Beach, Bucal Island.   Start your day with hotel pickup in downtown El Nido or Corong-Corong area. After 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 awaits you. Continue to Cadlao Island and swim the beautiful lagoon.   Visit Pasandigan, Nat Nat, and Paradise Beach, three hidden beaches on the island where shallow waters and calm waves allow even beginners to enjoy the sea. A BBQ lunch will be served at one of the stops, where you can enjoy the food with stunning natural scenery in the background. The tour ends at around 4:00 PM and you'll be dropped off on Corong-Corong Beach.

Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

5. Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

Begin the day with hotel pickup from downtown Puerto Princesa or the airport and head to Sabang Wharf, arriving around 8:00 AM. Board a pump boat and cruise into the mouth of the cave, home to monitor lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other wildlife, some of which is exclusive to Palawan. Following a short walk, ride a paddle boat to the Underground River and marvel at this unique natural wonder. Grab an audioguide and sail through the narrow waters, past stone walls with hundreds of years of history. Keep an out for interesting shapes and colors in the caves and on the walls. Upon return to the wharf, lunch will be served. Savor a feast of local cuisine and then set off on the optional excursions, either a zip-lining adventure or a peaceful mangrove paddle boat tour. Return to your hotel for some downtime before heading back out for the evening portion of the tour. Drive to an offsite restaurant for your dinner before heading on to a river located some 30 kilometers from the city center. Aside from the fireflies and the stars, you'll also see the water light up by the bioluminescent plankton. Following the tour of the estuary, return to the wharf and then to your hotel.

El Nido: Island Hopping Tour B Cudognong Cave & More

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

Start your tour with convenient pickup from El Nido or Corong-Corong area before you board your tour boat 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 Pinagbuyutan Island, famous for its white sand beach. At the end of the tour, you'll also enjoy a local seafood barbecue lunch while enjoying amazing views. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped back off at Corong-Corong Beach.

From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

7. From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

Discover the islands around El Nido on a full-day island hopping tour from Puerto Princesa. Explore the area's most picturesque sites, including the Secret and Big Lagoons, and replenish your energy with a sumptuous BBQ lunch. Choose the private option to have your own exclusive experience, allowing for more flexibility and customization.  Begin your tour bright and early with pickup from your hotel in downtown Puerto Princesa at around 4 AM and head straight toward El Nido. Rest during the approximately 5-hour journey, and make a short stop to stretch your legs and buy some food. Upon arrival in the resort town of El Nido, you'll be dropped off near the jump-off point. Have breakfast at one of the several restaurants before boarding your boat, if you like. To fully enjoy the activity, rental of gears and kayak are already included in the package. Set sail on your island hopping activity by 9 AM and make up to 5 stops in all. Depending on the assigned route, you will start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in jagged rock walls. Continue on to Shimizu Island, a gorgeous beach with crystal-clear waters. Then, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand, before making your last stop at the Big Lagoon. By midday, pause your island hopping to savor a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. The island hopping activity ends at around 4 PM, at which point you'll be dropped off back at the wharf where you'll head back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa. Prior to going back to Puerto Princesa, you can enjoy dinner in El Nido. At 6 PM, get back on the road to your hotel, which you should reach by midnight.

Coron: Off-Bay Islands, Lagoons and Lakes Hopping Tour

8. Coron: Off-Bay Islands, Lagoons and Lakes Hopping Tour

The day begins with early morning pickup from your hotel in Coron and heads to the nearby wharf. Pickup your water activity gear, for snorkeling later in the day, and set sail onto the turquoise blue waters of the bay. As you glide across the water, admire the breathtaking view of the islets and rock formations across the landscape between each stop of the tour. One of the most popular destinations of the tour is CYC Beach, favored by both locals and tourists. With white sand and clear shallow waters, the beach provides the perfect spot for a casual swim, or a snorkel to admire the sea life. Another of the tour’s destinations that is perfect for water activities is the stunning Atwayan beach, from which you can also enjoy a trip to the mesmerizing Quin Reef, Green Lagoon and Las Islas De Coral. Afterwards, head to the incredible Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon, to marvel at the emerald waters that glisten in the sunlight. Enjoy more free time to explore these secretive spots, take a dip in the refreshing waters, or take some photos for your holiday album. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from swimming and snorkeling, it's time for a lunch of local style BBQ and seafood amidst the stunning backdrop of the crystal clear waters.

From Puerto Princesa: Trek to Batak Tribe Village

9. From Puerto Princesa: Trek to Batak Tribe Village

Be picked up for your hotel in the morning and travel about 70 kilometers out of Puerto Princesa. Arrive at the Batak Visitor Center, which is located in Barangay Conception. At the Visitor Center, you will find various local products made by the tribe available for purchase. From the Visitor Center, trek across mountainous terrain and cross some rivers to reach the village of the Batak people. The hiking time is anywhere from 75 to 120 minutes, depending on the pace of the group. Upon reaching the village, join in presenting a token gift to the tribe which contains coffee, rice, sugar, and other basic needs. Say hello to the tribe members and see how they go about their daily lives. Your guide will provide information about the history of the tribe and their customs. Afterwards, head back down to the Visitor Center and you'll be driven back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa. An option to include lunch in this activity is also available.

Coron: Coastal Cliffs, Beach & Malcapuya Island Hopping Tour

10. Coron: Coastal Cliffs, Beach & Malcapuya Island Hopping Tour

Sail local style on a Philippine Banca boat to venture out to the most popular islands in Coron. Your all-inclusive tour provides of pickup and drop-off, a local lunch, and snorkeling gear so you can immerse yourself in a full day of island hopping. After pickup from your hotel and a quick safety briefing, you'll pick up your snorkeling gear before setting sail. Your first stop is Banana Island. Although you won't be able to spot bananas, a soft beach and lazy hammocks await you. The second stop is one of the most well-known island of Coron. Malcapuya Island has the best beach in Coron with stunning blue sky, emerald water, and white sand. Discover an even more colorful of amazing marine life underwater with your snorkeling gear. Last stop is Bulog Dos Island, famous for its more private atmosphere away from the crowds. Here you can take pictures, enjoy tanning, or go swimming. Finally, it's time for a local-style BBQ lunch with seafood and more amidst the stunning scenery, before you head back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Palawan

All good. The guide and captain are good. Food needs to be improved. No transportation from NacPan. Over all it was good. Do I choose getyourguide again for this tour? Maybe not. I don't think the tour worth the value of the money I paid for.

Everything was wonderful and magical. The guides were great, very kind and friendly and very helpful. Thank you for the awesome experience, would highly recommend!

Very nice activity for the day. We discovered a lot of beautiful places. We were lucky with the weather. The crew were fun and the food yummy.

Very nice activity for the day. We discovered a lot of beautiful places. We were lucky with the weather. The crew were fun and the food yummy.

Amazing activity, our tour guide Jedd was really cool.