Lost in the Paradise of El Nido Beaches – Philippines

was supposed to attend a friend’s wedding at Bohol in December 2016 when I was forced to extend my trip with them to El Nido, yeah EL NIDO. The moment they asked I did not hesitate to say no. Most of you already know it’s a paradise not to be missed on your visit to Philippines.

El Nido s one of the most popular hotspots in the world for its most famous beautiful white sand beaches, corals reefs and spectacular islands. One could just immerse in the beauty of nature in here.


Getting Here

El Nido is located in the Northern end of main Island of Palawan.

By Air


From Manila we flew direct via Air Swift which fly’s to El Nido’s - Lio Airport. This would be best and fastest way to get to El Nido and definitely not the cheapest way.

Air Swift  which offers daily flights from Manila to El Nido. The travel time usually takes around 55 minutes.

Flights from Manila to El Nido leave at 6:30, 9:55, 11:00, 14:00.

Flights from El Nido to Manila depart at 8:00, 12:00, 16:00, 17:00 daily


Once landed you could reach easily to the city center in around 15-20mins via Tri Cycle or van transport. You could arrange it from the hotel of your selection.

By Land

Alternate cheaper and longer option to reach El Nido is via Puerto Princesa. First you need to fly to Puerto Princesa either from Manila or Cebu, then ride a van or a local bus for P500 to El Nido. Travel usually takes around 5-6 hours. Get ready for the bumpy roads.





El Nido offers an unforgettable Island hopping adventurous. One doesn’t simply miss these tours. There are 4 different island hopping tours which takes you different places and islands around El Nido. All of them are beautiful and offers breathe taking views.

Click on the below TOURS to to get more information on each one of them.

El Nido Island Hopping Tour A:

Places to be visited : Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island,7 Commando Beach
Duration                     :
From 9am to 4pm
Package Cost             :
What Includes          :
Boat Guide, Lunch, Life Vest & Snorkel Kit


Small Lagoon – Hidden paradise which has a small beach inside great picturesque. Our guide briefed us on the program itinerary for the day and we had to register at the office before we departed. It’s time to sail through the ocean and enjoy the beauty of nature. We took a dip into the ocean to enjoy the snorkelling and swim with the fishes.

Shimizu Island – A lunch stop and a swim at this island makes the trip more relaxing. The crew served us with a delicious food.


Big Lagoon – Crystal clear blue waters which gives a perfect photos and it is also great for Kayaking around the lagoon the most beautiful place you could be. One could snorkel too in this area.

Secret Lagoon – It’s not a secret lagoon where you find a lot of tourist flickering around. But it’s nice to visit.

The end of the awesome trip lasts at this beach 7 Commando Beach. After a daylong of exploring the place its time just chill out with some RED HORSE and take a swim on the beach. On this beach you can find shops and souvenir shop. That’s the end of a perfect day

El Nido Island Hopping Tour B:

Places to be visited : Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Entalula Beach, Cudugnon Cave
Duration From        : 9am to 4pm
Package Cost            : 1500peso/person
What Includes         : Boat Guide, Lunch, Life Vest & Snorkel Kit


The weather today was not that exciting as the sky was covered with the clouds. The winds were a bit stronger and the waves felt bit choppy. We stopped at the Pinagbuyutan Island. It was way rocky at the beach and due to the strong currents we decided to move on the next site.

I was very much excited about visiting the Snake Island. The pictures on the internet just look stunning. The moment we reached the Snake Island when you see from far it would look like people walking on the water. On a low tide you could see the 2 island is connected with a narrow reef which is in the form of a snake. That’s how this beach got the name “SNAKE ISLAND”.


Snake Island offers a small hike up to the hill top one good get a good view of the snake island from the summit of the peak. Take the trail and a few minute walk gets you to the top.

We were served with the lunch at the island and took a long break over there as weather seemed not so good.


From there we headed towards the cave. This was a huge cave as I climbed the high point of it. One should pass through a small hole and crawl before you reach this cave. This is a massive cave. After this caving we just chilled at Papaya Island. There are no Papayas on this Island but filled full with coconut trees.

End of awesome day.

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C:

Places to be visited : Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Star Beach, Hidden Beach
Duration From        : 9am to 4pm
Package Cost            : 1600peso/person
What Includes         : Boat Guide, Lunch, Life Vest & Snorkel Kit


The trip starts from the Helicopter Island, this island can be viewed from far as the same of a helicopter. Now you must be wondering how the name came for this. From there we headed towards the view of Matinloc Shrine. We didn’t manage to stop over.This is one of the best tour on the Island.  We had the most fun guide so far ever on the trip and we was well informative about everything and entertaining. We started our registration on the board and we were all excited for the ride.

Secret Beach – TO be honest this beach is not secret you would find so many tourist in this place. It’s not secret anymore. The view is just stunning in there not to be missed.

Hidden Beach – This is one of the most scary swim you would find, pass through strong current and small cave opening. Swim through a small opening to and there goes a perfect hidden beach. Be sure to be cautious and always follow guides instructions while you pass through this hole. It can be dangerous you could knock your head to the rocks always be alert


 A delicious food was served for the lunch and a huge fish, pork. meat, and lots of fruits. Really loved the service and passion the crew has put in the effort to make the trip more happening.

At last we just chilled out at the beach did some swim and snorkel.

El Nido Island Hopping Tour D:

Places to be visited : Ipil Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, Paradise Beach, Pasandigan Beach, Natnat Beach, Bukal Beach
Duration From        : 9am to 4pm
Package Cost            : 1400peso/person
What Includes         : Boat Guide, Lunch, Life Vest & Snorkel KitParadise Beach

After spending too many days on the boat i felt a bit crazy and decided to skip this tour and we did Zip Line and El Nido taraw via ferrata. You could check the blog HERE.

Other references for El Nido Island Hopping Tour D:

Cadlao Island: El Nido Island Hopping Tour D

Tour D “A Taste of Cadlao Island Tour”

Exclusive Deal for our readers. 

All our tours were booked by El Nido DJ Explorer Travel and Tours 

Use promo code CHASING ALTITUDE for Special Deals on the TOURS.

TOUR A : 1000 Peso/Pax

TOUR B : 1100 Peso/Pax

TOUR C : 1200 Peso/Pax

TOUR D : 1000 Peso/Pax

LAND TRANSFER : Pick up/drop Airport Rountrip transfer PPS-EL NIDO-PPS - 1,000/pax