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El Nido Island Hopping Guide

El Nido Island Hopping Guide

El Nido island hopping is one of the most popular attractions in the Philippines. So here’s a breakdown of all the options and the info you need.

Getting Around El Nido + Tips

Getting around El Nido couldn’t be easier.

The small town is easy enough to walk around, and to be honest you don’t see that many tourists on scooters, compared to other places in the Philippines.

This is more of a laid back, take your time kind of chill spot.

If you do need to get anywhere, there are tuk-tuks/pedicabs hanging around most corners, and they’ll drop you around town for less than 100 php.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Book Your El Nido Tours: El Nido: Top Tours & Activities

WHAT TO PACK

Underwater Camera: GoPro HERO7

Waterproof Phone Case: LifeProof Fre Waterproof Phone Case

Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50

Dry Bag: Earth Pak – Roll Top Waterproof Dry Bag

Microfibre Towel: Microfibre Quick Dry Towel

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Lauren taking in the scenery around El Nido

Which El Nido Tour To Take – A, B, C or D?

Firstly you need to know that there are four types of El Nido island hopping tours – A, B, C & D.

Each are similar in trip length and inclusions, but they visit different locations. Here’s exactly what each tour consists of:

Tour A
Small Lagoon
Big Lagoon
Simizu Island
Secret Lagoon
7 Commando Beach

Book this tour: El Nido Island Hopping Tour A: Lagoons and Beaches

Tour B
Snake Island
Cudugnon Cave
Pinagbuyutan Island
Cathedral Cave
Entalula Island

Book this tour: El Nido Island Hopping Tour B: Cudognong Cave & More

Tour C
Matinloc Shrine
Secret Beach
Hidden Beach
Star Beach
Helicopter Island

Book this tour: El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: Hidden Beaches & Shrine

Tour D
Cadlao Lagoon
Paradise Beach
Pasandigan Beach
Nat Nat Beach
Bukal Beach

Book this tour: El Nido Island Hopping Tour D: Hidden Beaches and Lagoons

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Touchdown at 7 Commando Beach on Tour A

El Nido Tour Package Prices

Once you arrive, you’ll find booking agents advertising El Nido Island Hopping tours all over town.

Prices for the tours vary from around 1,200 – 1,400 PHP per person.

Our recommendation is to get a group together (minimum 4 people) and negotiate a deal for your own private boat. We ended up paying 1,700 PHP per person to do both tours A & C in one day, plus had a huge vegetarian lunch thrown in.

This way it beats sharing a boat with another 10 tourists all fighting for the same photos.

Book Your El Nido Island Hopping Tours in advance: El Nido: Top Tours & Activities

How To Book Your El Nido Tour Package

This part is the easiest.

As soon as you arrive in town nearly every accommodation, restaurants or pop up shop will be jumping to sell you an El Nido tour package.

The majority of them will have signs up on the wall with prices and they are all pretty fixed. Although if there is a group of you, as mentioned, the price is always negotiable.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Book your El Nido Island Hopping Tour: El Nido Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

El Nido Tour Package El Nido Tour A & C El Nido

Still the most beautiful place we’ve ever visited!

Our El Nido Island Hopping Experience

We can only speak from experience but we took tours A & C and were not disappointed!

We got up a little earlier than the usual departure time because we were mixing two tours into one day. It worked out in our favour though as we arrived at all the tourists spots first before anybody laid foot on the islands.

Every place we visited was insanely beautiful and by far the highlight of our whole month in the Philippines.

We’re sure that all the El Nido island hopping tours are simply amazing, but we definitely recommend tours A & C.

Click HERE for our full Things To Do In El Nido – Top Spots Not To Miss blog.

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Soaking up the sun was definitely one of Lauren’s favourite things to do in El Nido

Where To Stay In El Nido

Luxury – Lagùn Hotel – Lagùn Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace. Located around 5 miles from Big Lagoon, the hotel is also 5 miles away from Small Lagoon. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar or a meal in the restaurant. The rooms come with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, fridge, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. Featuring a private bathroom, certain units at Lagùn Hotel also feature a balcony. The units have a wardrobe. Breakfast is available daily, and includes continental and buffet options.

Mid-budget – Ipil Suites – Set amidst lush greenery, Ipil Suites features a restaurant and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi access. It has a common lounge area with a TV, while parking space is provided on site at no charge. The property is conveniently located within a 15-minute drive from El Nido Airport. Fitted with tiled flooring, rooms come with air conditioning, a personal safe, clothes rack and freshly-laundered bedding. The en suite bathroom includes hot/cold shower facility, towels and free toiletries.

Budget – Elternative Hostel – Featuring a rooftop sun terrace and views of the surrounding mountains, Elternative Hostel offers solar-powered accommodations 6 minutes’ walk from Corong Corong Beach. El Nido Market is 3 minutes’ walk away while the bus/van terminal are 4 minutes’ walk away. Every room has a private bathroom and mini garden. Several rooms have air conditioning and an attached mini-kitchen. During good weather, guests can relax and enjoy a barbecue on the rooftop.

For more places to stay in El Nido you can check the latest prices here.

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