Part 1: Island Hopping in El Nido, Palawan

Considered as popular as Boracay is Palawan. In fact, many consider Palawan as the next Boracay. Tourists visit Palawan since it has lots of unspoiled beaches and because of its quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

There are three choices of destination in Palawan: Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. We opt for El Nido since it’s nearer to Puerto Princesa and I love island hopping.

We booked with Northern Hope Tours for a tour and accommodation so we can save money. Included in the package are the following:

  • Van transfer from Puerto Princesa Airport to El Nido (one way)
  • Accommodation with free breakfast
  • Island hopping with lunch buffet

Northern Hope Tours can be contacted through the following:
Mobile Number: 0927 735 3221

Five tour packages are offered in El Nido: Tour A, B, C, D and E. So you need to stay at least a week in El Nido if you want to try all the packages. In our case, we’ve only stayed for three days and try two tours but it’s already enough for us to gain memorable and amazing experiences.

Day 1 (Tour C)

Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach is really a hidden gem. You won’t be able to see it right away because of big rocks blocking the ocean.

We even saw Nemo!

Secret Beach

The Secret Beach is covered with a wall of rocks and you need to enter it through a small whole in one of the rocks. The beach can only be visited if the weather is good since it’s facing the open sea. If it’s raining, the current gets too strong so it’s hard to get out of the secret beach.

Water is clear and has lots of corals and fish.

Talisay Beach

Our third stop was Talisay Beach and it’s where we ate lunch.

We were surpised to see some dogs in the island so we asked our tour guides if the dogs really live there because they look healthy. According to them, the dogs are from a nearby beach resort and they swim to Talisay Beach because they know it’s where tourists eat lunch so they can beg for food. I guess they’re better swimmers than most of us.

Matinloc Island

Matinloc Island houses an abandoned shrine. The island offers a great view of the bay.

Helicopter Island

The island is coined as Helicopter Island because it resembles a helicopter from afar.

The island is great for snorkeling and diving. Lots of corals are spread across the seabed.

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