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Here is a quick guide to the famous El Nido island hopping tours. While it is fairly easy to find pictures of all the amazing places in El Nido, there is not a whole lot of information about what an actual day on one of the tours is like, or what type of activities are on each of the stops of the tour. They are certainly not for everyone. The Inland Tour The Highlight: Staying land based Other Activities: Hikes, beaching While very tempting in

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This amazing place, is said to have been the source of inspiration for British author Alex Garland, as he is said to have lived in El Nido in the 90’s while he wrote his novel “The Beach” The book was then turned into a 2003 movie, set in Thailand with Leoardo DeCaprio playing the lead. well that’s what they say… This destination does not disappoint but, you are going to have to work for it! When you’re cruising along in the tour

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In another blog post, I complained about Seven Commandos Beach being a waste of time on Tour A. I promise you that is only because every other stop on Tour A is on Miniloc Island and traveling to Seven Commandos first, burns lots of time. Seven Commandos beach is actually quite the place! What to know: Its part of the mainland. Yup, Seven Commandos is actually just on the other side of the big mountain peninsula as el Nido town. If that mountain wasn’t

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Likely Stops: Small Lagoon Big Lagoon Secret Lagoon/ Hidden Beach 7 Commando Beach Some tour companies refer to Tour A as the kayaking tour because exploring the lagoons by kayak is the highlight of the day. I highly recommend talking to your tour operator beforehand and finding out the availability of kayaks for your group. Necessities you may forget: Dry Bag, Cash , Hat You will be away from the shelter of the boat for MOST of this tour, getting in and out of the water.

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*Updated June 2017 Philippines / Palawan / El Nido Previously known as one of the best scenic hikes in El Nido, the Twin Beach hike is now no longer possible. This rocky peninsula offers signature views of the twin beaches after a short vertical hike up the trail, but the land was purchased by a private developer in 2016. The developer has plans to build a luxury resort on the grounds. Protests to the sale and the building have come in the form of squatters attempting to

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A can’t miss destination in El Nido. Philippines / Palawan / El Nido About a 45 minute tricycle ride away from El Nido Town, located northeast along the coastline, is a place that’s not so secret anymore. Nacpan and Calitang form the twin beaches, but have more recently been referred to collectively as Nacpan Beach. Getting There Just about every tricycle driver, on any given day in El Nido Town is willing to take you to Nacpan beach; and for the standard rate, they will

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Philippines/ Palawan / El Nido Dilumacad does not mean helicopter in any language. The island was nicknamed for its shape from a certain vantage point and the validity of that nickname has been contested ever since…. but ‘Helicopter’ is what stuck. Me? I think it looks like a sea creature with its top half sticking out of the water, perhaps even a dinosaur or a large fish I suppose that I can imagine it representing the shape of a big military transport helicopter, but the lack

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Philippines / Luzon / Palawan Lets face it, people go to El Nido for the Island hopping. When you do a Google image search for ‘Philippines’, vacation photos from El Nido are the most abundant result; the majority of those photos were taken on board one of these famous El Nido island-hopping tours. Here is a post on how best to prepare for these all day adventures in the islands, so that you wont be left high and dry. What to bring An underwater capable camera. I

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Searching for a place to stay at a travel destination as popular as El Nido can be overwhelming. Sure there are many options, but where do you begin? Should you save money and stay at the nearby Corong Corong; a bit further away in Marimegmeg Beach; or right in the town of El Nido Proper? Booking Strategy One of the best travel tips that I have ever picked up on the internet is to book JUST your first night ahead of time, usually through an

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A quick 15 minute tricycle ride south from El Nido town brings you to a seemingly random spot on the side of the road marked by a line of trikes waiting for return trippers. The drivers gather to smoke cigarettes, share stories, and keep tabs of the next trip with a colorful chalkboard, albeit worn down by the salty ocean air. Descend a few stories down the tall concrete stairway towards the shoreline, and the first thing that you see, even before the water, or

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