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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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Philippines / Palawan The island hopping tours have been the clear attraction to El Nido for the past decade of ecotourism, but as these tours become crowded, many tourists have been searching for alternatives to them. After all, not everyone in your group may want to do all 4 island hopping tours. Or, what do you do on a stormy day when the ocean is clearly going to be rough? I want to go over a handful of the growing options, that don’t involve a

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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, the majority of ecotourists go to El Nido for the world-class island hopping destinations. When you do a Google image search for ‘Philippines’, vacation photos from El Nido are the most abundant result; and the majority of those photos seen were likely taken while on board one of these famous El Nido island-hopping tours. Here is an informational article on how you can best prepare for these day long adventures in the islands, so that you won't be left

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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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