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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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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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With such large distances between the Philippines and the western world, TIME is typically the most prized resource when traveling there. This is also the case when traveling to even more remote locations on Palawan island, known as the Philippines “Last Frontier”. The two most remote of destinations on Palawan are El Nido and Coron, and tourists are often faced with having to choose between the two. This article will go over some of the similarities and differences between El Nido and Coron, and talk

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El Nido Snake Island and Sandbar Snake Island is a small, uninhabited island tucked away deep in Bacuit Bay, but remains a popular destination as part of El Nido’s Island Hopping Tour B. With a popular natural feature that comes and goes with the tides, its locale lends itself to be in mostly still waters. At times, the sandbar connects Snake Island to the mainland. No snakes, But Other Sneaky Residents do Exist As mentioned earlier, the island itself is uninhabited… by humans. There

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The best way for any newcomer to familiarize themselves with the layout of a place is to explore it on foot, and El Nido town, sometimes just referred to as the Poblacion by the local people, is no exception. Always Growing, Always Building There is constant construction going on in this small area, so all that extra noise and dust are bound to have some negative side effects. During the peak season in El Nido (March – May), the construction noise in the daytime is only

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Coron is filled with amazing locations, both underwater and above, featuring sunken Japanese World War II wrecks, coral reefs and unique tropical islands that would qualify as paradise on earth, according to most people’s standards. Malacapuya certainly fits that description, but this tiny gem of an island is often times overlooked because of its jaw-dropping island neighbors. One could even go as far as saying that Malacapuya Island is an underrated destination in Coron. The highlight is no surprise: the beach! The highlight that

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The Highlight: Snorkeling Other activities: Snorkeling El Nido's Island Hopping Tour C should be called the snorkeling tour and is a CAN’T MISS for anyone that snorkels. You will start off on Helicopter Island which has some absolutely beautiful coral ranging from just 1-5meters of depth and a large variety of marine life. In June the small stinging jellyfish are in season and can show up in large numbers, but you can put on a little bit of sunblock as a deterrent. With some

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If you had limited time and only had the opportunity to do one activity at one destination in El Nido, it has to be kayaking the big and small lagoons. While named separately, they are only separated by a single, towering wall of rock that extends well below the surface, into the deep blue. Their entrances are in different locations, which helps avoid overcrowding. On the early June day that I arrived at the lagoons, there was a significant swell to the sea and a

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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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