Philippines Travel

Lagoons and Beaches

June 20, 2016

I said yes to adventure!


This was the first time I went for island hopping and be surrounded by humongous limestones. Palawan has been crowned as the best island in the world and this unspoiled paradise proved and showed me why. I would join this tour again when I go back to El Nido. Definitely the best so far!

  • As we sailed down Bacuit Bay to go to our first stop 7 Commando Beach, the licensed tour guides gave us a brief introduction of what to expect and what we will see. Of course, they have said everything good I have read online. The moment we anchored at this beautiful island, I fell in love right away. As we walk along the clear water and white, fine sand, the sparkling sunlight made the seawater glistened like jewels. The bonus part in our experience here was that the place was sparsely populated and yes, like small children, we took turns riding the swing.

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  • Inside the Miniloc Island where two known lagoons were located. Probably, in many postcards, you have seen the limestone karst cliffs surrounded the Small and Big Lagoons. You can tour around the lagoons by renting a kayak which costs 300php ($7). Over-all, this awe-inspiring lagoons were undeniably utopian.

Reminder: If in case you would want to jump in and swim around, wear diving fins, sandals, or slippers because, as what the licensed tour guides have advised, there are a lot of sea urchins that will sting.

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  • We took a 40minute-1 hour break at Payong-Payong Beach to have our buffet lunch which was inclusive in the tour fee. How cool this island could get? They had fresh coconut drink, soda, and ice cream vendors riding the kayak around the island!

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  • Next stop was the not-so Secret Lagoon. I personally did not enjoy this segment of the tour. Apart from being too crowded, the water was already mud-colored due to the increase of visitors. We didn’t stay long inside and decided to just walk around the island. Our cool, tour guide helped us in taking creative shots.


  • Our last stop was the Simizu Island. The corals and school of fish were a feast in the eye. They said that due to coral bleaching and tampering, the underwater reefs were damaged. While I was snorkeling and was busy with fascination, I wondered how beautiful the coral reefs were when El Nido was not yet a tourist destination.



*Contact El Bacuit Travel and Tours for an awesome island hopping experience. Their tour guides are not only professional and friendly, but also tech savvy for some postcard-worthy photos.

TOUR A Fee: 1,200php / $26 (inclusive of snorkeling equipment, boat, lunch)

Contact number: +63 977 461 9904

Address: Rizal St., corner Abdulia St., Buena Suerte (near the boat dock)


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  • Reply Alex Datsev September 21, 2016 at 1:49 AM

    Yeah, the sea urchins could be a real pain…Sounds like you had an amazing day, and the island look gorgeous!

    • Reply November 4, 2016 at 11:36 PM

      Yes they were! The sea urchins were also bigger than usual :/ We did! Palawan really is the best beach/island in the Philippines. Come visit the country one day, Alex! Cheers!

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