From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

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From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

From US$ 64.70 per person

Have fun in El Nido on a shared or private day tour from Puerto Princesa, perfect if time's running short. Hop on a van up north, then experience the beautiful islands on Bacuit Bay by boat. Snorkel, swim, kayak, and more, and enjoy a BBQ lunch onboard.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Small group
Limited to 12 participants
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 20 hours
Starting time 4:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Tagalog
Pickup included
Pickup from within 15 kilometers of Puerto Princesa City Airport.


  • Enjoy a full-day island hopping activity in El Nido
  • Visit major sites such as the Secret and Big Lagoons
  • Fill out your day with water activities and a delicious BBQ lunch
  • Get to see the countryside during the drive to and from El Nido
Full description
Discover the islands around El Nido on a full-day island hopping tour from Puerto Princesa. Explore the area's most picturesque sites, including the Secret and Big Lagoons, and replenish your energy with a sumptuous BBQ lunch. Choose the private option to have your own exclusive experience, allowing for more flexibility and customization.  Begin your tour bright and early with pickup from your hotel in downtown Puerto Princesa at around 3 AM and head straight toward El Nido. Rest during the approximately 6-hour journey, and make a short stop to stretch your legs and buy some food. Upon arrival in the resort town of El Nido, you'll be dropped off near the jump-off point at Barangay Corong-Corong. Have breakfast at one of the several restaurants before boarding your boat, if you like. Rent your equipment, such as snorkels, kayak, aqua shoes, or fins to fully enjoy your island hopping experience. Set sail on your island hopping activity by 9 AM and make 4 stops in all. Start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in jagged rock walls. Continue on to Shimizu Island, a gorgeous beach with crystal-clear waters. Then, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand, before making your last stop at the Big Lagoon. By midday, pause your island hopping to savor a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. The island hopping activity ends at around 4 PM, at which point you'll be dropped off back at Corong-Corong Beach. Prior to going back to Puerto Princesa, you can enjoy dinner in El Nido. At 6 PM, get back on the road to your hotel, which you should reach by midnight.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off for guests staying within downtown Puerto Princesa or within 10 miles (15 kilometers) of Puerto Princesa City Airport
  • Return transfer Puerto Princesa-El Nido
  • Island tour at El Nido with lunch and boat crew
  • Entrance fees to all destinations
  • Use of life vests and towel
  • Snorkeling mask rental
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off for guests staying beyond 10 miles (15 kilometers) of the airport
  • El Nido Ecotourism Development Fee and Protected Area's User's Fee (total 400PHP)
  • Gratuities
  • Insurance
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Prepare for the activity

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This activity is 20 hours long and involves a total driving time of over 10 hours (5+ hours each way)
  • This activity is subject to favorable weather conditions. If it's canceled due to poor weather and you're already in El Nido, you will be offered an alternate activity that may not involve island hopping
  • The stops on the island hopping tour may vary based on local situations
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.0 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4 / 5
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The tour was extremely well organized. Despite a slightly late pick-up we arrived well on time in El Nido. The boat company were great, we were told 5 stops and we got them. No rushing and ample time to enjoy each spot. The scenery is stunning and really good snorkeling and beaches. Lunch is cooked and served on the boat. They put a lot of emphasis on safety and we were well looked after during the day. Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone. Well worth the price and journey.

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1 February 2020

The boat does not dock directly on the beach, so you have to walk 10m to the boat at the open. We had to carry our bags on our heads to prevent them from falling into the water. This tour should only be done in good weather (ideally no weather with strong wind). The drive from puerto princesa to el nido takes 4.5 hours, far too long, but with 2 toilet breaks. On the whole, one must have seen el nido.

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7 January 2020

Definitely not the kind of day my partner and I were expecting. We were dropped at the wrong travel agency and waited there for 2 hours before we were actually picked up by Corazon. They compensated by offering us a new package though, which we gladly accepted. However, it's still irrefutably upsetting for having missed the buffet lunch, snorkeling, and some other islands. Nevertheless, we would need to commend our guide, Erwin, for being very kind, helpful, and friendly during the very brief island hopping activity.

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2 January 2020

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