Exploring Palawan – Island Hopping Tours in El Nido

Exploring Palawan – Island Hopping Tours in El Nido

Exploring Palawan – Island Hopping Tours in El Nido

Exploring Palawan – Island Hopping Tours in El Nido

The famous El Nido sign at the beach

El Nido


One thing that comes to mind when searching about El Nido is the Island Hopping tours that are organised here and believe us it is completely worth it see these beautiful island around El Nido and it also the only way to even see them. One needs to pay the environmental and entry fees in advance.

Let’s dive right in…

The Banca Boat of the Philippines

Guided tours of El Nido


Which tour package to take?

Most tours start at 9:00 and end around 16:00, but it depends on the weather and duration of the stops. Lunch is included in the trip and you can choose a to eat fish or chicken which you can tell your guide the day before. There’s plenty of rice, fish, chicken, pork and fruits. Don’t forget to inform your guide!

  • Small Lagoon
  • Big Lagoon
  • Secret Lagoon
  • Shimizu Island
  • Seven Commandos Beach

Price for this tour (lunch included) : 1200 PHP / person

  • Snake Island
  • Pinagbuyutan Island
  • Entalula Beach
  • Cudugnon Cave
  • Snorkel Stop

Price for this tour (lunch included) : 1300 PHP / person

  • Helicopter Island
  • Matinloc Shrine
  • Secret Beach
  • Star Beach
  • Hidden Beach

Price for this tour (lunch included) : 1400 PHP / person

  • Ipil Beach
  • Cadlao Lagoon
  • Paradise Beach
  • Pasandigan Beach
  • Natnat Beach
  • Bukal Beach

Price for this tour (lunch included) : 1200 PHP / person

Book a tour @ JY Travel & Tours – Coron

Where to stay in Puerto Princesa?

I booked our B&B beforehand so we knew where we had to travel to after our flight. A friendly tricycle driver took us first to a tour booking operator for our next-day adventure to the Underground River of Puerto Princesa.

The B&B was called Citadel Bed & Breakfast, a quiet location on the north-east side of the city at just 1.8 km from the Kanigaran Beach to the east of the B&B and 2 km to Robinsons Place Palawan shopping mall to the west.

Full Banca Boat El Nido Tour


How to book a guided tour?

If you didn’t book an island hopping tour in advance then the “Manong Driver” is ready to help you for the bookings. He will bring you to a trusted tour guide agent and voilà you got a safer and cheaper booking.

What does a tour looks like?

Underground River tour at Sabang

  • Pick up at your hotel (8:00 am or your preference)
  • Arrive at Sabang wharf (2 or 3 hours trip)
  • Boat ride from Sabang wharf to underground river park (15 minutes)
  • Cave exploration via paddle boat (30 to 60 minutes)
  • Lunch buffet at Sabang restaurant
  • Departure from Sabang wharf to Puerto Princesa (leaves at 16:00 pm)
  • Drop-off at your hotel

It was an amazing shortcation adventure. Check booking.com for your favourite accommodation.

Air Asia present at Sabang harbour – Palawan

The Underground River


Before you go!

Keep in mind a couple of things before heading to the Underground River.

You need to secure a permit at the Underground River Booking Office located at Puerto Princesa’s City Coliseum or via a tour operator. We booked our trip at … .
All of the below fees are mandatory.

Entrance fee 500 pesos 8.65 euro
Environmental fee 150 pesos 2.60 euro
Audioguide fee 85 pesos 1.47 euro

From Puerto Princesa airport, you’ll have to travel to Sabang and hop on a jeep, bus, or van in San Jose Terminal going to Sabang, which can take two to three hours.Moreover, you can’t travel straight to Sabang. You must secure a permit first at the Underground River Booking Office situated at Puerto Princesa’s City Coliseum. This is the government’s initiative to control the number of tourists that visit the protected area. Prepare your valid ID, settle the fee, and get your permit.After that, you need to head straight to Sabang Port and go to the Tourism Office. There, you’ll present your permit and pay the environmental and boat fees, as well as the mandatory audio guide. A boat will be designated for you and will take you to the Underground River entrance.You’ll then board a smaller boat that will bring you inside the Underground River. Your tour guide or boatman will use a searchlight to show you the cave’s stunning stalagmites and stalactites, rock formations, and its inhabitants (i.e., bats, birds, and reptiles).

Underground River tours last around 45 minutes. Once done, a larger boat will bring you back to Sabang Port. You can then either spend the night in town or travel back to the city.

How to get there from Puerto Princesa?

Best way to get to the Underground River is by booking a tour at … the day prior your excursion to the Underground River because you’re going to leave early around 8 am. They offer prices starting at … PHP.

Pickup and drop-off at your place of accommodation is all included in the fair.

Time of arrival back at your hotel will be somewhere in the afternoon like 4 or 5 pm depending on the season.

Underground River Entrance

Me and my love at the Underground River

Posing in front of the Underground River sign

Palawan Aircon Van Transport to El Ndio

Going to El Nido Beach

The famous El Nido sign

The El Nido rocky formations

Swiftlets Inn Breakfast Goodness

Banca Boat

A handful of tourists on the Banca Boat

Tropical Beach Lunch with some tourists

El Nido’s Last Boat

Coron Travel Tours

Choosing a tour in Coron

Rain at the rocky lake

Banca Boat nearing the beautiful nature

Coron Harbour

Hiking in Coron

Corto Del Mar Hotel – Coron

Corto Del Mar Hotel – Coron

Corto Del Mar Breakfast – Coron

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Tourism

Coron Landmark with Cross

French Fries at Lobster King – Coron

Prince Jacob – Tricycle

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Capturing old things on camera is one thing, presenting all our footage on this blog is another.

Alan & Lourdes

Travel & Preserving History Bloggers, Twin Rhino


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