Island Hopping: A & C Combined Tour in El Nido, Philippines
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Island Hopping: A & C Combined Tour in El Nido, Philippines

Let’s get wanderlusted in El Nido! The best thing to do in El Nido is obviously island hopping because the beauty of El Nido lays far from the town itself. There are a lot of travel agents that offer you similar island hopping tour packages so you can choose whichever you prefer. I will show you all the available tour packages in El Nido including the prices but this blog post is focusing more on the A & C combined tour as the title says.

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Me during island hopping tour
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The view during the island hopping tour in El Nido

The Tour Packages

They have A, B, C, and D island hopping tour packages but the most popular ones are A and C tour packages. Regular tour package goes to 4-6 spots depending on where you get them. These are some of the island hopping catalogs in El Nido downtown area.

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The island hopping tour prices (1)
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The island hopping tour prices (2)
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The island hopping tour prices (3)

Some travel agents also offer the combined tour which is a perfect package for you that have limited time and try to lower the budget. It usually goes to 5-7 spots depending on where you get them. These are the combined tour catalogs from the travel agents in the hostel I stayed.

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The combined island hopping tour prices (1)
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The combined island hopping tour prices (2)

All the prices are excluding tax of 200 pesos per person (US$5). Each boat tour package includes lunch and snorkeling gear but excludes the kayak and aqua shoes rental prices. Usually, the tour will depart from El Nido downtown beach at 8 or 9 in the morning and it will finish at 4around pm. The tour is usually join tour so you will be on board with around 20 people.

Travel Agent I Personally Recommend

I found this Jun Kaskasero travel agent that I had been looking for, the owner’s name is Dores ((+63) 0955 930 3826). I don’t have any affiliation with her travel agent, I’m just trying to help her business since I’m so satisfied with her hospitality, price, and service. This is my photo with Dores and her family.

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Me with Dores & her family

Why Am I Satisfied?

She always gives you discount, unlike any other travel agents. The price for the A & C combined tour for 1500 pesos (US$ 30) excluding the 200 pesos tax but she actually discounted the tax for me. So, instead of paying 1700 pesos (US$ 35) in total, she only asked me to only pay 1500 pesos including the tax so I actually was saving money. I also got the pick-up service from my accommodation that as located in Coron-Corong because it’s quite far from the trip departure area. Her son is usually the one who will do the pickup service. Her travel agent also provides other things such as scooter rental and boat ticket to go to Coron.

My A & C Combined Tour Experience

During this island hopping tour, I got to visit 7 spots in the El Nido area. I also got lucky that I was on board with only 4 other people (1 friend and 3 others I just met on board) so we were only 5 enjoying that tour with a big boat. The reason why it happened actually because there were around 5 people who booked the tour but canceled all sudden so they had to pay the cancellation fee. Also, not a lot of people book the combined tour, people usually just book regular ones. If you’re interested to see more, you can watch my Instagram Stories here.

These are the places I visited:

1.    Seven Commando Beach

I love the white soft sands with palm trees and crystal blue water here. I enjoyed my time a lot here by just chilling sipping on a coconut. There is a small shop selling drinks and snacks there.

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Crystal clear water in Seven Commando Beach
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Coconut trees in Seven Commando Beach

2.    Helicopter Island

This is actually a well-known snorkeling spot. Unfortunately, we didn’t go to the island itself, just did snorkeling. It is called Helicopter Island because it is the landing spot for the helicopters, as they boatmen said.

3.    Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach is also a well-known place for snorkeling. It is Hidden beach because we need to swim in between the rocks to get to the beach.

4.    Tapiutan Island

We only stopped without touching the land in Tapiutan Island. We actually had lunch here, such a nice place to have lunch. If you want to do cliff jumping, this is the right place to do.  I would love to do it but the problem is I was wearing contact lenses and if I jump in with the goggles on, I was afraid to lose them since I lost mine before during bridge jumping. See a guy doing cliff jumping in my
Instagram Stories here.

5.    Small Lagoon

Small Lagoon is my favorite place out of all the spots. You can enjoy kayaking in this beautiful spot with turquoise water with the cliffs surrounded you. The kayak rental was 400 pesos (US$ 8) per kayak.

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The view of Small Lagoon
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Me in Small Lagoon
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Swimming in Small Lagoon

6.    Twin Rocks

Twin Rocks is also the snorkeling spot with the beautiful shallow crystal clear water and you can swim to the nearest small beach there. There are 2 islands that are mostly just rocks that look alike and that is why the name of this place is Twin Rocks.

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The view of Twin Rocks
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Me in Twin Rocks

7.    Big Lagoon

In the Big Lagoon, we only stopped nearby the entrance and then continued by kayaking and swimming to get in the Big Lagoon. The reason for that was because of the low tide. During the high tide, the boats can get in the Big Lagoon. You can also do cliff jumping here as well.

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The entrance of Big Lagoon
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The view of Big Lagoon
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My friends and I in the low tide area in Big Lagoon
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Being in Big Lagoon
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Me kayaking in Big Lagoon

We finished at around 4 pm and Dores offered my friend and me to use one of her scooters to go to Las Cabañas Beach to watch the sunset. Too bad, we were quite tired so we asked if she can just drive us back to our hostel. She paid us a tricycle to bring us back since her son was away at that time.

The pictures above are edited without altering any color, everything is in the exact color as seen in real life. All I did was enhancing the contrast, brightness, etc.

Thank you for reading this blog post, I hope you will be able to get the best island hopping tour you desire. Please keep in mind that the fees mentioned might change. It would mean a lot if you want to connect with me via Instagram here.

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