The famous Big Lagoon El Nido seems to be at the top of everyone’s Philippines Bucket List and it’s easy to see why.
I can tell you now that it’s every bit impressive and I highly recommend adding Big Lagoon to your list of places to see in Palawan!
I have put together this complete guide to visiting El Nido Big Lagoon including how to get there and what to expect when you arrive.
HOW TO GET TO BIG LAGOON EL NIDO?
El Nido Big Lagoon can only be accessed by boat on one of the El Nido Island Hopping Tours.
More specifically, El Nido Tour A is the only boat tour that operates trips to Big Lagoon Palawan.
I personally booked El Nido Tour A online in advance with Klook and it couldn’t have been easier!
This particular tour is the most top-rated El Nido Island Hopping Tour with great reviews and thousands of bookings.
Tour A includes a full day of island hopping on an outrigger boat to Seven Commandos Beach, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, and a BBQ lunch on the boat.
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El Nido Tour A
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BIG LAGOON EL NIDO
Big Lagoon El Nido is located on Miniloc Island and it’s typically the second stop on El Nido Tour A.
When we arrived on the boat I could finally see why El Nido Big Lagoon was at the top of everyone’s list of things to do in El Nido!
The towering limestone cliffs of Miniloc Island are other-worldly and the deep blue-colored waters inside Big Lagoon are too inviting not to go for a swim!
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One of the best activities to do when you arrive is to rent a kayak and paddle your way through the opening of the lagoon and explore the deep blue waters inside.
The cost to rent a kayak is an additional 250 pesos which is worth every cent.
Drone shot of Big Lagoon
Kayaking in the lagoon
EXPLORING EL NIDO BIG LAGOON
If you choose not to go kayaking in Big Lagoon El Nido, it’s possible to swim from the boat into the opening of the lagoon where the water is quite shallow.
From here you can walk around beneath the curving limestone cliffs and take a moment to let the phenomenality of this place soak in.
I decided to fly my drone camera to capture the beauty of it all from a birds-eye perspective. Safe to say these were my favorite photos I took on the El Nido island-hopping tour.
You’ll have around 1 hour – 1.5 hours to enjoy your time inside the lagoon before heading off to the next stop of El Nido Tour A which is Secret Lagoon.
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Big Lagoon Palawan
WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO
El Nido has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Lagùn Hotel
Lagùn Hotel is one of the best and most modern hotels in El Nido featuring an outdoor swimming pool, terrace, restaurant, bar, and free wifi throughout the property. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen tv, wardrobe, work desk, fridge, kettle, private bathroom and some with a balcony. A buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families, and friends.
Mid Range: Sea Cocoon Hotel
I personally stayed at Sea Cocoon Hotel and can’t recommend this place enough! Located right in the heart of El Nido and just minutes walk to the beach. Sea Cocoon Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, terrace, restaurant, bar, and a shared lounge. The rooms are spacious and modern with air-conditioning, large comfy beds, wardrobe, balcony, and private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Affordable place to stay for couples, families, and friends!
Budget: One Hostel El Nido
One Hostel is one of the best budget accommodations in El Nido with great reviews! Centrally located and within walking distance to the bus terminal, shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, and beaches. There are dorm rooms, double rooms, and quadruple rooms available with air-conditioning. The Hostel also has free wifi and a shared lounge area for guests to hang out. Perfect place to stay in El Nido for solo travelers, couples, and friends!
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BEST EL NIDO TOURS
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WHAT TO PACK FOR THE PHILIPPINES
When visiting the Philippines, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Philippines sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP
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