The Incredible Secret Lagoon El Nido – Complete Guide

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Secret Lagoon El Nido is one of the most epic places to visit in Palawan! Featuring pinnacle limestone cliffs, secluded white sand beaches, and of course, a secret lagoon!

I have put together this complete guide to visiting Secret Lagoon El Nido including how to get there and what to expect when you arrive.

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HOW TO GET TO SECRET LAGOON EL NIDO

El Nido Secret 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 Secret Lagoon Palawan.

I personally booked Tour A El Nido online in advance with Klook and it couldn’t have been easier!

El Nido Tour A is the most top-rated El Nido Island Hopping Tour with great reviews and thousands of bookings.

Tour A El Nido includes a full day of island hopping on an outrigger boat to Seven Commandos Beach, Big Lagoon/Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon El Nido, Shimizu Island, and a BBQ lunch on the boat.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT SECRET LAGOON EL NIDO

Secret Lagoon El Nido is around the corner from Big Lagoon which is typically the third stop on El Nido Tour A.

The name isn’t quite fitting as it’s one of the more popular spots on the itinerary, though, despite its popularity, Secret Lagoon is something you just have to see with your own eyes!

Our boat anchored just off the shore and the boat crew started to prepare lunch while we were off exploring. We had around 45 minutes to explore the small caves, sandy coves, and inside El Nido Secret Lagoon itself.

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LUNCH AT EL NIDO SECRET LAGOON

Buffet Lunch is served on the boat here at Secret Lagoon El Nido and what a spread it is! A mix of BBQ prawns, fish, chicken, pork and fresh salads, noodles, rice, and fruits!

The limestone cliffs that envelop Secret Lagoon Palawan are some of the most impressive ones that you’ll come across when island-hopping in El Nido.

You could marvel at these classic El Nido cliffs for hours and ponder how they came to be.

You’ll have around 1 to 1.5hrs to enjoy your time at the lagoon before heading off to the next stop of El Nido Tour A which is Shimizu Island.

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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.

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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!

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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

Looking for the best El Nido Tours?!

Visit the Viator website to see all of the top-rated tours in El Nido. Be sure to book online in advance to be guaranteed the best rates!

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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

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or it’s your first trip overseas, here are some useful travel resources to help you kick-start your next adventure!

  • BOOKING.COM – search and book accommodation worldwide
  • SKYSCANNER – compare and book cheap flights to anywhere
  • VIATOR – find tickets, tours, and experiences around the world
  • BOOKAWAY – book buses, trains, and transfers online in advance
  • RENTAL CARS – search all rental cars in your next destination
  • GROUP TRIPS – join one of my epic small group trips
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE – purchase World Nomads travel insurance
  • TRAVEL MONEY CARD – get a Wise card today for free

Looking for more? Check out my Travel Resources page for further help with your trip planning!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about El Nido Secret Lagoon, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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