Island hopping between Coron – El Nido is one of the most deserved busy and common tour in the Palawan area. During high season you need to be quick to book ahead as the chance of trips being fully booked is common. Especially if you have certain dates you need to stick to. I cannot recommend this enough. 

Papaya Beach, one of the stops on our tour

What you get

You start the tour in either Coron or El Nido. During the days you go around to different islands and stop to snorkel by coral reefs. There are tours like this with diving instead of snorkelling like most of the tours do. You get served all the meals, which are included in the prices, freshly made by a cook on the boat. Depending on the company, you get different sized boats and groups. The one I was on had room for everyone to lie down and sleep, tan and just relax during the rides. We saw another boat from the most popular company and though that boat was a little bit bigger, the group was a lot bigger so they didn’t as much space as us.

 

 

 

Duration and prices

El Nido Paradise – max. 16 people
  • 3 Days / 2 Nights: P14.500 per person
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights: P18.000 per person
  • 5 Days / 4 Nights: P21.500 per person
TAO Experience – max. 24 people
  • 5 Days / 4 Nights: P26.000 Low Season / P31.500 High Season per person.
Bahay Isla – max. 12 people
  • 3 Days / 2 Nights: P15.500 per person
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights: P18.500 per person
  • 5 Days / 4 Nights: P22.500 per person
Native Exploration Palawan – max. ? people
  • 5 Days / 4 Nights: P22.000 per person

 

What you need to know beforehand

Hygiene

The toilet on the boat is most likely the simplest possible, and running out of toilet  paper might happen, so be sure to bring your own. Unless you’re staying at a beach where there’s a village nearby, there won’t be a toilet on the beach and the boat will be resting further out in the water during the night so prepare for going full camping during the nights. There also won’t be showers so bring soap that is environmental friendly and works with salt water.

A better camping spot

Food

The food is included and is made on the boat. If you have special requirements let them know in advance. I went with El Nido Paradise and told them beforehand that I was a vegan and explained what that meant. I could tell it was a new concept to the chef but every day the food got better and it was always varied so I’m very pleased with the food I was given.

Dinner is served on the beach
Dinner with this view beats any fancy restaurant

Weather

In the Philippines you have to be prepared for the possibility of typhoons and other type of storms and bad weather hitting, that may delay or cancel your trip. Try to always have a backup-plan and stay at least a couple of days before and after the trip in the different towns so you could be flexible if the tour has to be pushed a days forward or back. Water is provided and some of the companies also offer an unlimited Rum supply. The coke usually runs out first. And quickly. So if you like your rum ‘n coke, bring some extra coke and you’ll save the day.

On our last day we had to get up earlier than planned because a typhoon was coming our way and we needed to go to calmer water. The typhoon never made it to us though.

 Sunshine

You will spend a lot of time in the sun and with the reflection from the water you need to exaggerate your sun protection. Of course it depends on your amount of melatonin and how much or little tan you’ve already got. But be sure to have a hat and strong Spf with you. I used 50 and I got burned because I forgot to reapply after the first or second snorkel of the day. Especially protect your shoulders and upper back as it will be faced towards the sun when you swim around.

 

Gear

The company provides you with snorkels and some of them also offer you to borrow flippers. You can of course bring your own gear if you want or have a fear of the cooties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Swedish female solo traveler. Been to 6 continents and 60+ countries. Nature, hiking, adrenaline, responsible travel and minimalistic packing.

20 Comments

  1. Tack Linda! Ja det är en av de bästa solnedgångar jag någonsin sett, om inte den allra bästa!

  2. I ❤️ this! I travel frequently to the Philippines since my dad lives there, seems like it has been a great tourist spot for many people. Glad to see so many people in love with this country!

  3. The Philippines is sooooo on my list and this just makes me want to go even more. I need to grab one of those $199 fares from Sydney and just do it!

  4. I’m from the Philippines but I haven’t been to El Nido yet and god, that sunset is gorgeous! I’m in love with how pink everything looks and then blue during the daylight because of the ocean.

  5. Omg Kiara! How can you not have been already? :O It’s been voted the most beautiful island in the world for years straight now 😀 Yeah that was the best sunset all of us had ever seen

  6. I have seen too many blog posts about Philipines these few days. I really need to start booking a trip there.
    Really good and informative post!

  7. These are super practical tips! You pictures are beautiful. I would love to experience those sunsets!

  8. Thanks Hanna-Mari! The tourism has exploded and will continue to increase so go soon rather than later! 😀

  9. I had so much fun watching your video and really felt like I was there! This is the type of paradise I need in my life right now! Beautiful water, beautiful sunset… doesn’t get much better 🙂

  10. Such a beautiful spot, and man those sunsets!! Need to visit 🙂

  11. Such an informative post, and I adore your blog layout and images too! I never considered doing the extended boat trips when I was in the Phils. I just did the ABCD ones when I was in El Nido, but I’m definitely thinking of doing the Tao trip in July!

  12. This is a really useful post for a trip to Philippines. We often talk about the beauty of the destination. But then we forget the basics at times. When we are prepared the most, we are able to enjoy our destination the best. And your tips will help us prepare the best for philippines

  13. Thank you so much Serena! 😀 You totally should! Everyone I met who did the extended trip said it was the best thing of their trip in the PH

  14. Are those colors even real?! Gosh, those are some eye candy views! The coral reefs in Coron is unbeatable!

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