Here she goes.
This is one tour that I wasn’t able to take: Tour A. I was told that this was in fact the most popular and is responsible for popping the island hopping cherry of most first timers to the island because the destinations are relatively close to the town.
So without any further ado, my Mom presents you with, El Nido Island Hopping Tour A. Oh and one last bit, the crew booked their island hopping tour directly with Palawan Greenviews in Corong-corong.
The island that was named because of a dead Japanese diver, bow. If anything, get ready to go under because this island is good for one thing and one thing only: awesome snorkeling. Swim into fairly shallow waters and get to experience the fishies that will swim up to you whether or not you have food on you – but as responsible tourists, we suggest to not do that at all, by the way.
This is a from-the-beach entry of snorkeling so if you’re like me and prefer that over the time when we dove into the deep waters of Pinaglugaban Island – then you will be very happy.
Similar to the Secret Beach from the Tour C itinerary – going into the Secret Lagoon requires you to go through a little opening before the larger lagoon behind it is able to reveal itself to you. The lagoon itself is pretty shallow but the entrance is at an uncomfortable level for some shorter non-swimmers. My Mom stands at an easy 5’6” so she was able to easily slip through between the rocks. Some other tourists from other boats had to go back for life vests. Not that’s it’s direly important for you to know that just sayin, y’know.
Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon
Oh yes, more swimming. No relaxing on some lovely patch of sand or looking out into sweeping landscape views of the bay; this stop is practically a swimming stop. For non-swimmers, that means donning your vest the entire time. For the swimmers, don’t worry, there’s a shallow patch you can rest on but it’s on the further end of the lagoon. If you tire easily from all of the swimming in the lagoon, rest assured that there is a shallow patch somewhere there.
ZeMom has one advice when going here: expect people – lots of them. Of course they stopped over when all of the Tour A boats were headed home and everybody wanted to relax and chill on a gorgeous patch of sand after all of that water.
This particular beach is where most overnight camping tours take you where they drop you off and pick you up the following day. It’s an awesome choice because if anything happens, it’s only about 10 minutes from the port.
And with that, we end this particular post with a white-faced Mom – who is apparently with a loving relationship with her bottle of sunscreen. Don’t slather and pose, kids! Always take the time to rub it all out – or just go with clear sunscreen!