On the first day that we went out on Tour C with a group of four, another group composed of nine English and Spanish guests, went out at a later time on a different boat, also on Tour C. On the second day, we combined the two groups in one big boat, the Kryzel Jane, that is good for 2o pax, and went out on Tour A.
Our first stop was the Small Lagoon in Miniloc Island where the girls did some kayaking outside. I took this panorama shot using my phone.
Miniloc Island is some 40-minute pumpboat (banca) ride from El Nido town where the tour boats typically depart.
The Small Lagoon offers some snorkeling. Some are surprised, and even scared though one should not be, of some territorial fish in the area. A smaller cliff-lined cove can be entered from this lagoon, with a bit of difficulty. The towering marble walls and the “private” pool in the innermost part of the lagoon make this stop more special.
We left the Small Lagoon and headed to the opposite side of Entalula Island where we had an entire little beach all to ourselves and where we had lunch.
I have always loved Entalula Island. It has a beautiful powdery sandy beach that is also good for swimming. Years ago, only guests of the El Nido Resorts (Miniloc and Lagen) were allowed on the beach of Entalula. I was surprised when it got included in the standard Tour A and became the usual stop for lunch.
The following photos were taken with my Pentax Optio WP camera in March 2006. Yes, the last photo is my 23-year old self.
We did not set foot on this beach though on this day of the tour. We were on the other side where there was a pocket of beach which was completely empty. The sand was not as fine or the area as good for swimming, but there was snorkeling, and we could watch Simizu Island across.
After lunch, we headed for Simizu Island. We watched the other tour boats who were there on their lunch stop drive away before crossing over. I had hoped we would go on the beach – because this beach is beautiful(!) but we did not. We stopped in the snorkeling area off the beach.
Here are various photos I took of and on Simizu (or Shimizu) in 2012. Click here for the separate blog.
And here are some underwater shots we took with the Pentax Optio WP when we were snorkeling in Simizu Island in 2007. This waterproof camera I actually had for 5 years! I bought it in 2005 when I was living in El Nido and it took its last video and photos in Balicasag Island, Bohol, in 2010.
Our guests were extremely good swimmers so we swam nearly the entire length of Simizu’s beach, from one snorkeling area to the other. The boat dropped us off on one end and picked us up on the other end. The wind was stronger then and the water choppy. It was a good swim.
From Simizu, we did a quick stop at Secret Lagoon before going back to Miniloc Island for the Big Lagoon.
I seldom take photos of the Big Lagoon and so these are the only photos I have. In any case, any visitor in El Nido should not miss Tour A – because of this:
Instead of just going in, going around the big lagoon, and then going straight out, we decided to stop and stay longer to swim, kayak, and have cups of coffee. It is so serene and so beautiful. We stayed there a while before finally heading to Seven Commandos Beach.
Now, firstly, here are some photos of Seven Commandos Beach in 2005.
In the distance, one can see Pinagbuyutan Island, a part of Malapacao Island, and Marimegmeg Beach, now more popularly known as Las Cabanas, because of the resort. In Marimegmeg Beach, one can find the resorts of Las Cabanas and Orange Pearl, as well as the El Nido zip line.
And here are some photos taken in 2008.
It used to be an empty beach with very fine, blindingly white powdery sand, and a very good snorkeling site. I will not even start with the changes that have gone through the years and all those who are responsible for these changes, but I can only say that even if I will never see the old Seven Commandos Beach again, the image of this beach when I was frequenting it in 2005 will forever be in my memory.
The following are photos taken on the day of the tour one April day. I took them with my phone’s camera.
The above photo shows our guests chilling out on the beach with our Lagu towels. It was a really tiring day and the sunset and a bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen beer was a perfect way to end the day.
If you would like to join us in any Outventure Tour, we offer the usual tours – Tour A, B, C, and also D, on the banca as well as on the speed boat. We also offer private tours, inland tours, and other specialized tours such as eco-tours, bird watching tours, inland tours, sunset cruises, camping trips, stand up paddle board tours, and pretty much any kind of tour one might be interested in. We customize and we find the right boat and equipment, and we provide the best and most knowledgeable tour guides.
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Here is an end note to this blog:
In my research, as I always try to do before posting a blog, I have come across a good number of blogs with bad feedback regarding the increase in tour prices in El Nido – a municipal ordinance made effective in November 16, 2013; examples of which are here and here. Although I cannot fault bloggers, writers, travelers, reviewers, etc. for writing negative feedback about certain things they encounter in their travels, I cannot also help but wish that people would reflect first. I will write about this matter in better detail in a separate post.
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