When people ask me which tour is best among Tours A, B, C, and D, this is what I say – Tours A and C are the most popular. Tour A because it goes to the lagoons in Miniloc Island and this is what made El Nido famous, aside from the fact that the big lagoon is really quite magnificent. It should not be missed. It is such a beautiful place to swim in and even have a wedding at, as some people from El Nido Resorts had done in the past. The big lagoon must not be missed. Tour C is what most tourists recommend and say as the best – it has secret beach and hidden beach, and there is such a beauty to be held atop the rocks in Matinloc Shrine. Tour D is the least popular because it is the closest and most people can get there by kayaking from town proper. Now what about Tour B? I would like to say that Tour B is for those who want to avoid the crowds of Tours A and C. It is the most relaxed too. Not much to do but hang out on the beach, do a little bit of swimming while waiting for lunch either in Snake Island or in Cudugnon Cave. Furthermore, Pinagbuyutan Island is so beautiful that we consider it our favorite island.

Also, I love the sand bar behind Lagen Island.

Lagen Sand Bar, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Lagen Sand Bar, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Lagen Sand Bar, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Lagen Sand Bar, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Lagen Sand Bar, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Lagen Sand Bar, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Lagen Sand Bar, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

After 4 days of cancelled tours during the days before and after New Year, the Coast Guard finally cleared island hopping tours. We first did Tour A and wanted to do Tour C the day after. The waves were still a little bit too big and wind was still a little too strong, although Tour C was already being allowed, we decided against it and did Tour B instead.

And it was a magnificent day. The last time I was on Tour B was 2007 and I could not help but look forward to being on Tour B. The sky was clear and nearly cloudless. The sun was out. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day.

We first made a 30-minute snorkeling stop near Pangulasian before going to Snake Island (Vigan Island) for lunch.

Snake Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

There is a view deck on Snake Island where one can see these:

Snake Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Snake Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Don’t worry, the steps are not that steep nor many. It is very easy to get to.

Snake Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Snake Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Snake Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Snake Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Snake Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

After a sumptuous lunch at Snake Island and an hour or so of relaxing on beach towels while drinking beers and of course some swimming, we proceeded to Cudugnon Cave.

Cudugnon Cave, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Cudugnon Cave, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

There are only two possible stops for lunch on Tour B – Snake Island or Cudugnon Cave. The cave is located on the side of a stretch of beach where people can also lay out beach towels, and even swing from a tree. (I had wanted to have a photo of myself swinging on this tree too but there was a long qeue.)

Cudugnon Cave, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

In order to get to the cave, which used to be a burial site, one must crawl or roll through a small hole. Tour guides place some life vests or towels on the rocks so those who are crawling or rolling through the hole do not get injured. The cave is small but it still gives an incredible feeling.

Cudugnon Cave, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Cudugnon Cave, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Cudugnon Cave, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

After leaving Cudugnon Cave, we made the side trip to the sand bar behind Lagen, then went to Pinagbuyutan.

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Pinagbuyutan, being our favorite island, has its own post. Click here.

 

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, 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.

Outventure can be found in Serena St., on the same street and same side as El Nido Boutique and Artcafe, near The Alternative Inn and RestaurantSeadog DivingPura Vida, and Shipwreck Pension.

Outventure has a website at www.outventureph.com though it is incomplete, unfinished, and on its beta state. You may reach Outventure via FacebookTwitterInstagram, and via email at outventureph@gmail.com and through phone +63 947 899 9109.

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