COME SEE Island Escapade Tour, El Nido. Philippines.
ISLAND ESCAPADE TOUR: THE GUIDE
REGION: Palawan Province
ACCESSIBILITY: Via hired boat private tour or group boat tour
BEST TIME TO VISIT: During the cool season (Oct – Feb) | temp ranging from around 21 – 32 degrees
LOCATION: Islands surrounding El Nido Island | Open in Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: Not much walking at all more swimming and relaxing
TIME REQUIRED: Tours typically run between 8am and 5pm | For every island we had roughly an hour at each due to travel time between islands which was 15mins – 1 hour between.
TOURIST RATING: Depending on the island, not too touristy at all
COST: 1,700 php per person ($40 aud)
ISLAND ESCAPADE TOUR: THE GUIDE
Now this is a life we could get used to. Hopping from island to island, indulging in all of the natural beauty! We had learnt from the previous experience that when booking a tour around these places, its not worth booking a “private tour” unless you know for sure it will be private! So we went ahead and booked with the accommodation we were staying with in Coron which was through AirBnB. The owners had different options for tour bookings so we went with their judgment and booked an island hopping tour for the next day!
This tour also included lunch and all hotel transfers which was great! On this morning we woke up were feeling a little un-inspired without our drone and remote shutter for our camera so we had to take a second to stop and remind ourselves of the present moment and how lucky we were just to be there, with or without camera gear! So we hopped on a boat with about 8 other people mostly filipino’s and set off for the day!
First stop, Malcapuya Island. It took around 1hr to get there. We arrived on one side of the island with another two or three boats and walked over to the other side. Dreamy. Beautiful tall palms, white sand, clear blue water! just what we like! There were tables and chairs set up under bamboo roofs for the different tour groups. We had exactly one hour here which felt like 10 minutes! We went for a swim, had a little snorkel, took some photos and it was time for the next island!
Banana Island was yet another, very beautiful, clean island but also had a super relaxing feel to it. This is where we had lunch for the day! A delicious spread of fresh fish, pork, rice and salads. There was also a small snack shop on this island and they had San Miguel Light (our drink of choice in the Phils). After some exploring, we found a nice spot on the shore and chillllled. There were many hammocks but after our experience at Talipasak Beach we thought we better not try them out!
Bulog Dos Island
Sadly, it was time for the third and final island for the day, Bulog Dos Island. This one had our heart. It was different to any other island we’d seen. From the landscape, to the vibe it was just so different in the best way. Depending on the tide, this island also had a sandbar which was dreamy. There were two higher view points on this island as well which added to the beauty.
This day made us want to build a tiny house on every single island. We highly recommend the island escapade tour, it was an amazing experience. 7107 islands yet to explore, Philippines, we’ll be back!!!