Sneak peek to Secret Lagoon
The Small and Big Lagoons are both situated near Miniloc Island Resort. The Small Lagoon is the first destination in Island Hopping Tour A. Snorkeling and kayaking are the main activities there. If you don’t have kayak, you will have to snorkel or walk going to small entrance of the lagoon.
Going in this lagoon is quite a challenge. There are sharp dead corals underneath and you will be advised to wear slippers or protective footwear. There are fresh corals too so be careful not to touch them.
In this lagoon, you will also hear people screaming as there are fish which bite legs! I was bitten many times and even got swollen abrasion from their sharp teeth. It is tolerable; however, you will really get scared and startled everytime they bite. According to our tour guide, they are just protecting their habitat.
The area were fish bite!!
The Big Lagoon is the main highlight of Island Hopping Tour A. The water is deep and when going there, it has to be high tide so boat can enter the lagoon, although kayaking is recommended when touring inside the lagoon.
When I went there the second time, it was low tide and we have to walk or swim to see the lagoon; however, we have to watch out for sea urchins as there are lots of them in the shallow part.
Big Lagoon is best experience with kayaking.
Sea urchins in shallow part of Big Lagoon
Shimizu or Simizu Island
This island is the favorite lunch spot among tourists. According to the locals, Shimizu or Simizu was derived from a surname of a Japanese diver whose body was found dead in the island itself.
Simizu was the actually the leader of a diving group who accidentally discovered an underwater cave beneath the island. However, as they go through the exploration, the water became fuzzy and dim which made difficult for them to go back out. Few days later, rescuers found their bodies hanging on the walls of the underwater cave and surprisingly, only Simizu’s body was found by the shore of the island.
You will never be alone in El Nido
Fish feeding at Simizu after lunch
According to our tour guide, the Secret Lagoon is one of the protected islands from unauthorized or illegal collection of balinsasayaw’s nest. You will notice a nipa hut in this island as a shelter for the caretakers.
Secret lagoon is my personal favorite in island hopping Tour A. It is very relaxing to go to this place, very quiet and there’s a spot bounded by coconut trees inviting you to stay there for long. Big rock formations in this island look very interesting as well.
The entrance to the lagoon is really small and you have to crawl your way inside. Main activities here are snorkeling, picnic, and relaxing.
The small entrance to the Secret Lagoon
Seven Commandos Beach
This is the last destination in Tour A and the place to relax. You can play volleyball or just enjoy the fresh coconut juice. You can also walk along the stretch of the island or snorkel in its clear water. It is recommended to stay in this island for an hour to enjoy the view and relax before going back to the El Nido town proper.
You may also see squirrels in the area where most coconuts trees are which I find amusing as I’ve never seen squirrels before.
They have the best coconut juice! Sweet!
Found this cute cute puppy at the 7 Commandos!
I availed Tour A twice during my stay in El Nido as Tour B wasn’t available. The second time was still awesome, and I will definitely avail it again when I get back to El Nido; and by that time, I will definitely rent a kayak and bring an underwater camera.
Island Hopping Tour A is actually the most memorable thing happened to me in El Nido. Butt crack watching, coconut juice sipping, squirrel encounter, cute puppies, sumptuous lunch, volleyball with locals and other tourists, making friends, cute boys sight seeing, were just few! Few huh. HAHA.
- Snorkeling gears and kayak is a must.
- Rent an underwater camera if you don’t have one.
- Bring food and water.
- Servant Tours contact info: +63915-415-7245
- Starts from 09:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Php 700.00 with buffet lunch.
|Island Hopping Tour A||Php 700.00 includes buffet lunch|
|Snorkel mask||Php 100.00|
|Kayak||Php 700.00 to 800.00 whole day|
|Underwater camera||Php 500.00 to 700.00 whole day|