This post was written by Ashley Yap, BMTM’s Director of Brand Relations.
Planning an island hopping tour on El Nido can be fairly simple – you just need to pick one of the four that’s offered all over the island. Each itinerary offers something a little different – tour A takes you to the famous Big Lagoon, tour B to the Snake Island, tour C to the Helicopter Island and tour D, to the Cadlao Lagoon. I visited El Nido in November 2022, and joined tour A, B and C during my 5-day stay on the island. Here’s my honest review on the tour A to help you decide if it’s for you:
How to Book El Nido Tour A:
I booked all of my El Nido tours through Klook, which I highly recommend, as I did not have to spend any more time looking for a group tour whilst on the island. Because of that, I was able to plan my days on the island ahead of time, and if you are a Type A like me, you’d appreciate that, too.
I was surprised to see that the tour is advertised at a higher price on the island, which, while I am sure it is negotiable, I very much prefer to have had it booked online. El Nido is also a very cash-based island, so if you book the tour in person, you will most likely have to pay in cash. Speaking of which, come to the island with sufficient cash! Even though there seem to be plenty of ATMs on the island, they do not always work. Currency exchange rates are very poor… I learned that the hard way.
How Much is El Nido Tour A?
El Nido Tour A costs $18.55 on Klook, which is affordable considering the lagoons and beaches you visit, as well as a buffet lunch with more dishes than you can imagine. However, do note that you will need to pay an entrance fee to the Big Lagoon (200 PHP or about $4), and a rental fee for a 2-person kayak (300 PHP or about $5). If you want to rent a mask and snorkel set, it’s another 150 PHP (or about $3). There’s also a compulsory environmental fee to pay at 200 PHP, which is valid for 10 days and can be used for other tours. These fees are collected in cash only. Definitely take these fees into consideration when planning your trip.
El Nido Tour A Itinerary:
Hotel transfer is not included in this tour. You can arrange for a tricycle ride for about 300 PHP to the meetup point, which is Klook’s counter at Jhanna’s Inn, before 8:30am. Then, depending on your luck, your group may depart anytime between right away to an hour later, depending…