El Nido’s famous for having some of the finest island scenery in the Philippines, and the best way to see it is on a shared boat tour.
This page covers Tour B and what you can expect to see there. We’ll have more general info and a map of the other El Nido tours soon!
Tour B – What To Expect
Tour B includes 5 scenic island stops, and you can expect to spend about 45-60 minutes at each major stop (with the exception of the Cathedral Cave).
It’s worth noting that your tour guide will probably tell you 30-45 minutes at each stop, but it usually ends up being closer to an hour at each stop because of stragglers (and that’s okay!).
The full tour runs from 9 AM to 4 PM (or later) since you also have to spend a couple hours on the boat riding between islands. No worries though, because even the transit bits are scenic and filled with good photo ops!
Free lunch on the boat is included in every tour, with a typical lineup of grilled fish, pork, chicken, veggies, rice, and plenty of fresh fruit like pineapple and watermelon.
All of the food is great. Some people worry about the hygiene / food prep safety on these boat tours, but in more than two dozen tours our stomachs never had any issues at all (and we ate like pigs)!
At the start of the tour, your guide will give a brief talk about some of the island hopping rules.
One of these is no picking up coral, sand, animals like starfish, etc. This is a good rule, of course, and it helps protect the islands from the hoards of tourists that come here every year.
Life jackets are required during boat travel, but they don't really enforce this except when the boat is leaving the harbor, because that's the only time the coast guard is likely to notice.
Plastic water bottles are technically not allowed on the boat tours, but again they don't enforce this and we saw lots of people bringing plastic. Just make sure you dispose of it properly when you get back to El Nido town!
There’s an obligatory conservation fee / tourist tax of 200 pesos ($4 USD) per person for island hopping in El Nido.
This is separate from the cost of your tours, but the ticket is good for 10 days so you’ll probably only need to pay it once. Just don't lose your ticket, or you'll have to buy another one!
Things To See
• Snake Island
This spot has a long sandbar connecting Vigan Island with mainland Palawan, and you can walk across it!
The nickname Snake Island comes from the snakelike shape of the sandbar when seen from above.
These pics were taken with a drone, but you can also get similar views by walking up the short trail to the top of the island.
• Pinagbuyutan Island
This gumdrop shaped island is one of my favorite spots in El Nido.
Sitting below the big rock walls is a semi-circular stretch of beach, a group of photogenic palm trees, and plenty of room to explore.
It just seems like the perfect island to live on remotely, and maybe that’s why a lot of tours take their lunch break here.
• Entalula Beach
Continuing the list of amazing beaches on tour B, you’ll make a stop at a small one called Entalula Beach.
This one has perfect white sand, shady palms, and a free-standing rock that’s shaped like an Indian arrowhead.
Gotta love it!
• Cudugnon Cave / Beach
This is a neat limestone cave on mainland Palawan. You can walk inside and it has a high ceiling.
The cave itself is nice, but I thought the beach and surroundings were much better.
It’s an amazing spot for drone flying, if you have one!
• Cathedral Cave
This is a short (5-15 min) stop at a sea cave near Lagen Island.
The cave has a high ceiling, but the entrance is too narrow for most of the tour boats to go inside.
Unless you’re in a small speedboat (private tour), your boat crew will park outside and let you take pictures of the cave from the outside.
Best El Nido Tour Packages
Klook.com has high rated El Nido boat tours for very competitive prices.
Their package for Tour B costs 1,300 pesos ($25 USD) and includes most of the usual stops: Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, and both caves, although it substitutes Entalula Beach for another nice one called Papaya Beach. You also get free lunch and hotel pickup. This is a better price than many of the tour companies you’ll find on the street in El Nido town!
The other advantage of booking an online tour like this is that you can pay by credit card or Paypal, so you won’t have to run to the ATM constantly (and the ATMs in El Nido are not known for being very reliable in the first place).
More Palawan Travel Tips
Looking for more information on Palawan island in the Philippines?
Check out my full El Nido Travel Guide with free tips, photos, and more.
You can click the links above for more info on the other Palawan island hopping tours!
Where We Stayed
We stayed at David’s Guesthouse in El Nido town for 1,600 pesos ($31 USD) per night. This price got us a clean double bed with cold A/C and a private bathroom.
Keep in mind this is a relatively remote town in the Philippines, and the hotel scene in El Nido is still struggling to develop and catch up with rapid demand, so don’t expect luxury.
Even so, this is one of the best budget friendly hotel options we could find in town. The location was perfect -— just a 3 minute walk to the beach and all the best restaurants -- and the owner was very helpful in booking all of our island hopping tours!