Touring El Nido Palawan Binibini Travels

Touring the Islands of El Nido, Palawan with Binibini Travels

By: Matthew

Palawan is a Philippine island recently named by Travel + Leisure as “The World’s Best Island”. We haven’t been to all the islands in the world, but we have to agree Palawan is one of the best we have visited. When most refer to Palawan they are usually alluding to El Nido located on the Northern tip of the island. El Nido is most known for two things – diving and island hopping. With the help of Binibini Travels we were able to island hop despite the bad weather we encountered during our visit.

Spend any time in Southeast Asia and inevitably you will be pitched to take an island hopping tour. Honestly, the idea always sounded funny to me. I didn’t understand if you are already on an island why pay for a boat to take you to another island to hang out on a different beach when you have a perfectly good beach right in front of you. But, Oh My God, it is the best thing ever, and in El Nido, they are true experts.

In El Nido, there are three different tours: Tour A, B, & C. Each one is comprised of a particular set of stops. Tour A focuses on beaches and lagoons, B centers around caves and coves, and C consists of hidden beaches and shrines. Every tour operator provides the same set of stops, but booking your day with a great tour operator will enhance your adventure. We booked with Binibini Travels and their staff gave us a fun day we won’t forget.

Our outstanding crew and the beginnings of our lunch. Yum!

Our outstanding crew and the beginnings of our lunch. Yum!

We had originally chosen to do Tour C, but due to weather issues the Coast Guard canceled all C tours. Binibini worked quickly to find us an alternative group visiting Tour A; our second choice. Our new agenda was comprised of the Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon and Seven Commandos Beach. The Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon were the highlights for us. We were able to kayak at each one from the boat drop off into the lagoons which were breathtaking. We were in awe of the scenery before us on a cloudy day and could not even imagine how incredible the views must be with sunshine.

Exploring the Big Lagoon.

Exploring the Big Lagoon.

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Paddling into the Small Lagoon.

Paddling into the Small Lagoon.

Inside the Small Lagoon.

Inside the Small Lagoon.

The fantastic views and array of fish on display while snorkeling or kayaking wasnโ€™t the end of it. The crew made a ridiculous lunch that Heather and I both raved about to friends afterward. Heather even proclaimed the mussels were the best she has ever had. I, however, was a big fan of their BBQ chicken and fresh fruit plate. The rain continued to try to dampen our day, but with the Binibini crew were experts at making any day an incredible one.

Colorful fish.

These guys were going crazy munching on some coral.

These guys were going crazy munching on some coral.

Grilling some chicken!

Grilling some chicken!

Look at that spread, delicious.

Look at that spread, delicous.

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Binibini Travels arranged our whole El Nido holiday including transportation to and from Puerto Princesa and our hotel in El Nido. Within our first day of contact, we had a customized 22 page PDF itinerary full of transportation, hotel and tour details. Their services are flexible and their staff is more than happy to help you design an excursion that fits your needs.

Contact Binibini on Facebook, give them a call at +63 921 982 0263, or send them an email at binibinitravels@gmail.com.

Tips: If you want to kayak, arrange your kayak rental from El Nido instead of paying a kayak rental fee twice at each lagoon. Renting your kayak ahead of time saves time and money.

Travelationship Rating:

4 out of 5 Travelationship High Fives.  Prompt professional service from the office and a fun loving responsible crew in the field. Not sure what else you could ask for? Type of traveler rating โ€“ adventure, relaxation, conservation, animal lover, sea lover, nature lover, romantic

Kayak selfie in the Big Lagoon.

Kayak selfie in the Big Lagoon.

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* Thank you to Binibini Travels for giving us a discount on our tour. As always, our opinions are ours โ€“ honest, not biased and as we experienced.

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  1. I have heard a lot about Palawan. I used to say it “Padawan” but thanks to internet for correcting me haha because that would’ve been embarrassing for me! The view is definitely stunning! I don’t think I’d ever get tired of the view. I am kind of have motion sickness, will I be okay? Hahaha. But I surely will put Palawan in my bucket list! Have you ever visit Bali? Oh man, you should! Stunning view as well come and see it for yourself! Leave it to us to provide you the best villa for you to stay, please do visit our website, thank you!

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      Palawan is very pretty, and the view never got old. I have a little motion sickness and I didn’t have any issues on the trip, and we even had a big storm on the return trip. We have been to Bali and loved it and Indonesia. Thanks, Chrissy, if we head back that way we will certainly check out your place.

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  3. Palawan is really beautiful and the lagoon is gorgeous. Philippines is indeed blessed to have so many of these really out of the world islands as well as beaches. It is almost like paradise.

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  4. I love exploring small islands. This one reminds a little of Cรกt Bร  Island in Vietnam, which I visited last year. I would love to go to Philippines! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. No wonder it is called as the most beautiful island. Amazingly clear water to get those shots of fish. They add color to the whole scenario. I would love to snorkel around them, ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Such a shame that your first option was cancelled, but at least it looks like you still had a great day!

    What forced the Coast Guards decision as the waters look fairly calm (or was that only in the lagoons)?

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