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.
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.
The fantastic views and array of fish on display while snorkeling or kayaking wasn’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.
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.
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.
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 – adventure, relaxation, conservation, animal lover, sea lover, nature lover, romantic
* Thank you to Binibini Travels for giving us a discount on our tour. As always, our opinions are ours – honest, not biased and as we experienced.