Snake Island | Things to do in El Nido-Palawan
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The unique rock formations at Cathedral Cave make it a favored spot for photo ops. Named so for its narrow, high-ceilinged entryway, the cave’s dark interiors are certainly intriguing – and off-limits. Perhaps what’s more interesting about this sight is what you don’t get to see – and the tour guides and boatmen sure have a lot of stories to tell about what lies further in the cave: accounts of bizarre creatures, rays, even sharks. Whether they are to be believed or not, Cathedral Cave is one of those mysterious sights that merits even just a quick stop.
Shimizu Island is now a favored lunch spot for island hopping tours, and you’ll likely be having your midday meal here along with hordes of other tourists. Interestingly enough, the charming island actually has a rather dark past. Its name actually came from a Japanese diver whose body was found in an underwater tunnel on the island. Grim history aside, the coral reefs off Shimizu’s coast are home to lots of colorful fish, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling too.
There’s almost always a long queue at the entrance of this particular lagoon and on a day when the weather isn’t its best, it may not be worth it to endure the wait, But when the conditions are perfect, you won’t regret passing through the tiny entrance to see this lagoon, which is as charming as it is small. A few interesting rock formations (guides like to point out a crocodile) and the light blue water make for a pretty picture. The real draw may be the beach beside the lagoon, which is as quaint and pretty as a beach can get.
Things to do nearby
For an extra-scenic adrenaline rush, try out this zipline. It’s a bit of a trek (and uphill at that) to the starting point, but you’ll want to wake and warm your muscles up anyway. After all, you’ll be flying across the sky at top speed, and that’s something you’ll want your entire body to be alert for.
Hands-on culinary experience to curious and foreign appetites-FILIPINO COOKING CLASS. This is a one of a kind experience in El Nido that will not only share our most traditional and celebrated Filipino recipes, but a way for you to also get a taste of our Filipino culture, literally! Because the best way to get to know our culture is through our food!
- Discover the clear waters of Miniloc Island, where you will find three breathtaking lagoons
- Soak up the sun and relax on the white sand beaches of Shimizu island
- Relish a delcious grilled lunch on the beach
- Snorkel in the pristine waters of Seven Commando beach, and get a chance to see a few sea turtles!
Where to stay
Nestled between a lush four-hectare forest and a calm, shallow lagoon, Lagen Island, El Nido Resorts’ Eco-Sanctuary island resort, has the densest forest over limestone out of the 45 islands and islets of Bacuit Bay. Lagen Island serves as a sanctuary for a diverse variety of birds and mammals. Observe and delight in different endemic species flourishing in their natural habitat. Hike through Lagen’s forest trail which leads to a rewarding view of one of the coves on the other side of the island.
El Nido Resorts’ Eco-Discovery island resort, Miniloc, offers guests with a back-to-basics Filipino coastal village vibe with rustic or native design. In Miniloc, guests can swim with the 1.5-meter jack fish and get up close and personal with a variety of marine species just at its house reef. Miniloc Island is also a gateway to discover and explore the popular attractions around Bacuit Bay, such as the Big and Small Lagoons and Snake Island.
After honeymooning around the world for nearly 18 months Mark and Camille intended on going to Austria for one last expat job before settling down in the Philippines. In September 2015 they visited El Nido as tourists, came back in October as investors, and a month later became residents. Purchasing some raw land a few kilometers from town in a gorgeous location, they decided to nest and build The Birdhouse. With Camille’s background in interior design and Mark’s mind on real estate the two put their passions together to create a home and a place for hosting travelers looking for an alternative setting compared to the traditional accommodation set up. During your migration to El Nido they look forward to welcoming you to their slice of paradise, share stories and meals, and introduce you to the form of glamping!
The Birdhouse is a small boutique glamping hotel unique to its location on the Maremegmeg Beach, El Nido. The property currently offers 3 luxury suite tents on large stilt platforms with a private bathroom. Mark and Camille, along with Karen their cousin and manager, live in the mother nest (aka the main house). Part of mother nest also serves as a common area for breakfast, coffee, and relaxation.
Getting there and around
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