El Nido, Palawan – TOUR C

Welcome to El Nido!!! One of the most beautiful places in the world, constantly on top of lists of the best islands/beaches and after visiting, I now know why. It’s freakinnnnng amazingggggggggggggggggggg.

I finally step foot in El Nido, Palawan last April (yes, I know it’s taken a while; bear with me please hehe). My family and I flew from Clark to Puerto Princesa via PAL then hired a van to take us to El Nido which took around 5 hours. Smooth roads, no traffic, no hassle. We arrived around dusk so all we did that evening was checked it, found a place to have dinner and went to bed. Had to get a good nights rest for our first day of island hopping!

El Nido

We stayed at Hadefe Cottages (located on the edge of Ca’alan Beach walking path) for 3 days and 2 nights. Every morning we were greeted with this amazing view! Great place, people were very friendly and helpful, highly recommend!

El Nido

We stayed in the Big Family Cottage which was Php 1,800 per night, good for 4 people. They also have other smaller cottages/rooms starting at P1,000 per night, you can check out their other rooms and rates here:Β http://www.hadefetravel.com/cottages/page.php?id=rooms

Hadefe Cottages

Hadefe Cottages

Breakfast is also included; they have a nice wide open space for dining. They usually serve rice + egg +hotdog/fish. There’s also a selection of coffees that you can choose from. I really enjoyed eating breakfast with this view, so nice and so peaceful!

Hadefe Cottages

Tour C usually consists of the following islands/beaches:

  • Secret Beach
  • Star Beach
  • Helicopter Island
  • Hidden Beach
  • Matinloc Shrine

We didn’t end up going to Matinloc Shrine or Helicopter Island (our choice) but we did pass by them. So many beautiful islands to visit, it’s hard to fit them all in in a day hehe. Continue scrolling to see more of the islands we visited:

Hidden Beach
Views for dayyyyys. I really loved this place. Also great for children since the water isn’t deep in the middle part. It does however get deep the further you go out so best to wear a life jacket it you can’t swim.

Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach

Most people stop over at Star Beach for lunch but when we went by it was full of people so the boatmen took us to another island close by. Can’t remember which island we stopped at but while our boatmen were prepping the food we had a quick swim. Food was so good!!! They grilled/cooked everything fresh on the boat. Craving for an island feast now, hehe.

Island Feast


Secret Beach
Surrounded by beautiful limestones, I was in awe the whole time!

Secret Beach

Secret Beach

Star Beach
A wide open beach, perfect for relaxing. This was a out last stop for the day. We also went snorkeling here, the waters were deep so definitely wear a life jacket. The corals and fish were


Star Beach



Star Beach

Star Beach

Star Beach

Star Beach


  • Always wear a life jacket in deep waters even if you know how to swim. You never know when you’re gonna get cramps!
  • Check the weather ahead as the boatmen are more likely to cancel Tour C since the water is quite open and prone to “rough water”
  • Wear sunblock
  • Eat good food
  • And lastly, always remember: YOU’RE IN EL NIDO. ELAX AND ENJOY!!!

Have you guys been to El Nido before? What tour did you take and which one do you think is the best? Let me know in the comment section before, would love to hear from you guys!


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  1. Oh Palawan.. I wonder when can I ever visit you haha. it has been on top of my dream destinations in PH but every time I plan to visit this place something will come along the way so hindi natutuloy lols
    You know what I really had to look twice.. i’m so surprised na that iconic spot in El Nido is not so deep palaor at least some parts of it… i always thought na super deep yung place na to haha.. this enlightens me haha because I do not know how to swim and I rely with life jackets all the time lols
    anyway, thank you for sharing this journey with us… hopefully… HOPEFULLY I can visit Palawan next summer yey!

  2. You have such wonderful beaches scattered all around the islands! I wish I could visit. Love the idea of secret beach. Lots remain to be explored I guess. I am keen about the food there too. πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

  3. Some nice looking beaches you have got there. Did not know this place exists at all but it looks awesome. Very nice photos of the place and that lunch looks quite tasty. It seems you have enjoyed your stay and I wish I could do the same in near future.

  4. El Nido is really a must-place to see. If only I can travel with my 14-month old son to a beach and island getaway just like that, I would be touring the place every single day haha. But hoping to visit the place one day. Your photos just makes in really inviting for us to experience the place first-hand.

  5. actually, palawan has been on my bucket list for a while because my Filipino friends has been highly recommending it when I mention of Boracay. Would you recommend it for someone who can’t swim? As much as I would love to visit (because the views seems to be stunning), I’m not that much of a beachy person because I don’t do very well with waters. πŸ™

    1. Yes Mia, definitely recommend it! Just always be sure to wear a life jacket when in deep waters. Other than that there also a lot of activities on land! πŸ˜€

  6. I’ve been to Puerto Princesa and Coron and not yet to El Nido. I’m glad to find some leads here on where to stay and where to go. Hopefully, soon I’ll be able to take a trip to El Nido, which I had been postponing for a long time.

  7. My partner and I have been planning our honeymoon and we have considered many beautiful places – we didn’t even know such a place existed!? It looks like paradise – good food, snorkelling, stunning beaches… what else do you need?

    Thank you so much for sharing! Will definitely bookmark it as an option!

  8. Palawan is such a heaven! Every inch and location in that place is just so pleasant to the eyes. How I wish I could just pack my bags and live there, everyday would be so relaxing and heavenly. The beaches are just so clean!!

  9. I’ve been to Palawan several times already but I still haven’t been to El Nido. I guess I have been reserving it once I marry in the future. I’ve been looking for a beach there where there is fine powdery sand. I guess it’s not part of Tour C.

  10. Even I have been planning to go to Palawan for a while now. Your pictures are so beautiful, they are making me want to go on a trip there right away. El Nido has some exquisite beaches it seems.

  11. This place looks absolutely amazing! I’m not normally that much of a “beach guy,” but the photos and story totally make me want to go. Seems like the good is really good, too – which is an added bonus! I love your tips at the end, especially about wearing sunscreen. I’m pale and burn easily, and I’ve forgotten sunscreen way too many times! OUCH!!!

  12. Palawan! It’s still a dream destination for me! From reading travel articles about Palawan, I learned that it can be expensive to have a vacation there and that I should stay there for at least a week to truly enjoy Palawan. So yeah, still saving for it! Saving for both Vacation Leave AND pocket money. Haha!

  13. I’ve been reading a lot of great reviews about that tour C. It seems to be the better choice when touring El Nido. Personally, I would just want to have a place near the beach front and be able to snorkel in some shallow area.

    Your photos are great. You really must have enjoyed El Nido.

  14. Seems a place to forget all worries and problems and wash all stress πŸ™‚ I’ll be there soon… Have to take note of Tour C as well,,,

  15. El Nido is indeed like a paradise on earth.The beaches are so gorgeous and tempting. The secret beach looks really out of the world and so enchanting. Hadefe Cottages seems to be a great place to stay and explore the beauty around. I also like the look of the eating area outdoors.

  16. I love the sound of Hidden beach and the views for days – I’ve not actually been to the Philippines yet, however it’s on my list of potential places to go next. A friend of mine has just finished an island hop there and like you she loved it so much. Your pictures are making it very tempting.

  17. El Nido has been on my list and I am just waiting for my Scuba certification for I really want to do a dive here. The water is so beautiful and from your description and pictures, I am so tempted to head there right now. Thanks for sharing this.

  18. Looks soooo gorgeous!!! I’ve been wanting to go to El Nido but never had the chance to do so huhuhu

    NEXT YEAR! Amazing photos, btw!!!

  19. I and my partner will be in El Nido two weeks from now, What other activities we can do there beside from the tours they are offering? Do you recommend any other accomodation for us to stay?It is better if we have choices.

  20. Wow El Nido Tour C. Reading your article made me miss El Nido. I tried a mix of A and C. Palawan is really paradise.

  21. it is almost one year that I’m going on gathering information about Palawan! I’ll will go there soon, it has such a ovely beached!

  22. El Nido is on my travel destination list. I definitely would love the hidden beach tour and that food is mouth watering ! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  23. I’ve taken Tour C twice and I loved the second as much as I did the first. El Nido is hands down one of the best places that I’d been in the Philippines. I am even considering moving there in the near future, that’s how much I love it. The Secret Beach is my favorite!

  24. El Nido will always be among my favorite island destinations. I love it’s beauty, calmness, and the feeling of security it provides its visitors. I hope that it won’t get more crowded in the future. It’s fame is growing more and more.

  25. I can clearly see why Palawan is one of the most sought after destinations in the world. And the views that you had from Hadefe Cottages are just amazing. I would love to wake up to such views everyday :)The natural beauty around is just so prominent.

  26. El Nido is my most favorite destination in the Phil (next is Caramoan btw). Your photos and tale remind me of my own experience back in 2016. What also makes island hopping more memorable is the food prepared by the tour operators. Glad you liked this place!

  27. Visited El Nido last year and we had the combination A and C tour. It was a great experience. When I have the chance to go back. I want to try it again!

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