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4 Unique El Nido Island Hopping Tours You Have to Try!

El Nido is known for its pristine beaches, thriving coral reefs, towering limestone cliffs, and crystal clear waters. Declared a Marine Protected Area in 1998, the small but booming tourist town is also a diving spot and home to the endangered green sea turtle. Most of all, El Nido is known for its island hopping tours, where you can enjoy several islands in a day on a bangka.

Most will recommend packaged tours for a typical stay in El Nido. These are the tours A, B, C, and D, and each have their own unique set of islands to visit. However, these tours often get crowded and some may prefer to take a more intimate and leisurely pace to indulge in the islands’ beauty.

We’ve compiled a list of unique El Nido island hopping tours that you should try if you want to experience the destination a bit differently. Read on and see what they have in store!

Must-try El Nido island hopping for a unique experience

1. Hayahay Cruise

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A Hayahay Cruise is a good start if you still wish to get a packaged island tour, but with a bigger bangka travelling at a more leisurely pace, with spacious cushioned seats to boot! Their boat also has a sun deck with yoga mat; a diving board; and two wide decks on both sides, where you can lounge while they take you around the bay.

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Tours begin at ₱1,999 per head. This fee includes complimentary hotel pickup, the Big Lagoon Fee (for Tour A only), towels, their special Filipino Fiesta Buffet Lunch, and use of snorkel gear. Kayaking is also available for rent at select island locations!

2. Tour K with Kraken

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Another great company that has a more laid-back approach to island hopping is Tour K with Kraken El Nido. Hop on their marvellous fiberglass boat and sail the high seas on their cushioned seats. They even have a large mattress for sunbathing! What’s more, passengers also get to enjoy the spacious deck, since the company limits its maximum number of passengers to only 15, instead of the approved 32.

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Tour K starts later than most packaged tours (at 11am — enough time for you to sleep in and have a slow brunch). Thus, you will be visiting select locations before the hordes of tourists come piling in. The tour comes with buffet lunch, use of snorkelling gear and aqua shoes, and use of their inflatable stand-up paddleboards. Starting late means you will get to see the magnificent Bacuit Bay sunset as well.

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The company will soon be offering speedboat tours on a vintage vessel good for six persons, too. You’ll want to be on the lookout for that!

3. Native Excursion by Leatherback Travel and Cruise

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Hop on the Katrina Alexandria, Leatherback’s magnificent catamaran boat fashioned for El Nido’s waters!

This proudly homegrown company’s latest offering, the Native Excursion, is a customised tour designed to take you away from crowded locations and experience El Nido at its most pristine.

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For an introductory price of ₱1,700 per head (all-inclusive, with government fees), guests will get to experience off-the-beaten-track islands. The tour includes trekking in Bukal Beach and Cadlao Lagoon for those who are willing and able, a beach volleyball setup, and even a quick raffle draw for freebies on the journey back. You might even see a turtle on the way, as the guides know where to spot them!

4. El Nido Yachting Club

Looking for something unique and luxurious? Try El Nido Yachting Club’s four main tours: the Sea Frontier, the Seacret, the SeaTaxi and the Seaduction.

All four vessels can be booked for group or chartered tours with set itineraries, freshly-cooked buffet lunch, and access to a private beach. Rates are inclusive of round-trip hotel transfers, life vests, towels, drinking water, music on board, and government fees (ETDF and lagoon fees).

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Take your sweet time and bask under the sun with the Seacret, a magnificent Catamaran Yacht.

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Alternatively, you can choose to live your Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy on the Sea Frontier — a teakwood yacht complete with comfy bean bags on deck.

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Or, go for the Seataxi RIB Boat and Seaduction speed boats — they’ll take you around Bacuit Bay in speed and style!

Any of the El Nido island hopping tours on this list guarantee a truly unique way to experience this paradise. So, what are you waiting for? Time to live the island life in one of the world’s most renowned destinations!

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