El Nido’s Tour B is another whole day of fun and excitement. This time, be ready for more adventure as you will have a beautiful view of the Bacuit Bay, more white sand beaches, and beautiful caves. You will be able to enjoy Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Pangalusian Island, Cadugnon Point and Cave, Pinasil Island and Cathedral Cave, and Vigan and Snake Island.
It usually depends on your hired boatman which islands should you go first. Nonetheless, you will be able to see the beauty of the province.
The name may sound freaky but the island is totally Instagram worthy. And no, there are no snakes around. The Island got its name from the long, white sandbar resembling letter S or as others may see it, resembling a snake. On low tide, you can fully appreciate the sandbar and on high tide, water level will be ankle to knee deep.
Tour B is not only about the sand and sea but it also touches a little bit of history. Cadugnon Cave is an anthropological site where remains were traced back to the Sung Dynasty. Going through the cave may be a little bit of a challenge but once inside, you will truly be awed with the rock formations inside the cave.
Pinasil Island and Cathedral Cave
The island has a cathedral-like hollow, which serves as an entrance
to the cave. The cave can be accessed through kayaking or through the boat and once you enter, it is like going into a magical place.
The soft sands of Pinagbuyutan Island is so inviting that you want to just lie down into the beach and enjoy the view. Pinagbuyutan is famous because it is where Survivor France was shot making El Nido a very popular destination for French tourists. Trees and even Bermuda grass makes an ideal place for picnic or day ender for the entire trip.
Pangalusian Island is not just a beautiful island but it also has a good spot for snorkeling. But if swimming is not your thing, then you can just enjoy the powdery white sand beach and enjoy the view.
Guidelines to Heed for Participants
The tour does not include the provision of wearable’s to its clients, with the exception of snorkeling gears. It is therefore advised that clients who are to go through the tour should bring their own such as a change of clothes and swimming attire. In cases where bringing snorkeling gears is not possible, the tour provider can rent out snorkeling gears to their clients before departure.
For safety and security, always verify whether your tour provider is licensed or not. Licensing ensures that the tour provider is fit to operate and could follow on set guidelines. This includes minimizing the potential damage to the environment as a result of the tour, rendering first aid to anyone in the tour as needed, as well as the teaching element involved. The tour guide must know all of the highlights of El Nido, including its history before and after it became a tourist destination in the country.
Throughout the tour, it is suggested that every client should wear his/her vest at all times. The vest, while used in snorkeling, acts as your protection as well as to the corals from harm. Concerning the health of the existing reeves, it is suggested that clients maintain a safe 3-meter distance from the nearby coral reef whenever possible. This prevents any form of accident involving any person and the corals.
When snorkeling, be very careful not to step on the corals as it puts you in harm’s way resulting from the potentially harmful organisms living in them. You not only just save yourself from harm doing so, you also get to preserve the corals, which are basically a home to many marine animals. Even an innocent gesture such as touching of the corals are also prohibited as it potentially harms the coral polyps.
Be wary of your wastes – biodegradables and non-biodegradables alike — whenever in the tour. As part of maintaining the status of El Nido as a clean and green tourist destination in Palawan, clients are advised not to litter by applying mindful practice of the segregation of wastes and its proper disposal. It is not just the reputation of El Nido that is at stake by making it clean, even marine animals are a concern when it comes to wastes, especially the non-biodegradables.
Taxes and Charges: Every person going through the tour are quoted in Philippine Peso (PHP) and is subject to a 5% service charge, including 12% value added tax.
El Nido Eco-Tourism Development Funds: Established sometime around 2008, the El Nido Eco-Tourism Development Funds (ETDF) is intended to provide the means on the expenses of in maintaining a sound environment and its needed protection. More than just for funding, the EDTF also serves as the head when developing environmental protection projects which should limit the impact of tourism on areas of concern. A fee amounting to 200 pesos per individual is assessed to everyone going through the tour upon arrival.