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Big Lagoon: A Must-Visit Island Hopping Destination in El Nido, Palawan

Big Lagoon in El Nido


El Nido, Palawan, is a tropical paradise renowned for its stunning landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and pristine beaches. One of the most sought-after destinations in this picturesque Philippine province is Big Lagoon. Nestled within Bacuit Bay, Big Lagoon is a hidden gem that captivates travelers with its awe-inspiring natural beauty and abundant marine life. This article will explore why Big Lagoon is a must-visit island hopping destination in El Nido, Palawan.

Accessing Big Lagoon


Accessible only by boat, Big Lagoon is one of the stops on the popular island hopping tours offered in El Nido. These tours typically take you to different locations around the Bacuit Archipelago, allowing you to explore its stunning lagoons, hidden coves, and vibrant coral reefs. Big Lagoon is often part of Tour A, which also includes other famous spots like Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, and Shimizu Island.

Breathtaking Natural Scenery


Upon reaching Big Lagoon, visitors are immediately welcomed by a breathtaking scene of emerald waters surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. The stillness of the lagoon creates a serene and peaceful atmosphere, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and contemplation. The lush greenery adds a touch of enchantment to the already magical setting, leaving travelers in awe of Mother Nature’s creativity.

Kayaking Adventure


One of the best ways to explore Big Lagoon is by renting a kayak. Paddling through the calm waters allows you to get up close to the limestone formations, mangrove forests, and unique rock formations that dot the lagoon’s landscape. As you maneuver through the narrow passages, you’ll find yourself immersed in nature’s tranquility, creating unforgettable memories.


Snorkeling Paradise

Underneath the surface of Big Lagoon lies a vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life. Snorkeling enthusiasts will be delighted by the variety of colorful corals and an array of fish species that call this lagoon home. Strap on your snorkel gear, and prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning aquatic beauty of Big Lagoon.

Biodiversity and Wildlife

Big Lagoon is not just about its captivating beauty; it is also a haven for wildlife. The surrounding limestone cliffs serve as nesting grounds for various bird species, offering a unique opportunity for birdwatching. In addition, the mangrove forests in the area are crucial breeding grounds for marine species, making it a vital ecosystem that contributes to the biodiversity of El Nido.

Preserving Big Lagoon: Responsible Tourism

With its increasing popularity, it is crucial to promote responsible tourism in Big Lagoon. Visitors are encouraged to respect the natural surroundings, refrain from littering, and avoid touching or disturbing the marine life and corals. By practicing eco-conscious behaviors, we can ensure that this natural wonder remains pristine for generations to come.


Big Lagoon stands as a testament to the wonders of nature, captivating travelers with its serene beauty and abundant marine life. As an essential part of the El Nido island hopping experience, it offers a magical escape into an untouched paradise. Whether you’re kayaking through the tranquil waters or snorkeling amidst vibrant corals, Big Lagoon promises an unforgettable adventure that showcases the best of El Nido, Palawan. As we cherish and protect this gem, we can continue to enjoy its wonders for years to come.


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Lou PrataliLou Pratali
11:04 25 Jul 23
This is a must to do!!Super ultimate tour is the best with Kayangan and barracuda lake, twin lagoons (my favorite), coral garden (blue fabulous coral) were the best. It’s really worth it to pay for private tour (3500 to 4000 PHP). You will also have to pay for entrance fees (150 to 200PHP by location) and eventually shopping at the market - must do (count 300 for 2 for fish, pork, fruits and vegetables, water).
16:11 07 Feb 23
I was looking for a personalized excursion to the beautiful Gulf of Bacuit.Seeing the comments, I contacted Mel.Very responsive, very efficient and perfect organization.The flight attendants were very friendly and very helpful.And I'm not even talking about the meal on board...a marvel.In all fairness, this excursion will remain an excellent memory and I cannot recommend Mel and his team highly enough.A big thank-you.
Alyse TarbottonAlyse Tarbotton
23:48 30 Aug 22
This tour went well above all our expectations! I couldn't recommend this enough! The boat crew, captain and tour guide were nothing but amazing, everyone was so kind, helpful and friendly. The crew knew the best spots to visit that weren't overcrowded with tourists, 3 times we were lucky enough to have whole islands to ourselves! It was my partner's birthday while away and everything went above and beyond, bonfire, cake, birthday card, singing and celebrating with us.If you love camping this is definitely a tout you should do, it has been the highlight of our trip!!
Danish KayaniDanish Kayani
10:24 31 Oct 19
Coron is the best place i have ever seen.. picturesque. Beautiful. Peaceful
We booked a 4 days/3 nights private boat trip from Coron to Sibaltan. The organization went very well from the beginning, the owner answered to all my questions, and we were able to choose which islands to visit and where to sleep. The first night we slept in a bungalow in Banana Island, the second we camped in Araw beach and the last we slept in a seafront bungalow builded on a tree in Pical on Iloc Island.The islands in that area are the most beautiful islands I have ever seen, with clear water, lots of coral reef and fishes to see, white sand and almost deserted. The crew was very friendly and polite and they organize every single meal and for camping they give you a tent which was just perfect! This was our highlight in our 2 weeks in the Philippines and I wish I had booked a longer trip. A private trip gives you the freedom to decide where and when to go.

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