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Cathedral Cave is a phenomenal spot, unlike any other in El Nido. It was one of the most incredible spots I’ve been to in El Nido with huge stalactites like pillars in the cave that goes back more than 40-meters. We swam through the luminescent water, eerily waiting for something to come out of the darkness.

You will find the Cathedral Cave on Tour B, in El Nido, which is a pretty underrated tour. Everyone flocks to Tour A and Tour C and then leaves El Nido but some of the spots on Tour B are incredible. There are hardly any crowds and you actually get that island vibe, deserted paradise feeling that you definitely don’t get on Tour A and C. The highlight for me was the beautiful Pinagbuyutan Island, which we had more or less to ourselves for several hours but Snake Island and Cathedral Cave were great also.

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING B TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cathedral Cave, Cudugnon Cave, BBQ Lunch
  CATHEDRAL CAVE ON PINASIL ISLAND

From the outside, the Cathedral Cave looks anything but impressive. In fact, I thought this might be one of those filler activities they throw in to pass some time. We had already been to Snake Island and Pinagbuyutan so that wouldn’t be surprising. However, when we started to edge closer it became more interesting.

Our boat ended up parking right outside the cave and we asked our guide if we could swim in. He was a bit reluctant and told us there were snakes in the cave. I’m pretty sure he was lying but he didn’t fill us with confidence. We jumped in anyway.

Once inside we discovered an incredible luminescent section of water within the cave. The roof was so high up with sharp stalactites pointing down at us. With such a high ceiling and natural chandeliers, it soon became clear why this cave was called the Cathedral. 

We swam all the way to the back of the cave and climbed up the rocks. From the very back left corner, and only from there, the entire cave had a green glow. From anywhere else it was dull. Try it!

We filmed a few clips underwater and you can see the glow of the blue as the light shines out from outside the cave. It’s genuinely a beautiful place if you have a sense of adventure but no so much for half of our group who stayed on the boat. They just saw a big crack in the rock! Always stay curious.

 


 

  WHERE IS CATHEDRAL CAVE

Cathedral Cave is located on the edge of Pinasil Island, which is quite an imposing limestone island. What seems like a small crack gets bigger as your boat arrives closer and then it becomes hard to miss the Cathedral Cave.


 

ISLAND HOPPING IN EL NIDO, PALAWAN

I was lucky enough to experience Tour ATour B and Tour C, but have not yet made it on Tour D. However, don’t stress about which ‘letter tour’ will be the best. It’s El Nido, you are going to be visiting lagoons and beaches that will blow your mind no matter what tour you are on.

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING A TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Three Lagoons at Miniloc Island, Shimizu Island, Snorkel with turtles at Seven Commando Beach, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING B TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cudugnon Cave, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING C TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Talisay Beach, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING D TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Cadlao Island, Pasandingan Beach, Small Lagoon, Natnat Beach, BBQ Lunch

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Seven Commandos Beach in El Nido, Philippines is a beautiful beach below those dramatic limestone cliffs El Nido is famous for. Coconut trees line the beach behind the white sand and you can choose to snorkel, explore or sip on a coconut in the sun.

Seven Commandos Beach is part of Tour A in El Nido, which is the most popular tour. Everyone wants to see the Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon. I don’t blame them they are both epic. This tour is a good mix of snorkeling and sightseeing, hanging on beaches and swimming. It can get crowded but that is the nature of the beast in El Nido. The most beautiful places are the most popular more often than not.

The tour runs from 9 am and returns at 4 pm including drinking water and lunch. Below is the itinerary we enjoyed during tour A. I’ve done the tour twice now and have included the photos and experience from both trips in 2016 and 2019.

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING A TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Three Lagoons at Miniloc Island, Shimizu Island, Snorkel with turtles at Seven Commandos Beach, BBQ Lunch
  SEVEN COMMANDOS BEACH

Seven Commandos Beach is usually the first stop on Tour A. There are always lots of boats here but it is quite a big stretch of beach. The snorkeling here is quite nice and many people get straight into some underwater exploration on the first stop of Tour A.

On land, coconut trees lined Seven Commandos beach and we, of course, sipped on a few after a quick snorkel. Our boat docked here for a 45-minute chill/exploration session. Many people snorkeled but we just hung out on the beach and had a swim. 

There is a really cool swing, or at least there was in 2018 that generates a bit of a line as people get their photos and have a play on. I also headed back inland and towards the end of the beach to explore. The rocks in El Nido are incredibly sharp, and Seven Commandos Beach was no exception. Wear shoes if you are planning on exploring in caves and on rocks like us.

On my second visit to Seven Commandos Beach, I also did a beach clean-up. El Nido is making great changes but trash on the islands still remains prevalent.

 

SEVEN COMMANDO BEACH - TRASH PROBLEM IN EL NIDO, PHILIPPINES - YouTube

  WHERE IS SEVEN COMMANDOS BEACH

Seven Commandos Beach is just around the corner from El Nido Proper Town and will likely be the first stop on your Tour A island hopping tour.

 

  ISLAND HOPPING IN EL NIDO, PALAWAN

I was lucky enough to experience Tour ATour B and Tour C, but have not yet made it on Tour D. However, don’t stress about which ‘letter tour’ will be the best. It’s El Nido, you are going to be visiting lagoons and beaches that will blow your mind no matter what tour you are on.

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING A TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Three Lagoons at Miniloc Island, Shimizu Island, Snorkel with turtles at Seven Commandos Beach, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING B TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cudugnon Cave, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING C TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Talisay Beach, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING D TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Cadlao Island, Pasandingan Beach, Small Lagoon, Natnat Beach, BBQ Lunch

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Snake Island is one of the most unique spots in El Nido as it connects the mainland to an island at low tide while at low tide it is a sandbar two feet under water.

Tour B, in El Nido is a pretty underrated tour. Everyone flocks to Tour A and Tour C and then leaves El Nido but some of the spots on Tour B are incredible. There are hardly any crowds and you actually get that island vibe, deserted paradise feeling that you definitely don’t get on Tour A and C. 

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING B TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cudugnon Cave, BBQ Lunch

  SNAKE ISLAND IN EL NIDO

Snake Island is an epic spot, one I didn’t even know about until we arrived. So often in El Nido, all of the focus is on lagoons and secret beaches that anything else is almost pushed to the side. Anywhere else in the world and Snake Island would be the number one attraction.

This beautiful island arcs out into a sandbar that connects to the mainland at low tide. This area reminded me of a mini French Polynesia with the steep, green hills as a backdrop to the cerulean blue water. 

Don’t worry there are no snakes here. The island used to be called Vigan Island but because of the shape of the tail and well ‘marketability’, it received a new name. Now it is one of the popular attractions in El Nido and one of the reasons people choose Tour B.

I really enjoyed this spot and flying the drone here was so much fun with something to look at in all directions. Snake Island was a great surprise and not a spot I had seen before so it was great to be exploring something a little different in El Nido on Tour B.

  WHERE IS SNAKE ISLAND ISLAND

Snake Island isn’t too far from El Nido Proper and is part of Tour B. It takes about 30-40 minutes in the outrigger boat to reach Snake Island. It is one of the furthest attractions on the island hopping tours but still not too far at all and it means you are far, far away from the crowds of the lagoons and regular attractions on Tour A and Tour C. If you want to check out the full review of my Tour B Experience you can click here. I’ve pinned the location for Snake Island below in case you are interested in how far it is from the other island destinations or El Nido Town Proper.

 

  ISLAND HOPPING IN EL NIDO, PALAWAN

I was lucky enough to experience Tour ATour B and Tour C, but have not yet made it on Tour D. However, don’t stress about which ‘letter tour’ will be the best. It’s El Nido, you are going to be visiting lagoons and beaches that will blow your mind no matter what tour you are on.

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING A TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Three Lagoons at Miniloc Island, Shimizu Island, Snorkel with turtles at Seven Commando Beach, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING B TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cudugnon Cave, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING C TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Talisay Beach, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING D TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Cadlao Island, Pasandingan Beach, Small Lagoon, Natnat Beach, BBQ Lunch

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Pinagbuyutan Island is probably my favorite island in El Nido with huge towering cliffs that shoot straight down dramatically over the small beach below!

Tour B, in El Nido is a pretty underrated tour. Everyone flocks to Tour A and Tour C and then leaves El Nido but some of the spots on Tour B are incredible. There are hardly any crowds and you actually get that island vibe, deserted paradise feeling that you definitely don’t get on Tour A and C. The highlight for me was the beautiful  Pinagbuyutan Island, which we had more or less to ourselves for several hours. 

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING B TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cudugnon Cave, BBQ Lunch
  WHERE IS PINAGBUYUTAN ISLAND

Pinagbuyutan Island isn’t too far from El Nido Proper and is part of Tour B. It takes about 30-minutes in the outrigger boat to reach Pinagbuyutan Island. You can also get a great view of Pinagbuyutan Island from Dolarob Beach. In fact, from Dolarog Beach you could be close enough to take photos and fly your drone over Pinagbuyutan if you own one. If you want to check out the full review of my Tour B Experience you can click here. I’ve pinned the location for Pinagbuyutan Island below in case you are interested in how far it is from the other island destinations or El Nido Town Proper.

  PINAGBUYUTAN ISLAND

Pinagbuyutan Island is probably my favorite island in El Nido. It has huge towering cliffs that shoot straight down dramatically over the small stretches of the beach below. There’s nothing more than a shack and coconut trees on this desolate island. When we rolled in there was just one local selling coconuts and no other tourists. It stayed that way for most of our visit.

We walked around the edges of the island in between the tall grass and scattered palms.  This is how island hopping is supposed to be. Quiet, relaxing and away from the crowds. Luckily for us, we were in no rush and actually spent several hours at Pinagbuyutan Island. 

On the left-hand side of the island, there are so many palms we actually started to get nervous sitting under them. After all more people die from coconuts each year than sharks. Fact! This part of the island is called Ipil Beach and is just pristine.

There are also some great snorkeling spots just off the shore with beautiful reefs waiting to be discovered below the surface.

  ISLAND HOPPING IN EL NIDO, PALAWAN

I was lucky enough to experience Tour ATour B and Tour C, but have not yet made it on Tour D. However, don’t stress about which ‘letter tour’ will be the best. It’s El Nido, you are going to be visiting lagoons and beaches that will blow your mind no matter what tour you are on.

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING A TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Three Lagoons at Miniloc Island, Shimizu Island, Snorkel with turtles at Seven Commando Beach, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING B TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cudugnon Cave, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING C TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Talisay Beach, BBQ Lunch

To book your EL NIDO ISLAND HOPPING D TOUR you can Click Here to check the availability and book online (It’s just $18 USD)

  • It includes Cadlao Island, Pasandingan Beach, Small Lagoon, Natnat Beach, BBQ Lunch


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Coron is one of the most visited areas in Palawan and known for its best world-class WWII-era wreck diving. It has beautiful limestone karst landscapes, wondrous crystal-clear freshwater lakes and spectacular shallow-water coral reefs, which lure both travelers and divers alike. This blog post will help you consider which part of the town is the best to stay in while visiting, Coron. This accommodation guide is divided into four distinct areas of Coron and it is categorized from the budget, luxury and value for money

There are so many accommodation options in Coron whether you are looking for hostels, homestays, resorts, or hotels. This blog post breaks down its best regions to stay depending on your purpose of visit. In particular, you may want to stay near a transit hub in Coron or you may be looking for the serenity and luxury of the islands outside Coron. I’ll do my best to show you what each region offers and then highlight the top accommodation picks in each spot so you can pick the best area to stay in Coron for you.

Here is a little checklist to start!

  • If you want a place which is relatively cheap and accessible to everything, Coron Town Center is an excellent area for you. This is where most people stay.
  • If you want hidden and private accommodation, the western part of Busuanga is an ideal place for you.
  • If you are in a Coron for a honeymoon or a posh getaway, the islands in the south of Busuanga is awesome for you. These are tropical, secluded, deluxe getaway resorts.
 

  WHERE TO STAY IN CORON: BEST AREAS AREA: CORON TOWN PROPER

Coron town center, approximately 40 minutes away from Busuanga airport, is the most convenient jump-off point for diving and island hopping tours. From the airport, there is a shuttle for $3 to all hotels. Most travelers and divers stay in Coron Town proper as there many accommodation options. Below are my top picks in Coron Town Proper for each different type of budget and purpose of visit.

Bakawan Hostel (Budget): Bakawan Hostel is a brand new property located at a short distance from diving shops, bars, and restaurants in Coron Town Proper. It is relatively cheap and rated 10 for its location, comfort, cleanliness, and friendly staff. It has a nice sociable atmosphere which makes it a perfect place for both solo and group travelers alike.

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Bakawan Hostel.

Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel (Value): Located by the bay in Coron town, this upscale hotel features an infinity pool which makes for a picture-perfect sunset view (Possibly the best sunset hotel view in Coron). If you want comfort and luxury at the same time this place is for you. Hospitality at its best. The staff treats all their guests like a royal. The hotel rooms are spacious and well-appointed with comfortable beds and lovely balconies. In my opinion, this is one of the best hotels in Coron with a pool.

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel.

The Funny Lion (Good Atmosphere): The Funny Lion is a boutique resort which features modern facilities, beautiful sunset views, and rustic style accommodation. It is located at the heart of Coron town proper, 30 minutes away from Busuanga Airport. This resort is perfect for couples and small families who want to spend their holiday in a quiet and serene place. The restaurants provide guests unique fine dining experience with fresh seafood and Asian fusion cuisine. You can enjoy their Cocktail Safari with The Funny Lion’s signature drinks at 5:00 P.M. The Funny Lion is one of the best places to stay in Coron if you are looking for good vibes and good atmosphere.

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of The Funny Lion.

Bangles Homestay (Family Pick): Set in Coron Town Proper, close to the public market, Bangles Homestay provides rooms with air conditioning, a private bathroom, and a free WiFi. The guest house offers a terrace. In the surroundings, there is a lagoon and lake. The staff and the host can help you with tour bookings. It is highly recommended as it’s near to everything. Bangles Homestay is a top pick when like for cheap accommodation in Coron that is still very high quality.

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Bangles Homestay.

  AREA: West Coast of Busuanga Island

Busuanga Island is known for its shipwreck diving, nice beaches, amazing landscapes, and good hiking experience. There are numerous resorts on the west coast such as below.

Al Faro Cosmio Hotel Palawan (Luxury): Perfect for your romantic getaway! Al Faro lies southwest coast of Busuanga Island, right on the entrance of D’Pearl Bay, a picturesque bay and marina with an exquisite yacht club. It offers a Disney-like amenities with a beautiful sunset view over the bay and well situated for diving into the famous WWII wrecks of Japanese warships. The amazing resort follows an eco-theme and the atmosphere is very relaxed. 

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Al Faro Cosmio Hotel Palawan.

Busuanga Bay Lodge (Value): Busuanga Bay Lodge is a Bermuda-inspired architecture hotel situated on the west coast of Busuanga Island on the island province of Palawan. This is a perfect place for escapes. It provides the easiest access to luxury adventures in the area’s on-land and underwater attractions. BBL offers marine activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, yacht sailing, and fishing. Guests will be pampered with luxurious spa service and offered an extensive wine selection from the in-house Wine Cellar.

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Busuanga Bay Lodge.

West Atlantic Hotel (Budget): Nestled in Concepcion, a lovely town with one of the longest wharves on the island of Busuanga, West Atlantic Hotel features a terrace and shared lounge. This inn is conveniently located by the main road and provides top-notch service to all their guests. It is situated 38 kilometers away from Coron, however, you can charter a motorbike at the resort. They have a store downstairs and bistro with lots of delicious meals, which makes your stay very pleasant and convenient.

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of West Atlantic Hotel.

  AREA: Islands South of Coron

Coron is also a gateway to some of the other islands in Palawan, such Culion Island which can be accessed via daily ferry trip, Bulalacao Island, Banana Island, or Bulog Dos Island. Here are my top luxury accommodations picks.

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort (Luxury):

Set in the midst of the beautiful Bulalacao Island, Two Seasons Coron Island Resort is a 5-star eco-friendly resort boasting its sheer beauty and top-notch experience. This secluded resort is powered by three Caterpillar generators. It is an ideal place for honeymoon goers. Aside from island tours and dive courses, one of the ecotourism activities that this property offers is the Hydrobob Submersible Scooter. Remember riding on bumper cars when you were a kid? The HydroBOB (Hydrodome Breathing Observation Bubble) is somewhat like that, except you’re taking the reins on a scooter-like vehicle that you ride at the bottom of the sea.  

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Two Seasons Coron Island Resort.

Sunlight Eco Tourism Island Resort (Luxury):

This luxury resort is located on Culion Island, a 30-minute boat ride from Coron town proper, a quiet and secluded spot for vacationers looking for a tropical ambiance. The resort features an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the sea and a private beach area. Sunlight provides services to suit the needs of their guests from spa and sauna services for those who wish to have relaxation; lovely restaurants and bars for those who wish to chill and dine; a dive shop; fitness gym; a playground for kids; and even a library for those who want some privacy.

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Sunlight Eco Tourism Island Resort

Paolyn Floating House Restaurant (Unique): Nestled close to the three popular attractions such as Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, and Twin Lagoons, this bamboo houseboat is perfect for travelers who are looking for a one-of-a-kind getaway. On the houseboat, you can enjoy stargazing at the rooftop whilst lying in a hammock or beanbags, or even jump into the crystal clear water. The bamboo houseboat is spacious and can comfortably fit 7 people with its 2 queen beds and 3 single beds. The best part is they have free kayaks, paddleboards and snorkeling gears for all guests.

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Paolyn Floating House Restaurant.

Sangat Island Dive Resort (Tranquility):  If you are looking for an intrepid diving exploration, some privacy, and seclusion, Sangat Island Dive Resort has it all. It is perfectly located on Sangat Island, near the eleven historic world WWII shipwrecks. This secluded property showcases native-style accommodations, a 300m stretch of white powdery sand beachfront surrounded by soaring limestone cliffs and sublime palm trees. It offers a wide variety of off-shore activities such as snorkeling or exploring some of the most amazing neighboring islands by jetskis, etc. Sangat Island Dive resort has the best scuba diving in the Philippines due to many natural underwater wonders in the area.

Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Sangat Island Dive Resort.

I hope this guide about Where to stay in Coron helped you figure out which is the best area for you to stay in Coron. 

 

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El Nido, Philippines is famous for its beautiful islands, beaches, and lagoons but if you hire a moped there is much more to discover around El Nido. I visited three amazing beaches all during on motorbike day trip adventure from El Nido Proper. We first visited Nacpan Beach then Verde Safari Beach followed by sunset at Duli Beach.

What to pack for the Philippines?: After four trips to the Philippines, there are some items you NEED to pack. You can Click Here to view my recommended Philippines Packing List.

EL NIDO MOTORBIKE TRIP TO NACPAN BEACH

A moped costs 350 Pesos or $7 USD. We split that between two people and you have your transport sorted for the day for a few dollars. Gasoline is usually only a couple of dollars. You will need to leave your passport with the rental person but that is fair, remember you have their bike!

A good bunch of us from the hostel set out for our adventure at 8 am and slowly made our way out of El Nido proper. Within 5 minutes there was not a tourist in sight as we passed by farms and small villages. One of my favorite ways to get a better understanding of a location is to hire a moped and cruise away from the tourist hot spots and take in the sights as I drive.

This day trip was going to be highlighted by two beaches. We were first going to visit Nacpan Beach then later in the day head Duli Beach. However, we also visited another beach, Verde Safari, when we accidentally missed Duli Beach.

  NACPAN BEACH EL NIDO PALAWAN

I’ve visited Nacpan multiple times. First in 2016 and then again in 2018 and it still has a great vibe and while popular, there are still many quiet spots and it remains a great beach to relax at. Here is the recount of my first visit.

We arrived at Nacpan Beach on our motorbikes before many other tourists had arrived so we enjoyed the entire length of the coastline to ourselves for a brief period. The waves were big enough to body surf in and a storm brewed in the distance. It was a remarkable scene and it all looked very dramatic.

The storm passed without ever hitting us and with the sun came many other beachgoers. Nacpan Beach never got too crowded while we were there but we definitely weren’t alone.

Looking down the beach to the left there appeared to be a few small trails to the top of the hills. I took off to explore and came across a small fishing village along the way. A small girl helped her father carry items from his boat back to the house while other women tried to coerce us into their restaurant for a vegetable curry.

I continued on down the beach and weaved between the coconut trees on a small winding trail. A couple of cows grazed away on the hill overlooking two small bays and all of Nacpan Beach. It’s not often you get to see so many beaches from one vantage point.

Another trail led even higher up the hill towards a huge tree. A tree that looked great for climbing and had even better views back down Nacpan Beach.

I remember hearing that there was great shrimp at Nacpan Beach and I can testify that it is true. My lunch was beautiful and I topped it off with a mango smoothie for good measure. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo, but let’s be honest you can’t taste a photo. Just trust me to get the shrimp.

The road to Nacpan Beach is incredibly rough with huge potholes and puddles everywhere so be careful on your motorbike. One of the girls in our crew got a flat tire so we had to drive to another village, buy a new tire for a couple of dollars and then take it to a vulcanizer who repaired it all for $1. Everything is relatively quick to repair in the Philippines

On my second visit to Nacpan Beach in 2018, I brought my drone and explore a little from the air. It was a much nicer day overall this time so you can really see the clarity of the water and how beautiful this tropical beach is on a sunny day.

VERDE SAFARI BEACH

Our next stop was Duli Beach.. or so we thought. It was a 30 minute drive and after 40 minutes we thought we had finally arrived. The beach looked amazing but our map told us we had actually arrived at Verde Safari Beach. It was a blessing in disguise as this was an amazing stretch of shoreline that was entirely empty. A few fishing boats were resting on the shore in front of rows of coconut palms.

While the beach was beautiful we still had our hearts set on visiting Duli Beach. We asked a few local kids where to go and they laughed at us and told us we need to go 10 minutes back where they came from.

DULI BEACH

With less than an hour before the sun would set we finally arrived at Duli Beach. A few small huts were scattered along the beach and only two local kids were trying to surf the whitewash. Jorden and I grabbed the GoPro and headed out deep into the thick of the action. The locals thought we were drowning and were preparing a rescue before I came back and told them we were fine. Jorden headed in and I spent the entire sunset floating around in the impact zone. The waves were big but not barreling clean. This was one of my favorite nights from our one month trip in the Philippines.

Driving back took about an hour in beautifully calm weather. For the most part the roads are in decent shape but we were definitely cautious as there were a number of big holes in the road that could do some real damage.

DULI BEACH LOCATION

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My Bohol Adventure was an off-the-beaten-path exploration of an island so diverse that I found something unexpected around each corner. From island-hopping to waterfalls to cave pools to the famous Chocolate Hills, Bohol is one of the most adventurous islands in the Philippines. There are so many beautiful Bohol tourist spots, destinations and adventurous activities to enjoy that you can spend an entire week, packed with crazy adventures. In this blog post, I will share with you my favorite things to do on Bohol! I’ve visited twice and both times have used a motorbike to get around but a car or individual tours will work also.

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THE BEST TOURIST SPOTS IN BOHOL AND ADVENTUROUS  THINGS TO DO Dimiao ‘Twin’ Falls (Pahangog Falls)

Dimiao Twin Falls was massive but also a little crowded. About 20 people were hanging out at the falls. Two different streams flow down from about 70 feet into a shallow pool. The pool does deepen in some parts making it safe enough to cliff jump into. Some parts were shallow so make sure you check the depth first! My favorite part about twin falls is actually the view in the opposite direction of the falls. It looks like a jungle wonderland, with makeshift tree bridges, floating coconuts and a backdrop of coconut trees and a setting sun.

The walk back up is pretty grueling with hundreds of stairs but well worth it. If you are on Bohol, I would meet a local, sell your soul or do whatever you have to do be shown some awesome waterfalls. There are lots of different falls all over the island but we only had time to visit two. Enjoy, be safe and always leave a place cleaner than when you arrived like we should all do for all of the tourist spots in Bohol that we visit!

  Can-Umantad Falls

After parking at the bottom of the crazy winding road we headed off and stopped at the number of different pools along the way to jump in and swim. The water is a very vibrant blue and very refreshing after the long drive to Candijay. Make sure you check the depth of the pools as the water isn’t quite transparent enough to see. My favorite pool was one that actually had Can-Umantad Falls in the backdrop.

From this pool, you can head on up to the main waterfall, which is apparently the tallest waterfall in the province. The main cascade is 60ft but hits a plateau before finally dropping down to the main pool. It is very impressive and it’s great to be able to hang out in the water below the falls although the water itself was very deep so it wasn’t the best swimming hole. There are a lot of great spots beneath the falls to make your own and hang out while reading a book or relaxing.

View full blog post: CAN-UMANTAD FALLS IN CANDIJAY, BOHOL

  Sunset at Panglao Beach

My favorite beach for sunset is Panglao Beach as you can get some epic reflections with the right conditions. It’s pretty chill here with no bars or shops, just the beach, calm water, and palm trees on the beach. It is a recipe for a relaxed sunset session with your friends.

  Camugao Waterfall

The walk down to the falls takes about 10-15 minutes and is really beautiful. Along the way, we passed some carabao and there were lots of birds playing in the thick forest. It is quite steep but very short so most people are capable of making it down to the base of the falls. You can get a good look of the falls if you stay at the top but only if you own a drone. Otherwise, there is no great vantage point from above that I know of due to the thick trees surrounding the canyon rim.

We set our belongings to the right of the waterfall where we found a group of young boys. They were a cheeky bunch sharing cigarettes, some rum and coke and taking turns to jump into the pool of water. I joined them and they loved when we sent a  few backflips into the pool. As a reward, they offered me some Tanduay rum in a half-cut soda bottle. Welcome to the Philippines. I always love when the locals are hanging out in the nature of their neighborhood and it isn’t just overrun by gawking tourists.

View full blog post: CAMUGAO FALLS IN BOHOL, PHILIPPINES

  Mag-Aso Falls

I’d never heard of this waterfall so I was unsure what to expect, which is a great way to enter an adventure. We paid the $1 entrance fee and then began the walk down to the falls. The cement stairs wound through the beautiful dense forest of trees. Despite the man-made stairs it truly was a beautiful walk down to the falls. It set the tone for the adventure as we immersed in the jungle.

From the viewpoint we stood on, some of the kids actually cliff-jump into the water. To be honest it looked super shallow and I couldn’t believe they were doing it. Try that one at your own risk. There is another cliff jump across the pool, which isn’t incredibly safe but much, much safer than the viewpoint. I’ve placed a photo of the viewpoint where the boys where jumping below.

The waterfall itself comes from quite a beautiful little canyon. Depending on the rainfall,  it can be quite a powerful waterfall but on this day in February, it was a mid-strength. You could walk up onto the falls with ease.  I think this is one of the best waterfalls in Bohol if you want to actually swim!

In the past, I have seen videos of Mag-Aso where it is raging with force. That’s why you always have to approach a location with caution and appreciate that it can be more or less dangerous on different days. on our visit, Mag-Aso was very calm and everybody was swimming without worry. If you visit in the rainy season please explore with caution. The jump spot is on the right-hand side of the photo below although the locals jumped from where I took this photo and the viewpoint in the second photo.

View full blog post: MAG-ASO FALLS IN BOHOL, PHILIPPINES

 

Cadapdapan Rice Terraces

The Cadapdapan Rice Terraces are one of the most incredible things to do in Bohol. Tiered rice terraces cover most of the Candijay region and are an incredible sight both from land and sky. While you are visiting, there is also a waterfall and a  cold spring in Candijay, which make it a really fun day trip.

View full blog post hereINCREDIBLE CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES IN CANDIJAY, BOHOL

  Panglao Beach

My favorite beach on Panglao Island is Panglao Beach. This stretch of beach is great for relaxing or doing a little bit of exploring. There is a very fancy resort called Mithi Resort, which eve has its own private, mini island. On this beach, you will find tranquility amongst the many palm trees that line the shore. 

  Mayana Peak

Bohol isn’t really known for hiking but I always like to explore the peaks. I headed on a moped journey up to Mayana for the short trek up to Mayana Peak, which is the tallest peak on Bohol. Most of the climbing is done on the motorbike. I met the local guide in the town and then he jumped on my bike as we drove 10-minutes to the trailhead. From here we began the trek through the forest, which was very peaceful and covered in wildflowers.

The whole hike takes about 1.5 hours round-trip. At the summit, you get a nice view but it is mostly just rolling hills and nothing remarkable. I enjoyed the adventure a lot and my guide was really nice but it definitely isn’t the most impressive summit I’ve ever been to so don’t be expecting an amazing view and just enjoy the adventure for what it is.

  Alexis Cliff Dive Resort/Molave  Cove

The first spot on the list is going to be the easiest to get to and probably the safest jump. Overall it is probably the best and most popular cliff jump in Bohol. It’s in Panglao which is a great star as 99% of tourists are staying in Panglao. There is a diving board set up at Alexis Cliff Dive Resort. There is an entry fee of about $1 but you get to enjoy quite a few attractions for the price of one entry fee. Firstly, you have the sardine balls waiting right here at the reef just like in Moalboal. Secondly, you can enjoy the use of the huts, benches, and stairs down to the ocean for a swim. Finally, you have the diving board for cliff jumping. I would say it is about 5-6 meters high and while you need to jump out a few meters for the deep water it seemed pretty safe all day. 

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Bohol isn’t known as a cliff jumping hotspot but as I’ve discovered all over the world, where there is water there are jumps. I’ve visited Bohol twice and both times I’ve jumped at multiple locations. I didn’t find any monster jumps, but I’m sure there would be some with the volume of waterfalls on this beautiful island. Most of the jumps ranged from 3-10 meters and they varied in difficulty and level of danger.

Before I go into the details of each location it is important to remember the following when cliff jumping:

  • Always do a depth check and a debris check before jumping. Even if you have read online it is safe, the conditions may have changed. Make sure you check for any driftwood, reef, loose rocks and of course the depth of the water.
  • Know your limits. Make sure you push yourself but not too far. If you have never done a backflip before, obviously start small not when you get to the edge of a 10-meter cliff.
  • Make sure you check the water conditions. If you are jumping into the ocean, be sure to have an exit route planned and be careful of getting stuck out in the ocean waiting for a set to finish if it is in a region of a big swell.
  • Just be smart. If your intuition tells you it is a bit risky, just give it a pass. Don’t risk your life for a cliff jump. Plenty of people get hurt or even lose their life around tide pools, rock pools and cliff jumps every year. Play smart.
BEST CLIFF JUMP LOCATIONS IN BOHOL, PHILIPPINES Alexis Cliff Dive Resort/Molave  Cove

The first spot on the list is going to be the easiest to get to and probably the safest jump. Overall it is probably the best and most popular cliff jump in Bohol. It’s in Panglao which is a great star as 99% of tourists are staying in Panglao. There is a diving board set up at Alexis Cliff Dive Resort. There is an entry fee of about $1 but you get to enjoy quite a few attractions for the price of one entry fee. Firstly, you have the sardine balls waiting right here at the reef just like in Moalboal. Secondly, you can enjoy the use of the huts, benches and stairs down to the ocean for a swim. Finally, you have the diving board for cliff jumping. I would say it is about 5-6 meters high and while you need to jump out a few meters for the deep water it seemed pretty safe all day. 

  Canawa Cold Spring

The Canawa Cold Spring is in the Candijay region (pronounced ‘Candee-high’). I drove my bike up here from Panglao (popular tourist area) and it took about two hours. I was continuing on to Anda after so I made it the stop on the way. If you plan to return to Panglao it will be a long journey of 2-hours driving each way.

The first part of the Canawa Cold Springs is very man-made and not particularly beautiful. It’s like a narrow quarry with benches and table on either side. It is set up for local families to come and swim on the weekends not to be some sort of natural, tropical oasis. However, at the end of the channel, there is a huge swimming hole, surrounded by beautiful trees. ‘Cawa’ means Pan in the local dialect, which perfectly describes the shape of this miniature amphitheater. In windy moments the wind would blow some of the leaves off the trees and they would swirl around in the sunlight, slowly floating down to rest on the surface of the water. As light crept in between the gaps in the foliage, this swimming hole section of the Canawa Cold Spring was beautiful!

On the far side of the natural pool, I spotted a rope. I checked the depth and then swam over to the rope and climbed it all the way up to a branch about 10-meters high. I was there by myself, so there was no-one to capture a photo, but it was a great cliff-jump and a really magical spot. I hope to see a photo from here in the future so let me know if any of you visit and jump. Don’t worry too much about the depth in the middle of the pool. Many of the locals have tried reaching into the depths but no-one has ever touched the bottom.

View the full blog post: CANAWA COLD SPRINGS IN CANDIJAY, BOHOL (CLIFF JUMP)

Tambuko Cave Pool

Hidden away from sight in a Barangay of 300 people deep in the mountains is this incredible cave pool. I arrived in the village and the boys led me down inside the caves and when we emerged at this pool I couldn’t believe my eyes. They had never swum in it but I convinced them to jump in with me and next minute we were sending backflips from the sides. They forgot to tell me to climb out it would be 15 meters of almost vertical rock climbing. Once we made it back to the village we shared a beer and before long, half the village had come to see who the guy with the beard was. We chatted in broken English as cheeky kids tapped my shoulder and hid wondering if I’d chase them down the street or laugh. As I drove off on my bike with 40 kids and locals waving goodbye, I knew that for me this is the Philippines. Beautiful nature but people that outshine even the most magical watering holes. 

  Ingkumhan Falls

When we arrived, there was not a soul in sight. Just a large pool of remarkably still, turquoise water. Stalactites hung dramatically, blissfully dripping water into the warm water below. A huge waterfall pouring into the pool was the soundtrack of the day. I could tell this was going to be one of the best cliff jumping spots on Bohol.

We had entered our playground for the day. There was a raft we could use to paddle around the pool and a rope swing hanging from the tallest branch. Almost 12 feet deep, the pool was perfect for cliff jumping, even the waterfall could be climbed. We spent the first 2 hours non-stop exploring, jumping, swinging and just being huge kids as Jammy watched on probably wondering why we are so crazy. We did convince her to jump from a 20 footer so she was in on it too.

  Anda Cave Pools

In the north of Bohol, in a world away from Panglao is the beautiful town of Anda. Here the main attractions is the great sunset beaches and the peculiar cave pools. Anda has multiple cave pools, which are quite unique to the region. Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, pools of water are found in sinkholes all throughout Anda. The most popular cave pool is Cabagnow Cave Pool. When I visited they were having some ownership/tourism licensing issues so they had removed the ladder and fenced it off. However, normally they have a ladder inside so you can jump in and out. With no ladder, you will be stuck in the pool for eternity. Trust me, I considered it!

  Camugao Waterfall

The walk down to the falls takes about 10-15 minutes and is really beautiful. Along the way, we passed some carabao and there were lots of birds playing in the thick forest. It is quite steep but very short so most people are capable of making it down to the base of the falls. You can get a good look of the falls if you stay at the top but only if you own a drone. Otherwise, there is no great vantage point from above that I know of due to the thick trees surrounding the canyon rim.

We set our belongings to the right of the waterfall where we found a group of young boys. They were a cheeky bunch sharing cigarettes, some rum and coke and taking turns to jump into the pool of water. I joined them and they loved when we sent a  few backflips into the pool. As a reward, they offered me some Tanduay rum in a half-cut soda bottle. Welcome to the Philippines. I always love when the locals are hanging out in the nature of their neighborhood and it isn’t just overrun by gawking tourists.

  Mag-Aso Falls

I’d never heard of this waterfall so I was unsure what to expect, which is a great way to enter an adventure. We paid the $1 entrance fee and then began the walk down to the falls. The cement stairs wound through the beautiful dense forest of trees. Despite the man-made stairs it truly was a beautiful walk down to the falls. It set the tone for the adventure as we immersed in the jungle!

The stairs down take about ten minutes and they are relatively easy. Most levels of fitness will have no issue at all reaching the Mag-Aso Falls. At the base, we first reached a little viewpoint that looked out over the falls. It became very clear, very quickly that this was a local hangout on the weekends so if you prefer it to be quiet I would visit during the early morning on a weekday. We visited on a Sunday and there were many families hanging out and having shared lunches. This didn’t bother us but I know some people want empty natural attractions for photos, videos or just a bit more peace and quiet.

From the viewpoint we stood on, some of the kids actually cliff-jump into the water. To be honest it looked super shallow and I couldn’t believe they were doing it. Try that one at your own risk. There is another cliff jump across the pool, which isn’t incredibly safe but much, much safer than the viewpoint. I’ve placed a photo of the viewpoint where the boys where jumping below.

The waterfall itself comes from quite a beautiful little canyon. Depending on the rainfall,  it can be quite a powerful waterfall but on this day in February, it was a mid-strength. You could walk up onto the falls with ease. In the past, I have seen videos of Mag-Aso where it is raging with force. That’s why you always have to approach a location with caution and appreciate that it can be more or less dangerous on different days. on our visit, Mag-Aso was very calm and everybody was swimming without worry. If you visit in the rainy season please explore with caution. The jump spot is on the right-hand side of the photo below although the locals jumped from where I took this photo and the viewpoint in the second photo.

 

Stay safe and enjoy guys and remember to clean up at any of the waterfalls you visit!

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Of all the waterfalls I’ve visited on Bohol, Camugao Falls is up there with the most impressive purely because of its huge amphitheater and size!

HOW TO GET TO CAMUGAO FALLS

Mag-Aso Falls are in Balilihan on Bohol. Most people who visit Bohol will stay on a small island in the south-eastern corner called Panglao. Here you will find hundreds of hotels, beaches, and restaurants. Most tourists only leave Panglao on a day-trip to visit the Tarsiers or Chocolate hills and other tours. However, there is so much to explore Bohol like Camugao Falls and other waterfalls.

To get to Camugao Falls from Panglao takes about an hour and you can access it by car or by motorbike. There may be tours that include Mag-Aso Falls but it wouldn’t be a commonly sold option at the tour offices. I’ve attached a map below that shows the pinned location for you.

MY EXPERIENCE AT CAMUGAO FALLS

When you arrive at Camugao Falls you genuinely will question if you are in the correct place. There are a few huts and a gravel parking lot but no real sign of a waterfall. That’s because it is pretty much beneath the parking lot in a huge canyon. The entrance and parking fee was about $1 USD.

The walk down to the falls takes about 10-15 minutes and is really beautiful. Along the way, we passed some carabao and there were lots of birds playing in the thick forest. It is quite steep but very short so most people are capable of making it down to the base of the falls. You can get a good look of the falls if you stay at the top but only if you own a drone. Otherwise, there is no great vantage point from above that I know of due to the thick trees surrounding the canyon rim.


Once you reach the cauldron or amphitheater you will realize just how high the walls of this area are. It is quite a unique spot as you feel quite isolated within the walls in all directions. It was more than a waterfall it was the entire cauldron that you got to experience with different things to see in each corner.

We set our belongings to the right of the waterfall where we found a group of young boys. They were a cheeky bunch sharing cigarettes, some rum and coke and taking turns to jump into the pool of water. I joined them and they loved when we sent a  few backflips into the pool. As a reward, they offered me some Tanduay rum in a half-cut soda bottle. Welcome to the Philippines. I always love when the locals are hanging out in the nature of their neighborhood and it isn’t just overrun by gawking tourists.

\The waterfall itself is quite high and during the rainy season can be very impressive. When we visited in February, it was a bit of a dribble but I’ve seen photos when it has been hammering down into the huge pool below. The pool is great for swimming as it gets quite deep although it can be a bit chilly, a refreshing cool-off from the heat of the Philippines.

There are lots of little huts and places to sit beneath the falls, which make this spot a great place to relax for a few hours before visiting other waterfalls in the region such as Mag-Aso Falls.

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Mag-Aso Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. It truly has it all from cliff jumps to little trails and of course a beautiful waterfall leading into that iconic blue water of the Philippines.

WHERE IS MAG-ASO FALLS AND HOW TO GET THERE

Mag-Aso Falls are in Antequera on Bohol. Most people who visit Bohol will stay on a small island in the south-eastern corner called Panglao. Here you will find hundreds of hotels, beaches, and restaurants. Most tourists only leave Panglao on a day-trip to visit the Tarsiers or Chocolate hills and other tours. However, there is so much to explore Bohol like Mag-Aso Falls and other waterfalls.

To get to Mag-Aso Falls from Panglao takes about an hour and you can access it by car or by motorbike. There may be tours that include Mag-Aso Falls but it wouldn’t be a commonly sold option at the tour offices.

MY EXPERIENCE AT MAG-ASO FALLS

From Panglao, we drove for an hour in the car to reach the parking lot of Mag-Aso Falls. I’d never heard of this waterfall so I was unsure what to expect, which is a great way to enter an adventure. We paid the $1 entrance fee and then began the walk down to the falls. The cement stairs wound through the beautiful dense forest of trees. Despite the man-made stairs it truly was a beautiful walk down to the falls. It set the tone for the adventure as we immersed in the jungle!

The stairs down take about ten minutes and they are relatively easy. Most levels of fitness will have no issue at all reaching the Mag-Aso Falls. At the base, we first reached a little viewpoint that looked out over the falls. It became very clear, very quickly that this was a local hangout on the weekends so if you prefer it to be quiet I would visit during the early morning on a weekday. We visited on a Sunday and there were many families hanging out and having shared lunches. This didn’t bother us but I know some people want empty natural attractions for photos, videos or just a bit more peace and quiet.

From the viewpoint we stood on, some of the kids actually cliff-jump into the water. To be honest it looked super shallow and I couldn’t believe they were doing it. Try that one at your own risk. There is another cliff jump across the pool, which isn’t incredibly safe but much, much safer than the viewpoint. I’ve placed a photo of the viewpoint where the boys where jumping below.

The waterfall itself comes from quite a beautiful little canyon. Depending on the rainfall,  it can be quite a powerful waterfall but on this day in February, it was a mid-strength. You could walk up onto the falls with ease. In the past, I have seen videos of Mag-Aso where it is raging with force. That’s why you always have to approach a location with caution and appreciate that it can be more or less dangerous on different days. on our visit, Mag-Aso was very calm and everybody was swimming without worry. If you visit in the rainy season please explore with caution.

Mag-Aso falls has beautiful blue water and a backdrop of incredible ferns and plants. It’s very atmospheric and a bit of a wonderland!

As I said earlier, there is a  little cliff jump on the far side of the pool but there are rocks beneath it so you need to choose your spot carefully. I wouldn’t jump here unless you are really keen and then make sure to triple-check the depth of your landing spot.

Other activities at Mag-Aso falls are exploring down the canyon away from the falls where there is much to discover amongst the towering trees and small inlets.

We made sure to do our bit on the way out and collected an Adventure Bag here, we even used Mag-Aso to create our Adventure Bag video trailer. You can watch it here:

 

THE ADVENTURE BAG CREW - JOIN THE MOVEMENT - YouTube

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