Big Lagoon

El Nido, Palawan

Big Lagoon
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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars
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Our next stop was this. More grandeur rock formation. Make sure you take photo during entrance most especially the exit cause it's the most beautiful scenery of the lagoon.

No canoes here since it's a big area--if you ride a canoe to explore this, you'll end up tired and eat up time to explore the other islands.

We explored the lagoon using the motor boat. The rock formation includes the virgin mary (2nd photo) and the shy batman (3rd photo). These rock formations are caused by physical weathering and some chemical weathering by the rain. The harsh winds above and strong waves below shape these rocks to form these cool designs!

Truly, an amazing creation made by God through nature.

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars

Third time to set food in El Nido and man,  a lot has changed.  There are gazillion hostels and establishments here and there.  It is not as quiet and laid back nine years ago.  Electricity is now available 24/7 unlike before wherein they rely on the biggest star for some juice.  Yes,  there are ATM's now,  gone are the days for ML Kwarta Padala for weary travellers who ran out of moolah whilst frolicking in ze island.

Since it's CMA's first time,  i opted to pick the famous tours for our island hopping activity (A and C). 

Tour A comprises of the ze familiar islands -  Seven Commando Beach,  Big Lagoon,  Small Lagoon,  Secret Lagoon (seriously,  how many lagoons are there?) and Shimizu Island. 

Big Lagoon.  This is still one of the best islands in El Nido.  Surrounded by picturesque limestone rock formations.  Hipsters will have a field day taking photos while old timers will sit in awe of it's magnificence.  Yes,  i intentionally left my SLR at home,  pictures fade,  memories stay.  CMA took. His sweet time snorkeling (he likes fish 128044128033128032128051128011128031) He is like a kid on verge of opening his present, yes, a mixture of giddy and excited. I, on the other hand stared at the limestone for x number of minutes while making up stories in my head

Secret Lagoon.  I sat this one out,  the waves are nasty and we are relatively near open water.  That's a red flag for someone who can't swim.  Besides,  i aint too keen in unearthing the secret.   

Note: I will write separate reviews for Small Lagoon and Shimizu Island.

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Eloi H.
5.0 Stars

Perfect for a shoulder sit on a boat.

Loved the place - beautiful rock formations, blue waters, quiet surroundings. Very picturesque. Too bad we weren't able to swim or snorkel though.

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Michelle A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Eric N.
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El Nido has been inhabited as early 2680 BC, or even up to 22,000 years ago. This was confirmed by fossils and burial sites that were found in many caves and excavation sites.

During the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, the town was under the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Taytay. It remained part of Taytay until 1916 when it formally became an independent municipality. The new municipality was then known as Bacuit.

On June 17, 1954, the name was changed from Bacuit to its present name El Nido, so named after the edible nests of swiftlets, found in the crevices of its limestone cliffs. These nests (nido in Spanish), are the main ingredient for the gourmet nido soup.

El Nido is composed of 45 islands and islets, and one of these is Miniloc Island.

Miniloc Island is probably the most popular of all the islands. Found in the middle of Bacuit Bay, the island’s jagged coastline is filled with pockets of white beaches and lagoons and caves, both shallow and deep. Scientists believe that these lagoons were actually caves. The roofs of these caves must have collapsed millions of years ago, and these lagoons have emerged in their stead. One such lagoon is the Big Lagoon.

The Big Lagoon is impressive, stretching in from the sea through a narrow but breathtaking passageway. Imagine being bounded on both sides by sheer limestone cliffs and forest covered hills. Imagine turquoise waters with an abundance of marine life. It’s one of those places you sit quietly in awed silence as you soak in the colors and clarity of the water. Truly mesmerizing!

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Jasmine R.
5.0 Stars

Still cannot explain how I felt seeing this amazing view. Recommended guys! This is a must. 128525

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Lexi M.
4.0 Stars

It was a long walk to the big lagoon. The above photo shows the initial third of the entrance to the lagoon.

It probably is a perfect place for lovers since you can enjoy some intimate moments on the way to the lagoon as it was soo quiet to which I wasn't really enjoying haha!

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Melissa Joyce B.
5.0 Stars

So inlove with this place!!!

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Jairus d.
5.0 Stars

Big Lagoon is part of Tour A. The view is breath taking specially the passage to the lagoon. The formation of pointed and black limestone cliffs and the pristine water was just awesome!

I don't remember taking a dip in the water. We went to small Lagoon after taking a few pictures of the area.

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars

El Nido.  Synonymous to luxury.  This is the common misconception about this quaint little island in Palawan.  People think that one has to be filthy fckn rich to go to there. 

I've been to El Nido twice.  I do not belong to the bourgeois tribe,  I am a cheapass traveller.  First trip was the luxurious type,  I  didnt pay for it.  The succeeding sentences is about the memorable trip with friends.

The trip was way back....think Mezosoic Era.  November,  most of us are clueless whether this is a good month to visit Palawan.  No one bothered to check the weather report.  We landed at Puerto around noon.  Spent the first two days at Honda Bay and Underground River (I will write separate reviews for 'em)

During the Mezosoic Era,  to get to El Nido requires strength,  massive anounts of patience,  at least 1 liter of water and an ipod with 160gb of memory,  fully charged.  Puerto to El Nido is an 8 hour bus ride.  That's what the locals said.

The bus.  If you are familiar with the vintage buses in Manila (Pandacan - Sta Cruz route) then i dont need to use a shitload of adjectives to describe it.  But since I am feeling a lil generous, brace yourselves

-No cushioned seats.  The seats are made of wood
-Air conditioning.  Do what now?
-Overloaded.  Monoblock chairs are placed in the middle for the other passengers who can't sit on the non cushioned wooden contraptions.

The bus ride lasted for 17 friggin'  hours.  Yes,  this was when the roads were still under construction.  Passengers need to get off the bus in order for the bulldozer to pull the former from the muddy road.  And there's  "Diyos Ko Po"  road, 3km stretch of knee-deep mud, not passable by any type of vehicle.  The ordeal reminded me of Takeshi's Castle. 

We left Puerto at 9am, arrived at El Nido the following day,  3am ish.  All of the exhaustion and fatigue due to the gruelling bus ride vanished upon seeing the beachfront view from my room. 

Back in the day,  tourists can rent a boat and not purchase the tour packages.  DIY island hopping.  Nowadays,  this option is no longer available.  The boatman we hired is the same dude who had a cameo appearance in Amazing Race.  He knows the island like the back of his hand.  We went to a couple (yes,  more than 4),  the one that stood out and still etched in my memory is Big Lagoon.  Majestic,  pristine and resembles an island you see in postcards.  The water reminds me of Mel Gibson's baby blue eyes in Forever Young.  Looking at the clear water brings you a sense of peace.  When I die,  I want my ashes to be scattered here. 

Just in case you're wondering,  the bus ride on the way back to Puerto lasted for 15 hours and it was raining bad.  We still had to endure "Diyos Ko Po"  Road.

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Chili G.
5.0 Stars

Big lagoon is one of the first stops of Tour A. As with most parts of Palawan, you can see volcanic cliffs and rocks but entering the big lagoon was utterly breathtaking. You would think that the photos are edited but this is just a phone pic and definitely #nofilter!
Inside, you can kayak around and explore the lagoon even more (kayak is 300 good for 2-3pax). You can also swim (with your life vest), but the water can become quite deep.
Going around you won't believe that you're in the middle of the sea because it is so tranquil. Hay nakakainis sa Ganda!
A great way to start our tour!

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Cette D.
4.0 Stars

The famous postcard come to life! 128517128516

Big Lagoon! 9786

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Shayne B.
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How can one not love this place? I fell damn in love! 128525 It's a paradise. 1277961278111278001277549728

The water is crystal clear, and much clearer than my messy mind. Lol 128539

Anyway, you can only snorkel at this place. No sand to stay on. 128522 There are floating flats for "dates" or "proposals"... Tour guides (aka boatmen) are really nice and friendly. If you don't know how to swim, they will snorkel with you. Better if you do your island hopping early so there's no boat traffic yet. Look at my photo, no boats yet in the background. 128522 That's because we started our island hopping by 8:30am.

Btw, Big Lagoon is included in the Tour A package.

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Jonas R.
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With this a breathtaking view en route to the Big Lagoon of El Nido, Palawan, I bet the suspense would also be killing you before you arrive to the lagoon itself.

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Franz D.
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Big Lagoon ~ This is where I really enjoyed snorkeling. Grabe! 128525

And here is where I found a new friend ~ Sarah, from France. 128525

Lives in Makati, works in Quiapo. She's working in a Non Government Organization (NGO). Been living here in the Philippines since March 2014. They do house construction mainly in Tacloban, Samar, and some part of Cebu. A charity work for the Yolanda survivors.

Oh how I pray there are lots of people like her, helping the world become a better place. 128522

God will bless you, Sarah!
Till we meet again. 100841008410084

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Joel C.
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Big Lagoon is part of the El Nido Island Hopping Tour A. This is our first stop in our tour last October.

They only allow us to take pictures around the lagoon. The place is really paradise on earth. The clear blue water and the rock formation around it is really amazing.

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praise l.
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Included in Tour A, you have to visit this iconic place. You haven't been to El Nido if you haven't been here. The rock formations and the lagoon waters are absolutely breathtaking. 10084

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Eya P.
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I really don't know how to explain how beautiful this place is! 128525 i fell inlove with it! This is another stop included in island hopping Tour A.

We walked far from where the boat stopped coz of the shallow water. Mabato but the water is very clear so it kinda helps coz we are able to see where we are stepping. Medyo scary nga lang kasi our tour guides told us to be careful and as much as possible don't step on the rocks coz there might be some sea urchins plus there are some living corals in there. I wanted to give a 128077128077128077 to my havaianas slippers coz it survived the rocky beaches of El Nido!

It was really worth it because Big Lagoon is really beautiful - beyond words! I loooove it! Sobrang clear ng water! Di ko talaga maexplain how beautiful it is! You MUST see it for yourself! 128525128525128525

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