Small Lagoon

El Nido, Palawan

Small Lagoon
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Aiza A.
5.0 Stars
6

People who have not yet gone to beautiful Palawan might easily think that it is very costly to travel in this place. Honestly, I was thinking about the same thing before too since I was intimidated by the expensive packages offered by some Class A resorts in the island. However, I proved myself wrong. As I have mentioned from my previous posts, the bf and I went to El Nido to unwind and celebrate his birthday. And the only thing that we regret about this trip is that, we should have stayed a little longer! If only we have unlimited vacation leaves, I would definitely stay there for at least a week. I will post our sample itinerary, as well as the cost of our trip later. But first, let me tell you about our last stop for Tour A: The Small Lagoon.

It was a beautiful sunny day when we availed Tour A with my aunt and her husband. Got our land arrangements from Northern Hope Tours (fairly satisfied with their service except for the room that we initially paid for). Anyway, Tour A is comprised of different lagoons and beaches. It is mostly centered around Miniloc Island. One of the destinations included in this tour is Small Lagoon. Our boat docked at the shallow blue green water bay with amazing rock formations around the area. I thought it's the Small Lagoon already, hindi pa pala. Since it was our last stop for the day, our tour guide decided to give us 45minutes to enjoy the place. There were no other boats aside from us so we had the Small Lagoon all by ourselves! Lol. The boyfriend and I reserved this place for our kayak experience and upon the advice of our kind boatguide too. As soon as our crew said that we can start exploring the lagoon, we jumped to our kayak right away. We rented a two-seater kayak for P300 for 30 minutes. Quite expensive but anything for experience, right?!

To get to the actual lagoon, you have to enter a small gap in between the rocks. I seated in front while the bf took the seat behind me. My aunt and her husband rented another kayak so kanya kanya muna kami. Hehe. Inside the small lagoon, you will find yourself gazing upon rock cliffs. It's like a cave with water and pretty rocks everywhere. I really can't explain how I felt but it was like unreal. It is my first time to be in a place like that, paddling my way to every corner of the lagoon while admiring the limestone formations that have been there for centuries. Water was calm with the clear sky above and you'll feel like you were transported to a different world and setting. Amaziiinnggg!!

Was not able to take a lot of photos inside the lagoon because I was busy paddling and racing with my aunt. I was also scared to bring out my phone because I might drop it in the water. Anyway we did not swim here, we just enjoyed the relaxing scenery, after all, we spent a whole day of tiring (but worth it) activitirs. After spending around 30minutes inside, we went back to our boat and took a lot of photos with the stunning limestone formations as our background. I even had a photo similar to the famous #FollowMeTo couple.

Small Lagoon might bore some adventure-seekers since there's no activity there aside from kayaking and/or swimming but rest assured that anyone will be captivated by its beauty. Just a different take if you had enough of beaches.

Here is our itinerary for our 5-day trip to Palawan.

Day 1- Arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon in El Nido and toured the town proper. Free time.

Day 2- Tour C. The tour ended at around 4pm.

Day 3- Marimegmeg Beach in the afternoon then chill time in the evening with the bf, aunt and her husband.

Day 4- Tour A. Tour ended at 4pm. We traveled back to Puerto Princesa at 6pm and arrived at 11pm.

Day 5- Underground Rivertour in the morning then flight back to Manila in the evening.

Breakdown of expenses:

Airfare- 3600/pax
Hotel- 6000 for 4 nights (Divided by 2)
Tour A with buffet lunch- 1200/pax
Tour C with buffet lunch-1400/pax
Tricycle Rental to Marimegmeg Beach- 150
Underground Rivertour with buffet lunch- 1500/pax
Eco Tourism Development Fee- 200/pax
Van transfers (PPS-El Nido and El Nido-PPS)- 1200/pax
Food and other expenses- 1500/pax

Total: P13,750 for 5D/4N8

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Joshay S.
4.0 Stars

Small Lagoon is included in Tour A package in our El Nido Tour.

It was a cloudy Friday morning of October 21st 2016 when we had our tour. All El Nido tours has been cancelled for the past two days because of typhoon. Good thing we were scheduled that day.

Around 9:00 am, someone from the agency fetched us from our hotel. Then we met the rest of the tourists who will be joining us. We were 17 excluding the tour guide, captain and the cook who will ride in one boat.

The boat ride was fun. It was a mixed of rain, wind and cold128563🤓 The rain stopped at some poinf and then it will rain again in other areas. Rainy season already started last July.

The small lagoon was our first destination. In order for us to explore the lagoon, we needed to swim or ride a kayak. Kayak rentai is Php 300.00. Since I don't know how to swim, we rented two kayak, one kayak was for my aunt and uncle, my driver was our tour guide Bert.

It was beautiful inside. Superb! The water is crystal blue and the views are really spectacular128515

Picture here and there. Thanks to Bert for being my photographer. We stayed here for 35 minutes.

This is one of the best lagoons I've ever seen128149

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
3

This was also part of Tour A, it was fun because you can go kayaking or snorkeling.

Kayak rental 300PHp can fit 3 individuals.

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars
2

The el nido island tour was a blast! A day of being one with the sea and its islands. One of the islands that we went into was the small lagoon island. It's counter part is the big lagoon island. The difference between the big and small (aside from the height of the rock formation) is the way you discover the lagoon.

When you see canoes, it's the small lagoon. The canoes are rented at 300php per canoe (this is separate from whatever tour fee you avail). Maximum capacity of the canoe is 3pax so your share will only be a hundred peso if you have two other companions. The canoe will be rowed by the first and last sitters. It is advisable that the last sitter to be a bit stocky in size. The middle sitter is the most lax rider.

If you know how to drive, you'll be able to row the canoe to wherever you want with ease. Yay! I liked rowing the canoe, makes your upper body mightier!

Be sure to explore the lagoon. There's a small passage wherein you will have to use you hands to direct the canoe itself into another lagoon. Nothing to see much--just flora and rock formation. You can choose yo just swim around the small lagoon; there's also an option to snorkel the area. However, i'd like to row more than swim.

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars

Small Lagoon is ze last stop of the tour.  I remember being completely enamored by this island nine years ago.  I even made a pact that i want my ashes scattered here when i kick the bucket.

It was a lil gloomy when we arrived and the tides are against our favor.  The water is as enchanting as i remember and i dont mind the tide as we got to try kayaking.  Weee!  We sailed through the turquoise waters, waved at fellow kayakers and sang Part Of Your World.

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Dijo S.
5.0 Stars

Definitely one of the highlights of the island!

Pro tip: Take a customized tour and ask your boat man/guide to go to the Small and Big Lagoon late in the afternoon (around 3pm) to avoid the crowd and fully appreciate the serenity of these two amazing places.

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Michelle A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Melissa Joyce B.
5.0 Stars

Fishes are everywhere. You should bring underwater cam guys 97869786

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Jairus d.
5.0 Stars

Ang saaaabeh ng emotera kong picture??!128514128514128514

It's the only thing I did at Small Lagoon. I regret it now. I could have rented a kayak to check the tranquil turquoise-green water of the place.

So yeah, the sea called but I didn't even bother to answer.128554

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Kate R.
5.0 Stars

Summer is best experienced in the Philippines! 10084

We are composed of more than 7000 islands and each island offers a completely unique scene.

El Nido has 45 islands and islets. Those islands are beautiful in each way. They have distinctive formations that will trigger your creative minds!

This is Small Lagoon, it has turquoise-greenish water which is popular for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking activities. There is a small opening between the limestone walls to enter the lagoon. Inside the lagoon you will see a lot of beautiful rock formations. When you look up, the trees, plants and rocks is somehow covers the lagoon. Locals said that these lagoons are actually caves and the roofs of these caves collapsed million years ago.

I love Palawan! How about you???

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Shayne B.
5.0 Stars

4th stop of the El Nido Tour A!

Well when we went to small lagoon, it was raining with some thunder & lighting already. 128584 So yes at that moment, I didn't get out of the boat with the other tourists. I was so scared!!! I remember when I was young, my mom used to tell me to get out of the swimming pool when there's kidlat! 98899748

Our boatmen said it's okay and they were even willing to swim with me if I'm scared. But nope, I really did not get out of the boat. 128514 There was a boat traffic in the area already that time so the boats were just beside each other. Funny how some boatmen from the other boats are offering me snacks and coffee. 128522 Tourists were given 40 minutes to snorkel or do kayak-ing. The photo I have above is actually outside the "lagoon". Cos again, you have to go in a small hole (well, a bit bigger hole than the secret lagoon's hole" to see the actual small lagoon. My friends told me that unlike secret lagoon, small lagoon is quite deep-- above an average person deep. There are lots of fishes too, some are biting daw! 128584

After an hour, the "thunderstorm" was gone already. and that's the time I took the photo.

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Yen D.
5.0 Stars

Taken at Small Lagoon where you can kayak or swim. Don't forget to bring an underwater camera so you can capture the beauty underwater! Beautiful!

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Kwokie K.
5.0 Stars

Part of the lagoon tour of El Nido resorts, you get in after going through the small opening from the big lagoon via kayak.

I chose to review this place instead of the big lagoon since you can literally "feel" the peace when you're in the small lagoon. It's quiet, all you feel is the serenity and the paddling you're doing.

Be careful before hopping off the kayak as there are plenty of sea urchins who've made the place a small breeding ground.

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Joel C.
5.0 Stars

Small Lagoon is part of the El Nido Island Hopping Tour A. In order for you to explore the place, you should pass through a small hole, you have to swim to get inside. Best option is to rent a kayak before you leave the port for 700 pesos so that you could fully explore the place.

Small lagoon is really beautiful, every details, every corner is just amazing. I love it here.

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praise l.
5.0 Stars

Another Tour A must visit. Though I heard you can't enter this lagoon if it's high tide, so lucky us! 128518

We used a kayak to go around the Big and Small Lagoons, which is a must-do if you really want to explore the place! Get a kayak! (700) I was just awestruck at the beauty of the place. My photos do not give justice. 10084

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