Looking for budget island-hopping in El Nido, Palawan? There are countless tour operators in El Nido so it pays to do some research. Cousteau Travel and Tours offers a 2-day trip of Bacuit Bay that includes overnight camping on a deserted island.
The trip, which costs 2,500 pesos, combines two of the most popular routes: Tour A and Tour C, which includes Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, Small Lagoon, Seven Commandos Beach and many more.
All food, drinks and camping equipment is included and the boat (pictured) is spacious and clean – a far cry from the terrible conditions in Boracay! Lunch was served on a white-sand beach (fresh fish, salad and fruit) and the crew took great care to serve up delicious food with a smile!
After a full day island-hopping in El Nido, you will be dropped off on a deserted island to enjoy a delicious barbecue and drinks round the fire. Our tour guide Chitx (pictured below) was great fun and ensured the whole group was laughing and joking from beginning to end. He cooked our meals, set up the tents and even ferried our bags back and fourth to the boat.
Be warned: there are no toilets or showers on the island and camping is pretty basic (just a small tent and sleeping matt), but after a few rum and cokes you’ll have no trouble getting to sleep.
Top tips: Bring inspect repellant, toilet roll, LOADS of suncream and a hat. Being out in the sun for two days running takes its toll and the mosquitoes are pretty nasty at dusk.
How to book island-hopping in El Nido
Tours cost from 2,500 pesos per person and include food, drinks and camping equipment. You’ll also need to buy an environmental permit for 200 pesos which last lasts 10 days.
To book, phone Gary Auman on 0948-7566-792 or 0905-1052-564 OR swing by their offices in El Nido at the following address:
Consteau Travel and Tours, Brgy, Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan (near the Art Cafe).