El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon

 

After lunching, snorkeling, and rock climbing at Entalula Beach Club, our boat made its way to my two favorite spots of the trip – The  El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon

And clearly these waters weren’t just my favorite. The boat ride between the small lagoon and big lagoon looked a little familiar to a few people.

Small Lagoon

Before our group approached the small lagoon, I had a vague idea of what to expect. But all the descriptions I had heard prior to my visit, didn’t do the lagoon justice.

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

kayaks waiting for us

Peter and I were the first people to jump into a kayak and paddle towards the Small Lagoon’s famous entrance.

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)The entrance consists of a small gap between the limestone rocks. At first, it looks almost too small to kayak through.

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

Yes, the entrance is between those rocks

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

But once you do…

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

Since Peter and I were the first of our group to make it inside the lagoon, we had the lagoon all to ourselves for several minutes.  I couldn’t believe what an absolutely beautiful experience it was as we (I say we but I really mean Peter) paddled around the lagoon.

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines) The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines) The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines) The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

 

It was nearly silent and completely serene. The water was so calm and still compared to the waves crashing just outside the lagoon.

As I mentioned before, our guide from El Nido Resorts, Raymond, did a great job of organizing our time while island hopping. When we left the small lagoon there were quite a few boats and visitors, but as our boat pulled up to the waters outside of the lagoon entrance upon our arrival it appeared we had made it to the spot early enough to miss the large crowds.

Just perfect.

Big Lagoon

Similar to the small lagoon, the big lagoon featured stunning limestone cliffs and brilliantly blue waters. There were a few more people inside compared to our small lagoon visit but none of them were lucky enough to have a boat that could navigate inside the lagoon comfortably. Except for our group of course.

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

We cruised all around the lagoon and then took a bit of time to snorkel outside the lagoon entrance.

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines) The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines) The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

The Philippines is a Catholic country. Do you spot the Virgin Mary in the cliffs?

 

Later that afternoon, Peter and I kayaked back to the Big Lagoon on our own. PS. the open water in the afternoon is not easy to paddle through. Or so Peter told me, because of course, I didn’t even have a paddle (he spoils me so).

Once inside the lagoon we ran into a few of the Miniloc resort staff members who gave us a wee private tour through some of the more obscure lagoon spots. After they left, Peter and I had the entire lagoon to ourselves.

We had the entire Big Lagoon to ourselves. I can’t express enough how incredible it was being the only people inside this famous and beautiful wonder. Peter and I climbed up one of the big limestone rocks and took in the views from up above (GoPro video coming soon I promise).

The El Nido Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon - photo tour of the beautiful clear waters of these famous Philippines lagoons, ( El Nido, Palwan, The Philippines)

 

I was in awe the entire time and I wish I had a proper camera with me at the time, but choppy waters + kayak + a regular camera don’t exactly mix well.

But it was an experience I’ll never forget. And it definitely set the bar high for my future island holidays.

I can’t believe how much Peter and I fit into just one long weekend in El Nido, but check back Monday for more photos!

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