The Bacuit Archipelago Tour

The Bacuit Archipelago tour combines the best of everything! Bathe in the emerald waters teeming with marine life and marvel at Palawan's natural beauty.

Explore the iconic spots of the Bacuit Archipelago, from magical lagoons to pristine beaches. Hop on a private speedboat or Banca and experience the stunning beauty of the islands that surround the bay away from the crowd.

Bacuit Archipelago


You will be picked up from your hotel by our representative at around 7:00 AM to take you to the main pier. From here, you will board the boat to begin the Bacuit Archipelago tour. You will be taken back to the beach town at around 3:00 PM.

Note: This is a private tour which means that you will be able to enjoy your day without many touring boats. However, since this is one of the most visited places in the world, expect some visiting tourists as well.

Big Lagoon – This enchanting lagoon is another popular snorkeling destination, with its deep, emerald waters often visited by sea turtles and a breeding ground for crustaceans and various fishes. Explore this big lagoon in the middle of Karst limestone formations and marvel at all these natural wonders in front of you.

Small Lagoon – Yet another magical lagoon of the tropical paradise, located on the cove of Miniloc Island. Swim slowly through a hole to see the calm emerald waters of the lagoon. Take a peek at the majestic limestone walls that show you the richness of El Nido’s marine life.

Popolkan Island – This is a stunning island surrounded by crystalline waters and amazing marine life. Snorkel to your heart’s content while you’re here.

Cudugnon Cave – This is an important archeological site. The rock formations inside the cave were formed thousands of years ago. According to the archeologists, the cave dwellers were from Borneo, who traveled through the land bridge that used to connect Palawan from Borneo. There’s the main cavern where one must crawl through a hole to enter, and ends into a smaller cavern, which was a burial site during the Neolithic period, according to the archeologists.

Hidden Beach – This is a small beach that cannot be seen from the open sea. This stunning place is surrounded by amazing limestone rock formations. The swimming area looks like a natural infinity pool with crystal clear waters.

Pinagbuyutan Island – This unique island is nothing like you have ever seen, with its fine white sand and clear, shallow waters good for swimming. Snorkel to your heart’s content as you enjoy El Nido’s protected marine life. Be amazed at the spectacular view in front of the island. This is no doubt comparable to the best beaches in the world.

Vigan Island This is also called the snake island due to its long s-shaped sandbar, connecting the island to another. During low tide, the sandspit becomes clearly visible, with shallow swimming areas on both sides. 

Cadlao Lagoon – This is one of the best lagoons of El Nido. Marvel at the sedimentary rock formations around this mystical lagoon of the island.

Cathedral Cave – Pinasil island has a unique attraction – a cavern that is like a cathedral that can only be accessed by a kayak or a dinghy. Inside the cave is spacious, with walls made of black limestone rocks of various formations. The sun shines through the opening at the top during certain times of the day, lighting the cave’s interior and creating an enchanted scene. The birds also make their nests on the cavern walls which in turn gathered by the nest gatherers called “busyadors”.

Note: The highlights for this El Nido island-hopping tour might vary depending on the weather and sea conditions.


  • Private speedboat or Banca (motorized boat)
  • Lunch and drinks according to your dietary requirements
  • Water safety equipment
  • English-speaking and licensed tour guide
  • Mask and snorkel
  • Entrance fees and government permits
  • Personalized service

Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance


Please read our Terms & Conditions prior to adding this day tour to your Palawan itinerary. Please note that the Coast Guard might cancel boat trips due to sea conditions or bad weather for your safety. In this case, either a refund will be made or an alternative tour or activity would be suggested.

Make sure to bring your own towels, change of clothes, swim attire and your own snorkeling gear. And please let the guides know if you cannot swim, there are life vests available in the boat for everyone.

Maintain a 3-meter distance from the reef. Please help preserve the beauty of El Nido’s marine life by not touching or stepping on the corals while snorkeling. There are dangerous organisms that thrive on the coral reef.

Palawan Alternative promotes environmental awareness in the community and you can do your part by not contributing to the waste that harms marine life. Help us preserve the natural wonders of El Nido for the future generation by refraining from littering, using reusable bottles or containers and segregating wastes (biodegradable and non-biodegradable).

Our itinerary specialist will be happy to add this El Nido activity to your personalized Palawan itinerary.