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From Boracay to Palawan: Gay Traveling Couple Explores the Crystal Clear Waters of a Philippine Paradise
Stefan Arestis | Sep 13, 2016
Palawan island has some of the most stunning marine wildlife we’ve seen on our trip in Asia. It is suroundded by limestone karsts with hidden lagoons - making it the ideal place for snorkelling and kayaking. Here's our 5 favourite snorkelling and kayaking experiences in El Nido, Palawan:
1. Kayaking in the Small Lagoon of Miniloc Island
Miniloc island is surrounded by stunning limestone karsts protruding up from the sea. It’s like something you've never seen before and incredible to kayak through.
The Small Lagoon is located on the cove of Miniloc island, accessible through a small entrance with 2 giant limestone rocks you can swim or kayak through.
The area inside is fun for swimming or kayaking and although gets quite crowded, the tranquil turquoise-green waters surrounded by limestone karsts make it memorable.
2. Kayaking in the Big Lagoon of Miniloc Island
The Big Lagoon is impressive, stretching in from the sea through a narrow passageway, accessible only with a kayak. This was our favourite part of kayaking in El Nido because most people prefer to stay on their boat and skip it, so you have it all to yourself.
The Big Lagoon goes in quite deep and becomes quite narrow creating an Indiana Jones like environment.
3. Shimizu Island: snorkelling and lunch spot
Shimizu island is a great place to have a delicious beach barbecue. It's an island with limestone cliffs, surrounded by a healthy coral reef with a dramatic drop into the deep blue: perfect for some snorkelling and practising a few dance moves underwater (!)
4. Snorkelling at Matinloc Island
Matinloc Island has a 100m beach strip of white sand, surrounded by healthy coral with a busy fish scene going on.
The sea floor surrounding the beach slopes down gradually and the water deepens only after about 10 metres in. The snorkelling here is perfect for diving down and just existing temporarily with the marine life - till you have to come back up for air of course.
5. Snorkelling at Tapiutan Island
Tapiutan Island is rich with healthy coral and marine life and the most remote island in the bay. The marine wildlife is plentiful with a variety of colourful coral, lots of blue starfish, Clownfish (Nemo), Bannerfish, sea urchins and many more.
You can read more in our gay guide to Palawan. We highly recommend El Nido Boutique & Artcafe for snorkelling and kayaking tours because they have excellent new equipment and their crew and team clearly enjoy their job, which is what also makes it that little bit more memorable.
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