It’s true what they say, you can’t go to El Nido and not see the splendid sights of the Big, Small and Secret Lagoon—all these are majestic natural attractions that are considered Bacuit Bay’s hidden wonders.
The calm turquoise waters in the Big and Small Lagoons are surrounded with towering limestone structures that will definitely put you in awe. And the waters are of course teeming with vibrant underwater life—all sorts of fish and other sea creatures that you don’t get to see everyday.
According to scientists, these lagoons used to be caves in the ancient years. But the roofs collapsed several million years ago, and the lagoons are what remain of the caves.
- Small Lagoon – Nestled within a cove on the island of Miniloc, the Small Lagoon is a spectacular showcase of Mother Nature’s gifts to humans with its orchid-covered limestone formations and peaceful clear waters. You can swim through or ride a kayak to this lagoon. Either way, you’ll marvel at how stunning the whole place is.
- Big Lagoon – Aptly named, the Big Lagoon is the bigger version of the Small Lagoon. But this one you’ll have to ride the outrigger boat to approach the middle part. The place is said to be a “breeding ground for fish and crustaceans”. Like the previous lagoon, it doesn’t run short on marvelous karst limestone formations that would have you taking photos every second.
- Secret Lagoon – As with the Big and Small Lagoons, this place will also make you feel like you’ve entered a new world, or that you’re in a beautiful dream that you don’t want to wake up from. To get inside, you will have to enter through a small hole. Inside, you’ll find a beach within a cave now surrounded by karst formations.
These three lagoons are included in Tour A along with Shimizu Island and Seven Commando Beach.
Even if you say that you prefer to see beaches and islands, don’t ever pass up on the Tour A. These lagoons are nothing like you’ve ever seen. You’re going to be astounded at every second of your trip, and you’ll be glad that you’ve made the decision to see them.
To say that they’re beautiful are a major understatement! Not even photographs can give justice to their true beauty. It’s best that you see them for yourself with your own two eyes. And that’s the only time you’ll find out what everyone is raving about.
Discover the Majestic Caves of El Nido
When people talk about El Nido, they rave about the islands, beaches and resorts. They’re some of the best in the world, after all. But do you know that these are just a small part of the whole package? There are many other natural attractions to be explored in this amazing part of Palawan. And those who have come to visit El Nido know that the caves are a must-not-miss.
Some of the most beautiful caves of El Nido are the Paglugaban Cave, Cudognon Cave and Cathedral Cave.
This cave is both a natural and historic attraction. According to experts, it dates back to 300 million years ago, making it a significant part of the province’s geology and geography. When you visit the cave, take a good look at the cave floor, it’s bewildering to know that all of its sediments have taken millions of years to form and stay compact. The cave is indeed a precious wonder that you would want to explore during your visit to El Nido, Palawan.
It’s interesting to know that before this place became an attraction for tourists coming from different parts of the world, it was a hiding place for Filipinos and Japanese during the war. The word Cudognon is Cuyonon for the phrase “to shake”.
During the war, people hiding inside the cave would feel the ground shaking whenever American forces would bomb the island, hence the name. The remains and artifacts that used to be on display inside the cave have been transferred to the National Museum. But still, this place with all its layers of limestone and geological formations remain a superlative attraction in El Nido. It’s quite a challenge to get inside cave as you’ll have to fit through a small hole but your hard work would be worth it.
Another reason to visit El Nido is the gorgeous Cathedral Cave. It is named as such as it has a cavern that resembles a cathedral with a high ceiling. The interior is sometimes lit by sunlight coming from the peak.
This is where busyadors (birds’ nest gatherers) come to collect bird nests. This is located in the island of Pinasil. Like the other caves, this one will also not disappoint. It’s quite dark inside so taking photos can be difficult. But you can enjoy the caves interiors with your eyes and it will just be as worthwhile.
Don’t miss out on these awe-inspiring caves that will absolutely complete your vacation in El Nido.