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Palawan: Big Lagoon

Located in the eastern side of Miniloc Island in El Nido in the province of Palawan, Big Lagoon is one of the five locations included in Tour A of the El Nido Island Hopping Tours.

Big Lagoon is best known for its picturesque entrance that is probably the most photographed backdrop of anyone who availed of Tour A. 

One of the beautiful "hidden" spots near Big Lagoon

Unlike Small Lagoon which is also found in Miniloc Island, visitors could enjoy touring Big Lagoon without leaving his boat. However, one may opt to rent a kayak at the floating kayak rental shop near the mouth of the lagoon. Sadly, visitors are discouraged from swimming in Big Lagoon. Our boatman explained that Big Lagoon is deep and boats are busily going in and out of the lagoon which of course would pose a serious threat to any swimmer if there is one. 
The water is darker here... meaning it's deep!
However, my theory is that there are sharks or other dangerous creatures of the deep the often find their way to Big Lagoon because of its wide entrance. Of course the boatmen would not want to scare away tourists, which would ultimately hurt their business... then again this is just my theory...
Inside Big Lagoon
What I like about Big Lagoon is the 200 meter (or more) wide passageway going to the lagoon. This passageway has clear light blue shallow waters that contrasts to the dark blue deep waters of the lagoon. This area is the most photographed part of the lagoon that I have mentioned earlier.
Check out how clear that water is!
A tour of Big Lagoon can last from 10 - 15 minutes depending on the number of boats present in the lagoon. Take as many photographs as you could because the boats rarely stop in the passageway or in the lagoon (but they move very slowly).
My sister posing for my blog

Overall, Big Lagoon is perfect for nature lovers who are not in the mood to get wet. 

Getting there:

From Puerto Princesa City, ride a van heading to the town of El Nido. From there you can inquire about the island hopping tours from the multitude of tour service providers in the town. Avail TOUR A.

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  1. Absolutely stunning, Neil!
    Too bad can't swim...
    Somehow this place resembles Ha Long Bay, but with clearer water. So almost like Raja Ampat in Indonesia.

    Wish to visit Palawan someday.

    "It's not just about the destination, but the journey"

    1. Hi George!

      Thank you for dropping by. That's true it is similar to those mentioned places. However, what makes Big Lagoon special is that it is but one of the beautiful sites in just one island of El Nido.


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