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Small Lagoon, El Nido

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Enjoy the clear blue water underneath dramatic limestone cliffs fringed with lush greenery at Small Lagoon, a large pool of salt water on Miniloc Island in the middle of Bacuit Bay. Accessible only by swimming or kayaking through a very narrow 0.6-0.9 m (2-3 ft) wide gap in the rock, the remote lagoon offers scenery like that from a postcard, with water so clear that you can see the ocean floor. Rent a kayak moored outside the lagoon early in the morning, and get inside before crowds start paddling in. You can also rent scuba diving equipment, and make sure you bring a waterproof camera along to capture the scenery. Arrange your visit to Small Lagoon and discover more family-friendly attractions in El Nido using our El Nido trip itinerary builder.
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Long since established as a domestic tourist destination, El Nido's growing international reputation has led to a number of eco-tourism and resort-style options popping up in recent years. The main town on the west coast offers the greatest choice, with sprawling luxury resorts, hotels, and guesthouses all enjoying convenient access to the surrounding islands. Staying on one of the islands presents an exciting alternative, although you'll find the choice largely limited to luxury hotels.
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  • Whether you visit in the sun or the rain... as we did both, it is stunning. The water here is amazing and in many ways it is nicer than the big lagoon as it is so enclosed! Try to find the hidden cave...  more »
  • Clear waters, and there are still some fish that you can swim with in the small lagoon. The water can get really shallow during low tide.  more »
  • The small lagoon used to be one of the highlights of any trip to el Nido ever since the early 90's. Unfortunately, it is getting really crowded and dirty due to the all access people have in going to ...  more »