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 planner.
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  • In the last couple if years this lagoon has gone from spectacular to average. Lots of people visit who are not confident swimmers or kayakers. Coral is damaged and rubbish floats in the water. There a...  more »
  • Amazing place. Kayaking here was the best spot of our tours. Small lagoon accessible by a crack in some rocks on a kayak (mind your head). Tranquil and stunning scenery. Close to paradise, if only the...  more »
  • the Small Lagoon is part of Tour A, 5 destinations tour to islands around El Nido. You can rent a Kayak and enjoy a self touring and taking pictures at this amazing location.  more »

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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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