Pangalusian Island

Pangalusian Island, El Nido | photo credit :

Right after having a sumptuous lunch at Snake Island, we immediately board the boat  to continue on with our island hopping trip. Snorkeling was the next activity on our jam-pack itinerary and before long we reached the water vicinity of Pangalusian Island, a mere 50 or so yards away from the beach.

Pangalusian Island has one of the widest stretch of powdery white sand beaches in El Nido. It is one of the fave spots for sun bathing and watching the dreamy sunset. Snorkeling is also a major thing to do here because of the coral gardens fronting the beach.

Kuya Roel told us that Pangalusian Island was recently bought by foreigners and public docking here were no longer allowed. Like Lagen and Miniloc, soon there will rise another high-end resort on this part of El Nido. Silhouettes of luxurious cabanas and cottages were already visible and it wouldn’t be long until the resort will be complete.

As soon as we reached the snorkeling site, Jeff jumped into the water with only his flippers and goggles on while the rest of us donned our life vests.

The water turned out to be a bit blurry because of the crazy waves but despite the cloudy view it was still fun playing with the fishes. It was fun feeding them and watching how they scurry about catching the left-over rice we threw in their direction.

I wanted to take a lot of pictures of  all the colorful fish  but too bad we needed to save up on batteries. We forgot to charge the previous night and we also forgot that there was an electricity schedule so we end up with only half-full batteries. Sa lahat ng makakalimutan mag-charge pa!! Tsk tsk tsk.


Coral Gardens, Pangalusian Island, El Nido

Secret Lagoon Beach

It was already past 3PM when we reached our sixth destination which was Secret Lagoon Beach. The waves were starting to get a little problematic but thankfully Kuya Roel and Kuya Ger didn’t have any difficulty docking.


Secret Lagoon is an interesting island. Separated into two parts by sky scraping limestone cliffs; it has a secluded lagoon hidden on one side while having a gorgeous stretch of  fine, white sand beach on the other. Clusters of coconut trees and other tropical plants can also be found lining the perimeters of the beach.

In order to get yourself inside the secret lagoon, one has to crawl via a small opening. Be careful though because the rocks are pretty sharp and there’s also a chance that you will get stranded once the tide become high.


Inside the Secret Lagoon (L-R) Kuya Gerard, Ate Marisol, Me, Jois and Jeff


Although we only spent a short time in this fabulous paradise, we still had an amazing time exploring the lagoon, taking crazy shots and chilling at the beach.

The island was so serene and tranquil that it was so easy to lose oneself in thought here. Everything was just so relaxing and fresh. The marvelous union of the sky and the sea, the stunning limestone back drops, the calming serenade of the waves were so fascinating that it made me wish we could stay in this island paradise longer.

But as everything must come to an end, we finally dragged ourselves off the island and moved on.


EL NIDO ESCAPADES. Dec 5-8, 2011. This is a series of articles featuring our escapades on El Nido: the island hopping tours, the food trips, the trekkings and everything that we experienced in this enchanting paradise called El Nido.

+ PART 1:     Prelude to Paradise
+ PART 2:     Pinagbuyutan Island and Cathedral Cave
+ PART 3:     Cudugnon Point and Snake Island
+ PART 4:     Pangalusian Island and Secret Lagoon
+ PART 5:     Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon
+ PART 6:     Shimizu Island and 7 Commando
+ PART 7:     Acoustic charm of Balay Tubay
+ PART 8:     Trekking to Nagkalit-kalit waterfalls
+ PART 9:     Finding solitude in Napsan Beach
+ PART 10:   Art Cafe

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19 Comments to “EL NIDO | Pangalusian Island and Secret Lagoon Beach”

  • Ganda talaga ng El Nido! Definitely in my bucket list!

    • punta na po!

  • The best talaga ang Elnido. Sana makapunta rin ako dito. I regret nung hindi ako nagbook for elnido .
    chin recently posted..HomeMy Profile

  • Grabe… Kailangan ko talaga makia ang El NIdo…
    Inggit… :(

  • inggit ganda talaga sa elnido huhu… gusto ko magpunta dito. now na.hahaha

  • Waw! Palawan.. kailan kita mapupuntahan? nice pics!
    Ichan recently posted..3 Waterfalls, 2 Churches, 1 Day: Church of Tanay, Daranak and Batlag FallsMy Profile

    • book na po kayo papuntang el nido!

  • It looks just marvelous… Palawan is my favorite among the Philippines’ provinces.
    Really enjoyed this post!
    The Wanderer recently posted..The Six Travel Buddies From HellMy Profile

  • ang ganda ng el nido!!!!
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  • hindi ako magsasawang balik balikan ang bayang ito, napakaganda! nice post!
    Rome recently posted..Discovering. More Fun in the PhilippinesMy Profile

  • makes me miss el nido. remains to be my favorite place in the philippines.

  • wow!! breathtaking!! … hmmmm kelangan isama sa 2012 itinerary ang el nido….=)

  • its the best and the finest islands..if you want to unwind? just try and experience this tremendous beaches.

  • I was on Bantayan during the holy week of 2010,the locals there are very good at not littering the beaches, not so the Filipino visitors. After the crowds left the remants remained, dirty disposable diapers, broken beverage bottles and even human excrement, the local children often play on the beaches and shouldn’t be subjected to this crap. As an american visitor [ i love the philippines] I was appalled at such utter disregard by these visiting Filipino’s concerning their own country and the beautiful areas there, some filipino visitors rented a room for four people fourty two showed up !!! As long as Filipino’s behave in this manner there can be no hope for the betterment of the Philippines. BTW myself and a couple of other foreigner’s spent a week cleaning up garbage off the beach. Now tell me again how much you enjoyed the visit !!!

  • Like too see this.

  • hi joan, asan na ang complete series? hehe
    do you recommend the combined tours? o sapat na ang tour a per day?
    chyng recently posted..South Korea: A Glance of a First World CountryMy Profile

    • unfortunately hindi ko pa tapos. hahaha. for me, mas maganda ang combi tours. mas mapupuntahan nyo yung mga gusto nyong puntahan pag combi tours.

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