Most people visiting El Nido in the Philippines would like to go island hopping. There are four tours to choose between. I tried all of them. See which one I recommend.
Take tour B if you want to have the beach for yourself
The four tours you can choose between are A, B, C and D. Most travel blogs reccommend tour A and C. That is why most visitors take these tours. These two tours are beautiful. But they are VERY crowded due to that they are reccommend by everyone. I did not visit in the high season, but still there were at least hundre people to share each place with. This ruined the experience a bit for me. If you are like me, and enjoy that there are fewer people or even have a whole beach or island for yourself I recommend tour B. Also after my opinion the beaches visited on the tour B, are as beautiful as on tour A and C. On tour D there will probably also be fewer people, but for me the places visited on that tour were not as nice as on tour B.
Six people versus over hundred people
The photos above are all from tour B. As you see there are not many people to spot. Of course we were not all by ourself on that tour. There were two other couples taking it. But there were no other groups besides us. As said, on tour A and C there were over hundred of other people on the same spots as us all the time. I also felt that when we were so few, it was easier to get to know the other people you shared the boat with.
I can understand people taking tour A and C. As said, they are beautiful. For example the blue lagoon on tour A is stunning. But look at the picture below how many people there are, and we arrived in the afternoon AFTER most groups had left.
The Secret Beach on tour C is also nice. But as you see there are many people behind us. In front of us there are many more.
I might be a bit special not wanting to have too many people on the beaches I visit. But for me the beach is suppose to be a place where I can rest and enjoy. For me it is a bit hard to do so if there are too many people around. Others might like that there are many people, and find that more amusing as they have more to look at.
What do you prefer? A beach for yourself or with many other people?