Linapacan Travel Guide: Island Tour El Nido to Coron

Linapacan is known for its unique landscape. Hidden lagoons, deserted beaches and a diverse underwater world await you on a boat trip through the stunning archipelago. But what if we tell you that there is a much bigger adventure waiting for you? Get ready for a stunning expedition through Linapacan on the Island Tour from El Nido to Coron.

All You Need to Know About Linapacan

Linapacan is known for its jaw-dropping natural beauty with the clearest water you’ve ever seen. It is located between El Nido and Coron and is surrounded by 52 paradisiacal islands. To make sure you don’t miss the hidden gem between the two major tourist attractions, many tour operators offer as a Linapacan Island Tour a multi-day expeditions through the archipelago.

The Linapacan Island Tour is the best and most adventurous way to get from El Nido to Coron or vice versa. Linapacan is a real tropical paradise that you should not miss when you are in Palawan. And the best thing about the Island Tour is: You don’t waste a vacation day as a travel day!

Where is Linapacan Island?

Linapacan is located in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is part of the Calamianes Islands north of Palawan. The island municipality of Linapacan includes several smaller islands, with Linapacan being the largest and most populated.

There are two small villages on the island called San Miguel and Kaseledan, each with around 2,000 inhabitants. San Miguel is the main town, where there is even a restaurant and a handful of hotels. Ferries also stop here, bringing a few tourists from Coron and El Nido. A road was originally built between the two larger towns, but it is now too overgrown by the jungle to be used.

Hotels and accommodations in Linapacan

There are a few resorts across the islands of Linapacan that offer comfortable accommodations, ranging from basic cottages to more upscale bungalows. These resorts often provide amenities such as restaurants, snorkeling equipment, and island-hopping tours. Some locals offer accommodation in guesthouses, which provide simple rooms or cabins for travelers on a budget. These guesthouses may not have all the amenities of a resort, but offer a more authentic experience of island life.

It’s important to note that Linapacan is still quite underdeveloped in terms of tourist infrastructure, so accommodation can be limited compared to more popular destinations. It’s a good idea to book accommodation in advance, especially during peak tourist season, and be prepared for a more rustic experience than staying in larger cities or resorts. Also, there is hardly any electricity or internet.

What is the Linapacan Island Tour?

The Linapacan Island Tour is a multi-day expedition from El Nido to Coron or the other way round. Travel through a paradise-like scenery on a traditional Filipino boat. Deserted beaches, white powdery sand and turqoise water await for you. Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Linapacan and see the vibrant marine life and colorful coral reefs. Away from all electronic devices and the hustle and bustle of the tourists spots, you can recharge your batteries and focus on the paradise in front of you.

Watch breathtaking sunsets from the beautiful camps on remote islands. Make friends with your fellow travelers, get to know the Filipino tour guides and watch the stars over a campfire. After a long day full of new and amazing impressions, sleep in traditional kubos right on the beach.

We can warmly recommend the Linapacan Island Tour with Keelooma. The crew is really brilliant and will take you on a unique journey through the Philippines. We really felt like we had found paradise. The tour is also fully inclusive and you will be provided with drinks, food and snacks the whole time.

Itinerary of the Linapacan Island Tour

There is no fixed itinerary for the Island Tour through Linapacan. However, there are a few stops that you might be heading for.

Maosonan Island: The island, which is also known as Mystery Island, is often compared to the Maledives. The island offers powdery white sandy beach and turqoise water. On the other side to the west is another beach with lots of rocks. At the end of the island, both beaches come together to form a long sand bar, wich leads to “Small Maosonan Island” at low tide. There is no infrastructure on the island and there is only one house from the caretakers of the island.

Manlihan Island: Also known as Cobra Island, it’s the perfect spot for snorkeling and sun-bathing. Relax on the beach or jump in the refreshing water from your boat.

Cagdanao Island: The island is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving. You can snorkel, relax on the warm sandy beach or challenge your fellow travelers to a game of volleyball. There is even a resort on the island.

Snorkeling spot: There is a breathtaking marine reserve right next to San Miguel on Linapacan. The reef is about 150 meters from the pier in San Miguel. You can enjoy a great snorkeling experience here. Lots of vibrant corals, colorful tropical fisch and even turtles are waiting to be discovered by you.

Patoyo Island: Opposite San Miguel is the island of Patoyo. It offers long stretches of beaches and amazing snorkeling opportunities.

Ditaytayan Island: Located in the southwest of Culion Island, it belongs to the Calamian islands. A long white sandbar named “Long White Beach” is the most popular tourist attraction on Ditaytayan Island.

Costs of the Linapacan Island Tour

For the 3-Day-2-Night-Tour we paid about 300 USD per person (Keelooma). You pay much more with other tour operators (between 400 and 600 USD). Although this is a high price, it is worth every penny.

The tours are all-inclusive and you will be well cared for the whole time. You only have to pay for alcoholic drinks yourself. The food was really excellent the whole time and the crew made an incredible effort. You also have great tour guides around you who show you the most beautiful places and snorkeling spots. Snorkeling equipment is also included.

How can I get from El Nido to Coron?

To get from El Nido to Coron, you also have other options.

By Air: The Philippine airline Air Swift offers regular flights between El Nido and Coron. The flight takes about an hour. A flight ticket costs between 50 and 90 USD. It is the fastet, but also the least spectacular way to get from El Nido to Coron.

By Ferry: There are four ferry companies that operate between El Nido’s port and Coron’s port. The ferry ride takes about four to five hours, depending on the weather and sea conditions. A slightly cheaper option is a slower ferry, however, takes six to nine hours. The ticket price for the fast ferries is about 50 USD, while the price for the slower ferry is about 40 USD. So it’s not really worth it to take the slower ferry.

By Boat: As said, the best and most adventurous option is to take part in one of the many Linapacan Island Tours. Many tour operatos offer multi-day expeditions from El Nido to Coron or vice versa. We can wholeheartedly recommend Keelooma, who made a unique trip through Linapacan possible for us.

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