El Nido is arguably the best island in the world with different awards to support this claim. Located just northwest of El Nido town, Cadlao Island is the largest island in Bacuit Bay and is the closest island to town. Ironically, Cadlao Island is often ignored by tourists despite its proximity, so if you’re looking for a secluded and intimate place for your island getaway, this paradise is just within your reach.
Cadlao Island has the highest peak in El Nido that reaches up to 609 meters above sea level. It is also categorized as the largest island with a land area of 1,006 hectares that boasts a captivating tropical paradise with white sand beaches, limestone karsts, lush forests, hidden lagoons and coves, and abundant marine life.
The island is included in Tour D of El Nido that features an island-hopping excursion to Nat-Nat Beach, Bucal Beaches, Cadlao Lagoon, Paradise Beach, and Pasandigan Beach. If you’re looking for more adventure, rent a kayak and paddle your way to the different islands. Kayakers are accompanied by a boat with an option to join the boat at any time. Marine life around Cadlao Island is diverse and abundant. Just remember to keep your distance when swimming with the animals and avoid touching or stepping on the corals.
Nat-Nat and Bucal Beaches located at the Southeast of the island are just a few of the other white sand beaches found in Cadlao Island. These beaches boast a juxtaposition of powdery white sands and clear azure water with a backdrop of towering limestone formations.
One of the highlights of Cadlao Island is the Cadlao Lagoon with its natural fortress vibe. The lagoon is surrounded by towering limestone rocks with an opening to the sea. Snorkeling and diving are encouraged in this area.
Sheltered by coconut trees, Paradise and Pasandigan Beaches are also white sand beaches with crystal clear water perfect for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and sunset viewing.