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Shimizu Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
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Shimizu Island

Island-hopping boats around Shimizu Island in El Nido Palawan

Shimizu Island is one of the numerous islands dotting El Nido’s Bacuit Bay. This small island has become a popular spot for snorkeling because of its colorful marine life. It’s usually part of the El Nido island-hopping Tour A package and an alternative stopover spot for lunch, so it can get a bit crowded here during midday.

The Japanese-sounding name makes one wonder about the island’s origin. According to guides and boatmen, a group of scuba divers explored the waters of El Nido decades ago, and one of them didn’t make it back from a deep underwater tunnel. Days were spent searching for the diver’s body until it was found on an island with imposing rock formations and fine white sand. The deceased diver’s last name was Shimizu, and the island was later named after him.

How to get there

Shimizu Island can only be reached by boat. The easiest way to reach it is by going on one of the El Nido island-hopping tours. More precisely, El Nido island-hopping Tour A is the tour that will take you to Shimizu Island in Palawan.


Entrance fee

El Nido island-hopping Tour A package costs differ per person. Apart from the tour itself, visitors will need to pay the eco-tourism development fee, which is valid for ten days. If you decide to rent a kayak during your visit, you can usually use it for your whole stay on the island.

Tour A also usually includes the lagoons at Miniloc Island and Seven Commandos Beach.

Frequently asked questions

What can you do at Shimizu Island?

Visitors can explore this island in El Nido while the boatmen prepare lunch. If you are visiting Shimizu Island as part of one of the El Nido island-hopping tours, your boat will dock here for less than one hour, so make use of the time swimming and snorkeling while waiting for the meal to be served. The boatmen will usually serve grilled fare of meat and seafood, vegetables, and fresh fruits for dessert.

What are some rules to be followed when in Shimizu Island?

It is advised to wear a life vest when you swim or snorkel, even if you are a seasoned swimmer. Keep the place clean. Practice proper garbage disposal. Leave nothing but footprints.

Are there restaurants near Shimizu Island?

There are some small food stalls, but lunch is often included in the typical El Nido island-hopping Tour A package.

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