Secret Lagoon lives up to its name and happens to be right inside a hole in the rocky areas around Palawan! No, I am not pulling your leg. Along with being the next spot you should visit for your holidays, this little piece of heaven also happens to be a favourite among locals and tourists. It is one of the many lagoons dotted inside El Nido, in Palawan.
Palawan is an area inside the Philippines that is swarming with sightseers, all around the year. As a matter of fact, the lagoons of Palawan are probably better discovered, studied and celebrated by people who come from other areas, cities, countries and continents! Palawan is a sanctuary to many, filled to the brim with majestic rainforests, innumerable dive sites, a myriad of animals such as the scaly ant eater and the different marine creatures. If you are one to obsess over snorkelling, scuba-diving and fishing, Palawan is great spot for it all! The locals will help you and befriend you. If you are a single he/she who just wishes to make the best out of this trip, Palawan may even surprise you with a stroke of luck in the form of love. In short, this place can certainly make all the money, time and energy spent feel like it was spent well.
The different lagoons of Palawan have managed to gather a horde of lovers in the form of tourists. They just cannot seem to get enough of the turquoise-coloured water, the heat-free weather and of course, the cool-to-the-touch cliffs and mountains. Palawan was supposedly meant to be a harbour for various merchants that sailed by, over the centuries. However, today, it holds a new meaning for all those individuals who visit the area, struck by wanderlust.
How to Get There
The capital of Philippines is Manila, a region that is about 420 kilometres away from the Secret Lagoon. Now, deciding to get there could be either very difficult or very easy, based on your take on the idea of journeys. You could decide to get to Secret Lagoon on your own or by signing up for a tour through a tourism agency.
If you are one who simply cannot wait to get to your aimed destination, you could hop onto a car, truck, bike, boat or even a bus, directly down to the Secret Lagoon! If you are one to relish the different sights available around you, you might want to consider travelling with a number of stops. This way, you could be awed by the tranquillity of the area, the blueness of the water, the serenity of the mountains, the hospitality of the locals and the warmth of the beauty of the area, allowing it all to seep right into your soul.
What to See
You should see everything that this area has to offer to you! And for good reason! If you do not understand it already, this trip to the Secret Lagoon is a once in a lifetime experience that you can cherish forever. And if you have a loved one(s) with you, you will be leaving this place with a very special memory.
Secret Lagoon is one of God’s stunning creations, situated right inside a hole of what seems to be a cave. Although it seems tiny, a grown adult could easily fit inside it and get to the other side. The entrance of Secret Lagoon happens to be a favourite spot for most visitors to snap pictures. The reason is simple: it feels as if you are sitting inside a small chunk of water paradise. Once you get inside the hole, you might be surprised by how there is no wall of limestone above. This helps make the Secret Lagoon seem more airy. Also, when the light shines into this area, the water looks amazingly green. The limestone cliffs around are absolutely beautiful too, having a blue-green tinge that goes well with the colour of the water. It is said that visitors have found a specific park of the limestone cliffs that looks like an upside down crocodile. Needless to say, this must be fascinating! Inside the Secret Lagoon, there happens to be a piece of white sand beach too.
What to Do
Understandably, the distance from Manila to El Nido and to Secret Lagoon is quite long. Naturally, this means you could decide to do one fun activity at each stop of your journey to the lagoon. If you decide to get to Secret Lagoon using a boat, via water, you are in luck; tanning, getting some air and observing the night sky while on water is going to be possible. Quite the romantic journey, if you are travelling with your better half! Trust us when we say this, there will not be a time when you would not want to sigh with contentment.
If you want to look at the journey from Manila to El Nido as a form of hiking, that too will ensure a trip to remember. You could pause at regal mountains, jump off a dive site with your partner’s hand in yours, take a bazillion pictures. You could also study different species of animals, camp under mangrove trees, dip your feet in the water bodies that you find on your way to Secret Lagoon.
When you finally reach Secret Lagoon, you can make sure to take a perfect picture at the entrance, wade into the clean, greenish water. If you are lucky enough to be accompanied by just your partner, do not hesitate to go for a round of skinny dipping. After all, this IS a secret area, which is why you are definitely allowed to do your thing and have fun. From the water, you could go on to bask in the sun on the white sand beach. And whether you are enjoying the company of one or many, feel free to start a fire and get cosy.