On the east coast of El Nido province lies Sibaltan; the cultural center of El Nido and the home of the Balay Cuyonin museum. It also is the start of the increasingly popular island hopping tours to the outer Linapacan islands. Book your trip with one of the small, locally owned guesthouses on the beach front.
The trip usually begins at around 9.00am and sails for around an hour north east towards Linapacan. Visiting a few different locations for snorkeling as well as a beautiful stop for lunch on a white sand beach. You will normally arrive back home about 4.30pm.
You can visibly see the difference in the clarity of water the further out you go and it is so clear you want to jump right in to see all the coral beneath.
Some of the islands they may take you to;
a small cluster of rocks with a wealth of healthy coral and fish, take your time to appreciate the different hard and soft corals and look out for the purple clams and blue starfish.
is a popular stop, its very shallow with a strong current but if you can swim towards the far rocks you might catch a glimpse of the reef sharks, they are more frightened of you so no need to be fearful. There are lots of clown fish and bright lime green staghorn, table and brain corals to be seen and much much more.
the island that looks like a face. You can only visit during high tide as the coral is too close to the surface otherwise. The coral even from the boat is colorful and healthy with plenty of large fish swimming around. As you approach hum the theme tune from Jurassic park look on in awe.
No, Sibaltan does not have the famed limestone cliffs of the Bacuit bay in El Nido but it is the ideal trip for snorkelers. With a maximum of 3-4 boats going out, it still feels like a special paradise and you can have those photos of you on a truly secluded picture perfect beach.
Regular: PHP 1500
These include lunch, snorkel equipment, and Environmental fee
Environmental Fee for Linapacan islands: PHP 200