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El Nido | Imorigue Island, Malapari Islet Hopping and Mangrove Sidetrip

So you have done all the tours in El Nido Palawan from Tours A, B, C, D and E. The west side of El Nido, the Bacuit Bay in particular does have dramatic limestone karst islands and captivating beaches, but El Nido doesn’t end there. The other side, the El Nido east coast holds more islands to explore and stunning white sand beached to bum around. Sibaltan is the jump off point for these island adventures. I have written about some of the islands of Linapacan, now discover the limestone of Imorigue Island. From afar it looks daunting but the locals swear on how rich the marine life surrounding its waters are.

Entering the Dewil River
Entering the Dewil River

Dewil River Mangroves

We had another round of snorkeling at Imorigue Island and this time by a reef wall. The water was much deeper this time but I was astounded by the wall of cabbage-like corals. I could see that as it goes deeper I could make out shapes of bigger fishes below but I could not go down that deep. Probably 40-60 feet deep.

It was getting deeper in the afternoon already. Before we headed back, we had a side trip at the mangroves of New Ibajay, the town just south of Sibaltan. From the sea, we entered the winding Dewil River. Dense mangroves were in the river fringes. Our guide tells us this is where they send guest for firefly watching again. We went deeper as long as the boat can manage but shortly went back as the tide was getting low. We reached Tapik Beach Resort by 4:00pm. My foreign companions seemed to enjoy the day as well, as they asking tips from me on the tours on the western side they would do the next day.

Like my previous observations in Linapacan, East El Nido has a more relaxed personal island hopping experience. Not too many boats to compete with and the snorkeling is way better on this side of El Nido. For East El Nido Island Hopping please check with Tapik Beach Resort for their scheduled daily tours.

Age old mangroves
Age old mangroves
Taller mangroves deep into the river
Taller mangroves deep into the river
Heading back to sea
Heading back to sea

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