El Nido: Helicopter Island
Get There: Charter a boat. Can be done on the beach or (easier and the same price) in the El Nido Art Café
Cost: Between 700P and 1000P ($17AUD-$24AUD) for the 45 minute return ride
There are two options for “island hopping” in El Nido: one) on tour A, B, C or D (these are their actual names) with a group of other people, or two) by chartering a private boat. If you do the latter, Helicopter island is one of the cheapest to get to, has the best snorkelling and you can have it all to yourself: only one man lives in a tiny Nipa hut on the island to count how many boats go by. You will need to bring your own food and drinks. Indulge your Robinson Crusoe complex.