Shimizu Island, Philippines: A great place for scuba diving

Articles Aug 06, 2020 12:42

If you take an island tour in El Nido, you will have a stop at the spectacular Shimizu Island!

Shimizu is a small island in El Nido, but why is it called Shimizu? Legend has it that decades ago, a group of divers were exploring the beautiful marine life in El Nido when unfortunately, one of the divers could not return to the surface. After a few days of searching, locals finally found him on an island in Bacuit Bay. They decided to name the island after the diver’s name - Shimizu.

Things to know about Shimizu island

Shimizu Island, Philippines: A great place for scuba diving

Shimizu Island in El Nido is one of the most beautiful destinations in the area with high, black limestone mountains surrounded by beautiful palm trees and strips of white sand. The sea water here is clear and perfect for snorkeling and diving.

In fact, snorkeling on Shimizu Island is popular. The island is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in El Nido and many tourists come here to explore the diverse marine life. You can expect to see spectacular colorful fish and corals.

To visit the island, you will have to take the TOUR A (in this local system of island tours from El Nido). This tour also includes a stop at the famous 7 Commando beach.

Shimizu Island, Philippines: A great place for scuba diving

Shimizu Island will be where you have lunch, eat delicious fish and fresh fruits while admiring the view from this beach is a truly unique experience. During your stay here you will probably discover a few beautiful beaches, nestled between high stone walls and some pretty amazing landscapes.

When you come here, our advice is to eat as fast as you can and go diving or start exploring everything the island possesses. You will be surprised by its beauty!

Before planning your trip, a few things to keep in mind are listed below:

Shimizu Island, Philippines: A great place for scuba diving

- Buy a good waterproof bag as items easily fall into the water and get wet. This bag is essential to keeping all your electronics and valuables safe.

- Rent or wear your protective shoes - there are many sharp rocks and corals in the water. Wearing protective shoes will make your trip a lot easier.

- There are no toilets on the island, remember that there are no toilets on any El Nido island.

- Check if the snorkeling equipment is included in the tour price - when booking an island tour in El Nido, make sure snorkeling equipment is included in the price.

- Keep your place clean - leave no trace and take your trash with you.

Entrance fee to Shimizu island & other fees

Shimizu Island, Philippines: A great place for scuba diving

Shimizu Island is part of the island tours. These tours are strictly regulated by the government and the prices are the same at any travel company. The TOUR A costs 1200 PHP and starts at 9 AM. Usually, the tour ends at about 4PM.

In addition to the tour price, you will have to pay 200 PHP as environment fee per person. This fee is valid for 10 days. If you plan to join another island tour, be sure to keep the receipt to avoid paying again.

How to get to Shimizu Island, El Nido

Shimizu Island, Philippines: A great place for scuba diving

The only way you can get to Shimizu Island is to book an island tour. There are two options for booking tours in El Nido but remember, only TOUR A includes Shimizu Island.

There are many travel companies in El Nido to choose from. The only thing that you have to keep in mind is that there are a limited number of visitors for a trip every day. If you're traveling during the peak tourist season, you should book a tour online, make sure you have a reservation at least 1 day in advance.

Other things to do in El Nido

Shimizu Island, Philippines: A great place for scuba diving

Shimizu Island, Philippines is just one of the fantastic places you can visit in El Nido. There are many other beautiful places worth visiting. You can choose to go to Las Cabana Beach. With some of the most spectacular views of limestone mountains, this beach is a true hidden gem.

Another beach, perfect for watching the sunset, is Corong Corong Beach. Located a short walk from the town of El Nido, this beach is a great place for a relaxing walk.

If you want to go to a further beach, where you can enjoy nature without being bothered by tourists, you should visit Twin Beach. The strip of sand on this beach is like a small corner of paradise.

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