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Before you have even landed in El Nido you know you are in for something very special. The limestone islands jut out of the sea skywards, speckled with white sandy beaches and lapped by turquoise waters.
A short boat ride through the striking islands brings you to Lagen Island, one of the four El Nido Resorts. Nestled in a cove of towering cliffs and overflowing jungle, this resort could not be more exotically located. A series of water cottages, beach cottages and forest suites make up the resort's accommodation and have fabulous views of the Bay of Bacuit, which is often lit up in purples and reds in the evening by some of the best sunsets we have seen. The water cottages offer the best views of the bay, while the beach cottages are closer to the centre of the resort and the forest suites are just that bit more luxurious if this is what you are after.
The dive centre has an instructor and two divemasters and whether you are here to get qualified or for just fun diving they are very professional and will show you the best of the diving. They have plenty of equipment available for rental, all in good condition. With more than twenty dive sites to choose from, there is much to enjoy here for the underwater enthusiasts. For the most part, the diving here is more about the small stuff with healthy coral reefs being home to lots of critters in particular nudibranchs! The fish life is also very good with big schools of snapper which often hover in the current above the flourishing reefs. Don't miss the huge cabbage coral gardens!
Although the diving is major draw to El Nido, there is so much more to get your teeth stuck into on a trip here. On arrival at the Lagen Island Resort you will be met by your personal activity coordinator who will go through the different experiences on offer so you can do as much or as little as you like while staying here. Some of these include a boat trip into the big and small lagoons near Miniloc Island, hiking through the forests to see monkeys and other forest wildlife, island hopping for lunch on a white, sandy beach and visits to natural attractions such as cathedral cave. Whatever it is you want to do, nothing is too much trouble and the staff here are extremely helpful and make you feel welcome from the word go.
Meals are normally served in the main dining room at the resort, which is raised above ground level to maximise views out to the bay, although a couple of times a week the buffet is moved to the garden where you feast on delicious food under the stars. The swimming pool makes for a great place to chill out in your afternoons, with the pool bar and staff at your beck and call.
This is a very unique place and is absolutely perfect if you want great diving and that little bit more.
Why we love it
Towering limestone cliffs, white, sandy beaches and bright turquoise lagoons - does it get more exotic than this?