The Small Lagoon in El Nido is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Palawan. It boasts some of the islands stunning limestone rock formations between crystal clear waters and lush tropical settings.
Seeing pictures and videos of the Small Lagoon on social media really doesnt do it justice. Theres no amount of filter or editing that can accurately describe the feeling of physically being there- kayaking in a stunning inlet and exploring little caves and cliff diving spots.
Although its name suggests otherwise, the Small Lagoon is actually rather big. Its smaller in scale than its neighboring lagoon, aptly named the Big Lagoon, theres still plenty of room for people to wander around even if its in the middle of the peak season.
The Small Lagoon is a bit hidden. Unlike the Big Lagoon next door, which has a big open channel, the Small Lagoon can only be entered through a tiny crack in the limestone rock wall. It’s only possible to swim inside or enter with a kayak (make sure to duck your head it really is a tight entrance). This makes the Small Lagoon pretty special and it has a uique atmosphere inside the narrow lagoon
The kayak can be rented for about $5 USD and will be an hour-long rental, which is probably the maximum time your tour leader will give you at the Small Lagoon. Once inside there are lots of caves, corners and interesting sections of the cliffs to explore. Make sure to bring your snorkel because it is as epic on the surface as it is below.
Red Bull set up special rigging (bamboo ladders) to enable the divers to reach good cliff jumping spots so you probably won’t be able to replicate the same jumps but damn was it epic!