I have noticed that a lot of moms left me a comment on my recent Marygold Beachfront Inn blog post. Almost all of the moms left a comment saying they plan to bring their child/children to El Nido Palawan. During my trip to El Nido, Palawan, I initially planned to go island hopping every day for my whole 6 days stay in El Nido, but after our island hopping tour A, we decided to change our itinerary. El Nido’s island hopping tour activities are quite strenuous unlike the island hopping tour of Boracay, which is why I think you should not bring kids to the island hopping tours of El Nido Palawan.
After my island hopping trip in El Nido, I realized that I wouldn’t bring my own child to the island hopping tours especially when he is still young. And here are the list of reasons why.
1. Swimming a distance
Most of the island hopping tours require swimming a distance from the boat to the beach especially during high tide. I personally couldn’t swim and wasn’t able to get off the boat much. All I could do at most was hang near the boat and snorkel.
2. Sharp Corals
El Nido is known for its beautiful corals. As beautiful as it may be, it is quite sharp as well. everyone in our island hopping tours got wounded by sharp corals. If ever you get scratched by the corals, make sure to disinfect it immediately with isopropyl alcohol. There are a lot of dangerous organisms unseen by the naked eye living on the corals that may cause the wound to be infected.
3. Strong Water Current
If you think you can leave your kids swimming along the boat like I did, think not. The water current of El Nido is stronger compared to other tourists beach spots. Because El Nido is surrounded by multiple islands, the water current is stronger. Imagine active waters banging from wall to wall. There was one time when I got washed by the current and my hand slipped from the boat. Even my fiance couldn’t pull me back due to the current, fortunately, I was saved by those who were with us during our island hopping tour. Don’t underestimate the sea. A lot of people have died because they underestimated the power of the sea.
4. Deep waters
Some kids can swim in the pools but swimming in the sea is a different matter. Don’t expect them to be able to swim really well in the sea just because they are champion swimmers. The water level that you have to swim from the boat to the beach is no joke. You can see the corals underwater but don’t be fooled by how close it is.
Some people may think I am exaggerating, but trust me I’m not. I’m not really saying that you shouldn’t bring your kids to El Nido. Don’t get me wrong. I’m just pointing out that you shouldn’t bring them to go island hopping. There are a lot of wonderful inland beaches in El Nido that are safe for the kids. Wait for them to grow up before you bring them island hopping. After all, it is better safe than sorry.