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Why You Should Not Bring Your Kids To The Island Hopping Tours of El Nido Palawan

Why You Should Not Bring Your Kids To The Island Hopping Tours of El Nido Palawan

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.

Why You Should Not Bring Your Kids To The Island Hopping Tours of El Nido Palawan

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.

Why You Should Not Bring Your Kids To The Island Hopping Tours of El Nido Palawan

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.

Why You Should Not Bring Your Kids To The Island Hopping Tours of El Nido Palawan

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.

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  • Reply Swayam Tiwari

    Well, I disagree, politely. Everyone must be introduced to adventure but yes, safety must be observed. It is these little adventures that are etched in the young mind for a long period. These memories are always to be cherished.
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    February 9, 2017 at 2:15 am
    • Gryselle Mae
      Reply Gryselle Mae

      I do understand that each one of us has our own opinions. I decided to write this article because I was almost dragged by the waves out of the sea. Imagine if it was a kid. There are still a lot of adventurous activities they can enjoy in El Nido even if they don’t go to island hopping tours.

      February 10, 2017 at 12:56 am
  • Reply Berlin

    Thank you for your concern. These are indeed valid concerns that a mom or any parent should take into consideration. The island hopping idea is just too tempting not to let them join the fun, but then safety first is always important. Again, thanks.
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    February 9, 2017 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Kcalpesh Ajugia

    I don’t think here you’re exaggerating. It’s a plain and simple warning, based on your personal experience and thus, very much agreeable and believable. I absolutely love beaches and my favorite destination here in India happens to be Goa, which is famous for its beaches. But, my adventure at the sea usually ends at the point of entering the waters up to neck-deep height.

    I have even carried my son with me, holding him from his waist and tackling some of the large waves at Palolem beach in Goa. Once we were at it on a quiet morning. The sea looked really calm. At that point I felt it was fun and safe and, my kid was enjoying too. Suddenly a very large wave made me lose my grip on him momentarily. Luckily I was able to grab him back, close to me. However this 2 second incidence scared me real bad and has had a lasting impression on my mind. Post that I have refrained from taking him into the waters that deep. No matter how safe it may seem, one must remember that you can never predict the behavior of the sea.

    February 9, 2017 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Mommy Queenelizabeth

    Hi there! I love the look of your site! Lovely! Glad that you decided to write about this. I’ve been meaning to visit El Nido with hubby and kids. Because the kids now never want to be left at home when we travel. However, when it comes to beaches i am really hesitant to bring them along. Learning about this, we might push through with a honeymoon trip instead of a family trip.. hehehe
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    February 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm
    • Gryselle Mae
      Reply Gryselle Mae

      Hi! You can bring them to the beach but you won’t be able to enjoy the island hopping tour activities if you bring them along with you is my point. :)

      February 10, 2017 at 12:52 am
  • Reply Aica Batoon

    I definitely agree. When we went to El Nido, we went island hopping but my mother was left in the room with my nieces. It is because it wasn’t advisable to bring them as they were really young. :) I just got really sad that my mom had to stay in the room but it looked like she enjoyed quality time with my nieces. Thank you for posting this for other people’s awareness!

    February 9, 2017 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Yan

    I haven’t been to Palawan but I agree with you regarding how dangeous El Nido could be to kids especially if you bring them to the island hopping tours. If you have a family with kids with you, better go to Puerto Princesa instead and save El Nido for your more adventurous buddies. :D

    February 10, 2017 at 2:27 am
  • Reply Maria

    Those are really scary things for kids. It may seem sad that they cannot be there to enjoy the rest of what El Nido has to offer but this could be a chance for them to have it in their bucket list or even dream more about the place. I hope that they could allow children but just in a boat to tour around. :)
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    February 10, 2017 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Teresa Dumadag

    Thanks for the heads up! Those are indeed good reasons not to bring the kids. My kids are still very young. They have yet to learn how to swim well.

    February 11, 2017 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Me-An Clemente

    I think small children shouldnt be brought to island hopping. However, children around ten I think are capable of taking on those challenges. Start them young I guess. I still haven’t been to El Nido, but I’m saving til’ I go there on a honeymoon.

    February 11, 2017 at 11:50 pm
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