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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Shimizu Island, El Nido, Philippines

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Visit Simizu Island in El Nido during the early morning to avoid the crowds and experience the tranquility of its pristine beaches. As a local tip, bring your own snorkeling gear; the waters around the Island are crystal clear, providing an exceptional environment for spotting a variety of tropical fish and coral, away from the usual tourist rental spots."

What is Simizu Island?

Welcome to Simizu Island, one of the treasured islands nestled in the stunning seascape of El Nido, Palawan. Known for its towering limestone cliffs, powdery white sands, and crystal-clear turquoise waters, Simizu Island is a slice of paradise that draws in visitors from across the globe. It's a highlight of the island-hopping tours in El Nido and offers a serene escape from the bustling everyday life.

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The island is small enough to be explored in a short amount of time, making it a perfect stop on a day filled with adventure and discovery. It's not just its natural beauty that makes Simizu Island special, but also the tranquility it provides – a place where time seems to slow down.

Did you know that Simizu Island is sometimes referred to as Shimizu Island? Both names are used interchangeably, but no matter what you call it, the charm remains the same. The name is derived from a Japanese word meaning "clear water," and it does justice to the island's pristine conditions.

History of Simizu Island

Simizu Island, like many other spots in El Nido, has a mystic history woven from the fabric of local folklore and the growing narrative of explorers who've ventured here. The island wasn't always a tourist hotspot; it was once known primarily to local fishermen and was a site of solitude from the rapid changes taking place in the mainland areas.

Over time, as El Nido rose to prominence as a must-visit destination in the Philippines, Simizu Island became part of the popular Tour A package of the El Nido island-hopping experience. This development brought a wave of changes, including conservation efforts, to maintain the island’s natural magnificence.

Legends also swirl around these parts, with stories of hidden caves and secret treasures. While these tales may be embellished, they add to the island’s allure, making visitors feel as though they've stepped into a storybook full of adventure and hidden surprises. As your guide, I can tell you that every corner of Simizu Island is steeped in a story worth exploring.

Why is Simizu Island Important?

Simizu Island's importance lies beyond its visual appeal. First and foremost, it's a testament to the natural beauty of the Philippines and its rich biodiversity. The waters surrounding the island are teeming with marine life, making it an integral part of the Palawan Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO-designated site.

Moreover, the island is a vital part of the local tourism economy, providing livelihood to many residents of El Nido. As part of the island-hopping tours, Simizu Island helps sustain a balance between development and ecological preservation.

From an environmental perspective, the island plays a role in coral reef conservation, providing a haven for various sea creatures. Its ecological importance is recognized not just by those who visit, but also by conservation efforts that aim to ensure that this jewel of nature can be appreciated by generations to come. Isn't it amazing how a small island can hold such significance?

Things to Do & See at Simizu Island

When visiting Simizu Island, your options for activities are as gorgeous as the scenery around you. You can snorkel in its clear waters to discover an underwater world bursting with color and life. The coral reefs here are home to countless species of fish, and if you look closely, you might even spot a sea turtle gliding by.

After snorkeling, you can enjoy a lunch of fresh seafood caught by local fishers, often prepared right on the beach. It's a culinary experience that's simple yet profoundly memorable, with the fresh tastes and the symphony of the sea enhancing every bite.

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For those who fancy a bit of exploration, grab your flippers and explore the waters around, or stretch your legs with a short trek along the beach, admiring the limestone formations up close. The photo opportunities are endless, with each angle offering a new perspective of the island's dramatic topography and lush foliage. And let's not forget, lounging under the sun on Simizu Island’s sands is a welcome activity – sometimes, doing nothing at all is the best activity of all.

Frequently asked questions

What is Simizu Island known for?

Simizu Island is known for its stunning limestone cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and beach activities in El Nido.

How can I get to Simizu Island from the mainland of El Nido?

Simizu Island can be reached by booking a boat tour from El Nido town. These tours are part of the island-hopping packages offered throughout El Nido.

Are there any facilities on Simizu Island?

Simizu Island is relatively undeveloped in terms of facilities in order to preserve its natural beauty. Visitors should be prepared to bring their own food, water, and other necessities when visiting.

What activities can visitors enjoy on Simizu Island?

Visitors to Simizu Island can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, and exploration of the island's natural beauty and rock formations.

Is there an entry fee or permit required to visit Simizu Island?

Yes, there is an environmental fee required to visit Simizu Island as part of the conservation efforts. This fee is usually included in the island-hopping tour package.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Shimizu Island, El Nido, Philippines

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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