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The Lagen forest hike

This relaxed hike takes you through Lagen’s thick, wildlife-rich forests to an isolated beach…

Rae Hewlett
Sales Executive, El Nido Resorts

Palawan Hornbill

This relaxed hike takes you through Lagen’s thick, wildlife-rich forests to an isolated beach. A local guide will greet you at 8am for the walk, which begins with a short, steep ascent and then quickly levels out. Lagen is known as El Nido’s top birdwatching spot, so if you’re lucky you’ll get to see rare species like stork-billed kingfishers and Palawan hornbills while you enjoy a gentle morning workout.

Guests say the highlight of this trek is the bird watching and being at one with nature. I’m always amazed at how tall the trees stretch and how huge their trunks are. I make sure to look up and take it all in, to appreciate the forest sounds and smells and meditate for a moment. The walk lasts around two hours, so there’s plenty of time to stop while your guide points out different plants and birds.

The trail ends at a secluded beach on the other side of Lagen Island, where there’s a boat waiting to take you back to the resort. There will be plenty of time to relax first though on the soft sand. You can take a dip in the ocean to cool off or do some snorkelling to discover the colourful marine life Bacuit Bay is famous for.


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Alfred & Rae Hewlett

Rae is an experienced hospitality sales professional and has been working for the El Nido Resorts group for the last six years. She deals with guests and clients day-to-day for business opportunities including travel and events management. A traveller herself, Rae has become more passionate about the ocean since joining the team and has even achieved her PADI open-water certification.
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