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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you tell me more about the tour guides?
A lot of Filipinos know how to speak English fluently and our tour guides are no exception.


Are there additional costs for any of the tours?
When you choose Ape Tours, you’ll be assured that there absolutely no hidden costs along the way.  Aside from the tour rates, we need to pay for the environmental fees. Other than that, we do stop at some places where there is sari-sari store (our local store), and mini bars. Should you wish to purchase food or alcoholic beverage, you may do so. Tipping is customary but not obligatory around El Nido.


Will I get seasick during the Trip?
In general most people do not get seasick in our trips. However if you suffer badly from motion sickness, it is advisable to take an anti-motion sickness pill an hour before the trip.


Are Pregnant women allowed to join the tours?
We are always after the safety and well being of our guests therefore we will require a medical clearance for pregnant women to join our tours.


If I have any health issues or concerns will I still be able to take the tour?
Please make sure that you have a medical clearance from your doctor and that you have all your medications with you.


If I can’ t swim, will I still be able to enjoy the tours?
For most tours, you get to stop  in an island to beach bum and explore the place on solid ground. For the more adventurous but weak swimmers, we have life vests on the boat that you can use for safety.


Are the tours suitable for children and young infants?
All our trips are suitable for children ages 3 to 10 years old. But we do not recommend bringing younger kids as it can be a long hot day for them. Aside from that, we do not have a place to keep prams or strollers in the boat.


What is the typical itinerary?


What do we need to bring during the tour?
Sunblock, Towels, Dry clothes for changing, Mosquito repellant. El Nido is also known for Sandflies or Nik Nik that are found in most uninhabited islands.


Maximum capacity of the boat?
20.


Are we provided with life vests?
Yes. One for each passenger. All passengers are required to wear this while on the boat due to Coast Guard Regulation and for everyone’s safety.


What is a typical Lunch Menu that’s inclusive in tour packages?
We normally serve Grilled Fish, Shrimps and Steamed Crabs (Subject to availability due to seasonality), Pork and Vegetables. We also serve light snacks in the afternoon. Should you have any allergies or dietary requirements, let us know ahead of time and we will do our best to cater your needs or let you know if we cannot meet them.


Do you customize tours?
We can arrange for this. Please feel free to contact us for more details.


How do we book our Tours?
You may reach us through the contact numbers in the Contact Information page and also on Facebook Messenger.

To do this, we require your arrival date and departure date. Kindly note however that we have a daily cut-off of 9pm to close the head count of the tours as we need to prepare the food and drinks in advance.


Do you arrange for pick up before and drop off after the tour?
Guests have the option to choose either pick up or drop off for FREE.  Pick up and Drop off is only available on the following locations in the Town:

  • Lio Shuttle station
  • In front of Art Cafe Boutique

Door to door pick up or drop off will be subject to fees and we can arrange for this as well.


What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations are a difficult affair for both us and prospective customers. We therefore try to approach it with a ‘common sense’ attitude. You must be aware that there is a financial implication to cancelling a trip at the last minute as all of our set costs are the same.

A. Cancellations within 7 to 14 days of the trip, 50% of the total cost will be charged if tours were paid in full or the 50% downpayment will be forfeited.

B. In the case of a sickness, we will try to move you to an alternative date, but the cancellation policy still stands and the full balance amount is due on the booked trip day.

C. If Ape Tours cancels a trip because of weather conditions and can not reschedule during your time in El Nido, we will refund all payments.