El Nido Island Adventure: Tour C

On our second day in El Nido, we opted for Tour C. After breakfast we headed off to the beach to start our second round of island hopping!

Tour C

  • Matinloc Shrine
  • Hidden Beach
  • Star Beach
  • Helicopter Island
  • Secret Beach

el nido island tour

el nido island tour

el nido island tour

Matinloc Shrine

Matinloc comes from the word “Matinlo” – a word in El Nido’s local dialect which means “beautiful”. And true enough, the island was beautiful. Matinloc Shrine is located in Matinloc Island, a small island surrounded by crystal clear blue water. Aside from the shrine lies an abandoned mansion that used to be owned by one of the locals of El Nido who married a German. As to why it was abandoned, no one really knows. They say that the couple got into a fight and split up. Others say that they only bought the island because they found hidden treasure beneath. No one really knows the truth. But what I know for sure is that, El Nido certainly has a lot of secrets!

matinloc shrinePhoto from palawantoursandadventure.com

matinloc shrine el nido tour

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matinloc shrine + el nido island tour 2

matinloc shrine el nido tourThe view from the 2nd floor of the abandoned mansion

matinloc shrine + el nido island tour 2

matinloc shrine + el nido island tour 2Matinloc Island view point

Hidden Beach

Hidden Beach is named as such because the beach itself is hidden by towering karst cliffs that surround it. As our boat could not dock directly on the beach itself, we had to swim a few meters to find paradise. We spent about 30 minutes snorkeling at Hidden Beach before heading to our next destination.


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el nido island tour

Star Beach

This, by far, was my favorite stop of the day. Why? One word. Food! ^_^ After visiting two islands, we headed here for a lunch break. While waiting for the food to be prepared, we had a great time playing around. Being at the beach just brings out the kid in me! 😛

star beach el nido

el nido island tour 8 star beach el nido 2 star beach el nido 4

 Stef, busily building a sandman

el nido island tour 9Hello Olaf! (Asian version)

Secret Beach

Another secret of El Nido was unveiled as we swam through this small opening to enter another beautiful version of paradise. I so regretted not buying an GoPro at this point. A lot of tourists were carrying one. Plus its water proof so you can take as many underwater photos as you want.


Photo from tripadvisor.co.uk

secret beach el nidoPhoto from http://www.trover.com

Helicopter Island

From afar, Helicopter Island really does look like a helicopter. But once you get here, you’ll see that it has pristine white sand beaches that stretch on for miles and a variety of marine life – perfect for those who love diving. We had a fun time snorkeling as well. I had no idea that fish could be so territorial.

helicopter islandPhoto from leftmyheartinpalawan.com

helicopter island palawanPhoto from spinkyworldtour.travellerspoint.com

All in all, it was another great day! This concludes my Palawan vacation. I can’t wait to go on my next vacation! :)


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