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!
- Matinloc Shrine
- Hidden Beach
- Star Beach
- Helicopter Island
- Secret Beach
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!
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The view from the 2nd floor of the abandoned mansion
Matinloc Island view point
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.
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! 😛
Stef, busily building a sandman
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.
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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.
Photo from leftmyheartinpalawan.com
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All in all, it was another great day! This concludes my Palawan vacation. I can’t wait to go on my next vacation!