El Nido won’t be complete without going to island tours. The combination tours we got were Tour A and Tour C. This combo is the most popular among the blogs I’ve seen online. If you are into some challenge, then Tour C is just for you.
Tour C is consists of Hidden Beach and Shrines. I could say that you won’t regret choosing this tour because you will discover more about El Nido. We booked our guided tour in Discover El Nido. For more informations, you can check their website here: www.discoverelnido.com/islandtours.
The standard rate of all the tour packages are standard in all the agencies in El Nido. The combination of Tour A and C costs P2,200 per person (Group of 4 or more people) / P7,000 + P2,000 (Private 1-2 people). Luckily, we only paid P2,000 because they offered us discount since we booked early.
- Boat transfers to the island
- Buffet lunch and potable water
- Life vest and snorkeling gear
- Tour Guides
We started 9 in the morning. Thank God that the weather was really perfect to explore the islands. The meeting place was the beachfront near an El Nido signage (a forgot the name). From there, we rode the boat and yeah we started the journey!
One of the most beautiful beaches in El Nido is Hidden Beach. Upon entering, you can see sharp lime stones and crystal clear salt water. This place looks like crown because of the stone formations. I enjoyed swimming inside since the water was calm. The background is also perfect for photo shoots.
For you to go inside Hidden Beach, you have to swim a little bit before you reached the shallow part of water. Don’t worry, life vests are provided by the tour guide.
Unlike Hidden Beach, this one was more challenging to explore. The boat docked near the edge of lime stones, and I got clueless of where the beach were. To reach this place, we swam inside a hole. The water was little trembling so it was a dare. It got me scared to enter since the water level was really high but since I didn’t want to miss this place, I accepted the challenge to try. And tadaaah! I was surprised when I saw the beauty of Secret Beach inside.
There are coral reefs and little nemos swimming in the water. Be careful with the sharp edges of rocks. It was our fault that we forgot to bring shoes for protection. This beach is perfect for snorkeling and picture taking.
Tapiutan Island – Talisay Beach
Going to Secret Beach was really tiring. The boatmen decided to go to Talisay Beach for some relaxation. Since it was lunch time already, they prepared our food and we had our lunch at this beach.
This beach is more laid back and typical, just right to relax after a challenge in Secret Beach.
One of the highlights of Tour C is the Matinloc Shrine. Our boat docked at the coast of the island, we went inside an abandoned house with a shrine. The place was eerie but beautiful. The boatmen said that a German national who was married to a Filipina owned this place but left the island after they got separated. Before when there was feast in El Nido, people go there to celebrate. We saw photos of how the place was built as well as the dome-shaped Shrine of Our Lady of Matinloc. Sad thing, they abandoned the place and all the furnitures and things inside the house were stolen. The only things left was sad memories.
The best part of Matinloc Shrine is the breathtaking view of the ocean. You just have to go up on the dodgy rock stairs, don’t worry it’s safe but please be careful.
Our last island to see was Helicopter Island. It was name obviously because of the its shaped like helicopter. We just relaxed and laid down on the sand, took photos, and made kwentuhans of this trip. It was good that we made this the last stop before we went back to El Nido town proper because we got really tired after all the island hopping.
Our tour ended at 4:00 in the afternoon. I really suggest everyone to explore Tour C because of the unforgettable places we saw. It was challenging like what I’ve said, but all were worth to see. This was one of my unforgettable trips so far. Thank God for all of these!
For Tour A, read the story here.
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