El Nido Tour C : Hidden Beaches & Shrines
Discover the amazing rock formations and hidden beaches that have given inspiration to Alex Garland's novel "The Beach" which was written while the author was in El Nido and has been made into a major motion picture starring Leonardo Di Caprio
From the towering marble cliffs and enchanting lagoons to its white sandy beaches and lush jungle, El Nido is one of the top tourist destinations in Palawan, which is often referred to as the Philippines' Last Frontier. National Geographic Traveler's magazine, has chosen El Nido as one of the best travel destinations in the world.
Recently, The film "Bourne Legacy" was shot and filmed in the islands of Dilumacad and Matinloc. El Nido Tour C : Hidden Beaches Tour is truly a world famous location.
Dilumacad and Helicopter Island - This island has a beautiful white sand beach stretching to some 300 meters that is ideal for picnic lunches during island-hopping trips. There is an underwater tunnel at its northern side and a fringing reef on its southern end. The island is also called Helicopter Island because its limestone cliffs resemble that of a helicopter when it is viewed from a considerable distance.
Tapiutan Island - Further out of the bay facing the South China Sea, Tapiutan's rich marine life provides opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling. One of the most striking islands in El Nido because of its shape and sheer limestone walls. It is possible to have picnic lunch at the beach area on the southeastern side of the island
Matinloc Island - Matinloc Island, the longest slim island in El Nido, has a secret beach, which is a pocket of white sand beach at the corner of a sinkhole,that is inaccessible by boat and surrounded by steep rock walls. To reach it, divers must swim underwater through a narrow crevice in a rock wall. At noon, the sun streams in through the opening, allowing a play of light and shadow against its limestone walls. The beach floor drops abruptly. According to local legend, this beach inspired Alex Garland's novel The Beach, which was written while the author was in El Nido.
Aside from the Hidden Beach, the island is also famous for the Kulasa Beach, a 100-meter beach strip of fine white sand located at one of its coves. The sea floor surrounding the beach slopes gradually and the water deepens only after about 10 meters. This location is one of the best snorkeling spots in Bacuit Bay due to the abundance of marine life in this area.
Star Beach - Another fantastic snorkeling spot. Here your guides will prepare a sumptuous lunch by the beach while you discover the wonders and beauty of the coral reefs near this island.
Matinloc Shrine - Hidden among the lush forested island is the Matinloc Shrinea sacred monument built in 1982 to honor the blessed virgin mary.
Matinloc, local term for "beautiful," boasts of two spectacular snorkelling areas: Kalmung Point and Kulasa Beach.
Please bring a change of clothes, swim attire and your own snorkeling equipment or you can rent snorkeling equipment from the tour provider prior to departure.
Make sure your tour guide is licensed. Licensed tour guide have been trained to minimize the damage to the environment, in first aid, in the highlights and history of El Nido.
Always wear a life vest. A life vest protects you and coral from damages. We ask that you maintain a distance of 3 meters from the reef.
Be careful not to step on the coral. Dangerous organisms sometimes live on the coral and it is unsafe for you to step there. Touching or stepping on the corals also damages the coral polyps.
Be aware of your waste. Help El Nido stay clean by using reusable containers, refraining from littering, and segregating biodegradable from non-biodegradable wastes.
Taxes and Charges: Tour rates are quoted in Philippine Peso (PHP), per person and subject to 5% service charge and 12% Value Added Tax
El Nido Eco-TOurism Development Fund : The Eco-Tourism Development Fee (ETDF) was establish in 2008 in an attempt to fund the expenses of environmental maintenance and protection. The ETDF is also used to develop environmental protection projects which aim to limit the impact of tourism on the environment. The fee of P200 per person is assessed on all tourist upon arrival.
Book for more than 30 people, contact us directly
Meeting place prior to departure is the Caera Tours office in Calle Hama, Buna Suerte, at the center of El Nido town and a few meters away from the boat station.