El Nido Tour C

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All about the El Nido Tour C.

Island-hopping is the best way to explore some of the islands scattered in Bacuit Bay, El Nido.

El Nido is surrounded by many beautiful islands and beached and each one of them has something different to offer. El Nido Tour C is the second most popular tour that offers a good mix of adventure and snorkeling. El Nido Tour C features Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Tapiutan Island, and Helicopter Island.

Matinloc Island is one of the most amazing places in Bacuit Bay just 20 minutes from El Nido town. Along with neighboring Tapiutan Island, it forms narrow Tapiutan Strait, the walls of which offer some of the best snorkeling in EL Nido. The highlights of Matinloc Island are Hidden Beach, Secret Beach and Matinloc Shrine.

Matinloc Shrine is reachable by climbing the steps of an abandoned building. The place offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Tapuitan Strait. Apart from this view, there’s also a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The tiny Secret Beach in Mantiloc Island can only be entered by swimming through a keyhole slot in the rock wall of the island. Alex Garland, the author of the novel-turned-film The Beach actually lived and wrote his bestselling novel in El Nido, most likely inspired by the Secret Beach.

The Hidden Beach in Matinloc Island is a small paradisiac cove concealed by limestone rock and impossible to see it from the open sea.  With its powdery white sands and crystal clear water, the Hidden Beach is one of the must-visit places when in El Nido.

Tapiutan Island is further out the Bacuit Bay. It’s a serene island with pristine sandy beaches and good snorkeling spots. The highlights of Tapiutan Island are Talisay Beach and Star Beach.

Talisay Beach in Tapiutan Island is a beautiful strip of white sand with shallow, calm water.  It is also an excellent spot to snorkel from the shore or lounging on the warm sand.

It was named Star Beach because there are plenty of harmless starfishes laying on the seabed. This beach is probably among the top snorkeling sites in Bacuit Bay.

Dilumacad Island, also known as “Helicopter Island” due to its helicopter-like shape. The inhabited island boasts towering cliffs, tropical lush vegetation, white sandy beach and great snorkeling sites.

Tour Highlights

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

Hotel pick up/drop off

It’s included for hotels within El Nido town, Caalan Beach and Corong Corong beach.  Surcharge applied for pick up from hotels on the outskirts of El Nido.

Pick up from Sitio Lugadia, Las Cabanas and Lio Beach: PHP 1,300 per van(12 seaters) or PHP 300 per tricycle (3 seaters) / per way

Pick up from Nacpan Beach: PHP 2,600 per van (12 seaters) or PHP 1,300 per tricycle (3 seaters) / per way

Pick up from Duli Beach, Sibaltan and QI Palawan: PHP 3,900 per van (12 seaters) / per way

We do not pick up/drop off from Miniloc, Matinloc or neighboring islands. For those who stay on the islands, the meeting point is El Nido beach.

Shared tour 

This tour is shared with other people (about 8-18 people per boat). To request a private tour please contact us by email at info@travel-palawan.com

Recommended things to bring along: 

  • Flip flops or water shoes (to protect your feet from sharp rocks and shells)
  • Swimwear
  • Beach towel
  • Daypack or beach bag
  • Sunblock lotion and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent that works best for the sand flies
  • Waterproof camera or Waterproof phone case
  • Raincoat (just in case of rain)

Best time to visit

Some of the locations included in this tour are a bit farther out in the open sea. Tour can get easily canceled when the sea is rough.

Weather Conditions

This tour is weather dependent and may be subject to cancellations. In case we have to cancel the trip due to adverse weather conditions and you are not able to reschedule for another day, then you will receive a full refund.

Last Minute Bookings
Last minute bookings made 3 days or less to date of travel be may not be honored. If you wish to make a last minute booking and the calendar shows the date as grayed out, please contact our team by email, WhatsApp or phone.

Inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included?Items that are included in the cost.
  • Hotel pick up/drop off
  • Transfers by shared boat
  • English speaking guide
  • Picnic lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Life jacket, mask and snorkel
What's not included?Items that are not included in the cost.
  • Kayak Rental
  • El Nido Environmental fee (PHP 200 per person)
  1. El Nido Tour C Pick up from your hotel between 8:30 am / 9:00 am

    You will be collected from your hotel and taken to El Nido town main beach to board the boat for a full day excursion around the exotic islands of Bacuit Bay in El Nido.

    With El Nido tour C, you will visit the following islands and beaches: Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Tapiutan Island, and Helicopter Island.

    The islands are great for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.

    Picnic lunch in Tapiutan Island.

    Head back to El Nido town around mid-afternoon. Transfer to your hotel

Yes, we offer private tour with exclusive use of the boat.

The private tour is more expensive than shared tour but will give you more flexibility in choice of stops and length of staying in stops.

In the event of bad weather, a tour may be postponed to a later date.

If you are unable to make the new tour date, you will be offered a full refund.

Note that a tour may be canceled within 30 minutes prior to departure in the event of changing weather conditions.

The voucher will be e-mailed to you within 48 hours after booking.

If you haven’t received the voucher after 48hours, please send us an email.

Booking are subject to our terms and conditions

Yes, if you don’t have a Paypal account you can pay with your credit card or debit card. On the checkout page, select Credit Card / Paypal and click Place the Order.

You will be redirected to Paypal page. Click the grey bottom “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” under the blue login button.

If you wish to pay by Bank Transfer, Transfer Wise, Pawnshop, then please contact us for more information.

You don’t have to be a seasoned swimmer to enjoy El Nido. You’ll be given a life jacket so you can go snorkeling or swimming in deep water and join the other tourists wherever the boat stops.

Tour B and D are the most suitable options if you have fear of deep water or aren’t a good swimmer. You can do these tours without swimming and just enjoy the beaches.

You would have to swim a lot if you choose Tour A or Tour C, especially when going to the hidden lagoon, secret and hidden beach. Sometime even expert swimmers may find difficult to get inside the Secret Beach where you need to swim underwater through a narrow rock tunnel with strong currents.

No, we do not pick up from the islands (Miniloc, Matinloc, Cauayan, Pangalusian and Lagen). For those who stay on the islands, the meeting point is El Nido Beach.

The ETDF stands for Eco-Tourism Development Fund and is designed to help to limit the impact of tourism and protect the marine environment of El Nido.

A 200-pesos ETDF fee per person is required for visiting the islands of Bacuit Bay and it’s valid for 10 days.

All our tour excludes the environmental fee.

Yes, we can accommodate those with dietary restrictions. Just enter your food requirement in the information box on the checkout page.

No, we only accept advanced payment.

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