El Nido Tour C

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    Beaches and Islands
  • Activity Level Fairly Easy
  • Group Size Medium Group
    8-20 persons
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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 El Nido’s Bacuit Bay.

El Nido is surrounded by many beautiful islands and beaches and each of them has something different to offer. El Nido Tour C is the second most popular tour, offering 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 impressive sites in Bacuit Bay, just 20 minutes from El Nido town. Together with neighboring Tapiutan Island, it forms the narrow Tapiutan Strait, whose walls are home to some of the best snorkeling in EL Nido. The highlights of Matinloc Island are Hidden Beach, Secret Beach and Matinloc Shrine.

Matinloc Shrine is reached by climbing the steps of an abandoned building. From here, you have a beautiful panoramic view of the Tapuitan Strait. Apart from this view, there is also a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The tiny Secret Beach on Mantiloc Island can only be entered by swimming through a slit in the rock face of the island. Alex Garland, the author of the novel that became the movie “The Beach,” lived in El Nido and wrote his bestseller there, probably inspired by Secret Beach.

Hidden Beach on Matinloc Island is a small paradisiacal cove hidden by limestone cliffs and invisible from the open sea. With its powdery white sand and crystal clear waters, Hidden Beach is one of the must-see places when visiting El Nido.

Tapiutan Island is located further out in Bacuit Bay. It is a quiet island with pristine sandy beaches and good snorkeling. The highlights of Tapiutan Island are Talisay Beach and Star Beach.

Talisay Beach on Tapiutan Island is a beautiful white sand beach with shallow, calm waters. It is also great for snorkeling from the shore or lounging on the warm sand.

It was named Star Beach because there are many harmless starfish laying on the seabed. This beach is probably one of the best snorkeling spots in Bacuit Bay.

Dilumacad Island, also called “Helicopter Island” because of its helicopter-like shape. This inhabited island offers towering cliffs, lush tropical vegetation, a white sand beach and great snorkeling.

Tour Highlights

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

Hotel pick up/drop off

There is an additional charge for pick-up and drop-off outside El Nido town.

-Pick up from Sitio Lugadia, Las Cabanas and Lio Beach: PHP 1,300 per van(12 seaters) or PHP 500 per tricycle (3 seaters) / per way

-Pick up from Nacpan Beach: PHP 3,750 per van (12 seaters) or PHP 1,700 per tricycle (3 seaters) / per way

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

-Strictly No pick up from the resort on the islands (Miniloc, Matinloc, Lagen, Pangulasian and Cauayan).

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

Things to bring:

  • Swimsuit and swim shirt UV Protection
  • Beach towel
  • Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof camera
  • Flip-flops or water shoes
  • Cash for personal expenses
  • Packable rain jacket or poncho (just in case of rain)
  • Waterproof roll-top dry bag

Best time to visit

El Nido can be visited all year round, although the best season, when the sea is calmer and the weather more pleasant, is from November to May.

Weather Conditions

This tour is weather dependent and may be cancelled. If we have to cancel the tour due to inclement weather and you are unable to reschedule for another day, we will refund you the full amount.

Last Minute Bookings

All last-minute bookings (made on the same day or 3 days before the tour) must be made by phone or email only.

Inclusions and Exclusions
What's included in the price?Items that are included
  • Hotel pick up/drop off
  • Transfers by shared boat
  • English speaking guide
  • Picnic lunch
  • Drinking water
Not included in the priceitems that are not included
  • Kayak Rental
  • El Nido Environmental fee (PHP 200 per person)
  • Snorkeling gears
  1. El Nido Tour C Pick up from your hotel between 8:30 am / 9:00 am

    Meet the tour guide at the hotel and proceed to the boat departure point.

    Sail to some of the most picturesque islands and secluded beaches in Bacuit Bay, such as Secret Beach, Hidden Beach, Matinloc Shrine, Tapiutan Island and Helicopter Island.

    On the islands, you can snorkel among colorful tropical fish and relax on clean sandy beaches.

    Picnic lunch on Tapiutan Island. At about mid-afternoon, return to El Nido town and transfer to your hotel.

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

The private tour is more expensive than the shared tour, but gives you more flexibility in choosing the places to visit and the length of stay at each location.

For the private tour please contact us by email.

If your trip is canceled, we will rebook you on the next available trip. If you are unable to reschedule your trip, you may request a full refund or rebooking on another trip of equal value.

Please note that a tour may be canceled up to 30 minutes prior to departure if weather conditions change.

You do not have to be an experienced swimmer to enjoy El Nido. You will be given a life jacket so you can snorkel or swim in the deep water and join the other tourists wherever the boat stops.

Tours B and D are best if you are afraid of deep water or are not a good swimmer. You can also do these tours without swimming and just enjoy the beaches.

If you choose Tour A or Tour C, you will have to swim a lot, especially if you go to the Hidden Lagoon, the Secret  Beach, and the Hidden Beach. Even experienced swimmers sometimes find it difficult to get to Secret Beach, where you have to swim underwater through a narrow rock tunnel with a strong current.

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 aims to help limit the impact of tourism and protect El Nido’s marine environment.
To visit the islands in Bacuit Bay, an ETDF fee of 200 Pesos per person must be paid. Once paid, it is valid for 10 days.
The environmental fee is not included in any of our tours.

Yes, we can cater to people with dietary restrictions. Just enter the food items you want in the information box on the checkout page.

No, we only accept payment in advance.

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