I thought this tour is all about caves, but the only cave-like structure we went to is the hidden hole leading to the Secret beach. Yeah I am guilty as charged! I never really read the itinerary. My sister is there and she did all the research anyway. 🙂

 

El Nido

My Office at El Nido ( One can always dream! 🙂 )

 

For tour C, we went to five locations: Hidden Beach, Tapiutan Strait, Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine, and Helicopter Island. The price is PHP900.00 per person.

 

Kayak boat

A Kayak Boat will cost you additional PHP600.00

 

Our boat guides were Jimmy and three other guys whom I can’t recall the names.

 

The Boatguide

Our Boat Guide

 

 

Hidden Beach

 

Hidden Beach at El Nido Palawan

Hidden Beach at El Nido Palawan

You’ll find Nemo and his home here. You can even touch the sea anemones. The water is very shallow, almost knee-deep. It is called hidden beach because it’s behind two big rock formations. The way to reach the beach is a bit tricky though. Our guide asked us to swim towards the side and walk from there, but the waves were too strong and the surface is slippery. You’ll slip and get cuts easily. I was very lucky, the cut that I got from yesterday’s tour got another lash just when I thought it has already healed. The best way is to swim towards the middle, it’s deeper though.

 

Things that you need to bring here:

1. Goggles or snorkelling stuffs

2. Underwater camera OR waterproof bag.

3. underwater shoes (anyone who can tell me the correct name of the shoes will get a prize 🙂 )

 

I don’t have any photos of the beach because my iPhone isn’t waterproof yet. 🙂 Fortunately, the family we met from yesterday’s tour were on the same tour and they brought their underwater camera with them. I’m still waiting for the photo to be sent.

 

Tapiutan Strait

 

Lunch at Tapiutan Strait

Lunch at Tapiutan Strait

We had our lunch on this island. We had grilled fish and chicken this time. The food was good.

 

Siesta Time at Tapiutan Strait

Siesta Time at Tapiutan Strait

The sand is white and very fine. The water is clear. You can see small fish even if you don’t submerge your face in the water.

 

Things to bring here:

1. Camera that can do panoramic shot.

2. SmartPhones that can run the foursquare app. This place has an EDGE/2G signal. My Instagram app can’t connect, but foursquare can go through.

 

The panoramic shot that I got is shown below.

 

Tapiutan Strait Panoramic Shot

Tapiutan Strait Panoramic Shot

 

Secret Beach

 

Secret Beach at El Nido Palawan

Secret Beach at El Nido Palawan

Ok, honestly I got confused as to which beach is the Secret and which one is the Hidden. Luckily, my sister remembered everything so well. :)) So our third stop is the Secret beach. It’s a “Secret” because the entrance to this paradise is a hole that becomes smaller as the water level rises. It’s quite easy to get in to this place. You’ll just have to swim. There are no sharp rocks nor slippery surfaces.

 

The water here is very placid. There are stones you can step on. You can see tiny bubbles coming from the underwater plants, perhaps oxygen? The place is quite small but it’s very relaxing.

 

Things to bring here:

1. Underwater camera

2. Waterproof bag

3. Goggles / snorkelling stuffs

 

Matinloc Shrine

 

This place is dilapidated, despite that you’ll see that the structure used to be a well-crafted building.  The government stopped funding this place seven years ago. According to our tour guide, when the government administration in Palawan changed, the maintenance of the building was stopped too.

 

Beside the shrine is a rocky cliff. It is quite easy to climb up and the view is magnifico. It’s splendid. It’s awesome. 🙂

 

Matinloc Shrine

Matinloc Shrine

Things to bring here:

1. Camera that can do panoramic shot.

2. Smartphones for check-ins

 

Helicopter Island

This is our last stop. The name is obviously coined from the shape of the island. Although it looks more like a whale shark to me. The sand is yellowish but it’s very soft and refined.

 

Helicopter Island

Panoramic shot of the Helicopter Island

Things to bring here:

1. Bread – there are schools of fishes along the shore and if you want them to go near you, feed them with bread.

2. Jump shot pose – best place to do your jump shot or helicopter jump whichever you feel is better. :))

3. Smartphones for check-ins

 

The trip isn’t as tiring as Tour A. The waves were milder as well. But you’ll definitely want to doze off the moment you reach your room.

El Nido 2013 Sand Writing

Watch my mom feeding a school of fish.