An underwater camera is a must on this tour to capture each island’s splendor without limitations.
With the help of Kuya Rodrigo of Tatay Milo’s Inn, I availed the El Nido Island Hopping Tour C through Servant Tours — Php 900.00 (USD 21.60) per head including the lunch buffet. Tour C comprised of jaunt to Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Talisay Island, Hidden Beach, and Helicopter Island.
This was our first stop. According to the tour guide, between 1980s and 1990s, Matinloc island was once home to their Catholic Church. Locals would travel here by boat every Sunday just to attend the mass. Later on, the church was abandoned due to its location. The local government then built a church in the town proper for easier access.
When visiting Matinloc Shrine, watch out for mosquitoes. So, don’t forget to apply insect repellent or wear protective clothing.
Unfortunately, I don’t have photos from this beautiful secret beach! My friend had an underwater camera and I copied the photos to my laptop, however, when I got home, I found out that the laptop was write-protected — no photos were saved!
Moving forward, the Secret Beach was the most challenging part of the tour. The waves were strong. We swam few meters away from the boat to the Secret Beach through a small dark and creepy hole underwater. After that, crossed its rocky underneath going to the beach. It was really a challenge but worth it. The Secret Beach was amazing. Some of our boat mates didn’t make it to the Secret Beach as it was really difficult to get there.
Lunch at Talisay Island
Who wouldn’t get hungry after the Secret Beach challenge. Servant Tours is known for its appetizing and presentable meal during Island Hopping Tours. Here, we found out that boatmen have 3-in-1 job: as a boatman, tour guide, and cook. They were very skillful when it comes to food preparation.
We headed to the Hidden Beach after a sumptuous lunch. The only photo I had in this place was the one below. On a positive note, it gave me a better opportunity to experience the tour’s splendid destination rather than being hooked up with my camera.
The last stop was the Helicopter Island. Again, I had no photos at all. But to give you a clear picture of the island, it shaped like helicopter (err).
El Nido Island Hopping Tour C Travel Guide
- Bring mosquito repellent.
- Rent snorkeling gears.
- Bring an underwater or waterproof camera.
- Bring extra food and water. The lunch may be sumptuous but you would easily get hungry due to lots of activities.