Matukad Island, Caramoan

A perfect stop on an island-hopping adventure, Matukad Island offers swimming in crystal-clear seawater, basking on beaches of fine white sand, and sipping from fresh coconuts. Scramble up rocks with vegetation to view a legend-shrouded lagoon full of milkfish. For the more adventurous, the island's tropical forest hides orchids, other wild plants, and a small lake at the center. If you like snorkeling, more wonders await around the coral reefs. If you plan to explore the island, wear good shoes as sharp stones abound. Plan your visit to Matukad Island and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Caramoan route planner.
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  • Matukad was the second island I visited during my first trip to Caramoan. Its beach has pristine shallow waters and ivory powdery sand. Trees line the shoreline, providing shade. Matukad island will t...  more »
  • Matukad is known for the hidden lagoon with a large “enchanted” milkfish. The only way to see it is to climb the vertical two story limestone ledge. The lagoon is at the bottom of the other side of th...  more »
  • Matukad Island has one of the best beach in Caramoan. It is where you will be able to find the Enchanted Lagoon too. :) You need to climb tho but once you reach the top, the view is definitely wonderf...  more »
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  • "Matukad" means to climb. One has to climb this stiff and stony hill in order to have a good view of the sea. Upon reaching the top you will find a lake where two mysterious milk fishes lives. Nobody has dared to catch them for fear that whoever catches the fish will die
  • Matukad was the second island I visited during my first trip to Caramoan. Its beach has pristine shallow waters and ivory powdery sand. Trees line the shoreline, providing shade. Matukad island will take your breath away—figuratively and literally. Behind a vast limestone wall hides a lagoon where the two so-called “Enchanted Bangus (milkfish)” are found. To reach the lagoon, visitors have to climb the limestone wall. There are no safety harnesses, ropes, pulleys provided. Once you start climbing, hold on; any misstep will not be pretty. It is about forty feet high. The rock surface on the usual path taken by tourists are less jagged and less sharp, but will only be passable to one or two people. During my first visit there, there was only a handful of tourists; when I returned two months later, the place was packed and there was a queue of people climbing. More adventurous guests may try the sharper but less crowded parts of the wall to avoid the queue. At the top of the rock ledge is a stunning view of the islands. At the bottom of the other side of the rock ledge is the lagoon where the two milkfish are. Visitors can get close to the lagoon but rocks at this side of the rock ledge are sharper and looser. I do not recommend wearing rubber shoes for the climb as the bulky shoes may be difficult to fit in small crevices. Slippers would do fine. When I climbed the rock wall, I used aqua shoes and it worked great; it had good traction and the jagged edges of the rocks were not troublesome. The compactness of the aqua shoes enabled me to anchor my foot inside smaller holes and crevices. The lake was clear and tranquil; despite numerous trees surrounding the area, the lagoon’s surface was unobstructed by fallen leaves, etc. My guide told me the story of how there were two milkfish that lived in the lake until a local caught one and fed it to his family; the enchanted milkfish allegedly cursed the fisherman causing his son to fall ill and die. Enchanted or not, the lagoon and the entire island deserves our respect. (It is sad to note that I had to pick up rubbish thrown along the rock ledge by previous guests; some of the rocks had vandalism, too.)
  • One of the beautiful island of Caramoan, just don't forget to bring your own shades and sunblock. Also, try to climb and see their mysterious secret lake. Please respect the serenity and myths of locale.
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  • Nice experiencing the short rock climbing.
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