Matinloc Island, El Nido

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#4 of 16 in Nature in El Nido
Bask in crystal clear waters and swim to secret white sand beaches at Matinloc Island. Renowned as an area of extraordinary natural splendour, you’ll feel like you’ve found your very own piece of paradise here. Climb to the highest point on the island for incredible views of the surrounding archipelago. If you’re feeling adventurous, make your way to the island's "secret beach." Inaccessible by boat, visitors must swim underwater through a gap in the rock wall to reach the small beach, which is supposedly the very same spot that inspired Alex Garland's famous novel, "The Beach." Plan to see Matinloc Island and other attractions that appeal to you using our El Nido trip generator.
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  • August 1, 2017
    This is one of the biggest island in El Nido. Here you can go swimming and enjoy the clear water and white sand. If you go to the other side of the island, you will see the Matinloc Shrine for sight-s...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    Really all the el nido is good, with this tour you arrive at this very nice island. Good time to relax, take pictures and enjoy the nature. Great  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    This was a stop as a part of the Tour C during one of the island hopping tours. It was the most disappointing stop since it was just for going up to the top of the rocks to take some photos. You can o...  more »

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Long since established as a domestic tourist destination, El Nido's growing international reputation has led to a number of eco-tourism and resort-style options popping up in recent years. The main town on the west coast offers the greatest choice, with sprawling luxury resorts, hotels, and guesthouses all enjoying convenient access to the surrounding islands. Staying on one of the islands presents an exciting alternative, although you'll find the choice largely limited to luxury hotels.
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