Matinloc Island, El Nido

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#5 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." Use our El Nido itinerary planner to add Matinloc Island and other attractions to your El Nido vacation plans.
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  • Note: We did not visit a shrine, just a little beach along the island. Not sure why this isn't more talked about but we had the best time at this stop for lunch. We stopped at a small beach with only ...  more »
  • The Matinloc shrine was not particularly interesting, but good photo opportunity froby climbing the rock  more »
  • The stop was a spiritual and an adventurous haven. There were sculptures of Jesus and Mother Mary that greeted us as we were escorted by the tour-guides to the viewpoint. We climbed a steep rocky clif...  more »
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  • Went here for a kayak and tent sleep over. Magnificent place and very quiet. Simple and basic.
  • Awesome scenery

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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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