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." Use our El Nido itinerary planner to add Matinloc Island and other attractions to your El Nido vacation plans.
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  • We had a quick stop at Matinloc Shrine. It's beautiful and spiritual... do be careful when you climb the rocky outcrop to the viewpoint, it's worth it, but narrow and can get crowded. Good stop during...  more »
  • beautiful views of the place. crystal blue water, white sands and sunny skies. The shrine is a beautiful one and serene. This is the bigger island on el nido  more »
  • Small island to press for the difference of what normally presented in tours of El Nido, in this case we are talking about a small church and a Belvedere with a fantastic view to the small Bay.
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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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