Updated November 28, 2013.
Tour C (900 Pesos/pax)
Woke up at 7AM, had breakfast, booked the tour around 8AM and off we go at 9AM.
Our itinerary for Tour C includes Helicopter Island, Hidden Beach, Star Beach, Matinloc Island Shrine and Secret Beach and just like what happened in Tour B, there were some awesome change of plans along the way.
For this tour we decided to try Servant Tours for a change and I was surprised on how well they handled their guests on the tours.
Right after we left the shores of the town proper of El Nido our boat’s engine suddenly quiet down and Kuya Rogie, our tour guide, spoke in front of us and explained what islands we will be going, how long will we stay in each island, what activities we will be doing and what time our tour would end.
Our first stop, Helicopter Island. The name of the island comes from it’s shape from afar, it looks like a helicopter. Upclose it’s actually a nice beach to just sit back and relax, but since it was the first stop for the day I needed to warm up. So off I went for some skin diving.
Too bad I do not have a waterproof camera, I could have shown you many different kinds of corals and fishes including a stick fish with the size of an adult arm. Also for the first time in my life I saw a group of squids swimming. This was thanks to one of our tour guides who guided me on where I should go and where I should look.
Next stop was Hidden Beach. Hidden Beach is much like the Twin Lagoon of Coron, Palawan where you need to go under a hole on the cliff to get inside. During low tide you could easily swim under the cliff, but during high tide you need to go underwater. You’ll have to be crazy to carry a dSLR camera in there.
Marky Ramone Go of Nomadic Experiences waiting to go down and swim
to the entrance of Hidden Beach
But unlike the Twin Lagoon, it has a beach inside where you can sit back on the sand and hide from the sun with the shade of the cliffs.
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Next stop would be where we will be eating lunch and that is in Star Beach. The name of the beach came from the fact that there are a lot of starfish around its waters.
After lunch, we waited a few minutes to let our food be digested and off we go to our next destination and that is to visit Matinloc Island Shrine.
Matinloc Island Shrine came from missionaries that developed this place. According to the pictures at the basement it was because the island is heart shape when you look at it from the sky. After that the task of taking care of the shrine was given to local supporters and the missionaries went away.
Unfortunately, the local supporters did not have give enough support to maintain the shrine and thus the place was abandoned, thieves went inside and ransacked the things inside and left the place almost in ruins.
There are no longer thieves in the place and it is safe to go there. I don’t know if they do an inspection to check if the structure is safe or not, but I do hope they do.
Next is the last stop for our day, the Secret Beach. Same as the Hidden Beach, we needed to swim to get to the beach but this time it was harder because it was low tide and if you’re not careful with the timing of the waves you could get scraped with the rocks. And being the situation to be very unique from the simple just swim to the shore, I really enjoyed the experience.
Unfortunately, I do not have an waterproof camera so I was not able to take a picture of the Secret Beach.
After that, it was still around 3:40PM so our tour guide decided that we should do another stop along the way and we stopped at a cove in Cadlao Island where we got to do another round of snorkeling.
Our tour ended around 5:20PM and I still have to catch the RoRo Bus at 6PM. Bought a sando shirt, walked fast to my lodging, took a quick shower, rode a tricycle to the palengke and I still had a good 10 minutes before the bus leaves.
If you want to know more information about their tours you can contact Servant Tours at 0939-917-9443, 0917-808-8599 or 0915-415-7245.
I recommend Northern Hope Tours for your El Nido Island Hopping Tours.
Northern Hope Tours Details
- 0939-902-2216 (Smart)
- 0927-735-3221 (Globe)
E-mail: [email protected]
Reserve your tours ahead of time by calling Northern Hope Tours so you could reserve a slot. They do get fully booked.
Now that I have tried Tour A, B and C, I’m close to making a conclusion that my personal best El Nido Island Hopping Tour would be A then C then B. All that’s left is for me to try Tour D and a private tour so I could visit the islands of El Nido that are not included in the tours. Maybe on my third time in El Nido.
|November 28, 2013||As of November 16, 2013, the standard rates have now increased. Former standard rates are
Rates include Lunch, Boat and tour guide.
Rates exclude the Eco-Tourism Development Fee (ETDF) of 200 Pesos/person.
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