El Nido will always have the bragging rights to claim the title of the most beautiful island. After exploring the lagoons on our second day in Miniloc Island, we were ready to continue our island hopping.
Like what I’ve said on my previous blog post, Tours A and C are the most popular tours availed. Unlike in Tour A, where most of the places we visited were lagoons, islands in Tour C are famous for its jaw-dropping beaches. By 9:00 am, we were at Bacuit Bay waiting for our boat to arrive.
The first island we visited was the Hidden Beach. This is one of my favorite places in Tour C. From the name itself, you won’t be able to see the beach when approaching the area as it is hidden behind large limestone rocks.
Boats dock on the left side of the Hidden Beach, where the entrance was also located. The current may be strong on that side, so be careful when swimming through the entrance. Once inside, you’ll be surrounded by large rocks similar on the photo below. The water inside was crystal green to blue, I swear it was paradise.
The Secret Beach was definitely the hardest to enter out of all the places in El Nido I’ve been to. The waves were strong just like in Hidden Beach, not to mention the water level was high and the entrance to the island is a small opening. The struggle was very real! LOL
There were locals guiding us on our way to and from the island. The Secret Beach inside was smaller compared to the island in Hidden Beach, but still offers clear to jaded green waters, and fine white sand. One thing I learned is that you can never go wrong to any islands in El Nido. All islands around are effortlessly beautiful. It’s amazing how our Mother Nature has built such a curated province like Palawan.
It was lunch time when we arrived at Star Beach. This small island is usually a stop-over where travellers can eat and relax. Others stay in Tapiutan Island for lunch when Star Beach is jam-packed. The beach is a fantastic spot to snorkel while waiting for the food prepared by local guides.
My other favorite island in Tour C is Cadlao Lagoon. Originally, the lagoon is visited when exploring Tour D, but since we didn’t want to pay for entrance fee in Matinloc Island, which used to be (or is) a part of Tour C, our guide offered us a side trip to the lagoon. It didn’t disappoint us! By the time we arrived, there was only one boat present aside from ours.
The calm waters of the lagoon is a mixture of salt water and rain water. On left side of the lagoon, there’s a small land where you can sit, and relax if you’re tired of swimming.
Finally, our last stop was in Helicopter Island. From afar, you will notice how the rocks that half surrounds the island resembles a helicopter (and also a whale, in my opinion).
The fine, golden sand of the beach was so striking. Th sun was about to set by the time we arrived, and there were no other people around besides us. Most of us were tired from all the swimming earlier. We decided to spend our stay in the island relaxing by the beach, while others snorkelled.
It was past 5 pm when we finished visiting the beaches in Tour C. It was definitely an experience to remember. Writing this, I’m still stoked on how a beautiful island can exist in real life. In addition to that, I was able to meet new people and share some stories as we travel around. Life is good!
- How to Get to El Nido: From Manila, book a flight going to Puerto Princesa (PPS). Travel time: 1 hour and 20 minutes. From Puerto Princesa Airport, rent a van prior to your arrival date bound to El Nido. Airlines like Cebu Pacific offers a van transfer from the airport to El Nido (PHP 600/ person / way). Travel time: 5-6 hours.
- Hidden Beach and Secret Beach are the most challenging places in Tour C. There are rocky parts in the islands, so it’s best to wear slippers or aqua shoes.
- There are jellyfish in the entrance to the Secret Beach.
- Bring enough water to re-hydrate your body.
- Lunch and snorkelling gears are included in our tour package arranged by Pawikan Hostel