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El Nido Island Hopping Tour C

Island Hopping is the most popular activity for tourists visiting El Nido Palawan. Among the 4 tour packages available, El Nido Island Hopping Tour C is one of the two most popular island hopping tour packages in El Nido Palawan. If you ask me why, I like this tour because it really caters to people who just love to swim and explore the hidden beaches of El Nido.

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C
Panoramic View of Baquit Bay from Matinloc Shrine


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Where is El Nido?

El Nido in Palawan, is situated in the Bacuit Bay. It is near about 420 kilometers southwest of Manila and 238 kilometers northeast to Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan. Some European travelers I met in the island considers El Nido as the most exotic beach bumming and island hopping destination in Asia.

Breathtaking Helicopter Island
Breathtaking Helicopter Island

Here the extreme meets the extravagant. The main reasons for which people visit El Nido, Palawan are island hopping, kayaking, diving and snorkeling. This place is blessed with, as many as, 900 species of fish and limestone cliffs that are supposed to be 250 million years old. Moreover, it embraces 45 islands, as well as, 2654 hectares of mangrove forests.

Tapiutan Island
Tapiutan Island

How to reach El Nido?

One of the best and fastest ways to reach El Nido is to board a flight from Manila. It will take near about 1 hour 15 minutes to fly from Manila to the Lio airport of El Nido. Or else, you can come via road. Usually, transport Vans and buses for El Nido depart from the San Jose Terminal at Puerto Princesa. The 60 kilometers long national roadway between Taytay and El Nido has been rehabilitated. So, you will not have any problem while traveling via road. However, it will take more time as compared to the one hour flight.

Related Article: How to get to El Nido Palawan from Puerto Princesa City

Mini Chapel in Matinloc Shrine
Mini Chapel in Matinloc Shrine

What is El Nido famous for?

When it comes to island hopping in El Nido, the local travel agencies and tour operators generally conducts four types of tours. In my previous El Nido Travel Guide post, I have listed the 4 available tours and they are Island Hopping Tour A, B, C and D and the combination of all these. In this article you will read about El Nido island hopping tour C. Let’s have a quick look on it:

Panoramic View of Hidden Beach in El Nido
Panoramic View of Hidden Beach in El Nido

With most of the travel planners, El Nido Island Hopping Tour C includes island hopping to Helicopter Island, Tapiutan Island, Matinloc Shrine, Hidden Beach and Secret Beach.

Eggplant Salad
Eggplant Salad

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C

This package costs around 1200 pesos per person (as of this writing) and you can book the tour from various tour organizers available in the town center. The package also includes free lunch and snorkeling gear. The menu is very exciting and savory. It includes grilled pork, chicken, and fish along with squids, crabs or shrimps (as per availability in the market). If you want to eat veggies, they also prepare vegetable salad and fruit.

Grilled Fish
Grilled Fish

The island trip starts from 9AM and lasts till 4 PM. Also, if you like to go on kayaking, then you can take them on rent. You may need them while visiting the lagoons.

Grilled Pork Belly
Grilled Pork Belly

All places in a gist

Helicopter Island
At the Helicopter Island, you will get to see a long stretch of blue water and white sand beach. Also known as Dilumacad Island, this beach is just a 20-minute boat ride from El Nido town and normally the first stop for El Nido Island Hopping Tour C joiners. I really love this beach, it has a nice and clear water with a beautiful Cadlao Island backdrop.

Tropical Fruits
Tropical Fruits

Tapiutan Island
In this island, you will surely love to get drenched in the blues. Facing the West Philippine Sea, this island has a rich marine life and is also famous for snorkeling. This is a famous picnic lunch area for island hopping tour participants.

Vegetable Salad
Vegetable Salad

Matinloc Shrine
This is one of the hidden areas in Bacuit Bay. It was built in the year 1982. In spite of being neglected and abandoned for years, visitors still come here, as this place is considered to be a spiritual oasis. In this island, you can opt to do a short and simple hike to get a fantastic birds eyeview of the nearby islands.

Lunch in Paradise
Lunch in Paradise

Hidden Beach
This beach is located on the other side of Matinloc Shrine. A popular habitant to local and migratory birds and rich marine life. With its calm waves and nice beach covered by limestone cliffs, this area is an ideal spot for camping and stargazing at night.

Secret Beach
Located in Matinloc Island, this beach can be accessed by swimming through a small hole that divides the Secret Beach and the huge bay surrounding the island. Inside the secret beach, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling under the sun. There are no huge trees here but the entire beach is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.

Travel Essentials

  • Sun Block
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Dry Bag

Melo Villareal in Matinloc Shrine
Melo Villareal in Matinloc Shrine

Travel Tips

  • Don’t spend too much time looking for cheaper El Nido Island Hopping Tour C package, All of them offer the same standard tours for the same price.
  • Don’t book you tours at any hotel, look for various tour operators around the town center.
  • You can book your tour in advance or just drop by at any tour operator before 9am and sign up
  • Choose the operator that provides bigger boat, Look for Servant Tours, mobile number 0917 485 3740

Our island hopping tour ended around 5:00PM and everyone in the boat were so happy with the tour. I immediately went back to Dara Fernandez Beach Cottages (+63 919 322 1416, +63 906 824 1299) where I stayed on my second night in El Nido. After dinner, I spent my night working in my veranda facing the beautiful Cadlao Island.

El Nido Island Hopping Tour Packages

El Nido Tour A (Book Now) – Discover the clear waters of Miniloc Island, white sand beaches of Shimizu island and have lunch in one of the island stopovers.

El Nido Tour B (Book Now) – Discover Snake Island, known for its unique sandbar in the middle of the sea! Swim and snorkel in beautiful Pinagbuyutan island, visit the Cudugnon Cave and a delicious grilled lunch on the beach.

El Nido Tour C (Book Now) – Visit the famous islands of Dilumacad and Matinloc, Helicopter Island, the Secret Beach, Matinloc Shrine and a delicious grilled lunch at the hidden beach.

El Nido Tour D (Book Now) – Discover Cadlao island, known for its hidden lagoons and white sand beaches with a delicious grilled lunch at Pasandigan beach.

El Nido Nacpan and Duli Beach (Book Now) – Trek through rice fields to a remarkable white sand beach of Duli Beach, 40 minutes north of El Nido Town. Bask in the sun as you enjoy the pristine waters of Northern El Nido and Nacpan beach.

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