“Trust me, it’s paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is the generation that travels the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before.”
-Alex Garland, The Beach
If you have an appetite for discovery, Tour C is for you. Like a good story, we’ll begin with an eye opening scene: Dilumacad Island. Next you’ll get hooked in by Tapiutan Island, feel a rush of excitement at Secret Beach, and end on a tranquil note at Matinloc Shrine. Incidentally, the novel The Beach by Alex Garland was said to be partly inspired by Secret Beach, the third stop in our itinerary.
- Helicopter Island
- Tapiutan island
- Star Beach
- Matinloc island (Hidden Beach)
- Matinloc Shrine
1. The first stop is at Dilumacad Island, also known as Helicopter Island because it looks exactly like that from a distance – a helicopter except without the propeller. Helicopter Island is home to excellent diving spots and it’s easy to lose track of time just gazing at the emerald waters. Depending on the weather conditions, our tour guides will tell you when the waves are too rough and could prove to be unsafe for snorkelers.
2. The second stop is further out Bacuit Bay, which is Tapiutan Island. Divers and snorkelers love Tapiutan Island because of the rich marine life. Watch out for sea urchins, easily find Nemo (aka clown fish),and marvel at the varying shades of blue and green waters. While you’re engrossed at the raw beauty of Tapiutan Island, our crew will set out to prepare lunch.
3. Star Beach is another great snorkeling spot for swimmers and divers who want to see diverse marine life. Witness corals and schools of fishes in rainbow colors! If you prefer to relax on the sand and to soak up the sun, the powdery fine sand on the beach won’t disappoint.
4. Matinloc Island, more popularly known for Secret Beach, is our third stop. Massive limestone formations will hide the beach from view, hence the nickname Secret Beach. There are two ways to visit the island: via boat or via a small crevice. If you can swim and would love to feel a rush of excitement upon discovering a secluded beach, then swimming is the way to go.
5. Matinloc Shrine, our last stop, is still located in Matinloc Island. It is basically a dome with twelve columns housing the image of The Virgin Mary and a Cross. A member of the Catholic Church had a vision of a dome that will be built on this island. Spiritual or not, there’s something quieting about seeing small man made structures surrounded by the lushness of mother nature.
1,400 PHP per person
1. ETDF (Eco-tourism Development Fund) is compulsory and must be bought before embarking on a tour. It costs Php 200/person and is valid for 10 days.
2. Tours are inclusive of Mask and Snorkel, Delicious buffet of grilled fish, pork, chicken, rice, vegetables, fruits, and afternoon snacks. Drinking water is also included.