Day Three actually pulled up some surprises to us during our El Nido Trip. And for me it was my favorite part of the trip cause it showed what really El Nido was all about and the distinct activity that will surely has and edge if i’ll be asked on what did I do our trip.
Welcome to Day 3, Banca!
We started the long journey with a smile. Our guide Loloy told us that we will travel from El Nido Shore to the first Island approximately 45 mins motor ride. Long Ride than Yesterday, but stunning Island view as he promised. And delivered as promised..
got some good shots of the view!
Then, we started the first Island with the secret beach. Our motorized bancas drop us in like in the middle of nowhere and told us that we have to swim from 5-10 meters from the island in order to get on the secret beach. You can see there is a small hole that you have to swim on to but you don’t know what is inside. Perhaps that was the name was all about — Secret. For fellow readers, You will need your energy to fight with the waves and wear your good vest for those who can’t swim cause the current is too strong (or in Trish’s case, you will need another person to carry her as she can’t moved). Add more to the trials and obstacle were those very sharp corals and limestones that may hit you as you swim along. Truly, must say this should be worth it cause it is very difficult to go inside.
The Entrance.Literally this is where we stopped and how far are we as we will swim along to reach that hole
and we made it!
Then there is the magic inside. I love the idea that when you enter the hole you will see a secluded white sand beach like a home or something. It feels like you are entering someone’s house. It looks like you are inside a crater surrounded with forest, your white sand beach as your mattress and your gate are limestones and your door ( which we came in) to welcome your guest – is a lush of waves on a small circle. There was also like a small Jacuzzi area but the residents are corals, fishes and coming in. You can actually have your own house inside as you welcome your guest. Very Beautiful.
jacuzzi style like
We leave with smile on our faces – we know there is more to come.
One of the must do in Philippines, drive the banca! Yes dear Captain Allison! )
Second was the Matinloc Shrine and Island. This time we were amazed that there was an island which they built a small shrine and prayer house for Mama Mary. It houses several catholic masses and wedding events too. It also have a mini port area, a gallery underground and a reception area for events. All in this places with the magnificent view along the island.
But what stands out when we went to Matinloc Shrine was the time we climb up to see the aerial view of the Island, and perhaps other Island too. Kuya Loloy told us that the view upstairs was as good as a postcard moment, so we are kinda excited to see what it is. But I must say, this was a rough path to go up. The freaking limestones were so sharp that it may actually cut your skin if you hold it the wrong way. When we reached the top of the stairs, there was off the beaten path that kuya Loloy suggested to climb more, this time we will reach the top of the island to see the view first hand not the usual tourist did. or they dont dare to do, but we did. 🙂
I hear the music — it’s the climb! hahaha..
We can reach it– we can!
And so we do it and we are rewarded with the amazing view. Stunning it is!
the complete cast of the climb. hahaha
Then we hit the third island stop with snorkelling along the cliff corals. What differs with other snorkelling activities which I truly enjoy in this day was the idea of swimming along the edge of a cliff which all fishes and corals are happily living a bout. It looks like around 20 feet deep straight cut and you’ll see like a NatGeo video that you always dream of. Too bad we don’t have underwater camera. 😦
Then our crew set up our food venue and had again our sumptuous seafood – lunch!
The last stop was the Helicopter Island which brings us the promise to see a sea turtle – we are kinda excited and me especially cause I love turtles. But maybe it is not our day, so we just managed after the long snorkeling day, beach bumming it is!
off to see the turtles! playing catch up!
Beach Bumming mode.
El Nido faces!
Thanks kuya Loloy for the trip!
Thanks for the whole crew! We enjoyed the Island tour! 🙂