Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan
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Okay, so this is the secret beach. Pardon me for posting a wrong review regarding the "secret lagoon beach" because this is different. So yeah islands and rock formations there are very similar to each other. Lexi M this is the right place.
Entrance here here through a hole. The drop of point will be at least 200m away--could be more if there are a lot of boats. The waves were rough, you will have to swim against it until near the small opening where boatmen are there to assist. Just grab their hands when they're near. Be careful, i got lacerated by the jagged rocks as the boatman pulled me near the hole.
Entering the secret beach might be challenging (not for me!) you have to really flex-extend your legs to get through. Inside is a small beach. Going to the "shore" is difficult since there are a lot of jagged and uneven rocks. O
That photo was taken at shore area. Nothing much to see. It's just a buwis buhay going in that secret beach (if rough waves)
Encountering the same difficult scenario going out of the beach.
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Secret beach is called as such because it lies behind stark cliffs and can only be accessed via an open water swim then through a (very) small opening at the bottom of the cliffs.
This part of the tour depends on the tide and water conditions because if it's high tide, the opening will be underwater. If it's too choppy, it would be dangerous to swim through the opening cos you might (inadvertently) slam your head or back on the rocks.
Luckily, the conditions were just right on the day that we went. Armed with my life vest, I dove in for the swim. It's about a 500m swim only but with the waves it could get a bit tricky. But looking down you can already see the reef and fishes so that was nice.
When we reached the opening, the kuyas were helping people out first so you've to kinda hold on to the rocks and wait. A kuya will also help pull you through.
But what a sight to see inside! Again, better to wear Aqua shoes or sandals as the reef and rocks are quite sharp. Once you're inside, the noise of the ocean disappears and you really feel secluded. The water is clear and at the far end there is a smal beach with beautiful white sand.
You can snorkel here as well but you've to be careful with the time cos the tide can change anytime. Always have an eye out for your kuya/guide.
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