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Matinloc Shrine is located at the famous island of the same name, which is considered the high point of El Nido’s tour C island-hopping options. The shrine is also known as the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Aside from its natural beauty, visitors are also lured by the supposed mysterious story of the island – it was said that the owners found hidden treasure on this spot so they purchased the island and built the shrine and convent in the 1980s to hide the digging up of the treasure, which was said to have originated from World War II. There is a mansion adjacent to the beach but that too, along with the shrine itself, has been neglected. This does not stop visitors from dropping by and locals from going on a pilgrimage here every year.
Don’t miss the chance of taking amazing pictures during your visit here – the view up from the cliff is one of the biggest attractions of Matinloc Island. There’s a small natural view deck that you can reach via a short climb up a limestone hill.
Tour C island hopping costs differ per person. Additional expenses include eco-tourism development fee, snorkel gear rental, private boat rental (depending on the number of passengers and size of the boat), and whole-day kayak rental. The boats dock in Tapiutan Island at noon and they prepare the meals at one of the beaches, usually at Talisay Beach. You can also bring your own snorkel gear if you want to save money.