Information about Tapiutan Island
Tapiutan is the most remote island in El Nido’s Bacuit Archipelago. It is located parallel to Matinloc Island and located in the South China Sea. To get between the two isles, boats have to sail through a narrow pass dotted with imposing cliffs. This gives the trip some sort of a mysterious and enchanting vibe. Smaller boats may have a bit of trouble reaching the spot since the island faces the open sea.
The island is home to Talisay Beach and Star Beach, which are staples of El Nido’s Tour C island-hopping option. Talisay Beach is a favorite docking spot for boats for lunch, so you will often see a lot of visitors feasting on grilled meals at the beach at noontimes. Boatmen prepare the food right there on the boat and lay out the spread right there on the sand if the beach gets a little crowded.
Venture further out the bay of Tapiutan Island and you can see the island’s rich marine life. This makes the spot perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Star Beach, considered as one of the best beaches in El Nido, is right here on this island. Star Beach is a twin beach – one part is teeming with corals (which make it the spot for snorkeling) and the other part is made of fine white sand, which makes it more suitable for swimming and sunbathing.
How to get there
You can rent a van or a tricycle from El Nido Airport to El Nido town proper, and then you'll have to rent a boat to get to Tapiutan Island. Renting a boat from El Nido Airport to Tapiutan Island is also an option.
Best time to visit
Tapiutan Island can be visited anytime as it is considered an all-year round attraction.