Matinloc is an island that is part of Tour C El Nido Island hopping tour. The name comes from the word “matinlo”, which in the native language means “beautiful”. True to its name, Matinloc is a beautiful heart-shaped island with aqua blue, turquoise and green water surrounding it.
The island is now abandoned, but in the past it used to be inhabited and privately owned. There are some stories about what happened with the denizens, with roots in both fiction and fact. A couple used to live on the island, a Philippine woman and her German husband. The woman dreamt of a dome-shaped structure with columns and the enshrined image of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a cross on a circular altar. She built the shrine which is still there on the island and you can visit it. It is surrounded by walls of limestone and it looks like something from Ancient Greece. The festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary is held every May 31st at Matinloc Shrine when the locals come to visit the shrine and pray. The house they lived in is also abandoned and can be visited.
The island has a viewpoint reachable by man-made stairs which gives a breathtaking view of the island and the surrounding area, perfect to immortalize it in photos.
Matinloc also has diverse sea life and great snorkeling spots, especially Kalmung Point and Kulasa Beach. Matinloc Island also conceals a small beach called the Secret beach. It is accessible only through the small crevice under the grey karst cliffs. One has to swim under it to reach the small circular cove with a white strip of sand, secluded from the whole world. It is an excellent snorkeling spot, reach in marine life.