Matinloc Shrine

Quick Guide: Matinloc Shrine in El Nido, Palawan

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Matinloc Shrine is an abandoned site hidden at the foot of towering karst cliffs on the western coast of Matinloc Island. More formally known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Matinloc, it was built in 1982. The place has been completely neglected (with the main building almost empty), but tourists are still allowed to visit. While others may find this as a spiritual oasis, most tours make a stop here for the view.

Material: Sandy beach

Tour: El Nido Tour C

Cost of Tour: P1400 per person.

How to get there: From Puerto Princesa, take a Roro bus to El Nido. Fare is P380; travel time 6-7 hours. Vans are also available. From El Nido Poblacion, take TOUR C, which makes a stop at Matinloc Shrine (P1400/person).

Don’t miss: A jagged limestone peak rise on one end, where tourists may climb and admire the surrounding landscape, including Tapiutan Island, which lies opposite Matinloc.

Where to Stay: There are no resorts of hotels in Matinloc Island, but it is easily accessible from El Nido Town Proper where dozens of accommodations are available. For the budget-conscious, Cliffside Cottages and Northern Hope Inn may be a good choice.




Matinloc Shrine

Matinloc Shrine

The beach fronting Matinloc Shrine

The beach fronting Matinloc Shrine

Matinloc Shrine Beach

Matinloc Shrine Beach

A gazebo and an image of Jesus Christ by the entrance to the shrine

A gazebo and an image of Jesus Christ by the entrance to the shrine

Matinloc Shrine Port

Matinloc Shrine Port

View of Tapiutan Island from Matinloc Shrine

View of Tapiutan Island from Matinloc Shrine

The sharp and pointed edges of the viewpoint.

The sharp and pointed edges of the viewpoint.

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