After around 40 minutes boat ride, we arrived at our first destination.
On one end is a pocket of very fine white sand, thus the name ‘Secret Beach’. There are also rumors that this place was Alex Garland’s inspiration for the novel “The Beach”. I bet you’re singing ‘Pure Shores’ right now. :p
Lunch included in the tour: grilled pork and chicken, shrimp, cucumber and tomato salad, pineapple, and rice! 😀
NOTE: Bring your own bottled water. I don’t know why it’s not included with the picnic lunch. We actually didn’t know this beforehand but I just thought of bringing our own before we left the pension house. Whew!
After lunch came the sad part; we had to leave and head to the next spot. 🙁 As soon as our boat turned, we were surprised to see that a couple of boats had to share a beach on the other side. We felt doubly lucky! 😀
A few minutes later and we already reached Matinloc Island. This is different from the previous spots we visited in that it has a dock and several structures. It actually has a shrine. I wasn’t really paying much attention to what the guide was saying because my eyes were so busy wandering, but all I could remember was that the island is heart-shaped. Thus the heart in the shrine below.
Now this one…will literally take your breath away so be extra careful!
You must not also miss the spectacular view from the cliff – if you’re not afraid of heights that is.
Of course I did not pass up the chance to have a photo op before we left the island! :p
Our second to the last stop was Hidden Beach. Now don’t ask me what’s the difference of a ‘secret beach’ from a ‘hidden beach’ because I wouldn’t know either. :p Kidding aside, while we reached Secret Beach through a small opening, this time there was no crevice to be entered. Rather, this beach was concealed behind limestones. The tide was quite high so it was time to put on our life vests again, but shallow waters soon welcomed us again.
Just like in Secret Beach, water is shallow. For some reason, other boats were able to get inside while ours waited ‘outside’.
And finally, our last stop for this tour was Helicopter Island. It was already late afternoon so the waves were getting bigger and smashing against our boat giving us a hefty dose of saltwater.
A funny scene we saw upon arriving at the island: while the Caucasians were sunbathing, the Asians were ‘hiding’ in the shadow cast by the cliffs haha