Nido Bay Inn
Standing in front of the beach, Nido Bay Inn provides its guests with an excellent location surrounded by stunning views of nature. The staff is friendly and accommodating and the rooms, though small and basic, are well-maintained and comes with en suite toilet & bath, cable TV and wireless internet. There's also a veranda on the upper floors offering a nice view of the ocean.
The unparalleled beauty of this secret piece of paradise is beyond words. Getting inside Secret beach will require on to swim through a small hole with sharp rocks waiting under and above you. It is challenging, yes, but the stunning view and experience you'll get once you've successfully went inside is priceless.
We came here after Big and Small lagoons. The lagoon is named as such because you have to squeeze yourself to get into it. One by one, we try squeezing ourselves into that hole leading to the lagoon. The view, as expected, is beautiful. It’s like being in a secluded place paradise. It’s amazing and puzzling at the same time how this place used to be a cave. We spent a few minutes there, talking, swimming, and floating? Yeah, that’s the best thing to do with your life vest on!
The abandoned Matinloc Shrine is located in one part of Matinloc island. Its emptiness adds an intriguing feel to the place. There's a group of limestone cliffs in the island which one needs to climb to see a spectacular 180-degree view of some parts of Matinloc island. Just be careful as the rocks are sharp and steep, one wrong move and you're in bloody trouble. For me though, this was one of the best highlights of our El Nido island hopping.
El Nido Boutique & Artcafe
This boutique and resto in one is a recommended stopover for lunch or dinner when in El Nido. The boutique sells fine Philippine handicrafts and shirts with unique designs. The upper floor is allotted for the resto which serves hearty breakfast, bread, omelette and other Filipino dishes.