Cradled in one of the many white sandy beaches of Matinloc Island, Matinloc Shrine is one of the few man-made structures in any of the islands of El Nido, Palawan. It offers a place for reflection in the middle of a tropical paradise. A two-storey building towers in one corner of the site, which used said to be a retreat house. There’s also a concrete gazebo at the center of the site where visitors may pray. There are also some statues of angels and Jesus Christ in other parts of the site.
While we believe those who had it built had big dreams for the place, it is now sadly abandoned. Many parts of the building are not in excellent condition. Still, this remains a popular tourist spots in El Nido because of the magnificent scenery.
On one side of the beach, just in front of the building, stands a limestone cliff that visitors may climb. While the trail up is relatively easy, some edges of the cliff and the rocks on it are sharp and pointed that one has to be extra careful traversing. There’s a cross on its highest peak but it cannot be reached by average climbers because it is far too dangerous. However, the highest accessible point of the cliff also allows gorgeous view of the nearby Tapiutan Island and other beaches of Matinloc Island. You can also watch other boats pass by.
Location: Matinloc Island
Things to do: Swimming