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Breathtaking View in Matinloc Shrine of El Nido, Palawan

Breathtaking View from Matinloc Shrine of El Nido, Palawan
Matinloc Shrine is a tourist destination where you can get an amazing view that is semi-literally to-die for. It also houses an abandoned shrine adding beauty and mystery to the place. Matinloc Shrine is part of the Tour C package, one of the four tours you can cross-off your bucket list here in El Nido, Palawan. In this blog post, we'd check out one section of the shrine along with the wonderful sight to behold in its viewing deck. 
Docking area of Matinloc Shrine, El Nido, Palawan
The adventure here in Matinloc Shrine starts off with the boat docking off to its adorable mini port. From this point, you'd already get a glimpse of the remnants of the abandoned shrine.
Figure of Mama Mary in Matinloc Shrine of El Nido, Palawan
According to one of the caretakers, this Shrine used to be something people would visit back then as a prayer area, but there was some financial difficulty to maintain the upkeep of the place. Hence, it gradually was abandoned. I'm not too sure if I'm remembering the story right, or if this is already something my imagination spun. Anyway, today, it is now a famous landmark.
From afar, this area right here (as shown in the photo above) looked very much plain, which is generally true. However, what fascinated me is that when you look up, you will see this image of Christ imprinted on a stained glass. It was bewildering, and I found it beautiful. 

Image of Christ in Matinloc Shrine, El NidoImage of Jesus Christ in Matinloc Shrine, Palawan

Aside from the structural vestiges, the landscaping and the surrounding view of Matinloc Shrine are also awe-inspiring. Just take a look at the photo below and you'd see what I meant by that. The amount of greenery painted with a clear blue sky. It's a masterpiece.
Awe-inspiring view in Matinloc Shrine, El Nido, Palawan
Now that we got to see parts of the shrine, we are ready to proceed to the viewing deck. Or are we? 

Depending on the number of the tourists visiting Matinloc Shrine, you may need to wait for others to go down from the viewing deck. This is because that area can only accommodate about 5 at a time. 

Hence, as we were waiting for our turn, we were just at the base admiring the surroundings even more.  
Tourists in Matinloc Shrine, El Nido, Palawan
The waiting may add suspense, but I'd say that it is definitely worth it. Once you climb the steep rocky steps (taking just about 3 minutes), this breathtaking view will be revealing itself. 
The wonderful view from Matinloc Shrine, El Nido, Palawan
Remember when I said that the view is semi-literal to-die for? Well, that's because there are no railings on the edge, and if you fall out of balance, you might stumble down the rocky slope. Anyway, the rock formation in the viewing deck combined with the picturesque scene just makes everything wonderful. This explains as well why this became a famous hotspot here in El Nido.

Renz Cheng in Matinloc Shrine, El NidoRenz Cheng in Matinloc Shrine, Viewing Deck, Palawan

Of course, I took the opportunity to bask in that moment, and have pictures taken. 
Taking photos in Matinloc Shrine, El Nido, Palawan
The wonderful scenery coupled with a great memory is something I'd definitely treasure. Just amazing! 
Renz Cheng in the famous Matinloc Shrine of El Nido

Matinloc Shrine Quick Guide

Things to see/do: Wander around the island as you admire some of the abandoned structures of the shrine. Walk up to the viewing deck and be amazed by a magnificent sight (although you may need to have heavy sunscreen with you as there is no shade up there).

Budget needed: Entrance fee of P100 per head is not included in the Tour C Package, so you will need to pay that once you get there.

Is it wander-worthy? Definitely! The view from the top is majestic giving you a wonderful view of El Nido waters along with the rock formations. The spot on top is also a famous place to have your photos taken along with the picturesque scenery.

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