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Palawan: Helicopter Island

Located in El Nido in the Province of Palawan, Helicopter Island is one of the destinations of Tour C of the El Nido Island Hopping Tours. 

Also known to locals as Dilumacad Island, Helicopter Island probably got its name from how it looks from a distance. Well true enough, as you can see in the picture above, it resembles a Eurocopter EC-665 Tiger HAD-E aircraft minus the rotors. 
You'd be shocked to discover that half of the visitors in the island are foreigners
Check out this fine white sand!

Upon closer inspection, the island boasts a beautiful  white sand beach that stretches up to some 300-400 meters. There is also an underwater tunnel at its northern side and a reef on its southern side which you would be able to see if you snorkel. Aside from being a great place to snorkel (and sunbathe), Helicopter Island is also an ideal place for the family to have their picnic due to the fact that there are plenty of trees that offer shade for the visitors. Aside from that, the island offers a beautiful panoramic view of the nearby islands and also parts of El Nido's limestone cliffs. 
Snorkel or stroll... You'd enjoy whatever activity you choose
Just enjoy the sun!
Check out the view!

During our visit, Helicopter Island was the second to the last destination for our mixed Tour A and C of El Nido's islands. That means we arrived in the afternoon and the heat of the sun was the least of our concern and the beach is not too crowded with visitors. What's great about Helicopter Island is that its waters are teeming with marine life. However, I feel quite disappointed that visitors are only limited to its beach side and it is impossible to walk around the island. There is also an area that is fenced off, which probably means it is privately owned. 

Guess who's collecting sand...
 Overall, Helicopter Island is still a must visit site in El Nido due to its unique beauty. You could also take time to sunbathe hear. 

Getting there:

From Puerto Princesa City, ride a van heading to the town of El Nido. From there you can inquire about the island hopping tours from the multitude of tour service providers in the town. Avail TOUR C.

The island from a distance

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