Tapiutan Island is located in the South China Sea, parallel to Matinloc Island, and is the most remote island in the Bacuit archipelago of El Nido, Palawan. The pass between the two isles, the Tapiutan Straight, is narrow and etched with towering cliffs, which gives visitors passing through an enchanting feeling. It faces the open sea and smaller boats have trouble reaching it. The island is considered to be one of the most striking islands in El Nido because of its contour and vertical limestone walls. The island’s rich marine life is one reason why it lures a multitude of scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. There are also several beaches on the western side of the island that faces the open sea like Star Beach and Talisay Beach. These beaches have unspoiled white sand and its waters rich in colorful corals and diverse marine creatures. Further out of the bay, Tapiutan’s rich marine life provides for excellent scuba diving and snorkeling.
Tapiutan Island is also home to the one of the best beaches in the entire El Nido – Star Beach. The beach is a twin beach, meaning one part is pristine white sand for swimming and sunbathing and other is rich in corals and perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. The corals are colorful and beautiful and fish diverse. The most interesting are angel fish, moorish idol, sea urchins and the species this beach owes its name to – the majestic blue starfish.
To get to Tapiutan Island from Manila, the fastest way is to ride a plane to El Nido Airport. From El Nido Airport, you can rent a van or a tricycle to El Nido town proper and then from there you’ll need to rent a boat to reach Tapiutan Island. You can also rent a boat from El Nido Airport to Tapiutan Island. If you are flying directly into Puerto Princesa from Manila, ride a tricycle to San Jose Terminal. From San Jose Terminal, you can ride a van, a mini bus or an air-conditioned bus bound for El Nido town proper. From the town proper, rent a boat to Tapiutan Island.