8 Best Beaches in Palawan

Palawan has risen in fame over the years. It has earned the recognition of not just local travelers but also foreign ones. The waters are clear and home to a diverse underwater ecosystem. The karst formations that rise over the lagoons give some of the beaches a prehistoric ambiance. Some of the most notable destinations are Kayangan Lake, Underground River, Cadlao Lagoon, and others.

It is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world. This comes as no surprise because the province is blessed with many beautiful beaches with the finest and whitest sand in the country. One of the main reasons to visit Palawan is to see its beautiful beaches. These are just some of Palawan’s best and beautiful beaches. It is difficult to make a list because we might miss some places, but you can use this as a guide for your upcoming trip to the province.

Nagtabon Beach (Puerto Princesa)

Many make a stop at Puerto Princesa en route to El Nido or go on a tour to the UNESCO-listed Underground River. If you’re looking for a beach accessible from the city, Nagtabon is the place to go. The shore is long with golden sand and clear waters. It is a good getaway from the fast-developing city. Go sunbathing, swimming, jogging, play volleyball, beach bumming and others.

How to Get There: There are jeeps bound for El Nido, Roxas or Taytay that depart from San Jose Terminal; board one. Alight at Bacungan. The fare is around P30. From there, hire a tricycle to take you to the beach for approximately P200 for up to 3 persons.

Where to Stay: Search Puerto Princesa Hotels

Nacpan Beach (El Nido)

Nacpan in El Nido is slowly developing; gone are the days when you would share the fetching, white-sand beach with just a few other people. The attention it draws comes as no surprise. Nacpan Beach is simply stunning. The sand is powdery, the ambiance rustic, and the views stunning. The waters are a bit rough but swimmable.

How to Get There: You can book a round trip shuttle service from El Nido town for P600. You can also rent a motorcycle for around P600 for the day to go there on your own.

Where to Stay: Search Palawan Hotels

Long Beach (San Vicente)

Located in San Vicente, Long Beach stretches to more than 10km, making it one of the longest beaches in the country. The shore is beautiful with cream-colored sand and clear waters. You can go for a jog or leisurely walk, swim or simply hang out. The beach has yet to be developed but will be soon.

How to Get There: From San Jose Terminal in Puerto Princesa, board a bus bound for San Vicente. The trip takes about five to six hours and the fare is around P200. Alternatively, you can book a direct flight from Clark Airport to San Vicente.

Where to Stay: Search San Vicente Hotels

Malcapuya Island (Coron)

Coron is the place to go for beautiful lagoons and beaches. The sleepy town is your jump-off point to the stunning islands of this part of Palawan. Go on an island-hopping tour and include Malcapuya Island. This beach destination has fine white sand and cerulean waters that will take your breath away. Your feet will sink into the powdery shore and the warm waters will refresh your body.

How to Get There: There are tours that include Malcapuya Island, Bulog Dos, and Banana Island. Price is around P1400-P1600 per person on a joiner tour.

Where to Stay: Search Coron Hotels

Seven Commandos Beach (El Nido)

This beach destination is part of El Nido’s Tour A. Seven Commandos has fine light-colored sand and clear blue waters. Despite the growing number of people making a stop here, it still manages to retain its natural beauty.

How to Get There: Seven Commandos Beach is part of El Nido’s Tour A. A joiner tour costs around P900 to P1200 per person.

Where to Stay: Search Palawan Hotels

Dibutunay Island (Busuanga)

Dibutunay Island provides you with a middle-of-nowhere atmosphere. The swaying trees, powdery white shore, and turquoise-tinged waters are perfect backdrops for a relaxing hour or so. Swim in the warm water, go sunbathing or just go on a leisurely walk along the beach.

How to Get There: This Dibutunay is an alternate to Black Island during a tour to Calauit Safari. The joiner trip costs around P1800 per person.

Where to Stay: Search Busuanga Hotels

Las Cabanas (El Nido)

If you don’t want to go on another island hopping tour, hop on a motorcycle or hire a tricycle to go to Las Cabanas. The sand isn’t white but is golden brown. The views of the rock formations add to its rough but beautiful appearance. This beach is one of the best places to watch the sunset.

How to Get There: A one-way tricycle ride costs around P150 from El Nido town. You can rent a motorcycle for around P500 to P600 per day.

Where to Stay: Search Palawan Hotels

Maosonon Island (Linapacan)

Linapacan is a part of Palawan that has yet to be fully discovered by mass tourism. One of its notable islands is Maosonon. This beach destination is immaculate; it has powdery white sand and crystal clear waters.

How to Get There: You can take a van or bus to El Nido from San Jose Terminal in Puerto Princesa. Once in El Nido, board a jeep to Sibaltan. In Sibaltan, you’ll pay P1500 per person for a day trip.

Where to Stay: Search Linapacan Hotels

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