Payong-Payong Beach is an alternative lunch stop for El Nido’s Island Hopping Tour A if Simizu Island gets too crowded during peak hour. The beach is one of Miniloc Island’s white-sand beaches. Depending on your preference, you can brave the strong waves on one part of the beach or just let the gentle waves soothe your work-weary mind and body on another part.
Again, Payong-Payong Beach can be one of the stops of El Nido’s Tour A if Simizu Island gets too busy. The tour package is usually inclusive of boat, lunch, tour guide fee, life vest, and snorkeling gear. Check with your operators and agencies. All island hopping tour operations start at 9 AM and normally end at 4 PM.
Things to Do
- Since this is the usual lunch stop, guests can explore the beach while waiting for the food to be ready.
- Get a tan or swim in the clear waters. Just be extra careful when you decide to swim in the area where the waves are strong.
- Guests can just appreciate the raw and rugged appeal of the place while resting under the shade of a few trees or while chilling under the shade provided by the limestone cliffs.
Fees and Rates
Payong-Payong Beach is part of El Nido’s TOUR A. You can join a Group Tour or charter a private boat.
- Tour A: P1200 per person
- Private Boat Tour: Around P4000-P6000 (depending on the size of the boat and group)
You can also book via Klook.
From Manila, you can reach El Nido via three gateways: El Nido Airport is the nearest and the most convenient one, but also the most expensive route. Puerto Princesa Airport is the most common jump-off point to El Nido. It is also the best course to take for those who want to explore both Puerto Princesa and El Nido. For those who want to embark on a Coron-El Nido combination tour, Busuanga Airport is the best option.
- From Manila, fly to Puerto Princesa. Travel time is about an hour.
- From Puerto Princesa, you have 3 options going to El Nido: Roro Bus (P290-380, 6-7hrs); Bus (P385-480, 6-7hrs); Van (P550-600, 5hrs). If you are taking the bus and RoRo bus, take a tricycle from the airport to Junction 1 (P8). From there, take a multicab to San Jose Terminal. Special tricycle trip from the airport costs around P80 to P100. If you are taking the van, there are shuttle vans at the airport or if you are already at the city center, go to the terminal located at Robinson’s Mall.
- Once in El Nido, you can take a tricycle going downtown or directly to your hotel if you already booked one.
Here are some resorts near Payong Payong Beach.
El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Photos above courtesy of respective resorts (via Agoda).
For more options, search here: Palawan Resorts
- Follow the rules and regulations. Breaking the rules is never cool; it may cost you your own life or the lives of others.
- Wear your life vest, especially if you are not a good swimmer or you can’t swim at all. Always demand life vests from your tour operators and agencies.
- Bring lots of water; if possible, bring your own refillable water container instead of plastic bottles. Some tour operators provide drinking water. Check if yours do.
- Wear protective or comfortable footwear.
- Make sure you bring your power bank or extra batteries for your cameras and phones, so you won’t miss taking photos.
- Leave nothing but footprints. Bring nothing but memories. Respect the place.
- After completing Tour A, you may also do the other tours (B, C, D or E) if you still have time and money to spare.
- You can explore other parts of El Nido. If you are quite the adventurous type, challenge yourself by climbing Mount Taraw, also known as Taraw Cliff.
- If you are flying out via Puerto Princesa airport and you still have time, explore the city or buy souvenirs.