San Vicente and its destinations aren’t as developed as their more popular counterparts in Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron. They’re good places to relax, unwind and enjoy the company of friends or family.
There are also snorkeling spots that give you a glimpse of the colorful and beautiful underwater ecosystem this side of Palawan. If you’re lucky, you may even get the chance to swim with a sea turtle or two. During your stay, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to eat fresh and delicious seafood.
One way to save money is just to get an island-hopping tour package which costs around P3000/boat. This saves you time, effort, and money.
Note: This post will be updated after getting new information about the rates from the local tourism office in San Vicente.
The reason people visit this part of Palawan is Long Beach, which is more than 14 kilometers long and is locally recognized as the “longest white beach in the country.” However, to temper expectations, the shore is more light brown or beige in color. The beach isn’t continuous as some may think. There are cliffs in between, sectioning the stretch of sand into six parts.
The best way to explore the beach is by renting a motorcycle and riding on your own. If you don’t know how to ride one, you can always hire a habal-habal with a driver. If you’re coming from the Poblacion, the fare for the trip may vary. It will depend on which section you want to go to. It’ll cost approximately P100 to Alimanguan and around P25 to New Agutaya.
If you prefer having someone to drive you around, you can go on a motorcycle tour. You’ll pay about P350 for a solo trip and approximately P250/person for two.
Erawan Beach (Irawan Beach)
It’s located in Barangay Sto. Nino which is a bit far away from the famous Long Beach. You’ll hear the gentle lapping of the waves while you enjoy the idyllic ambiance of the beach.
Other Islands and Beaches
San Vicente has a little over 20 islands off its shores, meaning that it has many beaches of note. You can easily reach these destinations from the Poblacion. If you only want to visit one or a handful, you can hire a private boat to take you. A boat can accommodate up to three passengers with a P500 fee for every additional person.
Here are some of the rates to remember:
- P1500 for the following islands:
German Island (Inaladelan Island)
- P2000 for Velasco Island
The trip may take up to an hour, with the exception of Velasco Island, which can take about an hour and 15 minutes.
Other places of interest include:
- Twin Reef
- Sandbar or Starfish Island
- Maxima Island
- Capsalay Island