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Discover the best-unspoiled beaches in El Nido, Palawan. Find out why this majestic province in the Philippines is a favorite among locals and international travelers and beach enthusiasts.
One of the top destinations in the Philippines that is known worldwide for its picturesque sceneries and natural resources is El Nido. Located in Palawan, the province is made up of many islands which are surrounded by bodies of water.
Find El Nido tours and activities you can add to your travel bucket list
The beaches in El Nido, in which some of them are included in the best beaches in the Philippines, is the perfect representation of a grand vacation in a tropical island: the white powdery sand, the coconut trees, and the turquoise waters.
Since it is located at the northern tip of Palawan Island, island-hopping tours in El Nido are one of the most sought-after experiences in the country.
The most popular beaches are just a short distance from the town proper while others needed to be visited via boat or through a motorbike. With various things to see and do in El Nido, here are the 11 of the best beaches on the island you can add to your itinerary.
10. Buena Suerte Beach
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The Buena Suerte Beach nestles a small portion of Bacuit Bay, overlooking Cadlao Island which is a part of El Nido island-hopping tour D.
This El Nido beach is a peach-colored sand beach bordered by towers of limestone formations. It serves as a jump-off point for the other islands. Since the Buena Suerte Beach is situated in the El Nido mainland, it can get crowded. It also has several hotels, restaurants, and even business establishments.
9. Duli Beach
Duli Beach is an uncrowded and remote beach. The crystal clear waters roll onto the stretch of the white sands and palm trees.
Duli Beach is also a haven for those looking for surfing spots in the Philippines. Known as a Surfer’s Paradise, there are a lot of big waves, especially during the rainy season.
8. Papaya Beach
Finding Nemo does not require to get too far. At Papaya Beach, the reefs are literally a few feet away from the seashore.
It is the perfect place for children or kids at heart who enjoy snorkeling without worrying about going too far from the shore.
7. Lio Beach
Lio Beach, also known as the El Nido Airport Beach, is another beautiful El Nido beach that is right next to the airport in the island. It has a long wooden pier where visitors can enjoy a short walk while appreciating the view of Cadlao Island.
6. Pinagbuyutan Island
Pinagbuyutan Island, which is included in El Nido island-hopping tour B, is surrounded by coconut trees. Rock and vegetation sprinkle the beach bank. The island also has a unique offering to visitors: If you prefer hiking or meditating over swimming, the island is the place to go.
5. Dolarog Beach
For those looking for a beach that gives a homey and cozy feel, the Dolarog Beach is the place to be.
This beach offers a rentable beach resort by the seaside. It also gives an unobstructed view of the ocean and a picturesque view of the horizon, making it a perfect beach spot for families and honeymooners.
4. Marimegmeg Beach
Marimegmeg Beach is known as the best place to view the sunset in El Nido. Although it is part of the town proper, it is not too crowded compared with other beaches.
This beach also offers a lot of activities for those looking for adventure tours. There are biking, hiking, cliff-jumping, fishing, snorkeling, surfing, waterfalls climbing, and camping activities to make the experience more memorable.
3. Seven Commandos Beach There’s an old myth surrounding the Seven Commandos Beach: due to a shipwreck, seven soldiers got lost at the sea. Looking for a temporary place, the soldiers found the Seven Commandos Beach.
After residing in the place while repairing their ship, the soldiers carved the words “7 commandos” in a large rock before sailing away. The locals found the engravings and use it to name the place.
Although there is no proof to debunk whether the myth is real or not, it is true that the Seven Commandos Beach is a must-see.
It's a popular attraction included in El Nido island-hopping tour A. It has a stretch of cream sand, towering limestone cliffs, and rentable cottages for the visitors.
2. Snake Island
Vigan Island, or more popularly known as the Snake Island, is one of the top beaches in El Nido. Contrary to its name, this beach is not infested by reptiles. In fact, its name originated from its sandbar, shaped like a graceful snake. Vigan Island’s sandbar is only visible during low tide yet visitors can still take a stroll along the sandbar even if the water is high.
This El Nido beach that is part of island-hopping tour B is popular for its shallow and crystal clear waters, perfect for those who just want to chill by the beach. It’s no wonder trips to Snake Island with other tourist attractions is popular for both local and international travelers.
It also features a trail trick. At the end of the trail, there is a view deck that gives the visitors an obstructed view of the place as well as the limestone formations of the other beaches.
1. Nacpan and Calitang Beaches
The twin beaches of El Nido, the Nacpan and Calitang beaches, are two adjacent strips of white sand situated near the town proper. Visitors can get to Nacpan and Calitang through a motorbike, a tricycle, or by joining tours in Nacpan beach. Often a part of an inland day trip in El Nido. Nacpan Beach offers a quiet and serene environment, away from the busy and loud life in the city.
Although the island is still bare and not developed, it is considered as the most beautiful beach in the El Nido town proper. It stretches up to 4 kilometers and has white fine sand and turquoise waters, complete with a rich greenery.
Just a few steps away from Nacpan Beach, Calitang Beach has a small hill covered in lush vegetation. The top of this hill gives the best view of the two beaches.
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