Philippines’ Beaches: What’s Not to Love?

The Philippines, being an archipelago, is dotted with innumerable pristine, sparkling beaches. Some white, others black, a few brown, and surprisingly pink too! We have beaches that are as fine as talcum powder to gritty, sandy ones, while others are pebble lined. Majority of these tropical paradise boasts off crystal clear water that comes in azure to turquoise colors. Regardless of the color and texture of beaches’ sand and water, Philippines’ seashores will make one’s “beach escapade” memorable and fun!

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Besides the obvious aesthetics of our beaches, here are other reasons why bumming around the beaches of the Philippines is a must doPhilippines’ beaches have a laid-back vibe, especially the small-town beaches and the off-the beaten ones. They are the ultimate relaxation zones perfect for experiencing serenity and peace of mind. One can go for an afternoon walk along the shoreline or sit down under shady palm trees while reading a book. Or just lie down, let the crashing waves touch your feet and the gentle wind kiss your lips. Totally relaxing and an awesome escape to a stressful life!

Philippines’ beaches have a laid-back vibe, especially the small-town beaches and the off-the beaten ones. They are the ultimate relaxation zones perfect for experiencing serenity and peace of mind. One can go for an afternoon walk along the shoreline or sit down under shady palm trees while reading a book. Or just lie down, let the crashing waves touch your feet and the gentle wind kiss your lips. Totally relaxing and an awesome escape to a stressful life!

Philippines’ beaches are home to various water sports and activities. From surfing, to snorkeling to SCUBA diving, kitesurfing, kayaking, island-hopping and many more. Plus, the marine life is teeming with wonders.  One will never run out of things to do. These activities can keep you fit and make your vacation more fun-filled.

Philippines’ beaches showcase some of the most jaw-dropping sunrise and sunset views. Everything turns into a picturesque, surreal nature art once the sun starts to rise. It is even more dramatic during sundown. Sunset by the beach is one thing I look forward the most.

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Philippines’ beaches are generally cheap. While some of our beaches are becoming more and more commercialized, I want to believe that majority of our beaches are still inexpensive, and some even for free. One could spend some time along the beach without worrying about spending much – paying for entrance fees or buying pricey food because again, the cost isn’t really high.

Philippines’ beaches are home to good and hospitable Filipinos. I want to think that Filipino hospitality is evident in almost all parts of the country – whether at the mountain villages, to seaside towns, and various rural areas. Most Filipinos are willing to lend a helping hand in whatever ways they could. Some families would invite you their homes, some would even cook the freshest sea catch of the day for their visitors to have a sumptuous meal.

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They say “life is a beach”. Whether you have a beach bod, dad bod or whatever kind of body figure you have, the beach is one welcoming place for you to experience life, to live life.

Don’t be a wasted soul, be Juanderlust. Take it easy everyJuan.

Corong-Corong Beach (Palawan, PH)

Come watch with me the shaft of fire that glows
In yonder West: the fair, frail palaces,
The fading Alps and archipelagoes,
And great cloud-continents of sunset-seas.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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Whenever I travel, I always take note where I could possibly watch the sundown. You see, I have developed this sense of connection with the setting sun. To me, it is one of the most beautiful and magical things in this world.

During an El Nido visit, my friends and I decided to chase the sunset at the quiet and not so touristy Corong-Corong Beach after beach bumming around Nacpan – Calitang Beach (read write up here at https://roamulofied.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/the-twin-beach-of-el-nido-nacpan-calitang/).

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Corong-Corong Beach is located in Brgy. Corong-Corong, (hence the name), a fishing village 2 kilometers south from El Nido town center. Just like the twin beaches of Nacpan- and Calitang, this beach is also laidback yet appealing in vibe. And dissimilar to the beaches at the town’s center, the shore is not obstructed by boats hence a more picturesque view can be seen.

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From the main street, my friends and I walked about a hundred meters until we reached the beach proper.  The golden brown sand stretches long and is fringed with towering coconut trees. The area is dotted with several accommodations and is not congested with bars and restaurants. Obviously, it is a much quieter place that would surely make a more relaxing stay.

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While waiting for the sunset at this side of Palawan, my friends went on to swim and try the clear, shallow waters of Corong-Corong while I took photos of the place. A few more minutes and the sun started to mesmerize us with its golden rays as it says goodbye. As in every sunset I have witnessed, the settling down of the sun always evoke a sense of respite and that it is a beauty to behold.

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Accommodation along Corong-Corong:

RESORT/INN Estimated Price range/Night Contact Number
All Seasons Beach Resort Php 2000-4000 +63917 541 9804

+63919 452 4266

Arbor Beach Cottage Php 700-1000 +63999 385 2566

+63949 390 3163

El Nido Overlooking Php 3500 +63916 631 7078
Greenviews Resort and Restaurant Php 1000-2700 +63921 586 1442
Island Front Cottages Php 1500-3500 +63999 994 1309

+63918 967 6829

Las Cabanas Beach Resort Php 4500 +63917 887 8808
Lugadia Beach Cottages Php 700-1000 +63907 476 5922

+63919 572 6372

Orange Pearl Beach Resort Php 1500-3500 +63906 215 2549

+63930 720 8633

Sheryl May Inn Php 1000-1500 +63930 720 3091

+63916 574 5444

Stunning Vistas Beach Resort Php 1700-3500  +63999 566 0888

+63921 751 5783

Talindak Beach front Cottages Php 1500 +36 909 492 5944

+63 918 679 7643

Telesfora Beach Cottage Php 1000-1500 +63917 731 8034

+63919 697 7378

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How to get to Corong-Corong Beach

From Manila, ride a plane to Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan or a direct (more expensive) flight to El Nido proper. From Puerto Prinsesa airport, there are vans that directly go to El Nido. The travel time would be around 5 hours. Alternative is to ride a bus but will take longer hours of land travel. Once in El Nido town center, ride a tricycle going to Corong-Corong Beach.

You might want to check out http://www.letspalawan.com/  for more…

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Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’.

Tapiutan Island (Palawan, PH)

No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself. – Dennis Waitley

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The Philippines is known to be made up of 7,107 islands. Twenty five (25%) percent of these islands and islets are in the island province of Palawan. 45 islands and islets alone are in the paradisiacal town of El Nido. One of which is Tapiutan Island.

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Tapiutan Island is an island further out of the Bacuit Bay and is the most remote El Nido island that is facing the West Philippine Sea. 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.

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Tapiutan Island is the parallel with another frequented island in El Nido, Matinloc Island. The pass between the two islands (Tapiutan Strait) is slim and impressed with soaring cliffs giving any visitor passing through it a distinctive and enigmatic vibe. This is usually part of Tour C El Nido island hopping tour wherein the island serves as a stop-over during lunch time.

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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.

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How to get there:

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.

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From Manila, alternatively (and most commonly) you can ride a plane bound for Puerto Prinsesa City. From Puerto Prinsesa Airport, 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.

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 Don’t be a wasted soul, be a ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’…

The Twin Beach of El Nido — Nacpan & Calitang

The beach is definitely where I feel most at home. It’s my oxygen. I forget how much I need it sometimes when I’m away working. — Behati Prinsloo

It was our first day in El Nido, Palawan. And instead of going for the usual island-hopping activity, we opt to go bumming in one of the off-the-beaten destinations of this laidback town of Northern Palawan.

What will greet you - ivory sand and turqoise water!
What will greet you – ivory sand and turqoise water!

This is perhaps one of El Nido’s best kept secret. The pristine, untainted and utterly awesome serene twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang. (Okay, I may sound unreal but hey, you have to see it first hand)! The undisturbed ambiance of the desolate shores of these beaches is attributed to the fact that it is remote.

So, after a 45minute van ride from the town center, we were greeted by swaying coconut trees and the gentle waves of the beach, as if they were saying – “Welcome to Paradise!” I was literally lost for words for a moment… I had to scan my brain for the most appropriate word to say, but I end up saying “wow” (which wasn’t enough to describe the place when you are there standing).

The view atop the hill.
The view atop the hill.

We immediately explored the very lengthy shoreline of the beach. We immediately noticed that the area is not frequently visited by tourists; I think we were the only group of Filipino visitors that time. The rest were foreigners who were already basking under the sun and azure sky.

The twin beaches appear to come from a two dissimilar bend that are tangent to each other. Walking on foot, one could feel how fine the white sand is. After a few minutes of  walking along the shore, my friends and I decided to climb to a nearby hill, which provides an admirable view of the twin beaches. The trek up the grass-covered hill at the end of Nacpan was a pretty short and easy one. The magnificent 360-degree view atop is just awe-inspiring!! A scenery as such is definitely a photographer’s dream coming into a reality. The eye-gasmic view made me tick my camera endlessly!

Other side of the hill...
Other side of the hill…

After spending a few minutes on top, my friends and I went down to try the waters of Nacpan-Calitang. The beach felt like it belonged to us, and that’s invaluable. This, to date has to be one of my favorite beaches in my country.

How to get to Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beaches:

One may hire a tricycle or a van to get to Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beaches. The standard price when hiring a tricycle through a tour agency in El Nido is Php1,500 per tricycle. Travel time is approximately 1 hour, one-way. Van rental, on the other hand, costs around Php2,500. Travel time is approximately 40 minutes, one-way.

Just paradisiacal!
Just paradisiacal!

We hired our van from Northern Hope Tours. We actually got a discounted price J

Contact Numbers: 0939-902-2216 (Smart), 0927-735-3221 (Globe) – Ate Neriz

Taraw Cliff (El Nido, Palawan)

When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them. – Edmund Hillary

When I was planning our El Nido trip last year, I stumbled upon an itinerary that included a trek to El Nido’s highest point. I was pretty surprised since I wasn’t expecting that there is such a thing in this quaint coastal town which is more famous for its beaches. And so I did a little more research and lol! El Nido also boasts off limestone (mountain) cliffs that line up the town and its many islands.

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“Taraw Cliff” (or Mt. Taraw) is the highest point in El Nido, and is actually a monolith made of limestone – sharp, jagged, treacherous ones. And so, during our 3rd day in El Nido (after doing island hopping for 2-days) off we went to do some trekking because my friends and I love mountains. Most blogs described it as ‘seriously not for the faint of heart.’ True enough, the hike would welcome you a steep assault and a lot of rock climbing. Good thing our guides were very generous in helping us with what to do.

I could say that the highlights of this escapade were climbing vertical cliffs along the trail. Ninety degrees of heart-thumping, adrenaline-inducing climb! Although one may find it frightening, my friends (who are also adrenaline junkie like me) found the boulder-filled terrain to be fun-filled and exciting.

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spectacular view of Bacuit Bay!

It took us around an hour to to reach the peak. And the view atop? It was surreal! It was picturesque! We were literally lost for words. And it evoked a joyful feeling sharing this spectacular view with your friends. From the summit is overlooking the azure waters of Bacuit Bay with some of El Nido’s island floating like emerald gems. We spent about an hour at the summit – it was peaceful, satisfying and made me appreciate how wonderful life is.

After almost an hour of staying at the monolith’s peak, we started our descent. The descent was faster however it remains to be quite treacherous (so one has to be as careful as during the ascend).

Happy to be sharing this view with my friends!
Happy to be sharing this view with my friends!

For those who want to squeeze in a different activity when you are in El Nido, besides the usual beachneering and island-hopping, brave your way to Taraw’s summit and feast your eyes with El Nido’s unending charm through a bird’s eyeview.

Things To Consider:

  • Wear the right footwear.
  • Wear gloves.
  • Pack light.
  • Bring energy drink/water.
  • There is no fixed guide fee. We paid ours 400/pax.
  • It is best to trek during daytime (preferably early morning).

Sampe Itinerary

6:30am – Meet up with your guide (got ours from the owner of the inn we stayed at).

7:00am – Start trek

8:00am – Summit

09:00am – Start descent

10:00am – back at the jump off point

that's me atop the monolith!
that’s me atop the monolith!

During our stay in El Nido, we did stay at the Northern Hope Inn. You may contact them at http://www.northernhopetours.com/accommodations/el-nido/northern-hope-inn/