El Nido, Palawan is arguably one of
the best islands in the world – and for many good reasons. It is
known for its infinite stretches of limestone-fringed white beaches,
many of which are accessible within 30 minutes by boat. Trips
to such beaches can be done year-round, and you easily book one from
several travel agencies offering Palawan travel packages online.
Cadlao Island, El Nido’s largest, is
home to many of these beaches, as well as El Nido’s highest peak,
640-meter high Cadlao Peak. You can access these beaches with combo
Tour C (Dimalucad Island) and Tour D (Cadlao
Island). Many skip Tour D because of its proximity to the mainland,
but the beaches here might actually surprise you. Along the way you
are guaranteed spectacular views of sky-high limestone cliffs, too.
Take a look at some of these beaches
Dimalucad Island (Helicopter
So called for its
helicopter-like shape (when viewed from above), Helicopter Island, or
Dimalucad Island, is a cream-colored beach that spans around 300
meters. While it’s not part of Cadlao Island, it is a favorite among travelers and often serves as a lunch
stop. The island offers shade in one tip, while the other is
surrounded by limestone rocks. Apart from its beautiful landscape,
Dimalucad Island is also known for its expansive reef system, particularly in the southern end.
Lined by rows of
coconut trees and various shrubs, Pasandigan Beach is a tropical
paradise. The beach features fine white sand that slopes gently to
shallow, turquoise water. The water is calm and clear, making it
suitable for children. Pasandigan Beach is one of lesser visited
islands in El Nido, so you will definitely enjoy a peaceful, isolated
vibe. There is a hut for picnics, too.
Kayak through Bacuit Bay to Pasandigan Beach for a heart-pumping,
Natnat Beach is yet another
kid-friendly beach in Cadlao Island. Boasting calm, azure waters;
gentle slopes, limestone rocks, and huts, Natnat
Beach is perfect for picnics and warm conversations. It is often the
last stop for island hopping tours due to its proximity to the
Rich in marine life, Cadlao Lagoon (or Ubugon Cove) at the western face of Cadlao Island, attracts diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. The flat, deep green water is home to diverse fishes and corals, and is beautifully surrounded by sedimentary rocks. If you’re lucky, you might also spot a sea turtle or two!
The entrance to the lagoon is similar to Big Lagoon and the outer lagoon of Coron’s Twin Lagoon, with the entire body spanning 10 square kilometers.
Located in a secluded cove, Paradise Beach its popular with campers. It has a long stretch of chalky sand surrounded by trees and limestone rocks, making it suitable for picnic. If you don’t have tents, there are huts at one tip of the island. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, explore the cave fronting the beach or make your way to the hidden private cove.
Have you gone to any of these beaches
in El Nido? Which one is your favorite?