Best Beaches in Palawan, Philippines For Summer Getaways

There are literally thousands of beaches in the Philippines; but undoubtedly some of the best are in Palawan, lauded as one of the best islands around the world. The island generally has three major areas: Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. The first is the capital and located in the center of the island. El Nido is north of the capital and considered by many as one of the best dive sites in the world; while Coron, which largely remains undeveloped, sits on the northernmost part of the island. Start planning your island getaway at any of these best beaches in Palawan; and you might find yourself staying and not wanting to go back home.

Best Beaches in Palawan, Philippines

El Nido Beaches

Nacpan Beach

Sunrise at Nacpan Beach, philippines
Sunrise at Nacpan Beach: Photo on Flickr by Trekpedition.Com / CC BY-NC 2.0

At four kilometers long, Nacpan Beach is pure paradise. Gentle waves, fine sand, and the serene atmosphere make this perfect for relaxation. Together with Calitang Beach, Nacpan ranks in the top 10 of the best beaches in Palawan and the world according to TripAdvisor users.

Ipil Beach

Best Beaches in Palawan. Ipil Beach, El Nido
Ipil Beach, El Nido

What makes Ipil Beach one of the best beaches in Palawan is its secluded location. Surrounded by limestone cliffs, this white sand beach features calm, crystal blue waters that’s perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Corong Corong Beach

Corong Corong Beach Philippines
Corong Corong Beach: Photo on Flickr by Sy Smith / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Swaying palm trees, seafood shacks and a stunning sunset awaits those staying near Corong Corong Beach in El Nido. Pick your beach spot and bring a few pillows, a blanket and a captivating book to read as you sip on freshly squeezed fruit juices or indulge on a seafood platter. The area comes alive at night with live musical performances from one of the resorts; but what makes Corong Corong one of the best beaches in Palawan is its sunset views.

Coron Beaches

Banol Beach, Coron. Best Beaches in Palawan.
Banol Beach, Coron

Banol Beach

Almost always included in the full day tour of Coron is a stop at Banol Beach. Still somewhat out of the beaten path; this scenic beach features clear turquoise waters that provides visitors with that idyllic tropical ambiance. Small boats docked on the shore, man-made huts serving local delicacies and large, limestone enclaves makes for a perfect picture shot.

Banana Island

If you’re looking for a beach destination simply to enjoy and be one with nature, consider a trip to Banana Island in the Philippines. The beaches here aren’t as large as those from neighboring Malcapuya Island; which makes them more intimate. The waters are just as clear and are deeper, making them more ideal for snorkeling.

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Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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