11 Best Unspoiled Beaches in El Nido Palawan

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.

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. 

The mainland of El Nido is home to breath-taking places and resorts. 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.


11. Snake Island

11 Best Unspoiled Beaches in El Nido Palawan

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.

10. Lio Beach

11 Best Unspoiled Beaches in El Nido Palawan

Take the last paradise photo at the Lio Beach, also known as the  El Nido Airport Beach, before you leave the island.

Taken from its name, Lio Beach is another beautiful beach that is right next to the airport. It has a long wooden pier where visitors can enjoy a short walk while appreciating the view of Cadlao Island. 

9. 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.

8. Duli Beach

11 Best Unspoiled Beaches in El Nido Palawan Another uncrowded beach in El Nido, the Duli Beach is similar to Nacpan. This remote beach has a huge uninhabited 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.

7. Nacpan and Calitang Beaches

11 Best Unspoiled Beaches in El Nido Palawan

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.

6. Pinasil Island 

Chill by the cool waters or witness nature’s work of art. Pinasil Island offers two options: swim under the heat of the summer sun or under the limestone formation.

Visitors can enjoy sunbathing or taking a dip under the Cathedral Cave, which part of island-hopping tour B in El Nido. This cave is a limestone cavern that is shaped like cathedrals of the European churches.

Since the Cathedral Cave cannot be reachable by a speedboat or a boat, the only way to get there is by swimming or kayaking.

5. Pinagbuyutan Island

11 Best Unspoiled Beaches in El Nido Palawan

Unlike the typical beaches in El Nido, Pinagbuyutan Island offers a different vibe. 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.

4. Dolarog Beach

11 Best Unspoiled Beaches in El Nido Palawan

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.

3. Marimegmeg Beach

11 Best Unspoiled Beaches in El Nido Palawan

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.

2. Seven Commandos Beach

11 Best Unspoiled Beaches in El Nido Palawan

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.

1. Buena Suerte Beach   

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 is always crowded. It also has several hotels, restaurants, and even business establishments.

Get ready to unwind and recover in the islands of El Nido. Start planning your trip by looking into El Nido tours and island-hopping experiences that you can add to your itinerary.