Beach huts and boats at Inaladelan Island in Palawan

Top 13 Things to Do in San Vicente Palawan: Longest Beach in the Philippines & Popular Port Barton

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Aerial view of Port Barton in Palawan

Discover Palawan beyond Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron and travel to San Vicente - home of the longest beach in the Philippines. Find unique beach life experiences and other activities you can do in this beautiful destination.

Sandwiched between the more popular Puerto Princesa and El Nido in Palawan is San Vicente, a lesser-known but fast-rising tourist destination in the Palawan.

What was once a sleepy and laidback municipality is getting a lot of attention for its picturesque islands, coral-abundant diving spots, and as the home of the Philippines’ longest white sand beach.

Its undisturbed shorelines and homegrown, small restaurants, and cozy accommodations are giving travelers from all over the world a different kind of Palawan experience. 

Palm trees and Long Beach in San Vicente, PalawanSan Vicente offers a different kind of luxury: tranquility, a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city living and even the massive foot traffic in other tourist destinations.

Aside from island hopping in the Philippines, we give you other awesome things you can try and more San Vicente tourist spots to explore.

1. Lounge at Long Beach

Beach view from a nipa hut at Long Beach in San Vicente, PalawanLong Beach holds the title of being the longest white beach in the whole Philippines. The 14-kilometer shoreline is unspoiled with little to no establishments on its shoreline. It is also three times the size of Boracay’s famous White Beach.

Long Beach covers numerous barangays which serve as starting points when using public transport such as San Isidro, New Agutaya, and Alimuangan. There are also a number of restaurants along Long Beach that offer both local and international cuisine.

Renting a motorcycle (habal-habal) is the perfect way to explore Long Beach. If you're with a group, you can hire an e-trike to bring you to different destinations, or join a day trip in Long Beach.

2. Explore Port Barton​

san vicente port barton

Located in northern Palawan, Port Barton is a small, quiet village in the municipality of San Vicente. Here you’ll find several islands and pockets of small but equally enthralling beaches.

Unlike the more popular Palawan destinations, there are only a few resorts and restaurants in Port Barton. But its laid back vibe, islands and what lies beneath the waters make Port Barton an increasingly popular destination for beach lovers.

Port Barton is serene, calming, and beautiful. The combination gives you a sense of what island paradise should look like. A day trip in Port Barton with its surrounding islands will definitely complete your trip in the province.



3. Relax at Inoladoan Island

It is also sometimes called Inaladelan Island and German Island. Inoladoan Island is one of the most popular islands included in Port Barton island-hopping tours. 

Most people go here for a day trip, but you can also stay longer at its prime resort, the Inaladelan Island Resort.

If you’ve always wanted to sleep in a tent by the beach, this island in San Vicente is perfect because you don’t have to deal with big crowds and loud partying.

The locals call it the German Island because according to them, a German guy lived on the island for 20 years. Its undisturbed beauty gives you that Robinson Crusoe feeling when you visit.

4. Snorkel at the Coral Reef at Naonao Beach

If you’re looking for both relaxation and adventure, NaoNao Beach is perfect for you. The beach is famous for its towering coconut trees, white sand, and of course, its azure waters.

You can also explore the beauty underneath its waters. There’s a 70-hectare coral reef that you can explore if you’re up for some diving.

Once you’ve had your fill of the sea, you can relax in one of the tropical cottages and feast on some fresh seafood.

5. Trek to Bigaho Waterfalls and Pamuayan Falls​

Bigaho Falls in San Vicente, Palawan

If you want to take a break from all the island-hopping and beach lounging, you can explore these waterfalls in San Vicente, Palawan for a day. You can rent a motorcycle or join a group tour to explore two amazing falls in Port Barton.

You can also trek to the falls but it can take about two hours. The unpaved roads can be quite challenging. You also need to cross a river and trek for 15 minutes before you can reach the 17-meter high Pamuayan Falls.

Here, you can swim in the cool waters before going on another 1-hour trek towards Bigaho Falls.

6. Enjoy a Day at Starfish Island

A group of starfish in Starfish Island, PalawanThis Palawan Island is famous for its shallow waters and the variety of starfish found here. Many of them are scattered in the sand. 

It might be tempting to take photos with the starfish but take note that picking them up and taking them out of the water can actually cause some damage.

Apart from the amazing sea creatures, Starfish Island is a popular lunch stopover spot for island hopping tours. The shallow waters make it a perfect spot for some light swimming before lunchtime.

7. Go Skydiving at Skydive Greater Palawan

If you’re interested to try skydiving, visit Skydive Greater Palawan, a fast-rising San Vicente tourist spot.

There’s no prior experience required if you want to try this activity. If you’re a newbie, you tandem skydive with one of the world-class instructors and just enjoy the views. If you’re an experienced skydiver, you can do so on your own.

Whichever you choose, skydiving is a great activity you can try when visiting this island paradise in the Philippines. But it’s always better to check the latest San Vicente weather update before you go so you can plan your activities well.

8. See the Marine Life in Boayan Island

This Palawan Island in San Vicente is a popular diving and snorkeling spot. The water activity is good for both newbies and professionals. 

You can enjoy the bright and beautiful marine life and swim with small reef fishes. You can also see some vivid coral reefs here.

If you’re not in the mood for snorkeling, you can go swimming in the cool waters of Boayan Island as it’s the perfect relief to the tropical heat.

9. Snorkel at Aquarium Four

A female traveler snorkeling This reef is approximately 2 meters deep and is the perfect place to go snorkeling. The area is abundant with a variety of small fish. You can also see beautiful corals in Aquarium Four.

The best time to go to this snorkeling spot is early in the morning when the waters are at its calmest. If you're traveling with children, this is a great snorkeling spot for them because the waters are not that deep.

10. Unwind at Exotic Island

Once you set foot on this amazing Palawan Island, you’ll understand how truly exotic it is. The sand is white and is super fine. 

The waters are clear and turquoise. The experience you’ll get here is just surreal that you’ll keep dreaming about going back again and again.

Like Starfish Island, Exotic Island is another famous lunch spot for island-hopping tours. But if you stay here a little bit longer, you can swim farther, roughly 50 feet from the shore, and snorkel to see the abundant marine life below. 

There are two islands and waters in between which is a great spot for snorkeling. There’s also a sandbar that you can explore on foot.

11. See the Green Corals in Fantastic Reef

If you are a fan of corals, don’t miss this amazing snorkeling spot in San Vicente, Palawan. It’s famous for its green corals. The spot is also home to many fish varieties and other marine life.

The reef is just near Double Island and it’s a great snorkeling go-to spot if you’re staying or visiting the island.

12. Get Charmed by Double Island

Considered a hidden gem, Double Island is also famous for its picturesque small island paradise vibe: tall coconut trees, white sand beach, and crystal-clear waters. 

The waters that surround the island is free from rocks, pollutants, and mud. Even during high tide, it is safe for swimming.

There’s a small, charming resort on Double Island. So if you want to stay a bit longer, you can book a small room here. Imagine how amazing the sunrise and sunsets are on this island!

13. Go on a Mangrove River Cruise at Inandeng River

Mangrove River Cruise in PalawanPalawan is a haven for 46 species of mangrove, which help protect against erosions and flooding. Mangrove swamps also provide shelter to marine life. 

Along Inandeng River in San Vicente, you can rent a boat, a kayak, or join a river cruise to explore the river in style.

The Mangrove River Cruise is also a fun, educational way to spend an afternoon in San Vicente, Palawan, especially if you have kids who want to learn more about mangroves and how they help protect marine wildlife.

Discover San Vicente, Palawan

Beach huts and boats at Inaladelan Island in PalawanA usual experience of a traveler in the Philippines includes lounging on islands and beaches working on your tan; feasting on the freshest seafood, exploring the abundant marine life, and trekking to see the majestic waters. 

In San Vicente, you can do it all. If you’re planning to visit this fast-rising Palawan destination, use this article to come up with the best itinerary that can help you maximize your stay.

Having a hard time creating your own travel itinerary? Check out San Vicente by adding tours and travel packages in Palawan to help you explore its many hidden gems.

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