Ubugon Cove is a site found in the far west of Cadlao Island in El Nido, Palawan. The cove, which is also called Cadlao Lagoon, offers some good snorkeling and diving spots. It has a small stretch of white sand beach nestled between rugged limestone formations and is often compared with the popular Big and Small Lagoons in the Miniloc Island.
The picture-perfect Ubugon Cove spans 10 square kilometers and is known for its emerald water that is both calm and shallow. Its entrance is similar to the Big Lagoon and the outer lagoon of Twin Lagoon in Coron, Palawan. Its still water is great for swimming—both swimmers and non-swimmers—and kayaking.
Ubugon Cove is home to diverse marine life—different kinds of fish, unspoiled coral reefs, and even sea turtles. The lagoon, particularly, near the mouth entrance is great for snorkeling. The area is also known for its towering limestone formations. Those who are feeling a little adventurous can jump from the rocks and into the water.
The easiest way to go to Ubugon is to rent a motorized boat. But others who want a different experience opt to go here by kayaking. It takes 45 minutes to an hour and a half to kayak from El Nido town to the cove.
Ubugon Cove is part of the 1,006-hectare Cadlao Island, the largest island in Bacuit Bay. It is home to fascinating beaches and coves as well as El Nido’s highest peak, the 640-meter high Cadlao Peak.
Tourists can visit Natnat Beach, which is located southeast of the island. Natnat is a kid-friendly beach with its calm, azure water and gentle slopes. Pasandingan Beach is one of the lesser-visited destinations in El Nido, hence the peaceful and isolated vibe. It features a fine white sand beach and still, turquoise water. Also found in Cadlao Island is Paradise Beach. It has a long stretch of sand surrounded by trees and limestone rocks and is popular among campers. Ubugon Cove also faces the Helicopter Island or Dilumacad Island, a popular diving site as it boasts of an expansive reef system.