Puerto Princesa’s West Coast Beaches: 3 Must-Visit Pristine and Undisturbed Beaches
When we think of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, one will surely remember the Underground River and the Honda Bay Island Hopping, each with thrilling adventures and unforgettable experiences.
But what lies behind the famed attractions are hidden gems just waiting to be discovered—Puerto Princesa’s West Coast Beaches!
Tucked away from the booming and thriving city and quietly sitting at the west coast of Puerto Princesa is the extraordinary expanse of pristine, uncrowded beaches and azure waters of Palawan!
Check out three majestic beach destinations that you should consider for your next Palawan trip!
Walking barefoot in Talaudyong’s light-colored and powdery sand along with a long stretch of palm-lined trees and the breath-taking sunset of Puerto Princesa as your backdrop brings you back to the good ‘ol days of life when everything seems to be simple.
Talaudyong Beach / IMAGE courtesy of Tom Cui Espinas of Blue Palawan
Here, you’ll find local fishermen trying to get their catch of the day, tourists and locals alike surfing and visitors just trying to find a quiet place away from the crowded islands.
Address: Talaudyong Beach, Bacungan, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
How to get here:
- Via rented motorcycle or van: From the town proper, take the Puerto Princesa North Road for about 20 km before turning left to Bacungan-Nagtabon Road. Continue straight for about 15km and turn right. Continue straight and you’ll arrive to Talaudyong Beach.
Nagtabon Beach is the place to be if you’re looking for an adventure all the while getting that relaxed community-like setting. It is a foreign-friendly local beach where you’ll find everyone enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
Nagtabon Beach from the view deck / IMAGE courtesy of Tom Cui Espinas of Blue Palawan
At Nagtabon Beach, you get to experience the hidden surfing sanctuary of Puerto Princesa. The waters of Nagtabon beach is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee and a good surfing tutorial from Surf Surf Cafe. They also offer surfing lessons and surfboard rentals as well as a variety of good food from vegetarian options to bar chows, perfect for those who wish to chill after a good surf.
Address: Nagtabon Beach, Bacungan, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
How to get here:
- Via rented motorcycle or van: From the town proper, take the Puerto Princesa North Road for about 20 km before turning left to Bacungan-Nagtabon Road. Continue straight for about 15km and turn left. You’ll arrive at Nagtabon Beach.
Sabang, a small community on the west coast where the famed Underground River is located, boasts a hidden tropical beach surrounded by palm trees, lodging and dining areas all with a spectacular view of the mountains.
Sabang Beach’s majestic view of the mountains
Sabang Beach is the perfect post-island tour destination as it is just a few minutes away from the Sabang Boat terminal and home to a kilometer-stretch of restaurants and lodging services.
Apart from that, visitors may also bask in the sun, swim, get a massage, and watch the sunset by the beach. Those who like to chill until night time can also enjoy various resto-bar that serves cocktail drinks.
Address: Cabayugan, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
How to get here:
- From Sabang Boat Terminal: you can walk towards the first street corner. If you have transportation such as vans, you may enter the street but you have to pay a car pass for Php 20. There isn’t really a bigger space for parking around as it is a beach so it is advisable to just leave it in the terminal and walk towards the beach area.
- From Island hopping: You may opt to dock at the beach (depends on the wind and water current, just ask the boat captain and tour guide)
What are you waiting for? Book that trip to Puerto Princesa and explore the undiscovered beaches of Palawan!
This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese and English Magazine February 2020 issue.
Written by Denisse Tenorio