Nagtabon Beach: A Crowd Free Destination in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Erik James Requina

Founder and Owner

where is Nagtabon Beach Located?

Nagtabon beach is the perfect destination for travelers who want to avoid the crowded and commonly visited tourist spots in Puerto Princesa Palawan. If you are in the mood to just chill at the beach, drink some local beer or just swim without bumping into other tourists.

Then this is the perfect destination for you!

How to Get to Nagtabon Beach?

Nagtabon pronounced as Nag-tah –bhon (stress on the 2nd syllable) is situated 31 kilometers from the city of Puerto Princesa Palawan.

The beach is facing the West Philippine Sea. It has a 1 km shoreline of white sand and pristine waters similar to the famous beaches that are farther away in the Palawan area.
It can be classified as a “virgin beach” due to the absence of cottages, restaurants, and other business establishments in the vicinity.

The beach is arguably the best beach closest to Puerto Princesa Palawan. Although by closest I would mean 45 minutes to an hour drive from Puerto Princesa.
Although the roads to Nagtabon beach are cemented, it is still relatively a challenging drive as the roads leading to the beach have either hard curves, narrow roads or requires uphill and downhill drive.

Mode of Transportation and How much Does it Cost to go to Nagtabon Beach?

Being that I’m a part witch I flew using my broomstick to Nagtabon.

Kidding! Upon arriving at Puerto Princesa Palawan I hailed a tricycle (similar to tuktuk’s in Thailand) to take me to Nagtabon Beach.

How much should I pay the Driver?

The driver initially offered to take me there for 1500 Php or around 28 USD but I haggled the price down to 1300 Php or 25 USD. He suggested that we use his motorcycle rather than the tricycle as it’s more fast and convenient.

Thus the best mode of transportation heading to Nagtabon Beach is by motorcycle. You can rent & drive one in the city or hire a driver to take you to Nagtabon.

While heading to Nagtabon Beach I understood why it was more convenient traveling using a motorcycle. 

The roads were very zigzagged and eventually become narrow and the route also passes by cliffs.

It’s not technically dangerous but with the diverse road conditions, it is highly recommended that a vehicle in good condition is the best option if you are planning to visit Nagtabon.

What Can I do When in Nagtabon Beach?

Upon arriving at the beach you can park your motorcycle or car (yes it’s possible to drive a car on the road heading to Nagtabon) at their make-shift car park.

You will be required to pay 25 Php for the parking fee– no time limit. There is no entrance fee on the beach thus you can freely swim, talk to locals, or just hang out at the beach and watch time pass by.

It was a relaxing experience for me as I can only count the tourists in the area with my own 2 hands.

This was precisely the reason why I decided to head to Nagtabon beach. I wanted to just stay on the beach with little to no interruption.

What not To do: Avoid the Hawkers

In as much as I support local tourism, I am discouraging you to buy any item that the locals would offer you. I was approached by 2 locals and they offered to sell me pearls and semi-precious stones.

They offered it to me at 2000 Php or 37 USD each. Good thing I did not buy their products.

Later on, during my trip, I found out that the same pearls and stones are priced at 100 Php -300 Php or 3 USD – 5 USD each in a souvenir shop in Puerto Princesa.

So please unless you have extra bucks avoid the hawkers selling these souvenir items while in Nagtabon Beach

Bring a Packed Meal Or snacks

The beach has no business establishments and the only store that you can see in the vicinity is a mini grocery shack.
The store offers refreshments, snacks, and fresh meat ready to be grilled.
While their snacks and drinks are reasonably priced their meat products are expensive. Thus if you can bring food on your way to Nagtabon beach then I highly recommend you do so as it will save you some money.

Appreciate The Beach Exclusivity

Nagtabon beach is not teeming with tourists. Thus make sure to grab the opportunity to enjoy its “exclusivity”. Explore the island. Talk to the locals and take in the experience of somewhat being in your private resort.

If you plan on staying in Nagtabon overnight you can do so as there are lodging houses near the vicinity but it’s not the “fancy” accommodation you would expect.

And oh electricity is not 24/7 in Nagtabon Beach and it turns off at night thus if you plan on staying overnight make sure to factor that in.

Weekend Vs Weekdays

I visited Nagtabon beach during the weekdays specifically a Friday. I arrived at the beach around 9 am and aside from the fishermen docking their boats on the shore, I was the only tourist during that time.

Some local and foreign tourists arrived 2 hours later but man the sun was scorching hot during that time.

A boatman who also takes tourists on island hoppings said that every weekend, Nagtabon beach is teeming with tourists.

If you want some peace then best to visit Nagtabon on Weekdays.

Nagtabon Beach: A Sanctuary for those searching for Peace

For those craving, a quiet place to chill and relax then Nagtabon beach is the perfect tourist destination for you.
It offers some exclusivity and sanctuary that you rarely find in tourist spots in Puerto Princesa Palawan.

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