Nagtabon Beach

Nagtabon Beach, Puerto Princesa: Address, Nagtabon Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Nagtabon Beach
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palawanismyhome
Palawan Island, Philippines20,313 contributions
Feb 2020
The first time i went to Nagtabon Beach was 25 years ago when the only way to get there was riding on the daily jeepney along a rough road which sometimes took up to 4 hours for the 30 km trip. Back then there were two simple places to stay and during our visits you could guarantee that there were no more than 10 people in the sea.
Nowadays there is a concrete road leading all the way down to the beach and it is easy to rent a motorbike in Puerto Princesa for the 30-40 minute trip. The beach is sandy and the ocean clean as wave after wave hits the shore.There are many little canteens along the beach now and a few places to stay. You can even rent surfboards and enjoy the fun when the waves are big enough. Nowadays there are hundreds of visitors at the beach on the weekend, enjoying their time. BUT be careful as when it is rough there is a rip tide and people drown each year if the lifeguard cannot reach them on time. My favorite canteen/bar is Surf Surf which is to the left when you reach the beach, (about 100 m ). We used to be able to park our motorbikes on the access road but since last week you have to park them in a field for 30 pesos fee, which is very reasonable.
Do not go to the first bar to the right which is run by a Slovenian who charges an astronomical 80 pesos for a beer, 150 pesos for a hammock, and even 250 pesos to sit at a table with two chairs to drink the beer that you bought.
If you fancy a safer beach do not take the road down to Nagtabon beach, just continue another 9 kms to Talaudyaong Beach where swimming is safer as there is no rip-tide. Here there are several small resorts which charge a small entrance fee.
Written February 18, 2020
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Kent Lim
Cebu City, Philippines40 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Nagtabon beach is far from the likes of El Nido and Coron Beaches. Nagtabon beach sand is fine but not as white as the other Palawan beaches. But definitely, this place has its own beauty. The waves are perfect for surfing. Tourists don't offend come here hence the beach is all yours! There are also a few stores that sell liquors and seafoods. Overall, visiting this place is soooo worth it!
Written August 19, 2018
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BrycevanBalen
Puerto Princesa, Philippines41 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Nagtabon beach is picking up.
Since the road is finished in 2017 people now know how to find their way to Nagtabon.
Businesses are also picking up, there is now a boat tour to Chicken Island where you can snorkel trough caves, see the beautiful corals and even a shipwreck.
There is cottages for rent (P200 / P300 per day) and you can stay the night on the beach in one of the huts or in the more comfortable hostel up the hill.
There is stores that sell drinks and fresh food or fruit shakes.
In Javares Beachfront you can rent surfboards, skimboards and bodyboards.

Nagtabon is stunning and unspoiled, make sure you visit here before you go up North to the overcrowded places.
Written May 20, 2018
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Alberto H
Puerto Princesa, Philippines1 contribution
Jan 2020
Nagtabon beach is not a resort or a beach with a caretaker. nagtabon beach is an open public beach in short "swim at your own risk". don't expect to have lifeguards, cottages, and restaurants because all of that is not existing in nagtabon beach. you can see some stores that offer food and cottages but those are operated but local which means you don't expect a resort service or quality. for the FREE beach, this one is the best. even nicer to some with entrance fees.
Written March 11, 2020
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BrycevanBalen
Puerto Princesa, Philippines41 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Nagtabon is one of the most beautiful and untouched beaches of Palawan.

Unlike the overcrowded and spoiled tourist spots like El Nido and Port Barton, the water in Nagtabon is crystal clear and free of sewage water.
If there is enough wind the waves are big enough to surf them and even if you don't surf, the strong waves can be a ton of fun.
Be careful of the undertow though, it can be quite hazardous if you're not a good swimmer.

Nagtabon can be reached within 35min. by motorbike or car.

There is not much accommodations at the moment but there is a hostel being build in 2018.
If you have the chance it's definitely worth paying it a visit since there is not only Nagtabon but also:
-Kalaodiong Beach
-Buksayan Beach
-Tagcawayan Big Beach

Which are all untouched and unspoiled beauties on there own waiting to be discovered.

Written October 4, 2017
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fortalejo n
20 contributions
Sep 2019
We had a nice picnic by the beach. The place is quiet and we totally loved it. We were able to swim but I guess this is for surfers due to big waves (visited in September)?

Note:
>Yes, beware of the strong current.
>Entrance fee is 50.
>Bring your own food.
>If you are going to ride a tricycle/trike (700 roundtrip), this is quite far from the city and not convenient to go in a trike really. You will have to walk on a steep road for about 10 minutes as the trike cannot transport you directly to the beach. We went on a 4x4 and it cost us 2500 roundtrip. Windy road at some part.

Be safe and have fun!
Written September 24, 2019
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palawanismyhome
Palawan Island, Philippines20,313 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
People die here every year due to the rip which is in the center of the beach, so if there are big waves it is not advisable to swim here. On a calm day the water is crystal clear and you can have a great time swimming.The new road has been constructed and there are many visitors compared to the handful before. Nowadays there are about 10 shacks selling food and drinks. It takes about 45 minutes to reach there from Puerto Princesa and is easy to reach if you rent a motorbike.
Written May 30, 2018
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Charles H
1 contribution
May 2018 • Couples
The beach and smoking are fantastic..

But european big man that runs a little restaurant and offers boat rides to the island. Is way overpriced.. 600 pesos for a fish then the salad and rice was without any charge..extra for the salad..
I would give the local filipino business your business much better price.
The european guy is a very happy go lucky guy but it is a hostel..
Written May 13, 2018
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Zerah
Philippines4 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
This beach is known by the locals on being deadly. No trained/skilled lifeguards are around to assist in case of emergency.

It's really really beautiful, I cannot object to that,
But be very cautious. Stay AWAY from the rip curls (where two waves end and begin).

Don't be deceived by its pretty face.

Be alert. Be wary.

Not a kid friendly place to be.
Written February 2, 2018
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villanagtabon
Puerto Princesa, Philippines31 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
If you want to avoid the city heat and traffic hassle of puertop, Nagtabon beach waits for you.

From the airport, its between 30/40 mn.
Trycle should cost around 500/600 php. Its advisable to rent a bike to fly around the coasts. You can make a three day trip visiting honda bay, nagtabon beach until taladudyong. Nagtabon is in the middle.

Its also located on the main road to reach sabang underground river and el nido. Visitors can make a stop a Nagtabon and commute on the main road with public transpo or their vans.

If you are motorbike rider our dream is to ride from puerto to sabang. The road in the middle of the forest is unforgetable. To be done in the morning. It will take 2 hours.

As the road is now cemented its very easy to reach the beach. Food stalls are available and you might order some fresh fish to be grilled.

November/ march. Nice waves possible there. Locals make competitions . There are some currents but you can swim specially during the great sunset. You forget everything.

Mabuhay !
Written November 20, 2017
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