Pinagbuyutan Island in El Nido, Palawan

Towering limestone cliffs dwarf the strip of creamy white sand in this paradise island. Photo by @elnidoboutiqueartcafe

Even from a distance, the waters shimmer in changing hues of blue. Pinagbuyutan Island, around 21 kilometers from the El Nido town center in Palawan, is a picture-perfect beach with its small strip of white sand shore dwarfed by the towering limestone cliffs rising at the back. Diving and snorkeling are top-notch in the waters surrounding Pinagbuyutan, although tourists need to bring their own gear or rent elsewhere as there are no dive centers in the island.  

Pinagbuyutan Island is part of Tour B in El Nido's standard tour packages. Other islands in the package are Pangalusian Island, Snake Island, Cadugnon Point and Cave, and Pinasil Island and Cathedral Cave.

Pinagbuyutan Island - in media




island life

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How to get there
Airswift has daily direct flights from Manila to El Nido round trip. Tourists may also book a Cebu Pacific flight to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, then ride a taxi or tricycle to the San Jose Bus Terminal for Cherry Bus to take you to El Nido. Lexxus Shuttle Services’ vans can also pick you up at Puerto Princesa Airport.

Where to stay
El Nido Resorts have four luxury resorts in El Nido, each one with private beaches and diving. Lagen Resort Island is the nearest to Pinagbuyutan Island.

El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe, near the pier in the El Nido town proper, is one of the oldest island hopping, kayaking, and snorkeling tour operators in El Nido. Tours start at P1,200 per person, +63920 902 6317.

Find other spectacular islands in 16 best beaches in El Nido. 

By Celia Nachura

Published October 2016