Laidback Tapik Beach, about 17 kilometers from the El Nido town center, is yet another secret paradise in Palawan waiting to be uncovered. This particular stretch of beach is quiet and secluded, but accessible at just an hour or so away from the busy tourist circuit of the main town. Native huts are available at Tapik Beach Park, which has a magnificent view of the pristine white sand beach lining the gentle surrounding waters. At Tapik, swimming and snorkeling can make up most of your time, and perhaps exploring other beach coves nearby that are also off the tourist radar.
How to get there
Book a direct flight from Manila to El Nido on Air Swift or from Manila to Puerto Princesa on Cebu Pacific Air. From Puerto Princesa, where take a Lexxus Shuttle Services van or Cherry Bus Palawan bus headed to El Nido, a five-hour ride. In El Nido, go to the public transport terminal in front of the public market and hop on a Charity bus or jeepney going to Sibaltan village (departs at 11am). The drop-off point in Sibaltan is only a 10-minute walk from Tapik Beach. Tapik Beach Resort can also help reserve seats and arrange transportation to and from the resort.
Cover photo is a screengrab from @theworldismine1983 on Instagram.
By Celia Nachura
Published September 2016