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Duli beach El Nido, truly a piece of paradise.
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Duli beach El Nido, truly a piece of paradise.

You probably may not have heard of Duli beach. Have you? Well, the truth is, we also haven’t heard about it before until we’ve discovered it. Indeed, Duli beach in El Nido is a hidden piece of paradise, and for me, the ultimate Beach in Palawan.

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Not taken by surprise, the Philippines has more than 7,000 plus of islands, hence you can never run out of a gorgeous beach or island to choose from let alone in Palawan.

That being said, If you’re heading to El Nido and seems undecided which beach to go, well, here’s my finest recommendation.

Duli beach El Nido, a piece of paradise

Duli beach is one of the most extra ordinary beaches we’ve ever been. It was recommended by a local on our two weeks trip in Palawan. And didn’t dismay! 

Duli beach’s beauty cannot be humbled. Pretty much. Although the trip on the way was quite lengthy on a scorching summer day, it was so worthwhile. Moreover, It has fine white sand like Boracay island. Though I must warn you that there are not plenty of shades here, so be prepared of being sun-kissed. 

On top of that, If you want to be awarded extra, more solitary, and undisturbed spots, saunter up to the edge. And you’ll absolutely own the vicinity!

Best season to go ☀️☀️☀️😎👙

Basically, March – April is summer season in the Philippines. When we were there, it was the last of week of May, and occasionally in some areas in Palawan, there were drizzles of rain.

No one at the beach except us

Instagrammable? 📷👙

Of course! So prepare your ootd or bikinis and take tons of gorgeous photos!

Solo at Duli beach El Nido

Go Surfing 🏄‍♀️🏄‍♂️

Duli beach also had magnificent and inviting waves for surfers. It’s not surprising why there were surfing boards for rent, although I didn’t see anyone at the moment surfing. Rental fee is around ₱500-1000. Prices may vary. We didn’t give it a try, probably next time!

Snorkeling 🐟🐠🐡

Just bring your own gear 

Sunbathing 😎👙📖

Yep. Essentially, take pleasure in the heat of the summer on this incredible remote beach. Read a book, sun-basking, swimming. However, you like it! 

Or buy a fresh coconut from the locals! We definitely did not miss this part!

Coconut price 🌴🥥 – ₱50 each

Fresh coconuts at Duli beach

Where to eat🥄😋

There are small eateries or carinderia and serve basic foods like pancit or pasta. Of course, beer! 🍻 You can also just bring your own foods and don’t forget your water!

How to get there📍

From Nacpan beach by a motorbike along the main highway, it took us 30-40mins. And another 30mi by taking a little bumpy road on the way to Duli beach. Be sure to ask a local how to get there as the main sign along the highway may not be visible for tourists.

₱₱₱ Entrance fee

  • P50.  You will also be asked to register before entering

₱₱₱ Parking fee | 🛵🛵🛵

  • 10-20Php per motorbike

Related read: Can’t decide where to travel yet? See the other amazing places to explore, such as Catanduanes or other destinations in the Philippines here.

Duli beach EL Nido in a nutshell

In conclusion, we totally loved our short getaway at Duli beach El Nido Palawan. While I was astonished that there’s actually less than five people in the vicinity and a few local kids who were enjoying swimming, I also knew that during the high waves season, this paradise was indeed crowded.

Moreover, Duli beach is a perfect and exclusive picture of uncommercialized, untouched and wonder of your ideal beach. Not to mention, the lush green mountain surroundings is a grand. This, Duli beach is a real piece of paradise. 

I’m pretty sure I’ve made you jealous by these photos, so the next time you’re visiting one of the most renowned islands in the world, Palawan, don’t miss Duli beach El Nido! Just promise to keep it secret! Kidding aside!

Just a friendly reminder:  ☝️☝️☝️

Please don’t leave any trash. Leave nothing but 👣👣👣.

Born, raised, and forever loyal to the Philippines. Catherine is a teacher who writes and a writer who teaches. She writes every day. She's in love with Africa, beaches, and books. Her favorite books are " There Is No Me Without you, One woman's Odyssey to Rescue African's children, and "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace. One School at a Time". And her ultimate dream destinations are Madagascar and Hawaii. Check out more of her stories on her blog.


  • Kavita

    Duli beach looks beautiful, loving the pale sand, the vivid colours in the water and the pretty trees hanging over. How amazing that it’s so quiet that you almost have it to yourself. Very photogenic!

  • Sarah

    Fantastic photos. I really should get to the Philipines, they look incredible. Not familiar with El Nido but it looks amazing!

  • Daniel Kiteski

    Those pictures from the beach are absolutely amazing! Too bad to hear that there aren’t many shades on the island tho. I start burning within the first 5 minutes when I’m not under the shade lol 🙂

  • escapesanddiaries

    hahaha! You do? I don’t! You should put a lot of sunscreen then! While I don’t! My skin is such a big fan of sun so I don’t mind being sunkissed! Thanks! They are amazing! Absolutely!

  • Bhushavali

    As usual – Philippines! I really wish I get a chance to visit Philippines!!! Its one of the most gorgeous countries ever, so blessed with the bounty of mother nature! I don’t mind the sun at all! My skin is used to sun. I love such secluded beaches… So its perfectly my kinda place

  • Navita

    Duli beach does look like a piece of paradise! Thanks for sharing that it does not have too many shades and hence, would need to protect oneself from the sun. The water looks so serene and colors so inviting. Finding the beach to yourself is a best experience just as you did here with only about five people in vicinity! Awesome! I think May would be
    great time for me to plan a trip too as would love a bit of rain with the sun 🙂

  • Kristy Bullard

    The fine, white sandy beaches in Duli remind me of the sugary, white sand that we have here in Alabama. This looks like the perfect place to spend the day and relax with the family. I really like that this beach is almost secluded and you get the beach to yourself.

  • Kimanis Ome

    This truly looks like a wonderful get away. The secluded beach and white sands. Just perfect. The waters look so inviting. Thanks for the introduction to Duli beach in Palawan. Amazing.

  • Rosie

    I am SO glad I read your post – we are heading to El Nido in December and so I have just added this beach to our list! We love finding secluded beaches like this, it looks absolutely stunning I can’t wait to see it in real life! Fresh coconuts too, yum! Did you drive a motorbike yourself to get there?

  • escapesanddiaries

    Hi Rosie! Thanks for reading and glad you liked it! Yes, we did ride our own motorbike from our glamping to Duli beach. The motorbike was actually for free from the accommodation but usually, motorbike rent in El nido is around 400-700peso per day! I hope that helps!

  • Polkajunction's Travel Tales

    Thank you for introducing this lesser known beach through your post. The vistas offered is quite stunning and your captures have added a beautiful dimension to these azure waters. And, glad that you have provided a comprehensive guide for a visit including some tips!

  • Sherianne Higgins (SherianneKa

    This is insanely gorgeous! Can’t believe have beautiful the water is and that it isn’t crowded

  • Vaisakhi

    Duli beach looks like a secluded paradise. Your pictures make me wanna ditch the crazy cold of NY and head there right away! Would love to go snorkeling there and just chill on this picturesque beach 😀

  • Ma. Clarice Lao

    I love Duli beach. We went there a couple of weeks ago and it is just paradise. It was also recommended to us by a local and we were really surprised. We’re actually planning to go back early next year. I am so tired of crowded beaches already. 🙂

  • Janine Thomas

    I have never heard of Duli Beach before, but it looks like paradise. That water is fabulous . I can’t believe that this beach is not packed with people.

  • Claire

    Omg you’re right I’d never heard of Duli beach but it is now on my list to visit! It is stunning, I would love to spend a day or two chilling here – I might even try the surfing!

  • Jimmy Whittemore

    We’ve never heard about this beach. Gonna have to add to our list of destinations to visit when we come out that way in a few months time. Love all these hi-res photos you’ve got!

  • Kate Flores

    I would surf and snorkel here! Next time we’ll head to El Nido, I’ll think of you and the Duli Beach! I also want some bikini poses like that and sure I’m not sinning? Hhaha love you <3

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