A sliver of heaven in Sabang

A declaration: the beach of Sabang is grossly underrated in comparison to the other popular destinations of Palawan Island.

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We spent only one night here and wished we could’ve stayed longer… Too bad we had to return our motorcycle rental the next morning!

The beach is drop dead gorgeous, and wide enough for both a bangka parking lot and a long tract just for swimming. Plenty of sand and shade, and so many of the hotels offer hammocks for our leisurely perusal.

Next to the beaches of Port Barton and El Nido, the undervalued gem Sabang is actually the only beach that has blinding white sand and clear, aquamarine waters; Port Barton and El Nido are, nowadays, just gateways to the islands in the horizon.

Hundreds of tourists descend upon the town each day just to see a small fraction of the 8km-long underground river (recently added to UNESCO fame) and amazingly enough, most of them leave before the end of the day! Which means the majority of the daytrippers don’t even bother with swimming or lounging on the beach.

In addition to a gorgeous beach, there are more empty beaches within swimming/walking distance, some lovely karst formations, and some snorkeling activity offshore. For those rare moments where you actually get tired of lounging on a hammock, there’s a 5.8 km trail through the jungle that surrounds Sabang.

Peace and isolation can be hard to come by in the Philippines, but there’s plenty of it to be found in Sabang (if one stays well away from the pier).

We stayed at Mary’s, the last resort on the strip, to the east of the town center. Couldn’t stop admiring our view!

from the porch of our hut at Mary’s
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where the road ends, in sabang
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the beach of sabang, from the east end
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360 view
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headed into town for dinner
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requisite
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another view of sabang
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more beaches to be found, to the east
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back on the road.
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these detours and/or “roadblocks” are ubiquitous in the Philippines
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pulled over to climb to a viewpoint
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nearby buenavista
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uh oh, brake problems
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we were completely dependent on the kindness of others!
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