Friday, August 09, 2013

Duli Beach: Remote Beauty in Northern Palawan, Philippines

A lot of travelers to El Nido miss visiting some of its most beautiful beaches on the mainland. Some diehards brave the sand flies and visit the very scenic Nacpan beach, but only a few crazy travelers brave the bad roads and cross green paddy fields to reach a section of forest that leads to the Duli beach. To the outside world, Duli does not exist, but if you check with the locals, they will guide you towards a small dirt track that is navigable by foot, bike and motorbike. This stretch through paddy fields and forests leads to a very remote stretch of beach flanked by tall hills on either side of it.

Remote and beautiful Duli Beach of Palawan, Philippines
The good thing about this beach apart from its remoteness is the relative lack of sand flies when compared to the Nacpan beach and the fact that the waves are gentler here and the waters are very sandy. This makes the beach a heaven for swimming and sun bathing. There are some trees on either corner of the beach where you can put your towel and hammock and read a book if you wish to stay away from the sun. In terms of infrastructure, there is absolutely nothing here. You will not even find another human soul here unless some crazy traveler like you has made it there. If you need any food or drinks, head back the dirt trail and cross the 8 kilometers over the hill and goto Dagmay beach. Duli beach is about 35 kilometers from El Nido and one needs to rent a motorbike or car to reach here. The last kilometer can get slushy in the rains and hence caution is advised. If you ever go there, try and keep the place as it is so that many more like me can enjoy its remote and clean beauty.

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