PALAWAN: San Vicente Travel Guide

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All the info you need to know about San Vicente, Palawan.


San Vicente, located on the northwestern side of the main island of Palawan, is home to the longest white sand beach in the Philippines, almost three times the length of Boracay’s renewed White Beach.

ABOUT SAN VICENTE

San Vicente, officially the Municipality of San Vicente, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 31,232 people. It is located in the north-western side of the main island of Palawan and is 186 kilometres from Puerto Princesa City.

San Vicente’s 14.7 kilometres (9.1 mi) golden sand beach, known as the Long Beach, is the main highlight of the municipality. This charming Long Beach is peaceful and uncommercialized, but it won’t be long before this paradise gets discovered.

FACTS ABOUT SAN VICENTE

  • The municipality of San Vicente is located in the north-western side of the main island of Palawan. It occupies a total land area of 146,294 hectares (361,500 acres).
  • The population of San Vicente the 2015 census was 31,232. San Vicente has a very diverse populations with 24 ethno-linguistic resident groups, each with their own distinct dialects, and culture heritage.
  • The wet season is from June to October. The dry season, from November until May.
  • The newly opened airport in San Vicente, is served by Philippine Airlines providing a convenient direct flight from Manila Clark.
  • Another way to reach San Vicente is via Puerto Princesa International Airport, which is located about 3 hours away.
  • It’s possible to go to San Vicente by boat from El Nido and from Port Barton.
  • There are no banks or ATMs in San Vicente and credit card are often not accepted. Make sure you have enough cash when you go there.
  • Many hotels offer free wireless internet, but sometimes connection is really slow.
  • Top tourists attractions in San Vicente are the Long Beach and the islands in Port Barton’s bay.
  • The average length-of-stay in San Vicente is 3 days.


WHAT TO SEE

If you want to spend your holiday in San Vicente, here are some of our favourite places, not to be missed during your stay:

Long Beach

San Vicente’s 14.7-kilometer beachfront, popularly called Long Beach, is the main attraction of San Vicente.

Long Beach is the longest stretch of white sand beach in the Philippines, more than three times longer than the world-famous Boracay’s white beach.

Unlike the popular beaches of El Nido, San Vicente’s Long Beach offer a laid-back, uncrowded and uncommercialized experience, ideal for travellers who wish to go off the beaten path and enjoy the simple life by the beach.

Recommended Length of Visit: 3-4 days
Activities: Swimming, Longing at the Beach, Island Hopping

Paradise Island


The Paradise Island is a privately owned island which had a small resort in it once. At present, there are only caretakers left on the island, a small family who have tasked to maintain the environment in the area by keeping poachers away from the reef.

In the past, the reefs of this island suffered immense damage due to destructive fishing practices but later on, slowly, the reef grew back into what it is now.

The highlight of Paradise Island are the beautiful large fan corals .

Tourists have to pay a small fee to enter which is given to the caretakers as compensation for their hard work in the area.

Location: Port Barton Bay
Activities: Snorkeling, sunbathing and swimming
Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Exotic Island

The Exotic Island is actually composed of two islands with shallow waters between them (see also Double Island). This beautiful location is a perfect place for swimming and for having lunch on the beach.

Exotic Island is one of the travellers’ favourite islands in Port Barton, thanks to its unique landscape with a narrow channel where it’s possible to swim from one island to another.

Snorkelers would, however, find it hard to find good spots for their interests but don’t lose hope!

Snorkeler enthusiasts may spot schools of beautiful, colorful, tropical fish and coral reef.

Location: Port Barton Bay
Activities: Snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming
Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour
Recommended Tour: Port Barton Island Hopping Tour A

German Island


German Island is another privately owned island which can be visited while you are in Port Barton.

It’s a good place for snorkeling with coral reef teeming with colorful marine life, just a few meters from the shore.

You can snorkel around the beach, but the most beautiful patches of coral gardens are a bit far, and it’s worth the extra swim.

Swimming a little further would also be a good option since it might just give you an awesome treat, seeing various colorful schools of fish, beautiful corals, and occasionally, sea turtles.

German island is also a good spot for lunches.

Location: Port Barton Bay
Activities: Snorkeling, sunbathing and swimming
Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Boayan Island

Discover the biggest island in San Vicente. It has secluded white sand beaches, lush forest, and spectacular marine life.

WHERE TO STAY IN SAN VICENTE


BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to travel to San Vicente is during the dry season between December and early May. This season is characterized by gentle breezes, calm seas, and clear blue skies.

The rainy seasons starts in June and lasts till October. August is the wettest month.

San Vicente is still a relatively unknown travel destination in Palawan, hence it never gets crowded, even during the peak season and public holidays.

Suggested 4- days Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive San Vicente
Day 2: Port Barton Island Hopping
Day 3: Boayan Island
Day 4: Depart San Vicente

WHERE TO STAY IN SAN VICENTE


THINGS TO BRING

  • Swimsuit
  • Shorts
  • Cotton t-shirts
  • Loose Pants
  • Flip Flops
  • Beach Bag
  • Beach Pareo
  • Beach Towel
  • Sunhut
  • Sunscreen
  • Watershoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Refillable Water bottle
  • A good book/Kindle
  • Waterproof camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Raincoat
  • Cash in local currency

WHERE TO EAT

Grilled food and drinks are served in the few establishments along the Long Beach. There is also an open-air food court near the public market, pier and tourist office with several stalls serving fruit shakes, grilled specialties, seafood and Filipino dishes.

HOW TO GET TO SAN VICENTE

From Manila Clark

-Flight: The newly opened airport in San Vicente, is served by Philippine Airlines providing a convenient direct flight from Manila Clark. CHECK RATES ]

From Puerto Princesa

-Public Transportation: There are only a couples shuttle van companies that offer a direct link between Puerto Princesa and San Vicente.

NOTE: Shuttle vans are daily and run from 5:00am until 6.00pm. The journey from Puerto Princesa to San Vicente usually takes around 4 hours. CHECK RATES ]

-Flight: For now, Air Juan operates a direct flight to San vicente via Puerto Princesa. The flight takes less than one hour, and the airplane directly lands to the New build San Vicente Airport which is 18.0 kilometers away from San Vicente Town.

NOTE: The San Vicente airport is just newly built, and in the near future we are expecting more inbound/outbound flights. CHECK RATES ]

From Sabang (Underground River)

-Private Transfer: Private van is the quickest and least hassle way to get from Sabag to San Vicente. The journey is about 3 hours.

From El Nido

-Private Transfer: Private van is the quickest and least hassle way to get from El Nido to San Vicente. The journey is about 3 hours.


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