A Collection of the Best Palawan Beach Resorts Starting at $5 Per Night

Our next long-term stop is Palawan in the Philippines and we’re going to class it up a little while we look for an apartment. Here’s our research for the 30 best Palawan beach resorts if you’re looking to follow suit.

Goodbye, Chiang Mai –Hellooo, Palawan Beach Resort

After another exciting 5-6 months in Thailand with a majority of that spent living at The Nimmana in Chiang Mai, we’re in need of some beach time, an escape from Chiang Mai’s infamous burning season, and a place to hang our hat for the rest of the year and then some.

The Philippines makes obtaining back-to-back visas a whole lot easier for Mike, and since I don’t need any here it was the most logical choice for a place to kick it down a notch, longer-term.

Where's the Best Beachfront Palawan Resorts?

When you’re looking to settle into a paradise island such as Palawan, it only makes sense to book one of the best beach resorts while you’re looking for a more long-term apartment, am I right?

While I was searching for a place to stay, I was surprised to learn there’s not that many resorts in Palawan yet. Considering its size and growing popularity, I expected to see much more on each corner of the map.

Don’t get me wrong. The island has definitely received plenty of attention from tourists in the last few years for its popular Palawan beach resorts. But compared to other beaches and islands in the Philippines, this place remains pristine with much less commercialisation than you might expect from a giant paradise.

Simply put, Palawan beach resorts are worth dropping what you’re doing and booking a plane ticket before it gets infested by tourists. Bohol suffered that fate, and now it’s closed for the foreseeable future.

Cheap as f*ck

Going back to my search, what surprised me even more was the fact that the accommodations were so cheap!

For as low as $5, you get to have your own slice of paradise. Truth! No need to pay an arm and a leg just to enjoy a few days of peace, relaxation in front of the frikking beach!

Also, with Boracay closing down for 6 months and Siargao currently crowded with tourists because of one movie, Palawan serves as the perfect go-to spot for any escapist traveler.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share with you what I discovered during my search. Listed further below are the top 30 Palawan beach resorts under $60, located right in front of a beach –but first, I’d like to share tips for each location as well as some practical advice to help make your stay at a resort in Palawan more comfortable.

Location Considerations

When you’re booking any of the Palawan beach resorts reviewed on this list or those you find elsewhere, it’s important to consider the following for each area of the island.

Puerto Princessa

Puerto Princesa is Palawan’s capital city and is the most highly urbanized city in the province. It’s also where the only international airport is located. Its city center has a growing food and nightlight scene not to mention, it’s home to the famous Underground River. Stay for a few days before exploring other parts of the province.

Coron

Coron rivals El Nido in terms of natural biodiversity. Here, you can explore hidden lakes and lagoons, witness colorful marine life, and even get a chance to encounter WWII Japanese shipwrecks.

San Vicente

Located between Puerto Princesa and El Nido is San Vicente. It’s known for its 14-kilometer long beach –the longest in the Philippines. Here, you can scuba dive, snorkel, kayak. You can also explore its vast mangroves and jungles.

El Nido

El NIdo is the primary attraction of Palawan. It’s known for its picturesque karst formations, pristine islands, and rich marine biodiversity. Stay at a resort in Palawan here if you’d like to quickly jump start your island hopping adventure.

Taytay

Taytay is a port town where most travelers depart/arrive from/for El Nido resorts. It’s main highlight is the old Spanish fort, one of the best preserved Spanish fortresses in the country. If you choose to stay at a beach resort in Palawan here, you can discover offshore islands, explore waterfalls, and visit the extinct volcano Mt. Capoas.

Port Barton

Port Barton is located in San Vicente with a vibe that’s comparable to El Nido –quiet and relaxed. You can take a stroll on the beach here and possibly enjoy it all to yourself. It’s also a great starting point for boat tours as prices here tend to be cheaper compared to El Nido resorts.

Practical Tips for Palawan Travel

1. Some Palawan resorts can be difficult to access. When booking your accommodation make sure to communicate with management directly so they can hire transport for you. You can also rent a motorbike or hire public transport (van/jeepney/multicab) to take you to the beach resort in Palawan.

2. If you’re wondering why some resorts in Palawan are so dirt-cheap, it’s because you’re either paying for a tent or bedspace. If camping or sharing rooms is not your thing, don’t worry. For a few dollars, you can get an upgrade and enjoy more comfortable accommodations.

3. Learn basic first-aid and have an emergency kit ready. Certain resorts in Palawan are located far away from the hospital and if you get injured, you can’t expect to get immediate medical attention. It’s better to be prepared.

4.  Be sure to wear insect repellent (preferably one with strong concentration of deet) especially if you plan to stay in a resort in Palawan that’s located within a jungle or any other remote area. Yeah, deet isn’t healthy, but dengue is worse.

Some parts of the island have risk of malaria or dengue during rainy season. Not to mention those pesky sandflies which can leave large, itchy red bumps on your skin.

5. Keep yourself hydrated and your skin protected from the sun. Popular activities in the island leave you exposed to sun for hours. It can be easy to get carried away and forget that’s you’re actually burning!

6. When appropriate, wear aqua socks and rash guard when swimming at the beach.  It keeps you safe from sharp rocks and broken corals as well as box jellyfish and stone fishes which can be very fatal.

7. Some beach resorts in Palawan, especially those in El Nido, may not have Wi-Fi or regular electricity. This is because some areas don’t have enough power supply.

Most Palawan resorts will let you know when their electricity hours are and if they have a generator or solar power. If not, ask anyway so you are better prepared.

You can also check out this Facebook page for information on the daily rotation brownout schedule. If you really can’t afford to go offline, ask your favourite beach resort in Palawan if they have a  generator in advance.

8. Bring as much cash as you can if you plan to travel outside of Puerto Princesa.  Other areas outside the city don’t have that many ATMs yet. You’re better off getting cash while in Manila or Puerto Princessa before heading north of the island. You can also use your credit card but be careful as some establishments don’t accept credit card or they charge you a processing fee.

9. Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country and it’s frowned upon to overly flaunt your body in public places unless it’s the beach.

10. Haggling for cheaper prices on accommodation won’t get you very far. The money you’re spending while on the island will help support the livelihood of locals, and clean it up so it doesn’t wind up like Bohol.

Palawan Beach Resorts for Under $60

All beach resorts in Palawan here are listed by price (lowest to highest) and have rooms or bungalows facing right onto the beach;

Bambua Nature Cottages ($5 – $50)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan BAMBUA NATURE COTTAGES best
Perks of Bambua Nature Cottages:

  • Rooms feature native handcrafted arts
  • Features an extensive garden landscape with different flowers, butterflies, and birds flying around
  • Near a mangrove where you can do ziplining

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Ursula Beach Club ($8 – $57)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

best palawan beach resorts URSULA BEACH CLUB
Perks of Ursula Beach Club:

  • Private feel in the as there are only three rooms in total
  • Great attention to detail in this Palawan beach resort
  • Great food and cocktails at the restaurant and bear

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Bayog Beach Campsite ($8 -$49)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan BAYOG BEACH CAMPSITEPerks of Bayog Beach Campsite:

  • A peaceful resort and camp site in Palawan with nice and clean cabins
  • Stunning beach view and serene ambiance
  • Very accommodating staff

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Eda Beach Campsite ($10 -$14)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan EDA BEACH CAMPSITE
Perks of Eda Beach Campsite:

  • One of the best resorts in Palawan to escape the hustle and bustle of the town and just hear the sound of waves and nature
  • Has a very hospitable host, Randy, who takes care of everything, even cook your meals for you and organize your day trips
  • Provides genuine Filipino hospitality and is far away from tourist traps

More photos and information can be found on Booking.com

El Gordo’s Action Adventure’s Guesthouse ($10 -$49)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan EL GORDO’S ACTION ADVENTURE’S GUESTHOUSEPerks of El Gordo’s Action Adventure’s Guesthouse:

  • Has a large open-deck overlooking El Nido Bay
  • Offers adventure activities including kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, boating, paddling, and more
  • Meals are exceptional and full of variety

More photos and information can be found on Booking.com

Floresita’s Beach Resort ($10 -$49)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

palawan best beach resorts FLORESITA'S BEACH RESORTPerks of Floresita’s Beach Resort:

  • A relaxing resort in Palawan with friendly and accommodating staff
  • Lots of cushioned beds and hammocks to lounge in
  • Close to the diving center

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Erlittop Garden ($10 -$29)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

palawan best beach resorts ERLITTOP GARDENPerks of Erlittop Garden:

  • A relaxing resort with friendly and accommodating staff
  • Lots of cushioned beds and hammocks to relax in
  • Close to the diving center

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Kaibigan Soul Camp ($12 -$58)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

palawan best beach resorts KAIBIGAN SOUL CAMPPerks of Kaibigan Soul Camp:

  • Great food made with local fresh ingredients
  • Beautiful huts made with local materials
  • One of the best resorts in Palawan offering plenty of great activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, yoga, boat trips, and more

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Tapik Beach Park Guest House ($13 -$51)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

best palawan beach resorts TAPIK BEACH PARK GUEST HOUSEPerks of Tapik Beach Park Guest House:

  • Quiet and peaceful setting with friendly staff
  • Features authentic beach huts facing the unspoilt beach
  • Staff can arrange massage as well as mani/pedi

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Where 2 Next ($13 -$36)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

best palawan beach resorts WHERE 2 NEXTPerks of Where 2 Next:

  • One of the few budget Palawan resorts offering vegetarian and vegan options
  • Less touristy area where you can relax and enjoy some quiet time
  • Stunning beaches nearby (Calitang and Nacpan)

More photos and information can be found on Booking.com

Casa Rosa Taytay ($14 -$57)

Location: Taytay, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan CASA ROSA TAYTAYPerks of Casa Rosa Taytay:

  • Situated on top of a hill with panoramic views of the fort and Taytay Bay
  • Has a restaurant with great food and a beautiful view
  • Plenty of entertainment amenities like books, magazines, and board games

Check pricing on Agoda

Palawan Mangrove Resort ($19)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

palawan best beach resorts PALAWAN MANGROVE RESORTPerks of Palawan Mangrove Resort:

  • Clean and well-maintained rooms
  • Amazing scenery with lots of butterflies around the garden maze by the river
  • Lots of activities to do as there’s a river and waterfall nearby

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Deep Moon Resort ($20 -$49)

Location: San Vicente, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan DEEP MOON RESORTPerks of Deep Moon Resort:

  • Plenty of space to lounge in front of the beach
  • Restaurant offers many healthy breakfast options and the beach side bar offers great drinks and snacks
  • Breathtaking views in each room, even those that don’t face the beach

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Villa Leonora Beach Resort ($20 -$34)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

best palawan beach resorts VILLA LEONORA BEACH RESORTPerks of Villa Leonora Beach Resort:

  • Beautiful grounds with a chill and relaxed atmosphere
  • Super friendly staff who will cater to your needs
  • Owner can arrange various activities for you

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Puerto Pension Inn ($22 -$40)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

best palawan beach resorts PUERTO PENSION INNPerks of Puerto Pension Inn:

  • Clean and beautifully decorated rooms
  • Just a few minutes away from the baywalk area
  • Amazing view of the bay from the restaurant on the top floor

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Kahamut-an Beach and Cottages ($24 -$31)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

palawan best beach resorts KAHAMUT-AN BEACH AND COTTAGESPerks of Kahamut-an Beach and Cottages:

  • This beach resort in Palawan is located in the middle of nature, perfect for escaping the loud touristy areas
  • Plenty of activities to do nearby like ziplining, touring the underground river, boat tour, snorkeling, motorbike rides
  • Amazing home-cooked meals

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Marina de Bay ($24 -$31)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

palawan best beach resorts MARINA DE BAYPerks of Marina de Bay:

  • One of the best resorts in Palawan if you’re looking for complete amenities including restaurant, massage, transport, housekeeping, swimming pool, and tours
  • Offers a nice view of the lagoon, mangrove, and sunset
  • Very nice and courteous staff

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Jungle Beach Resort ($24 -$60)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

palawan best beach resorts JUNGLE BEACH RESORTPerks of Jungle Beach Resort:

  • Kitchen can serve vegetarian meals
  • Very friendly and helpful staff; Owner can even arrange a bonfire at night
  • Beachfront is perfect for snorkeling

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Makulay Lodge and Villa ($26 -$55)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

palawan best beach resorts MAKULAY LODGE & VILLASPerks of Makulay Lodge and Villa:

  • Lounge/restaurant area serves great food (French food) and is perfect spot for relaxation
  • The location is away from the busy and noisy part of town
  • Very clean, comfortable, and beautiful cottages

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Mermaid Paradises Jr Resort ($27 -$54)

Location: San Vicente, Palawan

palawan best beach resorts MERMAID PARADISES JR RESORTPerks of Mermaid Paradises Jr Resort:

  • A secluded resort far from the hustle of backpacking towns
  • Offers fantastic views of the beach
  • Have a private beach all to yourself as the resort is accessible only by boat

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Telesflora Beach Cottages ($27)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

best palawan beach resorts TELESFLORA BEACH COTTAGESPerks of Telesflora Beach Cottages:

  • Quiet location but just a few minutes away from the town center
  • Good selection of breakfast choices
  • Beachfront offers perfect view of the sunset

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Victoria Beach House ($27 -$58)

Location: San Vicente, Palawan

best palawan beach resorts VICTORIA BEACH HOUSEPerks of Victoria Beach House:

  • Homey, clean accommodations
  • Peaceful beachfront
  • Kind and accommodating staff

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Greenviews Resort Corong-Corong ($26 -$58)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

palawan best beach resorts GREENVIEWS RESORT CORONG CORONGPerks of Greenviews Resort Corong-Corong:

  • Features native style cottages and a native-style restaurant
  • Clean and spacious bungalows with access to lush gardens
  • There’s nightly barbecue and live music from 6:30 until 10PM

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Bulskamp Inn ($27 -$60)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan BULSKAMP INNPerks of Bulskamp Inn:

  • Excellent breakfast with coffee or tea for $3
  • Offers a quiet and relaxing vibe as it’s located on a small alley, but is close to the main boulevard
  • Has generators  in case of regular power cuts in El Nido

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Ausan Beach Front Cottages ($28 -$44)

Location: San Vicente, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan AUSAN BEACH FRONT COTTAGESPerks of Ausan Beach Front Cottages:

  • Amazing views of the sea and sunset from the terrace/balcony,
  • Located at Port Barton which is starting point for many white islands around San Vicente
  • Very quiet environment

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Peace and Love Resort ($31 -$53)

Location: San Vicente, Palawan

best palawan beach resorts PEACE AND LOVE RESORTPerks of Peace and Love Resort:

  • Very delicious food
  • Great view of the town, swimming pool, and harbour
  • Just a few minutes away from the spectacular 14-km long beach

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Sunset Colors ($37 -$50)

Location: San Vicente, Palawan

best palawan beach resorts SUNSET COLORSPerks of Sunset Colors:

  • Restaurant serves delicious brownies and other desserts
  • Free use of kayaks and paddle boards
  • Situated near a coconut plantation isolated from loud neighborhoods

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Sunlight Guest Hotel ($38 -$58)

Location: Coron, Busuanga Island, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan SUNLIGHT GUEST HOTELPerks of Sunlight Guest Hotel:

  • Located near the public market
  • Well-kept and carpeted rooms
  • Nice balcony overlooking the bay

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Caalan Beach Resort ($47 -$58)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan CAALAN BEACH RESORTPerks of Caalan Beach Resort:

  • Located just 15 minutes away from downtown El Nido
  • Offers island hopping tours that leave right in front of the resort
  • Well-equipped with facilities and very hospitable staff (can speak English, Tagalog, Japanese, and Korean)

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Duli Beach Resort ($48)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

best beach resort in palawan DULI BEACH RESORTPerks of Duli Beach Resort:

  • Far away from anywhere else which means you get to enjoy an unspoilt beach
  • Clean and comfortable accommodations
  • Lots of activities you can do in this Palawan beach resort like surfing, snorkeling, card and board games

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

In Summary

I hope you enjoyed looking through this list of beachside Palawan resorts as I did writing it!

Have you decided which of the Palawan beach resorts you’ll be staying at? Found one with a vibe that best fits yours? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks so much for the detailed guide. I’m so excited to explore Palawan in November. I think it’s much more beautiful than Halong Bay in Vietnam. Which tour do you recommend me to choose? Because I just have 2 days there, I wanna discover the most beautiful one. Thanks in advance!

    1. It’s hard to choose one, Kien! In Puerto Princesa there’s an underground river tour (UNESCO World heritage site) I highly recommend. And in El Nido, it’s all about this island hopping tour.

      Whatever you choose, the people are amazing and Palawan is getting popular with the recent closing of Boracay and the possibility that Panglao is next. Palawan is the new Boracay! Also, if you want a clean, empty, exclusive beach experience 20 minutes or so from El Nido town, check out Duli Beach Resort.

      Have fun, and don’t be a stranger –thanks for stopping by!

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