COME SEE Duli Beach, El Nido. Philippines.
DULI BEACH: THE GUIDE
REGION: Romblon Province
ACCESSIBILITY: Via hired motorbike/scooter | Jeepney | Tricycle
BEST TIME TO VISIT: During the cool season (Oct – Feb) | temp ranging from around 21 – 32 degrees
LOCATION: Approx 1 hour from El Nido | Open in Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: 2 minutes from parking
TIME REQUIRED: Half day – Full Day
TOURIST RATING: A few visitors, mostly surfers.
COST: 50 PHP ($1.30 AUD)
DULI BEACH: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha
Hiring a scooter is Asia is easier than ordering an Uber in Sydney. People will literally step out of the bush offering them and when you say yes, don’t be surprised when they bring you their cousins moto that looks a little worse for wear. Aesthetics aside, learning to ride them with a passenger on the back isn’t as simple. Most scooters have just enough power to make it up even the most modest gradients whilst others force you to ask your passenger to get off to lighten the load.
And just when you think you’re getting the hang of this scooter thing and can ride anything with two wheels, El Nido throws a curve ball and introduces you to a new kind of road. Picture a terracotta red dirt path that looks as if it’s withstood torrential downpours and equally intense periods of dry spouts leaving behind gaping cracks for you to navigate in and around. Some of the track still had puddles too which made for an interesting guessing game of whether going around or straight thru was the safest option. What’s that they say about the journey being more epic than the destination? Because for me, this ride is definitely an apt example of that expression.
Travelling from El Nido town to Duli beach will take you roughly an hour (depending on your riding skills and confidence). Half of the journey is a breezy cruise along a nice new highway and the other half is the adventurous, maze-like portion mentioned above. There are a few signs that help direct you along the way but keep your eyes peeled so you don’t miss them like I did.
We’re not 100% sure but think there are multiple entrances to the beach via different roads. The one we took went via a private property meaning we had to pay a small fee. But as with most of the sites we’ve visited so far in South East Asia, the fees are very reasonable and act more as a donation and a thanks for the families who allow tourists like us to cross their land in order to gain access to these natural beauties. So for that, we thank you.
Once down on the beach we were surprised to see such a beautiful sweeping shoreline with so few people. There was a couple, a group of surfers and us. We walked onto the shore via a small resort like beach bar, took a seat underneath an umbrella and ordered two crisp San Miguel Lights with a dash of fresh calamansi – which by the way, had now become our beverage of choice on a warm afternoon. After a short time kicking back, Zade took to the water whilst I sent Aplha into the sky to capture her frolicking in the waters of Base Bay.
We could have easily spent the entire day here because it was the first peaceful place we had found since arriving in Palawan. But after Zades swim we readied ourselves to tackle the roads back towards one of the jewels of the Philippines, Nacpan Beach.