Nasin-aw White Beach and Silica Beach in Palawan - Philippines
Visiting Palawan does not require one to acquire additional expense by going to the smaller islands around it in order to enjoy a day at the beach. In fact, one does not have to leave Puerto Princesa City to be able to enjoy swimming in one of the one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines. Nasin-aw White Beach and Silica Beach are for beach bums who are in Palawan for a very short time only and are working on a budget since this pristine beach is in Puerto Princesa itself. Getting to Nasin-aw White Beach and Silica Beach is easy once one is in the town proper of Puerto Princesa City. Ask any tricycle driver and they will be more than happy to make the trip there. If coming from the town proper, Nasin-aw White Beach and Silica Beach is only about 10 minutes away and if we were to measure the distance, its about a little less than 3 kilometers from the airport.
What to See There
Nasin-aw White Beach and Silica Beach is just as beautiful as the beaches found in El Nido Bay or Honda Bay which are a lot farther from Puerto Princesa City and entails a couple of hours drive as well as a boat ride. For those who are only in Palawan for a couple of days and dont want to spend a good portion of it on the road, Nasin-aw White Beach and Silica Beach has the same fine white sand and turquoise sea as those located in the more distant islands.
Nasin-aw White Beach and Silica Beach shares a colorful history with Puerto Princesa City when the latter became the seat of the government of Palawan in 1902 at a time when the Americans and Filipinos were at war. Cuyo was the old name given to the capital of Palawan and the island itself was called Paragua. However, by virtue of Act No. 1363, Cuyo was no longer the capital and the seat of government was moved to Puerto Princesa. A fishing community lived in Nasin-aw White Beach and Silica Beach and these locals can still be found there today albeit with more eco friendly methods of fishing. Commercial fishing was the main source of income for this province and it is only in the past decade or so that this was overtaken by tourism. Today, Puerto Princesa City boats of being the most beautiful city in the Philippines and serves as a model for the rest to follow.
Aside from the transportation via tricycle to Nasin-aw White Beach and Silica Beach, there is no other cost entailed unless one rents out equipment to do some water sports.