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Introducing Sibaltan

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Introducing Sibaltan

On the eastern coast of El Nido is Sibaltan, a coastal village which for years has become a haven for backpackers, a secret escape for those who prefer to stay away from the crowd, experience a different side of El Nido and explore even beyond.

Sibaltan is a barangay of El Nido approximately 45 kilometers or one (1) hour drive from the town proper. It is an idyllic and laid back community blessed with beautiful view of sunrise, rich waters and panoramic seascape.

There is no easy way of getting to Sibaltan, but the extra efforts will be rewarded with extra miles of unparalleled experience.

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Bubog Island off Sibaltan Beach is just a kayak ride away

Discover the hidden beaches of Bulang Beach, Bayog Beach and Sibaltan Beach; paddle a kayak to Bubog Island; go fishing, snorkeling, scuba or free diving on its clear and rich waters; hop from island to island of Maosonon (Mausonon), Little Maosonon, Magransing, Pical, Binulbulan, Batas and other neighboring islands and islets; wake up early and witness as the sun rises; get a glimpse of Cuyonon culture and heritage; or just laze on the beach and watch as the day slowly unfolds.

The possibilities are endless in Sibaltan. Experience a less trodden El Nido on this side of paradise.

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Sunrise at Sibaltan Port

How to Get to Sibaltan

I. Make Your Way to El Nido

A. Direct Flight / Ferry to El Nido

By Plane: El Nido is the gateway to Sibaltan. Air Swift has regular flights from Caticlan, Cebu, Clark and Manila to El Nido, and vice versa. You can book your flight from Manila to El Nido or vice versa below:

By Sea: There are ferries from Manila to El Nido. Contact the shipping lines for schedule and fare information. Please note that these are smaller cargo ships/hauls that cater specially to cargo but also allow passengers.

Operator: San Nicholas Shipping Lines (M/B Andrea-1, M/V Catalyn-A, M/V Catalyn-C, M/V Catalyn-E, M/V Asuncion-IX, M/V Asuncion-XI)Route: Manila-El Nido-Liminangcong and vice versa
Contact Info: (02)-243-4595

Operator: Atienza Shipping Lines (M/V Josilee-II, M/V April Rose, M/V Q-Carrelyn-III)Route: Manila-Coron-El Nido-Liminangcong and vice versaWebsite : http://www.atienzashippinglines.comEmail: atienzashippinglines@yahoo.com
Telephone No. : (02)-986-3118 and (02)-536-8123

B. From Puerto Princesa to El Nido

From Puerto Princesa to El Nido, vans and buses depart from as early as 4AM to as late as 9PM. Vans depart from Puerto Princesa Airport and from San Jose Terminal. Travel time is approximately 5 to 6 hours and one-way fare is P500.

Van Operators:Daytripper Palawan: +63917-8488755Lexus Van: +63917-5859612
Fort Wally: +63917-3488078

By bus, Cherry and RoRo Buses regularly ply the Puerto Princesa-El Nido route and vice versa. Buses leave San Jose Terminal to El Nido with stop over in Roxas and Taytay from 4AM to 9PM. Fare is P380 for the aircon bus and P350 for the non-aircon.

You can book your bus or van seat from Puerto Princesa to El Nido or vice versa below:

C. From Coron to El Nido

There are boats from Coron to El Nido daily. Fare is P2200 for foreigners and P1500 for Filipinos. Travel time: approximately 8 hours.

You can book your ferry from Coron to El Nido or vice versa below:

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Glamping ala Tapik Beach Resort Park at P600 per tent cottage per night for maximum of three

II. El Nido to Sibaltan

Public van or jeepney regulary travels from El Nido Terminal to Sibaltan. There are usually two schedules, one in the morning at around 10AM and in the afternoon at around 3PM, travel time is around one (1) hour and fare is P100.

There are also airconditioned vans that shuttle tourists from the terminal going to Sibaltan occassionaly. These vans are also stationed in the terminal but the schedule is not fixed and depends on availability since these are mostly for Sibaltan’s resorts guests, fare is P150.

Alternatively, you may charter a tricycle for P1,200 good for four (4) or a van P1,800 good for 14 passengers from El Nido to Sibaltan.

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Sibaltan Beach

Going Around and Away

The primary mode of transport around the village is tricycle, minimum fare is P10.

Going to El Nido / Puerto Princesa

Going to downtown El Nido, there are two public transportation daily, one at 5:30AM and at 1PM, fare is P100 and travel time is approximately one (1) hour.

Resorts in Sibaltan also offers arrangement of public shuttle transport and chartered transport services. There are departures to El Nido usually and to Puerto Princesa occassionally. Resorts also offers El Nido Tours.

Going to Linapacan Downtown (San Miguel)

There is no public boat from Sibaltan to Linapacan. The public boat is at Dipnay Port of San Fernando on the next village to the north. The public boat departs daily at around 2PM to San Miguel, downtown Linapacan, for travel time of three (3) hours.

Going to Linapacan West (Pical, Maosonon Island, Magransing, etc.)

Note that the famed Maosonon Island, Magransing Island and Binulbulan Island are far from downtown Linapacan (San Miguel) as these islands are just off the coast of Sibaltan, around one hour by boat. Tourists going there usually join the tours organized by resorts in Sibaltan at P1,500 per person for a day tour and P3,500 per person ovenright, all inclusive. You may also charter a private boat and tour on your own, rates starts at P2,000 for a day tour and P3,000 overnight for a boat that can fit maximum of six people.

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Daybreak hues at Maosonon Island of Linapacan

What to Do in Sibaltan

  • Bask in Bulang Beach, Sibaltan Beach or Bayog Beach
  • Paddle a kayak or a local boat to Bubog Island
  • Go fishing or snorkeling
  • Go scuba or free diving (Dive Shop: Dive Sibaltan)
  • Island hopping in Linapacan (Maosonon, Little Maosonon, Magransing, Pical, Binulbulan, Batas and other neighboring islands and islets)
  • Catch the sunrise
  • Visit Cuyonon Cultural Heritage Center and Museum
  • Avail of El Enido Tours
  • Check out Nacpan Beach
  • Explore the other hidden beaches of Linapacan
  • See the attractions of nearby towns of Culion, Coron and Taytay

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Maosonon Island of Linapacan, just an hour boat ride from Sibaltan

Where to Stay in Sibaltan

There are numerous resorts in Sibaltan, mostly beach resorts that offer glamping and tent accommodation to private airconditioned rooms.

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Qi PalawanBulang Beach, Sibaltan
Starts at 5,000 PHP

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Tapik Beach Park ResortSibaltan Beach, Sibaltan
Starts at 400 PHP

Here is the list of places to stay in Sibaltan:

  • Tapik Beach Park ResortSibaltan Beach, SibaltanContact No: +63915-7680688 / +63910-2954321
    Rate: Starts at P400/night (tent)
  • Carmelita’s HomestaySibaltan Beach, SibaltanContact No: +63936-7885132 / +63997-1111146
    Rate: Starts at P600/night (private cottage room / 2 guests)
  • Floresita’s Beach ResortSibaltan Beach, SibaltanContact No: +63917-5079700  /  +63917-3214827Email: floresitasbeachresort@gmail.com
    Rate: Starts at P600/night (private cottage room / 2 guests)
  • Ursula Beach Resort (Dive Sibaltan)Sibaltan Beach, SibaltanContact No: +63956-9153195 / +63917-5800040Email: ursulabeachclub@gmail.com
    Rate: Starts at P500/night (private cottage room / 2 guests)
  • Bayog Bech Camp SiteBayog Beach, SibaltanContact No: +63905-7144807
    Rate: Starts at 350 (private cottage room / 2 guests)
  • Treasure Point PalawanSibaltan, El NidoContact No: +63-02-514-7482
    Offers all-inclusive vacation package
  • Vue GrandeSibaltan, El NidoContact No: +69906-4601251
    Rate: Starts at P700 (private fan room / 2 guests)
  • Eda Beach CampsiteBayog Beach, SibaltanContact No: +63905-5720646
    Rate: Starts at P500 (private fan cottage / 2 guests)
  • Qi PalawanBulang Beach, SibaltanContact No: +63939-9259433
    Rate: Starts at P5,000 (private air-conditioned room / 2 guests)
  • Erlittop GardenPurok 1A, SibaltanContact No: +63927-8054400
    Rate: Starts at P400 (private cottage room / 2 guests)

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View right outside the glamping tent of Taik Beach Park Resort.

Sample Sibaltan-Linapacan Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Puerto Princesa

1800H: Arrival in Puerto Princesa / Proceed to Hotel / Check-in Hotel1900H: Dinner at The Gypsie’s
2100H: Lights off

Day 2: Sibaltan

0300H: Call time / Proceed to San Jose Terminal0400H: Van from San Jose Terminal to El Nido0900H: Arrival in El Nido Terminal / Quick Breakfast / Proceed to Sibaltan Van or Jeep1000H: El Nido to Sibaltan1100H: Arrival in Sibaltan / Proceed to Hotel / Check-in / Lunch1300H: Rest / Siesta1500H: Kayak to Bubog Island / Swimming1700H: Return to Resort / Wash-up / Fix-up
1900H: Dinner / Socials / Lights off

Day 3: Linapacan Day Tour

0500H: Call time / Sunrise0630H: Breakfast0800H: Start of Linapacan Tour: Fishing, Snorkeling and Maosonon Island1200H: Lunch at Maosonon1300H: Free time / Kayak to Little Maosonon1400H: Proceed to Magransing and Pical1700H: Travel back to Sibaltan1800H: Arrive at Resort / Wash-up
1900H: Dinner / Socials / Lights off

Day 4: Departure

0500H: Call time / Sunrise / Breakfast / Pack-up0730H: Sibaltan to Puerto Princesa1500H: Arrive in Puerto Princeaa / Late Lunch1630H: Proceed to Airport / Check-in
1830H: Departure from Puerto Princesa

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Little Maosonon island

Other Tips

  • Best months to visit are from March to June
  • Electricity is available from 6PM to 6AM only but most resorts have back-up power generators
  • Mobile signal is weak
  • No establishment accepts credit card or traveler’s checque

*First published: 18-May-2018 | Updates: 05-Nov-2019

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