Palawan’s ‘Hidden Beach’ Named Third Best In The World

The lush escape located in El Nido was ranked third in this year’s World’s 50 Best Beaches list due to its “unparalleled” natural beauty.

The 2023 edition of The World’s 50 Best Beaches—a prestigious annual list from pharmaceutical company Banana Boat—ranked Palawan’s “Hidden Beach” as the third best beach in its roster of amazing tropical paradises. 

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A bird's-eye-view of Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan
A bird’s-eye-view of Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan/Photo from The World’s 50 Best Beaches website

The entries on the list were chosen with the help of beach ambassadors, global influencers, seasoned journalists, editors, and agents. Lucky Bay in Australia took the number one spot on the list, while Anse Source d’Argent in Seychelles was placed in second.

A Private Spot of Natural Wonder

The list’s official description of Hidden Beach described it as “truly one-of-a-kind,” with “crystal clear, shallow water[s] surrounded by white sand and majestic limestone walls with lush greenery and palms.”

The list also stated that “there is no question why so many of our beach experts voted this one of the best.”

World’s 50 Best Beaches recommends travelers to visit the secret spot during December to April to avoid a stormy trip brought about by the wet season. That said, it also tells interested visitors to skip the summer months of March and April if they want to avoid the usual crowds. 

Thanks to the cove’s towering limestone cliffs, it’s well protected from elements like harsh winds and waves, making it “ideal for jumping into the ocean.” 

The scenic cove is surrounded by tranquil blue waters and impressive limestone cliffs that protect it from strong winds
The scenic cove is surrounded by tranquil blue waters and impressive limestone cliffs that protect it from strong winds/Photo from The World’s 50 Best Beaches website

Although getting to the island takes a little more effort, as it can only be reached by boat and a short swim through its small entrance, the list stated that “the journey will be well worth it.”

The other entries in the roster are also ranked by how “swimmable” and “untouched by nature” they are. Hidden Beach was given a 10/10 score for being untouched by nature, while its swimmability score was a solid 9/10. It’s “untouched by nature” score actually surpasses the one given to the number one beach on the list, Lucky Bay, which got a 9/10.

Banner photo from The World’s 50 Best Beaches website.

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