Off-The-Beaten-Path: Dicotcotan Beach
The Province of Isabela is not on the high list of travelers and tourists. Although it is the second largest province in the Philippines with a total land area of12,414.93 square kilometers (Palawan is the largest at 17,030.75 sq. kms.), it is generally characterized with expansive plains and rugged mountains. Thus, major tourism draws are secluded in the eastern side of the province, accessible only by small planes, long boat trips and days-long hikes.
Because of its isolation, there are several amazing sights and places that easily elude tourists and travelers. One of them is Dicotcotan Beach in Palanan, Isabela. Locals boast that it is a three kilometer long white beach with rock formations interspersed and an impressive corals underneath. On any given day, Dicotcotan Beach can be easily turned into a private hideaway. And the local folks can provide really cheap yet delectable meals out of freshly-caught fishes and other seafood to be prepared to your liking.
How To Get There:
- From the town proper, Dicotcotan Beach can be reached by renting a tricycle going to Brgy. Culasi (20 mins, P200) and then in the port charter a boat (30 mins). There is no standard rate in boat rental. You can also charter a boat from the town proper, near the St. Mary Magdalene Church. Boat ride is at least an hour.