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.

Dicotcotan Beach in Palanan, IsabelaBecause 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.


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  • Angelique Borja

    wow! i’m planning to include this beach in my east luzon expedition next year! do you have any contacts? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yes, I have.

    • Angelique Borja

      RE: contact and expenses. You can shoot me an e-mail here, thank you so much sir Harry ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot see enough stories about dicotcotan and palanan, maybe we can talk about it over emails, too ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I’ve been busy for a while, Angelique. Sure, we can exchange emails.

  • Voltaire Cumba

    good evening sir, i need help regarding for my IT for summer, my target destination are Aglipay, Quirino – Meddela, Quirino-Dilasag, Aurora-Palanan, Isabela-Maconacon-Isabela-Sta. Ana, Cagayan, isa sa mga problema ko ay connecting boats the following places: from Dilasag to Palanan, Palanan to Maconacon and Maconacon to Sta. Ana, Cagayan (according sa nabasa ko book “Lonely Planet” may boat daw. sa mga places na pupuntahan ko. kung mayroon po kayo alam paano ko po ma push ang IT ko malaking tulong po sa akin ganun din po kung may suggest kayo pag stay at guide. salamat po. ito pala ang email add: thanks for advance.

  • Ilac Jake

    PALANAN and not Palawan. They are different. PALANAN is a town of Isabela while PALAWAN is a province of the Philippines