Unspoilt white sand beach in Agutaya

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Its a remote yet unspoilt beaches that only a few have seen or been to
It’s a remote yet unspoilt beache that only a few have seen or been to

So far, so remote, Agutaya is right smack in the middle of the north Sulu Sea. It’s actually a municipality with a collection of islets sprinkled between Panay and the Calamianes in northern Palawan. But its the abode of the Agutaynons who have a distinct language and it is where one of the world’s most exclusive resorts is found, Amanpulo.

I visited the main island where the poblacion of Agutaya was, on a whim when I spent a few days in Cuyo, supposedly just three hours away by motorized outrigger boat. But that three hours stretched to five in one of the scariest rides of my life. But that passed and when I got a better view of the town the following day, I was in awe of its beautiful white sandy beach.

The beach is unspoilt. It has white sand hugging a good stretch of the poblacion, the main town area. Although its not a contiguous white sandy shore stretching to the sea but actually looks like sandbars with depth in between enough to make it navigable for the outrigger boats when the tide is up.

A remote beach with a sandy shore and all for yourself in the middle of nowhere!

Fishermen at the shallows of Agutaya
Fishermen at the shallows of Agutaya
Seaweeds scattered in this white sandy beach
Seaweeds scattered in this white sandy beach

Agutaya town is three hours by outrigger boat (banca) from Cuyo which is another overnight boat trip either from Iloilo City or Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Travel to this town is not daily, you have to check at the small port of Cuyo for actual schedules.

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16 thoughts on “Unspoilt white sand beach in Agutaya

  1. Reydan Duldulao says:

    Wow! Such a great place to explore. Might as well contact my cousin in Cuyo to visit their place this summer and include this on my trip anytime soon!

    Thanks for the post Sir! 🙂

  2. estancabigas says:

    Welcome Reydan. I’m also planning of going back to Agutaya 🙂

  3. Reydan Duldulao says:

    Great! For sure you still have more places to visit there… pasabay Sir! 🙂

  4. estancabigas says:

    Reydan, sure. what’s ur plan for summer?


  5. Reydan Duldulao says:

    Planning to visit Baler or Marinduque this summer Sir 🙂 But with your post, how I wish I can visit Cuyo Islands and that will also be a great time to visit my cousin and his family there. How about you?!

  6. estancabigas says:

    pwede naman ako kahit saan. open ang sched ko. pero would want to visit cuyo sana. no concrete plans pa naman. marinduque for holy week?

  7. Reydan Duldulao says:

    Nice… Marinduque for Holy Week?! Advisable ba punta dun Sir? Di ba masyadong crowded sa port? 🙂

    Cuyo is promising, lagi akong sinasabihan ng pinsan ko bumisita sa kanila. Niloloko ko nga eh, kung pwedeng sumulyap sa Amanpulo pag nasa Cuyo na hehe 🙂

  8. estancabigas says:

    crowded ang marinduque during holy week e. cuyo is great 🙂

  9. Reynaldo Aban says:

    Yes that’s true Agutaya is a beautiful place.My name is Rey Aban raised and true bloodied Agutaynen.At age of 16 left the island till The Lord lead me to most liveable city in the world Melbourne almost three decades now.The love of island remains in me not only of what you see and wrote about it unspoilt beach but the simple way of life of the people there.

  10. Been in agutaya last june..my bf is always telling me to visit agutaya (his place) because it has a 14km white sand beach, which is true hehe.. new agutaya, san vicente, palawan!

  11. Ruby Baluyot Cosico says:

    Agutaya is my hometown…. i grew up there but left at age 16 to study in Manila. I miss Agutaya…. not only because of my happy memories of childhood with my family and relatives but because of its white and fine sandy beaches and virgin forests.

  12. I do plan to go back there and stay for a few more days. Soon.

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