Sat. Nov 23rd, 2019

MARTA FE BEACH: A Summer Rendezvous in Puerto Princesa City

The west coast of Puerto Princesa City is dotted with stunning beaches – Nagtabon, Talaudyong, Tagkawayan, name it!

These beaches are the locals’ favorite escapes from the heat and the crowd in the bustling city. They are so popular, their parking areas are like the malls during summer, weekends, and holidays.

If you are looking for a serene beach where you can calmly frolic and enjoy and love hiking at the same time, here’s the perfect place for you this summer – Marta Fe Beach.

The two-hour hike will bring you to the sight of coconut trees swaying in the silent summer breeze.

The azure sky will assure you that you can enjoy the sea and sand all day long.

Beyond the palms lie a stretch of untouched coastline that is only disturbed by the waves kissing the shore

How to get there

Marta Fe Beach is located in Barangay Cabayugan, approximately 90 kilometers northwest of Puerto Princesa City. You can reach it via private cars and public utility vehicles regularly traveling to Sabang from the San Jose Terminal.

But this beauty needs work to be reached. A kind of an easy two-hour hike from the barangay hall of Cabayugan (or the intersection), part several small rivers and streams, a happy Tagbanua village, rice fields, and forests will take you to this isolated, serene, and lovely beach.

We do not know anyone who can guide but we guess you can hire one of the locals to take you there for a reasonable fee of P500 to P700. We suggest against you proceeding to the beach without a guide because it is really remote. Help will be hard if you get yourself involved in even a minor accident.

If you are doing it for a day hike, which is very possible, we would suggest you begin your hike at 6:00 a.m. to enjoy your stay in the area.

What to wear and bring

Wear comfortable long-sleeved outdoor clothes and hiking sandals or easy dry shoes (not the clean one, the trail is muddy). Bring trail food and a liter of water for the hike. There is also a water source is available near the beach if you run out of supply. Do not forget to pack insect repellant, sun block, your camera, power bank… and your lunch. You can also cook there but it would take a lot of time to prepare.

Friends also told me that you can camp there for a night, just ask the residents in the area and bring all your camping gears with you.

Reminders

Please LEAVE NO TRACE. Do not leave your trash on the beach and do not secretly throw it along the trail.

 

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