Dicotcotan Beach is a beautiful and secluded beach in Palanan, Isabela, Philippines. It is one of the hidden gems of Cagayan Valley, and a perfect place for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Dicotcotan Beach has a length of three kilometers, and is composed of fine white sand, coral reefs, sea grass beds, and a coastal forest.
Dicotcotan Beach is home to various marine life, such as fish, shellfish, dolphins, whales, and turtles. You can see them from the surface or snorkel in the clear blue water. Dicotcotan Beach is also rich in history and culture. It was once a trading post for the Japanese, who were allied with the native Ibanag people in the 16th century. It was also the site of the 1582 Cagayan battles, which were fought between Spanish soldiers and Japanese ronin (masterless samurai).
Dicotcotan Beach is not easy to reach, as it is isolated from the rest of Luzon. You can only get there by air taxis or boats that sail on unknown dates. This makes it more pristine and unspoiled than other beaches. It has cottages for rent if you want to stay there for a few days. You can also enjoy other activities such as beach volleyball, sunbathing, or watching the sunset.
Dicotcotan Beach is named after the Palanan word pinacanauan, which means “left-most”. It is found in the southeast of Cagayan Province in the municipality of Palanan.