Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beach

El Nido, Palawan

Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beach
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Jaevonne P.
5.0 Stars
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Disclaimer: This is a review of my entire El Nido trip from which Nacpan has been among my destinations. Sorry:(

Planning to reach extra miles for my yearly birthday stint of wandering solo, El Nido has been an easy pick. And why not? A month after, this paradise has been hailed as the most beautiful island in the world for 2016! Hear out my birthday escapade as I dock into the shores of what is yet my favorite destination in the Philippines - El Nido, Palawan.

It was a rainy Thursday afternoon when I checked in at Spin Hostel, El Nido after a six-hour van transfer from Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Get this, whenever traveling solo and you are into meeting new friends, hostels are your best means! Plus, be extra friendly and it will save you a lot from your budget, be it in your lodging dues, tour package expenses or your food allocation. Lucky me, I've been stuffed in a room with two of the coolest roommates whom I've spent most of my time during my El Nido stay.

For my first night, we wandered along the streets to satisfy our gastronomical cravings settling to the uncanny combination of steak, kilawin and seafood paella under the roof of El Nido Art Cafe. Some crepe bites along our way back to the hostel and a pizza right in our room from our newly met friends! A few more talks and needless to say i dozed off with a happy tummy that night. Yum!

The highlights, though, began clicking the morning after which kicked off my island hopping activities. With perhaps a brush of birthday luck, we left the shores with a good weather for Tour Package C. Few minutes after leaving the shoreline, our boat was a pack of tourists with mouths agape all in awe of the breathtaking views of islands across the clear blue waters of El Nido. We were able to see the helicopter island, the hidden and secret beach and the matinloc shrine. If you are into snorkling, this is your tour because along the sail are stops for which you can dive off the boat for the anticipated encounter of the rich El Nido marine life. And you don't have to worry about your stomach because the island style lunch with grilled meat and seafoods along with fresh fruits is definitely a treat!

But the following day is even more exciting! With enough new friends to fill a boat for a private tour, we made the most of our day by combining two tour packages - tour packages a and d. The name of all the islands may have slipped off my memory but the beauty that made me fall for the place is as vivid as yesterday. That day was all about lagoons, the most stunning rock formations guarding a stretch of the glass like waters of the place. Yes, it may have been a struggle seeing the sun that day, but even the mist was too lame to sabotage our trip. We paddled our way into the small lagoon through our kayaks to unveil yet another nature's kept secret. Back in the big lagoon, I asked our guide for any spot for which we can do cliff diving ang thankfully we were brought into this 10-meter rock sitting along the sidelines. It wasn't an easy climb, though, with all the nasty rock spikes but hey! It was worth the jump! It's a once in a lifetime experince that sometime during my birthday, I have broke into the waters of the most beautiful island in the world off from a 10 meter height. Geronimo!

Can't get enough though! The next day, I've decided to elevate the hype even higher, literally! I'm talking about my favorite part of this trip- the Taraw Cliff Hike. It was about 6am when we started this rough trek and it took us more than an hour to reach the summit via a slippery and a spiky terrain. Definitely the most dangerous hike I've done that a few of the hikers went back midway but I'm glad I didn't backed out because what sits on top is perhaps the most breathtaking view I've seen my entire life. It's the picturesque 360-degree view of El Nido that will most likely make your heart swoon because maybe, just maybe, this is how paradise looks like.

After the trek, i tagged along with some new friends going to the famous Nacpan Beach. It took us around 45 minutes to get there and the moment my soles landed on its pristine white sand, I understood where all the buzz is coming from. It has this charm far beyond words that will make you want to settle down along the shores and be consumed by the serenety of the place. Twin magic, as I call it, it's too easy to lose yourself in between the beauty of this twin beaches. I partly hated myself, though, for not witnessing the sunset there but I know the spell will continue to linger until I go back. Definitely, I will go back.

For a good three days, I've spent some quality time meeting new people and it was such an amazing experience. But also, part of my trip is to spend some quality time with myself and so on my last night, I ambled away from the crowd and checked in at Eco Hotel with a room all by myself. The place is also right in front of a beach, only, it is about 15-20 minutes away from the city proper. Enough for my 'me' time and enough to reflect on what I have learned throughout this trip.

To sum it up, let ne quote myself from a video I also prepared after the trip:

"Do not confine yourself with how little you know about happiness.
Out there are more beautiful destinations to reach.
More interesting people to meet.
More heart swooning experiences to keep.
Wander.
Get Lost.
Be Found.
Wander Again.
You will always find something special.
Elsewhere.
Elsewith."

#Halloolooween2016

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Berry F.
5.0 Stars
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When we booked a flight to Palawan, I made sure to visit Nacpan-Calitang Twin beach as this was included in my bucket list. Wish granted I got the chance to visit this wonderful place!

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars
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Nacpan Beach is one of the pristine beaches you can visit in El Nido.   This the first stop of our Inland Tour.  

Nacpan is not located in the El Nido Town Proper,  you have to travel for 45 minutes by trike.  Other tourists opt to travel by scooter but i don't advise this as the road is a lil bumpy.  Leave it to ze pros to avoid accidents. 

I didn't mind the distance,  truth be told as i was enjoy the scenery - the beauty and simplicity of rural living.  And yes,  i was thinking of Cormac McCarthy the whole time.

Nacpan is a public beach accessible to everyone.  Visitors need to pay php 50 upon entry.  There are a couple of establishments that will cater to every traveller.  Carinderia,  so you don't starve and a Sari Sari Store for ze other stuff.

It was a gloomy Friday afternoon when we arrived.   The beach is not crowded,  there were a couple of tourists frolicking in the water in their string bikinis.   The water sports a turquoise x bluish hue,  the sand is not as white as ze others but the texture is fine.  I like the pairing as it adds to the rugged charm of Nacpan.   We spent x number of minutes playing with the waves. 

Nacpan is a testament that there is more places to see and discover in El Nido

PSA:

If you plan to swing by, please bring a boatload of citronella.  If you get bitten by a sand fly,  the marks will stay with you for a year.

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King Francis O.
5.0 Stars

Amazing beaches!

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Sheena D.
5.0 Stars
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I spent my birthday in El Nido, Palawan. It didn't go smoothly as planned, but hey, I was in El Nido, and it was my birthday. My former boss in Sydney, Australia asked me where I was, told her, El Nido. She said, wow. So El Nido is that famous.

In the late afternoon of my first day, I hired a tricycle and paid him P400 to bring me to Nacpan and Calitang beaches. I practically begged him, it was 40-minutes drive, and the usual rate is P600-P800. I was able to convince him, and went there. It was spontaneous, I had no plan to visit the twin beaches. I was just feeling awful about my accommodation ordeal at that moment, so I jumped into his tricycle and off we went. I had my bag with me, my phone and my camera. I was in awe in Nacpan beach and its long stretch of sand. It would have been nice to swim here. If only I brought my swimwears noh?

I walked a bit while taking in the beauty of the place. I met a kid (so yes, I went alone), and showed me the way to the small hill where I could see the twin beaches, picturesque indeed. The small hill offers the best view of the place!

I left an hour after, and feeling way lot better when I got there.

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Ninya G.
4.0 Stars

This is what the beach looks like during a typhoon last December. Super big waves on Nacpan beach. Very strong wind over the hill but it's beautiful. I want come back when there's no typhoon. 128076🏼

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Mark S.
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Ahhh, El Nido! My second favorite place in the Philippines (next to Boracay). 5 to 6 hours away from Puerto Princesa Airport, a long bus ride will be worth it given the rewards that will unfold before your eyes when you finally set foot in your destination. You can choose from different tours (Tour A, B, C, or D), all of which are available at fixed rates. Nont included in any of the earlier mentioned tours is a visit to the Twin Beach, which includes Calitang and Nacpan. Ask your local tour guide and they will surely be more than glad to bring you here.

It was before lunch when we arrived here. We were lucky to have the beach almost for ourselves. We walked along the coast to make it on the top of the hill where this photo was taken. There are a couple of restaurants in the beach and they can cook your food. They also have BEER! Perfect for the heat!

I enjoyed swimming here. However, caution must be observed. During the time of our visit, the waves were quite big. Nonetheless, it was a lot of fun.

Your visit to El Nido will surely not be complete without seeing the Twin Beach. Check it out and make sure to climb the hill at the end of the beach as this is where you can have one of the best views that your eyes will ever see! I am not exaggerating!

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Patrick V.
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Definitely the best part of our El Nido trip. You can rent a tricycle from El Nido which costs around P800-P1000 for a group of 3-4. Travel time is around 1 to 1.5 hours.

It's completely unspoiled and undeveloped with no resort and only a few tourists around. There's only a rest house owned by a foreigner. We just stayed on the beach all afternoon drinking buko shake and eating junk food. 128076

Photo was taken at the hill which gives a perfect view of the twin beach! 127774

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Jonas R.
5.0 Stars

One of my favorite beaches in the Philippines is the Nacpan-Calitang twin beach in El Nido, Palawan. Unspoiled, powder white, and long. So after you've visited the 20 destinations of El Nido, I recommend to set your feet on this beach.

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Joel C.
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The twin beach of El Nido Palawan. The place is 30 minutes away from the town proper. You may hire a tricycle to transport you to the beach.

Nacpan Beach is very beautiful, fine white sand and very clean water. It's plus factor is the natural wave where you can enjoy yourself while swimming.

The twin beach can be viewed at a hill which is a 15 minutes walk and hike from the drop off point. It will give you 360 view of El Nido.

Lunch is served at the nipa hut where you can buy fresh seafoods like fish, crabs and shrimps at a very affordable price.

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Eya P.
5.0 Stars

Can i give this a hundred stars??? The best and the most beautiful beach in El Nido!!! Went here on our last day at El Nido before heading back to Puerto Princesa. The place is divine! Here, sobrang layo mo na sa shore, di pa aabot sa waist mo ung tubig. Saya! 128517 sand is sooo fine, the water is verryyyy clear. Kaya lang this beach has big waves pero i love it pa din!

Plus don't forget to have lunch in one of the eateries there. Ang cheap ng seafood! We had buttered garlic crab, they served us 2 big pieces which costs P200. Don't expect lang na it taste like the buttered garlic we have here in the metro, medyo iba ung lasa nya. But you'll love it kasi fresh! Same goes with the Buttered Garlic Shrimp. Generous serving of big shrimps for P200 too. The boyfriend enjoyed it kasi it has a little bit of sweetness. Ang sarap kumain (barehands 128077) with the beach as your view and the waves as your background music. Best day evah!128077128077128077127946127940

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Neb A.
4.0 Stars

If you want a quiet place with a long stretch (about 4km) of cream colored sandy beach, this is the spot to visit. A few hours further north of El Nido, this is worth a day trip visit. Although there are signs where you may rent a room for those who wish to stay longer. It has a few huts and a local resto. Order their seafood dishes. Very cheap for an order that can serve 2 to 3.

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Jenna L.
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Travel time from the town to the beach is around 2 hours but it was worth it. We went there by renting a tricycle and the driver acted as our tour guide. The beach is clean and secluded. The sand was very fine it looked like 'polvoron' What I love about it is it is not packed with people and the place is not developed (no hotels, no stores, etc). Must-see when you go to El Nido!

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