Tapik Beach Park
El Nido, Palawan
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My search for accommodation in El Nido led me to Trip Advisor. There’s one place that reviewers are calling as a hidden paradise, out of way, and heartbreakingly beautiful. They say if you are looking for something peaceful and offbeat, this is the place to be. Not only is it beautiful they say, accommodation is also cheap. The words were enough to pick my curiosity but it’s the photos that I saw from their website that sealed the deal. I didn’t even care anymore how I would get myself to the place, I just knew in my heart I should go there and book my stay at Tapik Beach Park Guesthouse.
The biggest challenge you will encounter is to find a means to get there. Sibaltan is about one a half hour away from Corong Corong. Tapik offers a service to their guests but only until 4PM. Beyond this time, you can request them to come pick you up from Corong Corong terminal but it will cost you PHP1,500. This may not be a big deal if you are in a group, but in my case, that amount is a dent in my pocket. Good thing, I was able to get in Corong Corong in time for their service.
You can also hire or rent a motorcycle to get to Sibaltan. In fact, this is the preferred method of most foreign tourists. According to a local, you can rent a motorcycle, which you can use to drive around for PHP800 per day.
Bus ride is another option but it only travels twice a day. From Sibaltan you have to be up as early as 4AM just to take this bus back to Corong Corong. According to some people travel time also takes a bit long, about 2-3 hours.
The rooms in Tapik look like the traditional houses or what we call locally as bahay kubo. They are scattered about the land, on top of the plateau facing the beach. Some rooms have their own toilet and bath, they cost PHP1,600 per night. The lowest rate is PHP800 per night, for those rooms without T&B.
Down the raised ground, just in front of the beach is the in-house restaurant. Round the back are the two bathrooms with toilets, which the guests who are billeted in rooms without showers can use.
This place is all about the peace and quiet, the answer to a person’s hope to be alone with his thoughts. Lounge chairs, small cottages, and some hammocks are strewn about the beach. No noise save for the calming sound of the waves hitting the shore and the cawing of birds flying over the horizon.
In Tapik they have their own island hopping tour on the islands that are not included in the famed Tours A to D of El Nido. They also have what they call, a Castaway Tour, which means they will take you to an island and then come back for you later in the day, or if you want, the next morning. The island they say, is so private, you’d feel like you have been castaway, hence the name.
If you are feeling adventurous, searching for something different, and in want of a serene place with a stunning view of the beach, I highly recommend you include Tapik in your El Nido trip. I assure you that it’s worth that extra one and half hour trip.
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