QUICK GUIDE: Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan

2014 • 04 • 03

Nacpan Beach is a 4-km strip of powdery paradise north of El Nido town proper. The coconut-lined beach faces a small cove next to Base Bay. The stretch runs southward to meet its twin — Calitang Beach. Together, they form a cape that sticks out to the sea that can get rough without warning. A small, palm-crowned, grass-covered hill marks the spot where the two ivory beaches meet. Small islands dotting the bay can also be seen clearly from the beach.

Material/Type: Sandy

Nearest Airport: El Nido has its own airport but most flights from Manila depart and land in Puerto Princesa.

How to get there: From Puerto Princesa, travel by bus or van to El Nido town proper. Roro bus costs P380 and takes 6-7 hours. Day tours to Nacpan Beach are offered by many resorts and tour operators in town. The standard rate is P1500 for tricycles, good for up to 4 pax; and P3000 for vans, good for up to 12 pax.

Where to stay: For your convenience, it is still best to stay at a hotel/resort in El Nido Town Proper where you will have access to most restaurants and other tour operators. Most tourists go to Nacpan Beach on a day trip only and return to the town proper by end of the day.

Where to eat: Kyla’s Cocina is a paluto-type restaurant just a few yards from the shore. Be sure to make a stop and reserve on your way to the beach so they could prepare while you enjoy the beach.

Don’t miss: The stunning view of the two beaches from the top of the hill at the end of the cove. It’s a short but rather steep slope that can be conquered easily. It’s the most popular viewpoint in the area. Don’t forget to bring your trusty camera!

List of Expenses:
Land transfer (El Nido Town Proper to Nacpan Beach)
By Tricycle (Good for 4 pax): P1500
By Van (Good for 12 pax): P3000

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