Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
(An AcrossCities FAQ Series)
Where is Nacpan Beach
Nacpan Beach is in El Nido, Palawan; about 45 minutes to an hour from El Nido town, depending on your mode of transportation.
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Why You Should Go:
1 – You have access to a whopping 4-kilometer stretch of fine, bright golden sand AND super clear water that is practically all yours in the morning, before the daytrippers arrive, and during or just after sunrise, when daytrippers leave
2 – Honest-to-goodness beachfront room where the beach is actually perfectly swimmable, not some port filled with boats and its emissions (I’m looking at you, El Nido town)
3 – Affordable seafood
4 – A good escape from the town for some quiet
5 – Perfect place to catch the sunset AND the sunrise
6 – It has a twin! Referring to Calitang beach, of course, although Nacpan is the better area for swimming
Perhaps best to let the photos do the talking and the showing.
How to Go to Nacpan Beach
Via Tricycle from El Nido Town
- There’s a combo day trip for Nacpan (and Calitang) beaches as well as Marimegmeg beach – Php1,500 per tricycle (up to 4 pax)
- If you only want to go to Nacpan, it’s a haggling game with the tricycle driver. Depending on how many you are and how good your haggling skills is, this could be from Php800-Php1,000 for a return trip (includes driver waiting time
Via Van from El Nido Town
- Up to 12 pax for Php2,000-2,500 return (daytrip)
Via Motorbike from El Nido Town
- For solo travelers or couples – motorbike rent is around Php500-800
Via Jeepney from El Nido Town
- Public transportation – there used to be a jeepney that goes to Nacpan beach directly, once a day from Monday to Saturday at around 11 am from the El Nido terminal – however, this jeepney called the Valine Grace NO LONGER PLIES THIS ROUTE due to some permitting issues.
- If staying overnight in Nacpan or Calitang Pearl Lodge, you may contact the owner and ask to be picked up from the Calitang crossing.
- To go to Calitang crossing, take the Felang jeepney with the signboard “Dipnay” – leaves the El Nido terminal at around 11:00 AM (be there arond 10:30 sometimes it leaves early), takes around an hour (many many pick ups and drop offs along the way), and costs Php40.00 one way – Monday to Saturdays ONLY.
- To return to El Nido, the same jeepney goes back very early in the morning.
- You may also arrange with one of the tricycle drivers in the area to pick you up. That’s how we found Kuya Danilo (+63918-343-1892) – who charged us a reasonable one-way fare at Php500 (don’t expect this to be super cheap since he has to go to Nacpan without passengers)
Where to Stay in Nacpan (or Calitang) Beach:
Calitang Pearl Lodge Nacpan Extension (their first cottages are in Calitang but decided to build similar ones in Nacpan, hence the name)
This is the most convenient place to stay in Nacpan beach – most accessible, has its own “restaurant” (Kyla Cocina) and cottages, and nearest starting place if you intend to do the easy hike to the nearby hill where you could clearly see the twin beaches panoramic view.
However, this also means a more crowded beachfront during the day (daytrippers). This shouldn’t be a problem, though, as the beach is loooong, around 4 kms!
MUST KNOW: Electricity solely via generator in all of Nacpan and Calitang beaches. For Calitang Pearl Lodge Nacpan – electricity is only from 6PM to 2AM – I know, very inconvenient – but hopefully you have the patience for it. There’s a mosquito net but not a lot of mosquitos actually (but bring mosquito repellent nevertheless). Be more careful with the “nikniks” or sand mites – worse than mosquitos!
Rate is Php900 per night (2pax – note they only have two cottages so total of 4 pax if you’re getting both), but if you’re only staying a night they charge P1,000. Perhaps you could haggle, I just didn’t bother.
Better to call ahead: +63916-572-3098
Other lodging options:
Jack’s Place Beach Park and Camping Site – 0907-344-9337 or email email@example.com
Where 2 Next – camping site – they are in agoda
If you want to stay in Calitang beach:
Valine Grace Beach and Cottages – +63927-275-2236
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What to Do in Nacpan Beach:
Swimming, beach volleyball, cards and board games (bring your own), picnic by the beach, getting a tan, easy hike to the nearby hill for a panoramic view of the Nacpan and Calitang twin beaches
Where to Eat in Nacpan Beach:
Kyla Cocina – food ranges from Php100-Php200 per dish – one order is good for 2 persons actually. If having dinner there, make sure you order ahead – advise them as early as 5PM.
Well, depends on your choices really, and on how many you are. For us:
Php40 pp for the jeepney
Php500 pp for the room (Php1000 for 2 pax)
Php450 pp for the food (around Php150 per person for each meal – 1 lunch 1 dinner 1 brunch)
Php250 pp for the tricycle back to El Nido town (Php500, 2pax)
or a total of Php1,240 per person