Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Taste of Paradise in El Nido (Day 5 – Inland Tour | Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beaches)

Too much contemplating if we will push through with this inland tour, but I guess the sense of curiosity won. A secret hideaway for the very few who have learned it. We were in the mood to bask in the sun that morning and the Twin Beaches of Nacpan and Calitang will grant that wish to us today.

We prepared early for that day as we are set to depart the town proper at 8 in the morning. Kuya Nelson fetch us with his motorcycle and off we go to our ultimate beach destination for that day. “This is going to be a great day!”

We own the Beach for a Day!


Situated in Sitio Calitang, approximately 17 kilometers north of El Nido, the twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang are main attractions of the mainland.  Nacpan beach brags approximately four-kilometer stretch of cream sand beach scattered with coconut trees. It is generally bare, unspoiled and unexploited, and of course with lesser crowd. Just my kind of perfect beach. NO ENTRANCE FEE for now :)

Kuya Nelson led us to a grass-covered hill at the end of Nacpan where a steep overused trail was waiting for us. After a short climb, the top of the hill surprised us with wig-snatching winds and a splendid 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape!

A picturesque view of Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beach – The most Photographed Spot



The hill is where the beaches of Nacpan and Calitang meet. While Nacpan appeared to be almost infinite, Calitang is much shorter. One end cradles a fishing village, and the other a row of multi-colored boats. The two beaches merge in a narrow powdery sandbar that snakes into a verdant hill that lies adjacent to it. The other side of the hill is rocky and more dangerous, as it faces the open sea.

The other side of the Beach


A pose with our Ilonggo Guide Kuya Nelson



How to get to Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beaches:

Located in Barangay Bucana north of El Nido town proper, the twin beaches are 45 minutes away by van, even longer by tricycle. It is not included in the usual island-hopping tours, but most travel agencies and tour operators offer trips to this stunner. You can also take a public jeepney from El Nido town although taking this mode of transport will require an overnight stay in the beach since there is only one trip daily – leaving in El Nido at noon and returning in the morning the next day.

Nacpan and Calitang is part of the itinerary of El Nido Inland Tour (Tour E) that costs Php 1,200.00/per person but a DIY trip is much cheaper.  You may rent a tricycle to take you there or van for bigger group. This is worth a whole day tour with side trip in some of the waterfalls. We prefer beaches instead, so off we go to our next destination.

WALLET DAMAGE: Php 500.00 (Tour E)   Lunch/Snacks at the Resto Php 350.00

If you want to avail the services of our guides you may contact Kuya Nelson Fernandez at 09073271050. In case you will get a hold of Kuya Nelson’s services, please extend my regards to him.

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