Nacpan and Calitang: The Twin Beaches of El Nido

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For years, it used to be under the radar of general tourists, a secret hideaway for the very few who have discovered its unparalleled beauty ahead of everybody, one of the best kept secrets of El Nido. But slowly, the secret was revealed and the once deserted paradise started getting the attention that it deserves. Today, the twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang are included in the itinerary of almost everyone heading to this part of Palawan!

El Nido
The most photograped spot in Nacpan and Calitang Beach, undoubtedly the most picturesque!

Situated in Sitio Calitang, approximately 17 kilometers north of El Nido town, the twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang are prime attractions of the mainland. Nacpan Beach boasts of approximately four-kilometer stretch of cream sand beach decorated with coconut trees. It is generally bare, unspoiled and unexploited, without the usual crowd that other islands of El Nido get.

El Nido
Beautiful long stretch of cream sand!

On the southwest tip of Nacpan, where it meets with the smaller Calitang Beach, is a small hill that offers the best view of the surroundings. This spot guarantees a picturesque scene, the one we usually see in photos. There is no high end resort in the area, only small time cottages and huts for those who wish to spend the night there, there are also few stores and eateries located in the beach side and interior.

El Nido
Another beautiful sight as seen from the hill top

Going there, one can take the 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 El Nido town at noon and returning in the morning of the next day.  But an overnight stay is a promise of a blissful experience with the serenity of the place and the amazing view of sunset that the place offers.

El Nido
Paradise found!

Nacpan and Calitang is part of the itinerary of El Nido Inland Tour (or Tour E) that costs P1,200 per person but a DIY trip is much cheaper. For small groups, you may opt to rent a tricycle to take you there, cost is around P700-1000 for a group of not more than four persons. For bigger group, you may charter a van for P2000-P2500, good for 10-12 persons, whole day tour in Nacpan and Calitang with sidetrip in Nagkalit-kalit or Bulalacao Falls.

For more information on El Nido, check out Lakwatsero’s Travel Guide to El Nido.

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9 thoughts on “Nacpan and Calitang: The Twin Beaches of El Nido

  1. Experienced to stay in paradise of El Nido – Nacpan Twin Beach
    “Top 10 Beautiful Beach in the World”

    Travel time : 40 minutes

    Transportation and Fare rate :

    * Motorbike or Scooter / P500 – P800 (1-2 pax)
    * Tricycle / P600 – P1,000 ( 2-3 pax)
    * Van or Car / P2,000 – P2,500 (10-12pax)

    Note :

    – Entrance Fee : P50 per person
    – Bring food/drinks / Only 2 Restaurants on the beach
    – Bring anti sand flies lotion

    Activities : (For Rent)

    – Swimming, Sunbathing, Chilling
    – Kayak, Surf, SUP, Bodyboards, Volleyball, Tent, etc.
    – Photo ops – viewdeck, sunset

    ENJOY !!!

  2. Maganda tlaga po xa.try nyo ren puntahan yung daracuton islang beach located at barangay teneguiban el nido Palawan.white sand po xa at pwide den mag overnight dun anytym

  3. Nagpunta kami dito last May! Biglaan lang sinearch namin kung saan pa kami pwede pumunta at hindi kami nagsisi sa sobrang ganda ng lugar na to. Sobrang nainlab ako sa lugar grabe sobrang konte lang kasi ng tao dito 🙂

    Thank you, dahil ngayon alam ko na may jeep pala papunta dito at balak ko magstay overnight. By the way saan pala yung sakayan ng jeep? How much per head? 🙂 Nagstay ka overnight san ka natulog? 😀

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