Day Trip to Nacpan Beach in El Nido

Nacpan Beach

As per the timestamps of my photos, we arrived at Nacpan Beach in the neighborhood of 30 minutes after the quick wallow at Nagkalit-kalit Falls. Our mode of transfer was a shuttle (van) which the landlady of El Nido Sands Inn arranged exclusively for our group. Other modes of transportation include renting a tricycle or a scooter (tried the latter on my second visit).

The Beach

At around ten o’clock, the long stretch of beach was next to deserted with only very few people, the powdery sand and azure waters extending on both directions against the horizon under a clear sky. There wasn’t any need for it in our case but if you want some quiet time instead of being amidst a crowd, either ends of the beach is your destination.

Nacpan Beach

Before waging war against the sun, we helped ourselves to a late breakfast which was also prepared ahead by the inn. It was superb like our lunch the day before. Unfortunately, a knife succumbed to death following its battle against a watermelon. You fought well, Knifey.

Brunch

Four-legged friends kept us company and one of them seemed to have gotten the habit of constantly touching people’s hearts for food. Who was I not to give in to a domesticated fur with such mischievous innocent eyes?!

Dogs at Nacpan Beach

After initiating another cheat day, we went for the cape on the south end to check out views of the twin beaches—Nacpan and Calitang—and along the way we passed by a community. The ocean was quite the temptress and the photo of a boatman carrying his boat reminds me of Eren Kruger after he revealed himself to Grisha Yeager.

Nacpan Beach

Walking to the cape

Walking to the cape

A boatman carrying his boat

The Cape

With grasses on the rocky promontory, I thought one particular photo dump was obligatory.

Taking a dump

View from the cape

Our planner for the trip, Cha a.k.a. the lady in red, didn’t waste any breath and headed to the nearest high point from where we landed which, for some reason, had a prop ready in the form of a wooden bench.

View from the cape

View from the cape

Being the kumpetitib and epal that I am, I ventured even further for another high point that juts out into the sea.

View from the cape

View from the cape

View from the cape

The rest mustn’t have been inspired by Michael Bolton as they didn’t go the distance and just stayed downstairs, seemingly keeping up to date with what was on the news while trying to be shady. (See what I did there?)

The antisocials

The antisocials

Being on the farthest position, I had such a broad perspective and panoramic views were at my disposal, which of course included the signature view of Nacpan Beach and Calitang Beach sharing the same shore. (Does that mean they’re also caring since sharing is caring? *wondering emoji*)

View from the cape

View from the cape

Nacpan Beach & Calitang Beach (Twin Beaches)

The twin beaches: Nacpan Beach and Calitang Beach

The twin beaches: Nacpan Beach and Calitang Beach

Before long, the lady in red was already leading a cult. All hail Blood Reina!

The cult of Blood Reina

The cult of Blood Reina

Someone got lightheaded and had a poor vision on our way back, probably due to the heat, that we had a runner do his thing for some water from the community we saw earlier. Run, Forrest, run!

The Maze Runner at Nacpan Beach

With everything good, we packed our things and went home. Nah, that would’ve been among the greatest crimes of all time. ‘Course we luxuriated in the waters! The waves were close to none and the tide allowed us to get some distance from the beach. Phew!

Nacpan Beach

Nacpan Beach

Nacpan Beach

We had lunch (we still had a lot of food!), had group photos taken, and then left around two o’clock. Rather early, yes, but that was for us to be able to ready ourselves and get a bit of rest as we were bound for San Vicente on the same day. I can’t believe I wasn’t day drinking though. Not a single one. Why!?

Group photo at Nacpan Beach

Group photo at Nacpan Beach

After visiting The Beach Shack in Maremegmeg

Nacpan Beach is a must-not-skip destination when you have time in El Nido. And while you’re at it, make sure that you also drop by Nagkalit-kalit Falls. There’s just no reason not to because it’s along the way. In fact, while this wasn’t one, there are also island hopping tours which may include both Nacpan Beach and Nagkalit-kalit Falls. Your choice.

Expenses

Our round trip ride from El Nido was exclusive to our group and inclusive of a stopover at Nagkalit-kalit Falls.

ItemCost (PHP)
Shuttle2600
Lunch1200
Cottage fee300
Total Per Head (7)585.71

Visited: August 2015

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