Nacpan Beach and Calitang Beach, also known as The Twin Beach of El Nido, is said to be the one of the most beautiful beaches in El Nido. It has a long stretch of fine white sand that is shared by Nacpan and Calitang villages in Bucana, a remote town in El Nido 45 minutes away from the town proper.
Going to the pristine twin beach was a tough challenge for us. We went there during wet season and the road was bloody muddy. We had to get off the habal-habal (motorcycle) from time to time to help the driver cross the muddy road. We passed by 3 muddy obstacles of which ruined my beauty and poise. Aside from that, being seated at the back of habal-habal was also a nightmare. Muds were stuck at my clothes. There were also several bridges that we passed by with no railings and it really gave me a heart attack.
On the road, we saw how people lived a very simple life. They have limited access to transportation, electricity and even food which explains why residents have poultry and piggeries near their houses for food supply. I realized that I have no reason to complain on stupid things. These people have simple lives and muddy roads are part of their normal life. The entire ride although rough, gave a us a learning and humbling experience towards the lives of the people living in the countryside of El Nido.
When we got off the motorcycle, the beach struck us. On the right was the Nacpan Beach, a long stretch of white sand shore that made prominent because of low tide. And on the left was the Calitang Beach, a landscape of coconut trees on hills abound which made the visual very appealing. Our heads were spinning from left to right and vice versa confused which beach to go first. There’s also a very nice huge rest house there which owned by a German who fell in love with the beach. What a lucky dude to have bought that spot; every morning, all he has to do is to stretch his body and lie down overlooking the pacific blue.
Our time was spent more on relishing the place than taking pictures; everything in this beach was better enjoyed with naked eyes than being hooked up with camera.
Nacpan Beach in Photos
Calitang Beach in Photos
Ways to Get to Nacpan and Calitang Beach
1) You may avail Tour E (Php 950.00 - 1,100.00 per head), also known as Inland Beaches and Waterfalls Tour. However, there would be times that it’s not available due to lack of participants which happened in our case. Another way get there is to 2) personally arrange a tour with a local tricycle driver (rent cost starts from Php 1,000 good for 4 people) or someone who has habal-habal. 3) If you know how to drive, you can also rent habal-habal from the locals and bravely conquer the road on your own to get to there.
Additional Travel Tips
- Stay on this beach for as long as you can! We only stayed here for like an hour or two and forgot to bring swimwear. But if given the chance to go back here, I will definitely stay there for a day.
- Grab a beach blanket, put sunblock, and swim. This is the perfect way to savor this beautiful beach. I just hope I did this!
- Interact with the locals. They always tell a story. Locals were the ones who told us that Lalutaya Island is a private island owned by Manny Pacquiao.
- Best time to go there is off-peak season (outside March to May). Every summer, the beach is crowded with locals and tourists.
- If going there during wet season or rainy season, vans or tricycle might have a hard time and it is recommended to hire a motorcycle, so wear proper footwear for mud conditions!
Obviously, these tips are for me as well when I get back and will definitely bring my honey here, maybe plead him to build a rest house there too. Of course, if you’re a travel blogger visiting Nacpan, you are free to stay at our rest house. HAHA.