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Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Philippines
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Nacpan Beach

Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan
Nacpan Beach is a four-kilometer strip of cream-colored sand and coconut trees with crystal clear turquoise water. It is located 17th kilometers north of El Nido town proper in Palawan. This powdery paradise was one of the secret getaways for some tourists until its beauty was discovered by many and became one of the most sought after destinations in El Nido. In 2016, it was voted as the world’s 10th best beach by users of travel rating website Trip Advisor. 

What to do

Despite its popularity, the Nacpan Beach generally has few visitors. Hence, it is ideal for those who prefer to quietly reflect and relax while being one with nature. Tourists can simply lie on the beach or settle in hammocks if they want to do some sunbathing. They can also opt to rest in Nacpan’s shady spots.

Aside from swimming, visitors can also do surfing, kayaking, and stand up paddleboard. Mask, fins, and snorkel can be rented for those who want to explore the crystal clear water. 

There are restaurants along the coast that range from affordable to expensive. There are also snacks for sale along the beach’s entrance although the selection is limited. 

Nearby tourist destinations

Nacpan is one-half of the popular twin beaches in the area—the other one is called Calitang Beach. The two beaches merge in a narrow sandbar that snakes into a lush hill, which offers an excellent view of Nacpan and Calitang. Tourists must trek to the southern portion of Nacpan to reach the hill where it meets with the smaller Calitang Beach. Calitang is also a stretch of white sand but its waves are calmer than those in Nacpan. It is a fishing village with multi-colored boats anchored along the shore. 

How to Get There

El Nido is the jumpoff point to visit Nacpan Beach. To reach the town of El Nido, travel by bus or van from Puerto Princesa. Once you arrive, there are several options you can take to get to Nacpan Beach, which is about 17km away from El Nido town proper.

The most convenient and comfortable way is to book a shuttle service, which is usually part of organized tours going to Nacpan Beach. You will be picked up from your hotel and also get dropped off here coming back. This is also a great way to meet other travelers as you will most likely be sharing the service with other individuals or groups.

For a more authentic island experience, you can choose to hop on a tricycle to get to Nacpan Beach. While this will cost cheaper, expect a more bumpy ride as some parts of the road going to the beach are not fully cemented and sometimes muddy. 

You can also choose to rent a motorbike and drive your way to Nacpan. Most budget travelers and thrill-seekers opt to do this since rental rates for an entire day cost way cheaper than shuttle or tricycle service, plus they also have the freedom to go at their own pace and explore other places around Nacpan Beach and the rest of El Nido. As mentioned, some roads leading to Nacpan are still not in great conditions so be extra careful when choosing this transport option.


Best Time to Visit

One would simply agree that island getaways and beach escapades need fully sunny and bright days and calm waters. Given such, it is highly recommended to visit Nacpan Beach during the country’s dry months from November to May. But since this is peak travel season, especially during the summer months of March until May, expect to bump into a crowd of tourists — although it does not get too busy compared to other popular beach destinations in the Philippines.

Exploring the enchanting Nacpan Beach and the rest of El Nido’s magnificent islands during dry months also prove to be a safer choice, because heavy rains, strong winds, and rough seas are most likely to be experienced during the wet season from June to October. The advantages though of traveling during this time are cheaper flights, lower hotel rates, and lesser crowds. 

Nacpan Beach is open any time of the day, but it is best to get there early and soak up all of its beauty for the entire day and take advantage of the sun, especially if you plan on getting that golden tan. Stay until late afternoon to witness the glorious sunset here. 

Frequently asked questions

Can I stay overnight at Nacpan Beach?

Yes, over the recent years, accommodations for one- or multiple-night stay have started to sprout at Nacpan Beach. Your choice depends on the kind of ambience and experience you want. Boutique resorts here offer a more private and creative atmosphere; hostels are a great way to meet other travelers for a fun island experience; and a glamping resort offers a one-of-a-kind experience that complements the rustic beauty of Nacpan Beach.

What can I expect to do at Nacpan Beach?

Nacpan Beach is still relatively less developed than other tourist destinations in the country, which is great news for visitors who wish to experience a more secluded, quiet, and rustic beach getaway. The best thing to do at Nacpan Beach is to immerse in its 4-km cream-colored beach by just laying a beach mat and chilling all day. For those who do not prefer being under the sun for a long time, the beach is lined with tall palm trees in almost its entire stretch, providing many shaded areas. You may also choose to relax in the beachside eateries and some of the accommodations’ restaurants and lounge areas, but charges or mandatory food and drink orders may apply.

Swimming is also a fun activity to do here, but the waves tend to get rough so it is advised to just stay close to the shore.

Nacpan Beach actually forms part of the Twin Beaches, with Calitang Beach as its other half. The latter is smaller and more rugged to Nacpan but it is still worth checking out. Fisherfolks and the local community abound on this other side as well, so it is a great way to meet those who inhabit and take care of the place. Make your way to the viewpoint on top of a small hill at the western end of Nacpan, where you can see a majestic view of the twin beaches and the turquoise waters surrounding them.

Water activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding can also be done at Nacpan Beach.

Are there any attractions near Nacpan Beach?

On the way to Nacpan from El Nido, north of the Km 285 marker on the highway, is a road that will lead you to Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls. You will need to do a 40-min hike, passing through gentle rivers, to get to the refreshing cascades.