It was during our trip to Puerto Princesa when I decided to plan a trip to El Nido to visit other places I haven’t explored in my past El Nido trips. Prior to visiting Puerto Princesa, I already had my ticket re-booked to a later date even if I’m still undecided where to go next.
The growing popularity of Twin Beaches of Nacpan and Calitang led me to take a decision to go back to El Nido and visit the long white sand beaches situated in a rare zone in Bucana Village, El Nido, Palawan.
It was cloudy when i arrived in Nacpan Beach but despite of the humidity, seeing the pristine beach is really rewarding. Its probably one of the best beaches Ive seen in the entire archipelago. The brilliant blue waters are so inviting and the place reminds me of Boracay without the crowd, annoying beach vendors and concrete buildings.
As I walk towards the Hill, I passed by a small sari-sari store to buy water. I had an almost an hour of conversation with some of the locals which made me realize how nice it is to live in that village. Fresh seafoods, clean air and friendly people… I just wish there’s a decent internet connection.
These beaches are specifically referred to as the Twin beaches because of the fact that it partly carries a lengthy shore line mutually taken up by two bordering sitios, namely, Nacpan and Calitang. The birds eye view of these twin beaches offers a breathtaking sight which made it one of the most picturesque beaches in El Nido if not the entire Palawan.
Nacpan Beach El Nido
How to get to Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beaches in El Nido
To reach the Twin Beaches, I rented a tricycle in Poblacion. If you will be visiting alone, Tricycle rental is just P1,000 but each tricycle can carry up to 4 passengers for only P1500. For larger group, you can rent a Van at a standard rate of 2,500 pesos for your almost whole day tour. Another option would be to rent a boat that could take you to Nacpan and Calitang Beach but this option is not popular mainly because its much more expensive.
Twin Beaches in El Nido Palawan
It is also possible to take jeep ride to the nearest jump off point but they only operate once during the day, specifically at noon from El Nido town areas. The total travel time to reach Nacpan and Calitang beaches is normally about 1 hour by tricycle and 40 minutes by Van from El Nido town.
Panoramic View of the Twin Beach
The road conditions were kind of mixed with some areas being smooth paved roads and other areas being rough and muddy. After covering all possible obstacles during travel, we finally reached the twin beach destination, often it can be a speechless moment witnessing the ravishing long, white sandy beaches with pure and crystal clear water covering the beach areas.
It was rather confusing to decide which beach to visit first. Towards the right side lies the Nacpan Beach which gives in all together a long white sand beach with a prominent low tide effect. On the other hand, Calitang Beach was situated between the backdrops of coconut trees with a hilly background presenting a more visual appeal all at once.
View from the Hut
There is limited scope for eateries providing food and drinks at this place. Hence, it is wise and important for travelers to take up essential food, drinks, comfortable sandals (if taking the trip during wet season), beach or picnic blanket, camera etc.
There was a huge view of coconut trees around the shoreline, with cool and pristine water. There was a huge rest house on the beach owned by a non-native. If you have plans to explore more views at the Calitang beach, you need to pass behind a local fishing village surrounded by small hills along with a view of a number of fishing boats.
View from the Hill
To get a good vantage point, you need to take a short hike up to the hill for you to capture the birds eye view of the beautiful twin beaches.
Where to Stay in Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beaches
Regarding the accommodation, there are several places to stay on Nacpan beach. Jack’s Place has two fan rooms, with a little store for eatery along with the option to cook meals. Cervantes’ Place is another stay option for travelers at Nacpan beach.
Be sure to bring all your necessities like medicines and toiletries as stores in the area has a very limited supply.
The twin beaches are still currently undeveloped but most of the lots are already bought by foreigners. I hope that the land owners will be responsible enough in their future property developments. I just wish to see it the same way on my next visit.