Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan is one of the most popular and most beautiful beaches in the Philippines. While it does not have the white sand that Boracay takes pride in, Nacpan Beach offers an equally notable island experience.

From the 4-kilometer stretch of cream-colored sand, hundreds of swaying coconut trees, a fishing village, clear aqua water with small surfable waves—it’s the kind of paradise you’ve imagined. Nacpan Beach certainly does not disappoint. 

What travelers love about Nacpan Beach is that it doesn’t get too crowded. And if you’re lucky, you can have the beach all to yourself. 

Read on to find out what this pristine beach has to offer!

What to expect from Nacpan Beach

turtle in nacpan beach

Well, nothing much…except for the glorious view of the sea, calming sound of the waves, sometimes a turtle passing by, and the oh-so-beautiful secluded beach that lets you feel like you own an island.

This beauty, in fact, has taken the world center stage after it has been recognized as the 10th most beautiful beach in the world by TripAdvisor.

Aside from the stunning beach, there are many great Instagrammable spots that will definitely make it to your ultimate feed goals. There are also cute bamboo cafes in the area along with a good range of restaurants from the cheapest to most expensive. The place has a real good vibe so it’s definitely worth going the extra mile out of El Nido town for the day!

Things to do in Nacpan Beach

1. Chill all-day

a girl chilling at nacpan beach

As the trip is a bit long, the first thing you’ll probably want to do is just to chill out and relax or get that much-needed tan. You’ll never run out of spots to lay down. Besides, it is a 4-kilometer stretch of beach.

2. Swimming

people swimming at nacpan beach

What’s a beach trip without swimming, right? Put on your beach OOTD, take a few snaps for the ‘gram and enjoy the water! But just a reminder, there can be pretty big waves at Nacpan Beach so it’s not advisable to go far from the shore as there can be some strong currents.

3. Hop on its twin beach

nacpan beach and calitang beach

Nacpan beach is the other half of the famous Twin Beaches of El Nido while the other half is the Calitang Beach. Compared to Nacpan, Calitang Beach is smaller but you can still enjoy every bit of its surroundings. There are no high-end resorts in the area, only small time cottages and huts for those who wish to spend the night at Calitang. There are also a few stores and eateries located on the beach side and interior. Make sure to visit Calitang Beach as well when you go to Nacpan. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone!

4. Nacpan Beach Glamping

the stunning nacpan beach glamping

Unlike other pristine beaches in the Philippines, you can enjoy a Nacpan Beach glamping in El Nido! It’s not the usual glamping because what Nacpan Beach Glamping Resort offers is an ultimate luxurious glamping experience. Aside from the amazing glamping tents, they also have a pool! Nacpan Beach Glamping price starts at P8,000 per night.

5. Watch the sunset

nacpan beach sunset

What could be more romantic than watching the sunset on the beach? As beautiful as Nacpan Beach is in the daylight, it is equally majestic as the sun sets. 

6. Drink with a view

couple drinking at nacpan beach while watching the sunset

There are many resto bars in Nacpan Beach where you can eat and have a drink or two while enjoying the sea view. Some are near the Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach.

How to get to Nacpan Beach

It is a 45-minute drive away from the main town of El Nido. There are three ways to reach Nacpan Beach:

By shuttle service

This is the most comfortable and most convenient way to get to Nacpan Beach resort. You can book a tour that offers this service. The service will pick you up and drop you off to your hotel. However, it costs more than the other two options and you’ll be sharing the service with other tourists. Rate for this is around P600 per person.

By tricycle

You can also rent a tricycle for P1,000. From the main town of El Nido, it will take around 1 hour and a half to get to Nacpan Beach resort. This is cheaper than the shuttle service. But the trip might get uncomfortable because half of the road going to Nacpan Beach isn’t cemented, mostly muddy so expect a bumpy ride. 

By motorbike

Most people find renting motorbikes more convenient than hiring a tricycle or shuttle service. Plus, it is also cheaper because you can rent a motorbike for P600 per day already. The good thing here also is that you can use this wherever you want and you can travel at your own pace without thinking about other travelers.

Where to stay in El Nido

There are many hotels in El Nido where you can stay at but if you’re on a shoestring budget, we recommend you book at ZEN Rooms as they offer the lowest rates but high-quality accommodation complete with amenities!

interior of ZEN Hostel OMP El Nido

ZEN Hostel OMP El Nido (P472/night)

interior of ZEN Rooms Seaslugs El Nido

ZEN Rooms Seaslugs El Nido (P1,398/night)

interior of the ZEN Rooms El Grande El Nido

ZEN Rooms El Grande El Nido (P2,500/night)



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