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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When talking about camping in Philippines, there are a few things that automatically come to mind—long travel times, bug bites, the endless list of things to bring, figuring out how to pitch a tent, building your own fire, and maybe catching fish in the lake. It’s a lot like the Survivor show.

But despite these challenges, nothing beats the kind of private time you get by pitching a tent in the middle of nowhere. Imagine waking up feeling like you have your own private corner in the world. How exciting is that, right?

10 Best Camping Sites in the Philippines

Thinking about camping? Here are our top picks of the best camping sites in the Philippines:

  1. Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales – A beach and camping site in one!
  2. Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas – No electicity, low signal, but perfect ambiance to go camping.
  3. North Beach Camp in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte – A glamping spot where you can connect with nature.
  4. BLOC Camp Site in Laguna – A glamping site near Manila featuring cool spots and a lake.
  5. San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan – There are glass cottages and villas built with one-way mirrors, letting the structure appear to blend with the surroundings and giving the illusion that you are outside while staying indoors.
  6. Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte – A pristine beach in Bicol where you can also camp.
  7. Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan – This is a 4-kilometer stretch of cream-colored sand where you can camp.
  8. Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan – With over a hundred islands and islets, you will never run out of things to do like island hopping, swimming, and snorkeling.
  9. Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay, Rizal – This campsite in Tanay Rizal offers a perfect view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges and Laguna de Bay
  10. Camp Explore in Antipolo – Famous for its team building and family activities

If this is your first time to go camping, don’t worry! We’re here to help you find the best spots whether it’s a private resort or beach camping sites Philippines. Check out our list below!

1. Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales

anawangin cove camping in philippines

The town of San Antonio has many beautiful coves where tourists enjoy beach bumming and camping, one of those is the Anawangin Cove. The shores are lined with grey sand and the waters are clear blue and perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Anawangin is one of the best beach camping sites Philippines has to offer. The ambiance is perfect for those looking for both adventure and tranquil getaway. With the campsite surrounded by tall agoho trees, picturesque mountain landscapes, and having no electricity and network connections, letting you live the old fashion way, Anawangin gives the much-needed nature vibe for your camping trip.

2. Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas

fortune island camping philippines

Just a few hours from the metro, this beautiful island is located in Nasugbu, Batangas. Surrounded by crystal waters, Fortune Island is another place to go camping in Philippines, ditching basic amenities like electricity and running water for days of swimming, cliff diving, light trekking, and lounging on the sand. What makes it popular is its incredible sights and iconic Grecian pillars ruins that will be your regular view as you set up your camping essentials.

3. North Beach Camp in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

north beach camp ilocos camping philippines
Photo from North Beach Camp

North Beach Camp Pagudpud is quite a drive from the city as this resort is located in Ilocos Norte that is about 10 hours of travel time from Manila. The camp is powered by solar panels, meaning you’ll be able to connect with nature even more. North Beach Camp Pagudpud has five glamping huts that can fit up to two people each, but you are allowed to bring your own tents in case you want to round up the whole gang.

4. BLOC Camp Site in Laguna

BLOC Camp Site in Laguna
Photo from BLOC Camp Site

If you prefer mountains and lakes over beaches and the sea and want to go camping in Philippines in style, then BLOC Camp Site in Laguna is for you. Just a few hours drive from the metro, this glamping site is very accessible. The glamp grounds are surrounded by greenery and the ambiance is serene that will make your weekend escape perfect. Not only can you camp there but you can also enjoy activities on the lake like swimming, paddle boarding, or hop on a rowboat and visit the islet of your choice. After a good night’s sleep in the cozy glamorous tents, wake up early to catch the breathtaking sunrise.

5. San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan

If you think camping in Manila isn’t possible, you’re wrong. At San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan, you can enjoy a different kind of camping in Manila while being one with nature. There are glass cottages and villas built with one-way mirrors, letting the structure appear to blend with the surroundings and giving the illusion that you are outside while staying indoors. But those who are in for an adventure, there are spacious tents that can be set up at the campsite or afloat on a raft in the river itself. 

6. Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte

calaguas island camping tent

Calaguas is one of the most pristine beaches in Luzon. Over the years, it has become a popular beach destination and a go-to place for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its powdery bone-white sand and cerulean waters can still elicit the perfect island vibe. 

7. Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan

nacpan beach el nido palawan camping sites in the philippines

El Nido has a lot of wonders of nature that always make it to travelers’ bucket list. Aside from its famous lagoons, the 4 kilometers stretch of cream-colored sand of Nacpan Beach in El Nido is a must-visit. Not only you can chill by the beach but you can also pitch a tent and go camping. If you’re lucky, you can have the beach all to yourself. 

8. Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan

hundred islands in pangasinan

Hundred Islands is one of the country’s pride. With over a hundred islands and islets, you will never run out of things to do like island hopping, swimming, and snorkeling. If you choose to spend the night, you can pitch your tent at Governor’s Island, Marcos Island, Children’s Island, and Quezon Island.

9. Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay, Rizal

Ten Cents to Heaven was not named that way for nothing. This campsite in Tanay Rizal offers a perfect view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges and Laguna de Bay. Sometimes, the low-lying clouds descend to the camp and make you feel closer to “heaven” hence the name. Aside from camping, you can also enjoy extreme sports facilities such as a four-lane zip line; a tower for rappelling, wall climbing, and even free fall; a rope course; and a 4×4 adventure ride. This campsite in Tanay Rizal also has fish spa therapy!

10. Camp Explore in Antipolo

Camp Explore Antipolo is famous for its team building and family activities. Their base camp is located in Calawis, Antipolo, at the foot of the Sierra Madre embraced by the beauty of nature. They have spacious cabins, cozy cottages, game room, swimming pool, bonfire area, mini conference, multi-purpose hall, hiking trails, resting gazebos, camping tents, etc.

Camping in Philippines can be quite a challenge but it’s totally worth it. You might have a hard time (or culture shock) if this is your first time, but at the end of the day, it’ll be so rewarding because of the new learning you had and new adventures you’re willing to take.

Frequently Asked Questions About Camping in Philippines

Q: What are the best places to go camping?

A: Here are some of the best camping sites in the Philippines:

  1. Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales
  2. Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas
  3. North Beach Camp in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
  4. BLOC Camp Site in Laguna
  5. San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan
  6. Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte
  7. Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan
  8. Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan
  9. Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay, Rizal
  10. Camp Explore in Antipolo

Q: Where to camp near Manila?

A: There are many camping sites you can check out near Manila. Some are:

  1. Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales
  2. Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas
  3. BLOC Camp Site in Laguna
  4. San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan
  5. Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan
  6. Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay, Rizal
  7. Camp Explore in Antipolo

Q: How much is camping in the Philippines?

A: It depends on the place and type of camping you prefer. The cheapest we know so far is in Zambales because it’s a famous camping site. Tent rental cost starts from PHP 300. But if you bring your own tent, it will be cheaper.

Q: How much is camping in Anawangin Zambales?

A: As of writing, the tent rental in Anawangin Cove is PHP 500.

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