Approximately seventeen (17) kilometers north of El Nido is the twin beach of Nacpan & Calitang. It is a non-commercialized 4 km stretch of pristine, azure white sands that is off the beaten track.
We alloted our third day in El Nido exclusively for the
widely undiscovered, hidden-gem-of-a-beach-sanctuary of Nacpan and Calitang beach (also called El Nido “twin beach”), which is about 30-40 minutes by trike (and faster, if renting a van) away from the main town of El Nido.
It’s called the “twin beach” because Nacpan and Calitang lies back to back of each other- spreading out into long stretches of powdery white sand, one side with a small coastal town inhabited by fisherman and their families, and the other front side, mostly where the visitors are.
The (soon-to-be-famous?) twin beach is, surprisingly, not even being offered as part of standard tour packages in El Nido. It is the only destination which does not require getting on a boat, yet it’s definitely a must-visit for die-hard beach lovers. It’s also for those who’s just looking forward to spending an entire day just lounging around by the beach. Just picture it, the sparkling cerulean sea in front of you, with playful waves chasing each other on a wide expanse of white sand, the ocean breeze caressing your face , a nice book on one hand and a chilled piña colada on the other.
Since the twin beach is mostly non-commercialized, you won’t be seeing rows of hotels or resorts in the area. We came upon a small eatery/variety store (or “sari-sari” store, as it is widely known in the country) called “Kyla’s Cocina” selling some basic meals, sandwiches, and other items. They are selling beer and a few drinks as well.
Imagine the sparkling cerulean sea in front of you, with playful waves chasing each other on a wide expanse of white sand; the ocean breeze caressing your face , you got a book on one hand and a chilled piña colada on the other…
If you’re up to a bit of exploring, you can choose to walk a bit towards the leftmost part of the shoreline and climb a small hill. The reward is getting an overlooking view of the twin beach, and a very nice instagrammable view of the whole scenery.
If planning to go El Nido, try to allot a day for this seldom considered side-trip. It is definitely worth it. Being a beach lover, this is one of the highlights of my trip to El Nido and will be coming back here real soon.
HOW TO GO TO NACPAN AND CALITANG BEACH:
You may opt to rent a tricycle or a van
at the price of 800-1300 PHP (divided by three)
depending on your haggling skills.
You may reach KUYA ALLAN, our tour guide,
for tour arrangements and other questions: 0906-9129827