[Palawan, Philippines]~Twin Beaches of Nacpan and Calitang

Sometimes, you just have to go for the impulsive ones  – 08.31.15

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It was my last day in the island and there was a floating plan in my head to visit the other known beach in El Nido called NACPAN. Not a solid plan as I thought I did not have enough time but thanks to the tricycle I flagged, its drivers convincing skills and that photo of the view of that beach and its twin, I went to see and well, it was worth it.

I deliberately woke up so I could spend more time to walk around town in the morning. I was meaning to look for other potential beachfront accommodation (as I thought I could be more an informative blogger but yep, that did not work out so well as I still like to ramble more than inform 😀 ). I also wanted to grab some breakfast and for some reason I ended up in a “tapsilog” (breakfast meal in the Philippines composed of “tapa”/dried meat, “sinangag“/fried rice and “itlog“/egg) place but ended up buying spaghetti with chicken – which in the Philippines is a staple for’ that that meal is for birthday parties. Yes, I was acting kind of weird that morning.

20150831_065728Some final walk around the shore before going home

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20150831_065847Controversial resort apparently this was as there was some bombing in front of this a few years back

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20150831_070507Passed by again my hostel on day 1. 

On that bench was where I waited the day before. 

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I was not in the mood for bread but according to some online articles, they sell good bread here. Well, those customers were some kind of proof

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20150831_071021Aha. Some breakfast place

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20150831_073136And this dog was the cutest. I gave him my leftover chicken then

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On my way back, I gave up the idea of doing the side trip to Nacpan, convincing myself that I could not swim there anyway. As told by a friend, they no longer allow swimming in the beach since someone drowned there and went missing recently.

I was then all set to go the van terminal, fate must have intervened.

Driver of tricycle I got in on the way to terminal offered to tour me to Nacpan for a few hours. I told him about the limited time I have and I was assured that we would have enough time. We talked about cost and I seriously have no idea whether it is within the range, but since I think it is reasonable, I said yes – out of impulse or probably because I really did not want to leave just yet.

 

20150831_074538Passed by this on our way to Nacpan and Calitang beaches

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So it is true that it is one of the more popular beaches but it was crowdless when we arrived which was perfect. I expected more calm in the water though but I did manage to swim with my unwilling help from a pair of stranger (I usually try to swim not too far away from others as you know, just in case). Waves, unpredictable seabed and the story about the drowned person must have scared me still though that I spent relatively limited time in the water and decided instead to lounge with a San Mig Light – as that was the only beer they had in there.

 

20150831_092503Whoa. I just love the uncrowd.

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20150831_092524View of entire shoreline

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20150831_095908Small, medium, large

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20150831_103029According to our guide, that island is owned by Manny Pacquiao

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My travel buddy

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GOPR0573_1441257167541_highLook at those clouds

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View on that sticker is what I was about to see

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GOPR0576_1441257167541_highRough road and “probinsya feels” on the way to Nacpan

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GOPR0578_1441257167541_highCan’t decide whether it’s the sand, sky or sea that’s beautiful. Errr…

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GOPR0580_1441257167541_highAnother sweetheart

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More photos to give you an idea how this beach looks like

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GOPR0610_1441257767721_highOh this needs rotating but yep, what I was seeing while being all lazy

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GOPR0611_1441257767721_highNow gone lazy

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GOPR0612_1441257767721_highSunny cloudy day (if there is such a thing)

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GOPR0619_1441257767721_highGOPR0621_1441257767721_highWhile on water

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GOPR0625_1441257767721_highMy bum seat 

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After about an hour, it was time for us to go up the hill to catch a glimpse of the twin beaches, as in the picture I saw in his tricycle. Too bad though that due to a typhoon which recently hit the place, the other side of the beach called CALITANG was left dirty. Sad how such a beauty could be left like that.

GOPR0626_1441257767721_highSnapshot from side where the hill was

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GOPR0627_1441257767721_highOn our way to the hill now

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Glad I came to see you, Nacpan! 

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GOPR0632_1441257767721_highThis just made me sad

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20150831_103650Seat to rest up the hill

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20150831_103714The contrast 😦 

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20150831_104029Interesting burst of wave there. 

According to our guide, some people actually swim in that ‘pool’ created by the rock bed

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20150831_104055On our way down

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GOPR0633_1441257767721_highTwin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang. Sad though how Calitang is left dirty

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GOPR0642_1441257767721_highSnake-like

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GOPR0660_1441257767721_highThat hill was where we were

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GOPR0663_1441257767721_highNo longer as deserted when we came back from the hill

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GOPR0667_1441257767721_highOh goodbye El Nido! 

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A nice way to end the trip I must say! And I shall be back I suppose for all other tours. Until next time, El Nido.

Practical Details : 

Visit to Nacpan Beach also included in one of the tours but chances are you would need more than time.

If you’re flying back to Manila from Puerto Princesa, there are vans at the terminal. As I wanted to be sure, I booked via a restaurant in town on my first day to make sure I have a seat.

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