Nacpan and Calitang: The most beautiful beaches in the Philippines

I was chatting a few days ago with Glizel, Manager/Owner of Lonesome Carabao, one of my favorite hangouts in El Nido about the most beautiful place that she’s been in this area and without a blink she said, ”If you want to see paradise, go to Nacpan Beach.”

I started googling (if there’s such a term) about Nacpan Beach and I found out that it is adjoining Calitang Beach. There’s a reciprocal beach just like the one in Phi Phi (Thailand). And after seeing the pictures, I’m instantly hooked.

We started asking tour agencies about the cost of their inland tour to Nacpan and the price given to us was around P1200 which is way beyond our budget. So, we started asking tricycle drivers the cost for this trip and the price offer that we got was around P1000-P800. Until we hailed one who agreed to take us to Nacpan and Calitang for P500.

Nacpan and Calitang: The most beautiful beaches in the Philippines

The trip took around an hour where the first 25 minutes was spent going through a smooth paved road and the remaining minutes on rough road. We noticed around five western travellers who also just arrived on their motorcycle standing a few meters from us.

After a couple of minutes walk, there it was in front of us. This is probably one of the most gorgeous beaches that I have ever seen in my life.

nacpan and Calitang Beach

Long, wide, white, fine sandy shore and emerald green, crystal clear water welcomed us.

Goosebumps man!

I felt such a privilege to be in an extremely beautiful place.

I then walked towards the left side to see the reciprocal beach and I was overwhelmed with such beauty.

Nacpan and Calitang Beach

The beach was empty except for a handful of tourist, a huge mansion probably owned by a rich foreigner and a small store where you could buy refreshments.

I also explored the rocky side and saw a natural pool. Of all the beaches, coves and islands that I’ve seen in El Nido, this is definitely on top of my list.

Nacpan and Calitang Beach

How to Get Here

Tour agencies in El Nido can definitely take you to Nacpan and Calitang beach for a much higher cost. You also have an option to take an airconditioned van which would definitely be more comfortable than riding a tricycle. If you’re travelling in El Nido with a big group, you might opt to rent a van since it can accommodate more people.

If you’re travelling with one or two more people then tricycle would be your cheapest choice. Bargain hard!

If you prefer to explore the area on your own, then you can rent a motorcycle. A lot of foreigners are doing it here since it gives you more freedom and flexibility to roam more inland.

Another option would be to rent a boat that could take you to Nacpan and Calitang Beach. It may or may not be cheaper that doing it overland depending on your negotiation skills.

Nacpan and Calitang Beach

A Little Favor Please

Kindly take whatever garbage you bring with you even if it’s something as small as a cigarette butt. These gorgeous beaches will blow your mind away and the least thing that we want as travellers is to litter it with our plastics and other trashes.

Photo Credits: Pics by Frameless World


  1. great scene and i do agree about doing little things for our environment. small things sum up big.

    what’s great about long holidays is that in case where you do not have any travels, you can check back on some of the blogs you have missed because of work and all. have a pleasant break my friend.

  2. nakupo Flip…
    iikot pwet ni monette pag nakita nya to.
    eto ang hinahanap nya.

    kumusta na pre?

  3. Nacpan is indeed one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines. Sad to say, we missed the site last year. Damn, kulang sa oras. But this is on my prioritu bucket list. Agree, picking some trash won’t hurt us.

  4. umikot na nga! pupunta kami dito, napakita ko na sa kanya. flip, pwede ba kami magrent ng boat. as in kami lang without the bangkero?

  5. 3rd photo reminds me if Koh Phi Phi Don. But this one’s wayyy better kasi walang establishments sa gitna 🙂

  6. whoa! ang ganda! this is my ideal beach, clean and quiet. another destination added to my bucket list!

  7. aba at neg-e-enjoy kau ni Bino sa kaka island hopping! Enjoy lng frnd! You made me miss El Nido! =)

  8. pinoy boy journals says:

    read this first, only in flipnomad! iba ka bro! sooobrang ganda naman! actually medyo hesitant ako sa mga tour groups since i travel solo and i want to be alone, di talaga magwowork. pero eto, game!

    • medyo mahal to rent the boat mag isa, luckily calitang and nacpan is also accesible overland 🙂

  9. ang ganda, next year, I MUST go to El Nido.

  10. Wow! This place looks really good, Philippines is really one of the home of the finest beaches in the world.

  11. joy madamba says:

    you should try going to the white beach in calaguas island, camarines norte. it’s as beautiful as the beaches you’ve shown here. 🙂

  12. wow! ayos to ah. white sand. I think what it lacks the development. pero ayos na ayos na talaga to.:)

  13. Hi Flip! I bookmarked your el nido posts. I hope we can visit Nacpan and Calitang too. Where can we find the tricycles? Do you have contact numbers? Thanks!

    • flipnomad says:

      Hi Iza, maraming tricycle dun, pumara lang kayo and also, try to compare yung price kung magha hire kayo ng bangka baka mas mura… wala akong number nung tricycle eh, pinapara lang naman tapos nakikipag tawaran…

  14. Weekend Haven says:

    hangganda! 🙂 excited na ko makita to next week. ask lang po, if yung P500 sa tryk, inantay kayo pabalik, meaning back and forth na yung P500? Thanks! 🙂

    • flipnomad says:

      hinintay po kami pabalik pero hindi po yata standard rate ang P500 🙂 nakipagtawaran lang po kami sa tricycle 🙂

  15. been here..and its really beautiful…at virgin pa. not a single resort or resto in the whole stretch =)

  16. Puede ba maglakad or manghiram ng bike papunta don?

  17. Will be going to El Nido in 2 wks time. These beaches will definitely be on my list.
    Looking at these pictures… DROOL!!!

  18. Looks gorgeous. I’m guessing the tricycle driver waited for you on the beach until you were ready to head back?

  19. namiss ko ito ah! Dibali balikan ko ito. Thanks Flip! 😀

  20. hi flip i just wondering if nacpan/calitang has a boarding house or a hostel to stay?

    • hi chin, thank you very much for dropping by. there were no hostels yet when i visited a couple of years ago, i’m not really sure if they have one now. an option would be to just rent a motorbike or tricycle that could take you to nacpan. enjoy your trip to el nido 🙂

  21. finally, napuntahan namin to kanina, and becah bumming lang kami with fresh buco.

    ang ganda nga talaga nya:)

  22. I’m headed to El Nido this Jan. so glad I stumbled upon this blog of yours. First time I heard of the twin beaches! Lovely coastline. I hope local authorities preserve the pristine beauty of this place and not allow it to waste away like boracay!

    • glad to know that my posts about el nido helped you get some info about the place 🙂 happy holidays tita lili


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