COME SEE Nacpan Beach, El Nido. Philippines.
NACPAN BEACH: THE GUIDE
REGION: Palawan Province
ACCESSIBILITY: Via hired motorbike/scooter | Jeepney | Tricycle
BEST TIME TO VISIT: During the cool season (Oct – Feb) | temp ranging from around 21 – 32 degrees
LOCATION: 45 mins from El Nido town center | Open in Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: 1 min walk from car park
TIME REQUIRED: 1 hr – how ever long you like!
TOURIST RATING: Slowly becoming more touristy
COST: Free entry and parking
NACPAN BEACH: THE EXPERIENCE:
El Nido’s Nacpan Beach is like the Bondi of Sydney. It’s the go-to beach of El Nido, Palawan. And we could understand why as soon as we arrived. Long strip of golden sand, endless palms and of course that clear, blue ocean. On this day we first planned to head up to Duli Beach and make our way down to Nacpan. From the main road, there’s a “Nacpan Beach” turn off onto another road and thats when the fun starts. The drive into Nacpan took us around 30 minutes and was an adventure in itself. The road is 99% dirt so with the off and on downpours of rain, it of course left a road of mud with steep muddy puddles. Fun if you had a quad bike, but us, along with majority of every other tourist there, had a small two wheel scooter.
It reminded me of that show on TV where everyone takes a turn of a difficult obstacle course and if you fall over and off the course, you out. Or in our case, you in the mud. The only way to not fall off was to just drive quickly and of course as straight as you possibly can. It was hilarious watching everyone wait in line to take their turn at crossing each steep mud puddle, until it came to our turn. I suggested getting off the scooter and walking through to reduce the weight on the bike. Great success! Jackie made it spot free… and I was ankle deep stuck in the mud! i couldn’t stop laughing. I ended up taking off my thongs and trying to just slide through the mud almost falling over 10 times but hey we eventually made it!
There’s always light at the end of the tunnel… or in our case, a beach! We made it just in time for golden hour. We stripped off and had a refreshing dip to rinse off the mud, cleanse the soul and do some exploring. The atmosphere was chilled, bunches of different tourists from different countries taking it easy and enjoying the ocean.
The sky started working its magic so of course we had to capture it! One thing that I especially love about travelling is no matter where you are in the world, there’s always a beautifully unique sunset to watch every night.
Before we knew it, the sun had left the sky and the tourists had started to head back before it was too dark to drive through the mud swamp road to get out! Of course we left when it was dark but luckily had no incidents and made it back to El Nido, mud and injury free! We must always be grateful for the obstacles as they are simply life teachings in disguise. Whenever we felt and obstacle coming on, we knew we were in for something great in return!
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