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Nacpan Beach El Nido

One of our favourite days in El Nido was renting a scooter and cruising down the open roads to Nacpan beach. Nacpan is the most beautiful beach we visited while in Palawan. From its powdery white sand to its crystal clear blue water, here’s everything you need to know before you go.

nacpan beach by scooter

The 17-kilometre ride north from El Nido town was one to remember, as we got closer to Nacpan beach the more beautiful the landscape become. Once we turned off the main road we crossed a small bridge and road down the sandy dirt roads lined with palm trees. 

nacpan beach el nido


Nacpan beach from El Nido is a 45-minute drive. There are shuttle services that run daily between El Nido and Nacpan beach that costs 600 pesos per person. The air-conditioned van picks and drops you off at your hotel.

The best way to get there if your more adventurous like us is to rent a scooter which costs around 500 pesos for the day. It’s a straight road to get there but as you get closer the road into the beach can’t be a little challenging. On the day we went, it had been raining and it was really muddy.


Nacpan beach is one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see with four kilometres of clean shoreline, powdery white sand, and aqua blue water.

Nacpan beach feels like a secluded paradise surrounded by the most beautiful forest and coconut trees. Trip Advisor recently voted it the 10th most beautiful beach in the world. 

nacpan beach

There are plenty of great places to get the perfect photo at Nacpan Beach with the “NACPAN” sign being one of the favourites, along with the cute bamboo cafes.

There are restaurants along the coastline which vary in price, we ate at Mad Monkey Nacpan Beach. They serve international and local dishes and also have a beachfront bar. Thie perfect place to pull up a bean bag and sip on a coconut while taking in the view.

We had Pork Sisig at Mad Monkey

Twin Beach Elnido

Nacpan Beach is one side of the “Twin Beaches” the other side being Calitang Beach. When you walk to the southern end of the beach, just past the tiny fishing village and rustic palm huts with local restaurants you’ll see the point where Nacpan comes together with the smaller Calitang Beach.

You can take a walk up the lush green hill where you will get an amazing view of both beaches.

Along with island hopping in El Nido a visit to Nacpan will be the highlight of your trip. Be sure to put a day aside to see one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines.


Nacpan Beach El Nido