Nacpan Beach

Top choice beach in El Nido

For an easy day trip out of El Nido, head north by tricycle or motorbike to this incredible, golden-hued, 3km beach. Development is limited to a few snack shacks and some basic lodging, but change is imminent so enjoy the mellow atmosphere while it lasts. To get here, drive 16km north of El Nido on the National Hwy (paved), then another 4km down a rugged access road. There's now a shuttle van from El Nido (round-trip P600, eight trips daily).

The last trip back to El Nido is at 6.30pm. Nacpan gets crowded during the high season; walk north to find solitude.

On the way to Nacpan look for the turn-off to Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls just north of the Km 285 marker on the highway. It's a 40-minute hike to the refreshing falls; hire a guide at the trailhead to avoid getting lost.