Nacpan/Calitang Beach – Hidden Treasure of Palawan
I’ve been to El Nido couple of times, yet… there’s this feeling that I’m not satisfied because I know that there are still hidden gems to discover. Forget about the underwater photos, I can’t afford full battle gears of underwater camera nor scuba diving class and equipment. Anyway, while in El Nido.. I’ve done tons of research about target places and Nacpan/Calitang beach became the number one priority. I didn’t waste any time so I texted Paul (owner of Periking Beach Guesthouse) and asked if he can arrange transpo to Calitang/Nacpan beach the following day. Fortunately, he did.
Road to the Hidden Treasure
The normal contract for the pedicab ride is 1,500 pesos a day. I asked for discount and the driver gave it 1,200 the least. I read somewhere that 800 pesos is the cheapest but it wasn’t the case during our stay. Full of excitement, I find myself preparing my camera gears.
The first 30 minutes (or so) of the travel was a typical scenic ride. Few minutes after that, dirty rough road…
The narrow road became obvious and challenging as we get nearer to the destination.
Few minutes more… welcome to Nacpan/Calitang Beach.
Hidden Treasure Must Be Here
My first glimpse of the area was just a typical fishing village I should say. I’ve been to many places particularly top caliber beaches in the country so I wasn’t amazed. I begun questioning myself, was it worth the bumpy travel ride and expense? Let’s find out…
We walked farther… and for every step I took, questions has been answered. This must be a good beach!!! Unexploited, hidden, and beautiful. I appreciate the long stretch of fine white sand and the crystal clear water.
At some point, I was mesmerized of the features it has.. I looked to the left
I looked to the right… Oh my! two beaches joined by sandbar and hill.
We climb the hill to see a better view.
Hidden treasure! I must say. My pictures can’t give justice to the actual view. Actually, I’m kinda disappointed when I viewed the pictures on my computer. I should spent more time in capturing good photos but blame me not, I was torn between excitement and a need to rush due to bad weather. On top of the hill, there was this distinctive smell telling us that the rain is near. We just spent less than 10 minutes up there. Given a chance, I’ll be back and will spend few hours in taking photos.
As we head back to the pedicab waiting for us.. I noticed that there is a huge rest house. According to the pedicab driver, it’s for rent but he doesn’t know how much and who to contact to. It’s the only accommodation you can get if you are planning to stay here overnight. You should book in advance though based on some information I got.
Last shot before we left…
Nacpan/Calitang beach is really a hidden treasure. Sometimes, the challenge of going there is a gift so people can’t exploit the area easily. I hope it will stay that way a long time. No resorts, no guesthouse, nor even full blown residents. As we head back to El Nido, I’ll be back I whispered.
And here comes the rain … few minutes after we reached our destination. I feel blessed at least, I had the chance to take photos.
Should I go back? Anytime of the day!
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