It was my birthday and I just had to spend it somewhere special. El Nido, Palawan was an obvious choice, given all its accolades from various sources affirming over and over how heavenly it is. Planning was haphazard with me avoiding looking at photos – I didn’t want to look too much into it lest I get too excited and the trip doesn’t push through – and just resorting to asking other bloggers about where to go and where to stay. It was Jenn, the Palawan-native author of Purple Peaches, who insisted that I go to the Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beach for my El Nido trip. And she definitely knew what she was talking about. The El Nido inland tour proved to be as impressive as the Island Hopping Tour C. It features the pristine beaches of Nacpan and Calitang as well as the scenic sunset from the Maremegmeg Beach.
The El Nido inland tour began with an hour-long tricycle ride from our hotel, through paved, unpaved and dirt roads. Visitors had to sign in at the local kapitan’s logbook and were reminded not to swim too far from the shore because of riptides.
When you get to the Nacpan Beach, you take everything in – the blue sky, the white sand, the sparkling water – and you can’t help but declare: Ang ganda! (It’s so beautiful!). Resorting to the most basic and simplest description you could find because trying to conjure up complex praises would just seem so pretentious, like trying to rival the beauty before you.
The Nacpan Beach is a four-kilometer-long unspoilt bliss of a beach that stretches out as far as the eye can see. The few Caucasian tourists we saw happily sunbathed while the Filipinos hid under the shade of the coconut trees (us included). A calm settled and we found ourselves just marvelling at the scene before us. But the gentle lapping of the waves on the shore eventually invited us to take a dip in the cool waters.
Later on, we went to investigate the Calitang Twin Beach. We walked under the hot noonday sun to find it on the other side of the Nacpan Beach. We then trekked up a low hill to find one of the most magnificent sights I have ever seen.
It was pretty awesome standing there on top of that hill. I would’ve stayed there had the sun not been beating down on us. So, we made our way down the steep side of the hill and cooled down again on the waters of Nacpan Beach.
By about 3pm we started making our way to the Maremegmeg Beach for the promise of another beautiful sunset.
The Maremegmeg Beach is also known as the Las Cabanas primarily because of the nearby resort. There were significantly more tourists than on the Nacpan Beach possibly because it’s nearer Corong-Corong and the town proper. The Bayview Hotel was also located nearby and offers different activities like island hopping (A, B, C or D), zipline, kayaking, lunch in the floating cabana, sunset dinner and even bike rental. We wanted to try the zipline over water and to the nearby island but we were afraid to miss out on the sunset. So we just took a swim and had some yummy mango shake from the Sun Bar.
And finally, the sun set. It was my last sunset and last day in El Nido and the whole trip was like a dream. It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday and I really couldn’t have asked for more.
March 15, 2015
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***all photos were taken using iPhone 5