Nacpan and Calitan Twin Beaches
Philippines Travel

A Muddy Journey: Twin Beaches in El Nido, Philippines

We were told we would struggle to make it to the Twin Beaches of Nacpan and Calitan during the rainy season. They weren’t wrong.

It had rained heavily the previous night, but by the morning there were only a few puffs of cloud in the sky so we thought it would be a good day to make our way to the twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang. As we were on a tight budget, we wanted to travel the cheapest way possible. This was, of course, by my all-time favourite┬ámode of transportation – the tricycle.

To our surprise at the time, we were turned away by the first couple of tricycle drivers that we had asked. They told us the road would be too difficult drive on, which as you can see from the photos below, was quite true…

Getting Stuck in the Mud

Determined to set our eyes on the wonder of the twin beaches, we kept asking around and one guy kindly offered to make the long journey with us!

Stuck on the Road to Nacpan Beach
Our tricycle getting stuck on the way to the twin beaches
J helping to get our tricycle out of the mud.
The road ahead, towards the twin beaches
The road ahead, towards the twin beaches

It was certainly a bumpy 1 and a half hour ride. Yep, over an hour’s worth of continuous bumps! We had to get out of the tricycle quite a few times to make it easier for the driver to get around/through the slushy parts. At one point (as above), the tricycle got really stuck and J had to get right in there to help push it out whilst the driver put his foot down, spraying J with mud! He loved it though.

And I was also a great help in this situation… By making sure our adventure was well documented!

Arriving at the Beautiful Twin Beaches

It was quite the adventure and well-worth it:

Nacpan Beach, Palawan
The Approach to Nacpan Beach

The above photo captures one of the best moments of traveling that I’ve had. After what felt like such a long time in the tricycle, setting eyes on the paradise that was waiting for us was heaven! The sand was fine and golden, stretched out as far as our eyes could see both to the left and right of us.

After a quick dip in the sea (to get the mud off!), we wandered down the beach to explore and came across a perfectly positioned hill, which we hiked up through the long grass to get to the top of.

Walking over the hill of the twin beaches, Nacpan and Calitan in Palawan.
Walking over the hill of the twin beaches, Nacpan and Calitan in Palawan.
The View of the Twin Beaches at the top of the hill.
The View of the Twin Beaches at the top of the hill.

Look how far the Nacpan beach stretches on for! It really is one of Philippines’ many gems. If you’re after somewhere unique, peaceful and free from an overwhelming amount of tourism, I highly recommend making the journey – it’s so much better in person than what I managed to capture.

Louisa xx

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