Beaches

Nacpan Beach

Written by Patrick

Out of the several beaches in Palawan, Nacpan Beach stands out for its natural beauty and charm.

OVERVIEW MAP NEED TO KNOW STAY TIPS & HACKS GALLERY NEARBY

Travel Insurance

OVERVIEW

Nacpan Beach, El Nido

Caption: Nacpan Beach, El Nido

Palawan is undeniably one of the best destinations in the Philippines for nature lovers.  It has the best beaches and rivals other popular beaches in the country found in Boracay and Bohol.  It takes pride in its 4-kilometer stretch of cream-colored sand with its coast lined with swaying coconut trees making the ambience peaceful and relaxing which is perfect for beach-bumming.  The waters are perfectly clean and clear, ideal for swimming, kayaking, and many other water activities.

This public beach became one of the most visited destinations in Palawan and is continuously gaining popularity especially after being voted as the world’s 10th best beaches by users of Trip in 2016.

Fast Facts

Beach:
Nacpan Beach
Address:
Website:
None
Phone:
None
Hours:
Always open
Closed:
None
Best Time to Visit:
November to May
Food & Drink:
NO
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person: 0
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
Entrance to the beach is free.

P200 ($4 USD) – Umbrella, table, and folding bed rent
Notes:

MAP

Nacpan Beach is located on Palawan Island in El Nido.

View Nacpan Beach Map

 

BEST NO-FEE INTERNATIONAL DEBIT & CREDIT CARDS

CHASE SAPPHIRE CREDIT CARD

CHASE SAPPHIRE CREDIT CARD

VIEW DETAILS

CHARLES SCHWAB DEBIT CARD

CHARLES SCHWAB DEBIT CARD

VIEW DETAILS

CAPITAL ONE VENTURE CARD

CAPITAL ONE VENTURE CARD

VIEW DETAILS

NEED TO KNOW

How to Get to Nacpan Beach?

From Manila by Plane

  1. Book a flight to Lio Airport (ENI) in El Nido.  AirSWIFT is the only airline with direct flight from Manila to El Nido and offers up to four flights everyday.  Travel time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  2. From the airport, ride a tricycle to your hotel in El Nido town proper or to Nacpan Beach.

From Manila via Puerto Princesa by Plane

  1. Book a flight to Puerto Princesa Airport (PPS).  Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia have multiple flights a day from Manila to Puerto Princesa.  Travel time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  2. Ride a van to El Nido.  You can book your transfer via Klook or avail the services of van companies such as Eulen Joy, Lexxus Shuttle, and Fort Wally Travel & Tours.  Travel time is around 5 to 6 hours and the fare is between P500 ($10 USD) to P900 ($18 USD). Alternatively, you can take a bus to El Nido.  From Puerto Princesa Airport, ride a tricycle to San Jose Terminal.  From there, ride a bus heading to El Nido.  Travel time is around 6 to 7 hours and the fare is between P300 ($6 USD) to P500 ($10 USD).
  3. From the bus terminal, ride a tricycle to your hotel in El Nido town proper or to Nacpan Beach.

From Manila via Coron by Ferry

  1. Since there’s no ship sailing directly from Manila to El Nido, the best option is to sail to Coron through 2Go Travel.  There is only one trip per week and the ship departs Manila every Friday at 7:00 PM.  Travel time is approximately 11 hours and fare starts at P1500 ($30 USD).
  2. From Coron, take a ferry to El Nido.  Montenegro fastcraft departs from Coron everyday at 6:00 AM and arrives El Nido less than 4 hours later.  Regular fare for adults is P1,760 ($35 USD).
  3. From El Nido Port, ride a tricycle to your hotel in El Nido town proper or to Nacpan Beach.

From San Vicente to El Nido

  1. From the town of San Vicente, ride a van to El Nido. Travel time is around 3 hours and the fare is Php500 ($10 USD).
Enjoy Nacpan Beach with a guide!
Or plan your vacation to Nacpan Beach through Klook
Klook

The airport closest to Nacpan Beach?

Lio Airport (ENI), also known as El Nido Airport, is the airport closest to Nacpan Beach. The airport is owned by AirSWIFT, the only airline with direct flight from Manila to El Nido.

Find flights to El Nido Airport

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this beach to avoid crowds is early in the morning, usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This beach is always open

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this beach.

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the beach are allowed.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this beach.

Pets

Pets are allowed at this beach.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this beach.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels and resorts near Nacpan Beach:

Find best places to stay near Nacpan Beach in El Nido

TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS

CamelPack

I always carry a Camelbak Hydration Pack with me when traveling. Not only does it allow me to pack all my daily gear and snacks, but it also has a 3-liter water bladder which holds enough water to get me through the entire day.

Bluetooth Speaker

Compact yet mighty, a bluetooth speaker setup is a breeze, and the sound quality it delivers for its size is nothing short of impressive. Beyond its audio prowess, it boasts exceptional durability, making it an ideal companion for outdoor adventures.

UV Shirt

UV Shirt is an essential when travelling in a tropical country. Providing reliable protection during long hours in the water, not only comfortable but also ensures a secure shield against the elements.

Snorkel Gear

For my island-hopping escapades, a snorkel gear set has become indispensable. Designed to enhance the joy of snorkeling and free diving, each piece ensures comfort and functionality. Together, they create an immersive and enjoyable underwater experience.

Adventure Camera

As a long-time enthusiast of GoPro cameras, I can attest to their user-friendly nature, excellent image stabilization, and impressive footage quality. Waterproof and rugged, the GoPro is my reliable companion for capturing adventures in any environment.

Aqua Shoes

When it comes to beach footwear, aqua shoes offer exceptional support, breathability, and overall comfort. Well-crafted and sturdy, it provides effective protection against rocky terrain, quick drying for added convenience, and easy maintenance. A must-have for any outdoor enthusiast.

CLICK FOR MORE TRAVEL GEAR

Photos

The following are some photos of this beach.

Videos

The following is a video of this beach.

NEARBY

The following are other points of interest are nearby:

  • Calitang Beach 
  • Dagmay Beach
  • Mt. Mansilawit 
  • Nagkalit-kalit Falls 
  • Duli Beach

READ MORE: El Nido Visitors Guide

Don’t Forget …

Have you ever visited this beach?

About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

Leave a Comment