Do you think my El Nido Palawan island hopping experience for Tour A, C, and Tour D were enough? Of course not! The reason why I choose to stay 5 nights on this place is for me to explore a lot of spots in El Nido.
Nacpan beach in El Nido is one of the spots I’d love to catch sight of. It’s part of an inland tour from Northern Hope Tours, which is almost 17 km away from the town.
17 km is not a far distance, but with the crazy 3km bumpy-muddy road from the highway to enter the village, it will take time, much longer when it’s raining. There are few ways to go to the place as tourists, the majority through land transfer, either rent and drive your own motorbike, rent a car/van with a driver or simply hire a tricycle (a motor cab). Since it was raining the day I plan to visit the place, I opt for a tricycle with the driver which can take at least 6 passengers. Usually, the driver of the tricycle will also be your tour guide upon arriving Nacpan. Luckily, Northern Hope Tours organize my trip conveniently, they sent a driver who is reliable and skilled as I was a bit skeptical for the rain was so strong that day we might have a problem on the road.
A common question I received from the people I met everywhere in the Philippines is, Why are you alone? Are you not married? And the most common concern phrase is “It’s lonely traveling solo!” and people in El Nido is not an exception on these questions.
The concern word I received that day – “it’s lonely to travel solo” challenged me mentally before heading to Nacpan beach. Although, I’ve been traveling solo in the country, also in Thailand and Myanmar, which obviously I am accustomed to hearing, it still made me think and feel so curious if is it really lonely?
Well, those questions stemmed up my positivity and excitement.
So, How did I enjoy my solo travel to Nacpan beach El Nido?
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Fall in Love with The Crazy Ride!
With the heavy rain since that morning, the remaining 3km road to Nacpan beach from the highway was all muddy and bumpy (what a combination!) Most of the vans stocked at the main road as they had a hard time to get in. But, tricycles braved themselves the very difficult road to manipulate and I can feel the painful noise of the tricycle. I had a good time experiencing that!
It took us about 20 minutes to finally arrived in Nacpan from the start of the muddy road. There has been continuous rain during that ride, it never showed some signal that it will slow down. Regardless of the heavy rain, I witnessed the green and beautiful nature along the road, I saw green huge paddies which I feel in love with, obviously it did feed my heart with awesomeness again.
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Eat Local Food in the Carenderia
Upon arrival, I went directly to one of the huts that seemed to sell food and drinks. There were few tables set in each corner of this hut, and I noticed there were 2 other huts at the right side where it also showed some food they sell. It was packed with travelers that I didn’t get the chance to have my own space nor my own table as it was raining. Though, I saw few tourists who braved the rain and went straight to the beach to swim. The beach was long, I bet it’s about 3-4 km wide. With no signs of commercial stores, nor tall buildings, it’s really more of nipa huts which are home for the local. This is the kind of place I really love!
After about 20 minutes, the rain stopped. It was also the time I finally had my own table to have my lunch. I checked the other stores on what they offer, they all offer the same kind of food and drinks. So, I went back to the first hut and noticed from the other table that their food are all fresh. The dumb Ferna forgot to take photo of the carenderia (mini restaurant in the Philippines)
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Have a “Me Time” by the beach
After the feel-so-good start of my journey plus a full tummy, I started to walk to the direction of the twin beach named as Nacpan-Calintang twin beach. While enjoying the view, I decided to have some “me time” to one of the space on the beach, so, I stopped and dropped my things, set my own place. I can hear the calming sound of the water, the beauty of the islets facing Nacpan was great picture. After a while, the sun surprisingly came out! I was at the best time to be right at that moment. Suddenly, the tricycle driver approached me asking if I want him to guide to the twin beach since the sun is up. I choose to have my own time at my own pace which is why I declined his offer, but he was such a good one to understand what I want and kind enough to offer his service to guide me. Before he left, he explained further where I should go and what else to see along the way. I lay down the area for an hour or so, observing tourists walking by the beach on their way to the twin beach, I nurture myself, disregard whoever comes along, solemnly having my quiet “me time”, and lastly dipped my body to the vibrant color of the water. It was a superb moment!
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Never Missed to Taking Videos and Photos in Twin Beach
As I walk to the Twin beach (Nacpan & Calintang Beach), I could not contain myself from clicking my camera every single spot. I look like an insane delirious Filipino tourist. I mean not to hide my craziness, but, seeing the nature, the beach, the color of the water, I feel life has given me the best thing in the world. Despite the fact that the weather is not clear, I am really sure it is attractive to look at when it’s clear and sunny. The view of the twin beach is spectacular! You should climb up to the end and if you are afraid, your guide will take care of you, in case you have no guide, there are kids from the village who offer to guide.
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Connect with the Locals
At the twin beach, it is also where I met the fishermen and the locals. There are various boats or bangka in the area, beautiful houses made of nipa tree and witnessed the life the local have. I met kids who offer to guide me all the way up, as the wind was so strong, they prefer that I should have someone with me. I didn’t say yes for I saw some other tourists who go the same way too. After my great moment at the top, I went to the local vendor situated near the twin beach, talked about their life there. He sells drinks, mostly coconut juice which he is happy to show you how to open a coconut. He said he came from Iligan City (Mindanao area), thus, we speak the same dialect. His daughter helps her in everything. He is also a fisherman and lived in the place for some years now. He transferred in Nacpan because his wife is originally from that place. I feel that I am connected with the people, I talked to the kids the one who offered me their service as a guide, they said, they work to help them on their daily food, their wants and needs as a kid like buying stuff most especially for items to play games that can be bought at the nearest small stores. I asked if they play internet games, they said there is no internet in the area. I was amazed as to how honest they were, I thought they are just going to say about helping the family and blah blah blah strories. Well, I gave them 20.00 pesos (there were two of them) to let them play and be happy for a while.
There you have it, this is why I love to travel solo as well, no matter how awful the weather is, or worse the situation could be, I still feel there is something really good.
Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is from the Philippines who travel spontaneously. Thrives to be more independent in her own skin. She first traveled The Philippines before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. As a former tour guide in the Philippines, she hopes that her travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org,