In El Nido, we combined Tours A & B Island-Hopping Tours to free up a day to visit the twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang. Not within tourism radar. YET. The day we visited, we shared the beach with only 3 pairs of tourists who motorbiked for nearly an hour from El Nido Town Proper. Must have been a bumpy ride for them, as it was for us.
We arranged for a private van to take us here. Just under an hour's drive from town. Frankly, it's so remote I wouldn't know how to get here a second time. Unpaved, dusty roads. We felt "lost" even though our driver seemed to know his way around. Just a lone stone house in the area. Two beaches side by side! Except for the 3 pairs, not a soul prowled the beach. We. Owned. The. Beach. The. Entire. Day. My family and friends -- all 9 of us -- frolicked on the beach like there's no tomorrow. Only the aroma of freshly-grilled fish and barbecued chicken lured us out of the waters. Trust our stomachs to tell us it's time to eat!
It's not a very long stretch of sandy shores like Boracay's but without the crowds, this is paradise. No crowds. No touts. But NO dining places too. No facilities for showers nor even a change of clothes. Best to make arrangements. Back in El Nido town, we arranged with Lally & Abet Beach Cottages (right along the beach) for the van, huts and lunch. Paid 700 pesos per person though they charge more for smaller groups. I hear its 4000 pesos minimum, good for 4 pax. It's a good deal. By the way, their hut is the only one we found selling soda and beers! We didn't have any. Instead, we enjoyed the freshly-harvested coconuts!
After lunch and some fruits ( we had fresh watermelons and pineapples ), be sure to walk towards the end/small hill to cross over to the next beach. You may choose to climb up for a better panoramic shot showing the two beaches side by side, separated only by a small patch lined with coconut trees. Passing the native huts, we expected to find kids but found none. Twice, young men riding the carabao (water
You won't want to do anything else. I brought a book with me but never had the chance -- nor felt the need -- to read a page. Instead of thumbing pages, my fingers got busy fishing chips out of the bag while watching the kids swim and just have fun. Well, someone has to watch them! At the same time, it's amusing viewing the gradation of the waters, as well as the hills around. The different hues from cobalt blue to aquamarine green...... the rolling waves. Aaaaah yes, bring a hammock!
LIFE. IS. A. BEACH.
Indeed. But we are city people who care for the island and beach life only on weekends and holidays. Not 24/7. Before long, I'd have internet separation anxieties. 😊 So before the sun sets, we got ready to leave. Back to our airconditioned cottages. The comforts of a bed ( and mosquito net ), brewed coffee, cable TV running while I write this blog. Now, let's check out the Internet connection and get this published!
Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life!
I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. ... full info