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Nacpan Beach In El Nido – A Complete Guide

Nacpan Beach El Nido is one of the most beautiful beaches we visited in Palawan. From tropical cafes to powdery white sand, here’s all you need to know.

How To Get To Nacpan Beach

Nacpan Beach is a 45 minute drive away from the main town of El Nido

The best way to organise a round trip to Nacpan Beach El Nido would be to take the shuttle service for 600 pesos per person.

It’s an air con van with free pick up and drop off to your hotel in El Nido. It’s super convenient and bookable via Nacpan Beach Shuttle Service website.

If you want to make your own way there and you’re confident riding a scooter, you can rent one from El Nido town from around 500 pesos per day.

The road is in quite a bad state in some areas, with huge pot holes so be super careful.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.


Nacpan Beach Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Nacpan Beach.

Nacpan Beach Opening Times

Nacpan Beach is open all day, every day.

Best Time To Visit Nacpan Beach

El Nido beaches in the Philippines are most popular during the dry season, between November and April.

At this time the country is fully accessible, including its many beautiful islands, more remote areas and especially its beaches.

Temperatures are high during March and April, so it’s best to travel during the cooler months of December to February.

With plenty of eateries on hand, Nacpan Beach is the perfect place for a relaxing beach day.

Don’t forget your camera as there are some stunning views to capture!

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel


Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

What To Expect At Nacpan Beach

The first thing you’ll probably want to do when you get to Nacpan Beach is just chill.

After the 45 minute drive, you can lay down your towels, take a dip and soak up some much needed sunshine. 

Nacpan Beach was definitely one of our favourite spots on the island because of how beautiful and secluded it felt.

After all the island hopping in El Nido, it can take it out of you, so I recommend saving some beach time here on your Philippines itinerary.

With a huge 4km length of clean shoreline, that has a backdrop of the most beautiful stretch of coconut palm trees, you are sure to find a great spot to chill.

In addition, the turquoise water is calm and inviting with small waves, making it the perfect place to enjoy a swim.

At Nacpan Beach there are also some great photo opportunities with the huge ‘NACPAN’ sign and the cute bamboo cafes. Not forgetting the turquoise water, white sands, majestic palm trees and of course the spectacular sunsets.

Moreover, there are a great range of restaurants along this coast, ranging from cheap to a bit more pricey, offering a good selection and variety of tasty food.

With everything you need on hand it’s easy spend a good few hours here. In fact, you probably won’t wont to leave at all!

With plenty of picturesque palm tree trails, soft white sands, as well as cute beach restaurants, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to visit this typically tropical paradise. 

Nacpan Beach in El Nido has a really good vibe and is definitely worth going the extra few miles out of town to enjoy the perfect beach day.

Definitely a favourite for us, and one of the best things to do in the Philippines.

Nacpan Beach Scooter Ride Tour Packages In El Nido & Things To Do In El Nido
Heading into Nacpan Beach on our scooter
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The sand and palm tree backdrop at Nacpan is paradise
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A solid way to the spend the day!

Where To Stay In El Nido


Lagùn Hotel

Located around 5 miles from Big Lagoon, Lagùn Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace.

The rooms come with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, fridge, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a desk.

Featuring a private bathroom, certain units at Lagùn Hotel also feature a balcony and all units have a wardrobe.

Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar or a meal in the onsite restaurant. 

Breakfast is available daily, and includes continental and buffet options.


Ipil Suites

Set amidst lush greenery, Ipil Suites features a restaurant and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi access.

It has a common lounge area with a TV, while parking space is provided on site at no charge. 

The property is conveniently located within a 15-minute drive from El Nido Airport.

Fitted with tiled flooring, rooms come with air conditioning, a personal safe, clothes rack and freshly-laundered bedding. The en suite bathroom includes hot/cold shower facility, towels and free toiletries.


Elternative Hostel

Featuring a rooftop sun terrace and views of the surrounding mountains, Elternative Hostel offers solar-powered accommodations 6 minutes’ walk from Corong Corong Beach.

El Nido Market is 3 minutes’ walk away while the bus/van terminal are 4 minutes’ walk away. 

Every room has a private bathroom and mini garden. Several rooms have air conditioning and an attached mini-kitchen. 

During good weather, guests can relax and enjoy a barbecue on the rooftop.

For more places to stay in El Nido, you can check the latest prices on

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

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