BEACH CAMPING & INLAND EXPEDITION: NACPAN BEACH

Tour Length

4 days, 3 nights

From

Php 12,300

Feel the rush of fun and excitement via extreme island adventures in a three day escapade in some of the country’s celebrated white sand beaches and outstanding natural wonders. Be in awe of the magnificent panoramic views, wide stretch of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Palawan. This tropical expedition truly spells an exceptional holiday in paradise.

Maximum Number of Travelers: 15

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Trip Highlights

  • Nacpan and Caitang Twin Beach Tour
  • Camping in Nacpan
  • Dinner by the beach
  • Motor Biking
  • Trekking

 

Day 1: Arrival in Palawan

Your journey begins upon your arrival in either El Nido or Puerto Princessa Airport. From there, you will be transported to Nacpan Beach, El Nido in a 45 minutes travel if you’re coming from El Nido Airport and a 6 hour long travel from Puerto Princesa Airport. Nacpan Beach is considered one of the prime attractions in Palawan drawing a roughly four kilometers silvery sand and beach surrounded by richly adorned coconut trees. The venue is an ideal place to set up for camp (Jack’s Place: Beach Park & Camping Site) and revel in the astounding natural backdrop.

Day 2: Pocket full of sunshine!

Start your morning with a good healthy breakfast to charge your body for a stimulating hiking trip to Calitang Twin Beach which will start at 7:30 AM. By 8 in the morning, the Nacpan Inland Tour E (Nacpan and Calitang twin Beach) will begin. Ready your cameras for Nacpan & Calitang Twin beaches are breathtaking island wonderlands with picturesque sceneries where you feel like you’re looking straight out of a postcard. When lunchtime comes, what better way to spend your afternoon meal than spending it in one of these celestial beaches?

In the afternoon, you can find a cozy spot by the sand under the shades of the coconuts trees and chill out, read a book or you could take a dip in the clear waters or try some of those fun beach activities.

Your evening meal is spent under the gleaming night sky by the beach with its implausible serene view and delectable candlelight dinner. Day 2 of your expedition ends with an overnight stay in Jack’s place where you can freely settle down to re energize for tomorrow’s exhilarating adventures.

Day 3: Extreme Adventures

This morning, it’s important to get yourself a good breakfast. Since this day calls for extreme adventure activities, you need to have that extra “oomph” to get to you going with the line of activities set for you. After breakfast, your extreme adventure activities begin!

During your trip, there are optional activities that you can choose from and try. If riding through the rough terrains while enjoying the natural goodness of the place is what you opt for, you can engage in some Biking and Motor biking adventures. If you wish for a more subtle way of enjoying the sceneries, you can go for a Trekking journey.  A 20 minutes walk through the tropical forest from the main road can lead you to an amazing place called the Nagkalit kalit Waterfalls. There is no better way to put your feet up from your hiking trip than by cooling down in your very own grandiose natural pool. And if you feel like trying a more invigorating activity, you can go surfing in Nacpan Beach or Duli Beach which is considered the best spot for this surface water sport.

After you full packed afternoon adventures, it’s time to head back to the campsite where you can loosen up and prepare for dinner. Since Dinner is not included in this Day 3 Tour, you are free to explore various Palawan seaside restaurants. There are arrays of food outlets in the island that offer delicious island delicacies and cuisines. So head out this evening and treat your taste buds with those delightful island flavors. After your dinner, you’ll end your day with an overnight stay in Jack’s place.

Day 4: Adieu El Nido!

After breakfast and checking out, you will be transported back to the airport. A 30 to 45 minutes of travel will be spent if you’re heading to El Nido Airport and a 5 to 6 hour long drive if you’re heading to Puerto Princesa Airport.

Where is Palawan on the map?

Palawan is a province of the Philippines that’s part of the MIMAROPA region and located between the West Philippine Sea and the Sulu Sea. In terms of total area of jurisdiction, it is the largest province in the Philippines with Puerto Princesa City as its capital.

Although the province is named after its main and largest island, Palawan Island, it consists of about 1,700 islands and islets (the Philippines has 7,107!). Surrounding Palawan Island are smaller islands:

● Calamianes Group of Islands – Busuanga, Coron, Culion
● Balabac Island
● Cuyo Islands
● Kalayaan Islands

The top three most popular travel destinations are Coron, El Nido, and Puerto Princesa. Puerto Princesa is the capital of the province of Palawan.

When is Best Time To Go?

The best time to go to Palawan starts in December when the weather is at its best (unless there’s a typhoon, which usually affects the northern part of Palawan). The Philippines’ summer months of March to May serve as peak season.

Prices of accommodation often shoot up during the Christmas and Holy Week season in the Philippines (Easter). If you want to go during this season, be sure to book in advance since some hotels can get booked out months prior.

What is the weather like in Palawan?

Belonging to a tropical country, Palawan reflects the tropical climate of the Philippines. There is a wet season (June to December, may also be the typhoon season) and a dry season. The average temperature is 31 degrees Celsius.

While the southern part of Palawan does not experience tropical depressions, the northern part can be subject to torrential rains. In November 2013, Coron was affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

What to Expect

At LetsPalawan, we would like to support sustainable hotels and accommodation providers as much as possible. Nonetheless most of the accommodation we will provide you are local hotels and inns with the following minimum amenities:

● Clean bed, sheets, and pillows

● Bathroom with shower

● Airconditioning

Except for Puerto Princesa which has the most number of hotel rooms in Palawan, in other places and/or circumstances:

● We cannot guarantee Hot and Cold shower because of the limited water and power supply.

● We might be camping or staying in hostels due to the lack of other more comfortable options.

● Some hotels may not have airconditioning or may only run power during certain times of the day due to their limited supply.

In most cases, if you are traveling alone, you will be sharing a room with another participant (of the same sex) in the trip. Let us know if you prefer otherwise!

We will try our best to inform you about the accommodation conditions prior to your trip. Should you be uncomfortable about these elements, do let us know or consider taking another trip because this might not be for you.

What is Filipino Food Like?

The Filipino diet is mostly composed of pork, chicken and rice. We also have a lot of vegetable dishes but they may sometimes be cooked with meat. Seafood is fresh and cheaper in Palawan, but please remember to eat sustainably.

Finding vegetarian options in Palawan restaurants is a challenge, but finding vegan ones is close to impossible (be prepared to eat a lot of green salads!). The same goes with gluten-free options.

If you are strictly vegetarian and vegan, please let us know immediately. We can’t promise you anything, but we will try our best to request special meals for you.

Do I need a visa to go to Palawan, Philippines?

Depending on where you come from, you may need a visa to go to the Philippines. Here are some of the visa guides we have prepared:
Australia
“The Philippines allows entry for tourism and business purposes without a visa for visits of less than 30 days. Longer visits require a visa. Holders of an APEC business travel card can enter the Philippines for up to 59 days.”
Source: Smartraveller

UK
“You can enter the Philippines without a visa for an initial period of 30 days. You can also get a tourist visa from the Philippine Embassy before you travel, which will allow an initial 59 day stay.”
Source: Gov.uk

US
“U.S. citizens may enter the Philippines for purposes of tourism without a visa if they present their U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of their entry into the Philippines, and a return ticket to the United States or an onward ticket to another country. Upon your arrival, immigration authorities will annotate your passport with an entry visa valid for 30 days. If you plan to stay longer than 30 days, you must apply for an extension…”
Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Netherlands
“Voor al uw reizen naar het buitenland heeft u een geldig reisdocument nodig. Daarnaast heeft u voor bepaalde landen ook een visum nodig. Meer informatie over reisdocumenten en visa kunt u krijgen bij de ambassade van Filipijnen in Den Haag. Vraag na welke documenten u nodig heeft en aan welke eisen deze moeten voldoen.”
Source: Ministerie van Algemene Zaken
“Under Executive Order 408, nationals of the following countries may enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days provided that they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines
Source: Department of Foreign Affairs – The Hague

France
“Aucun visa préalable à l’arrivée n’est nécessaire pour un séjour ne dépassant pas 30 jours. Le tampon d’entrée apposé à l’arrivée par le service de l’immigration autorise le séjour jusqu’à 30 jours.”
Source: Politique étrangère de la France
For other countries, check out this list provided by the Department of Tourism in the Philippines.

Can I use my credit card or ATM in Palawan?
It is difficult to access international ATMs or pay by credit card in most parts of Palawan. You might find better luck in the capital city of Puerto Princesa but elsewhere, it is most advisable to prepare cash (Philippine Peso), which you can get in Metro Manila prior to going to Palawan.
In Coron, there is one bank (BPI) with two ATMs near the St. Augustine Church along the National Highway. It is rare to find establishments that accept credit card payments. You’ll have to ask your accommodation provider prior to arrival.
In El Nido, there are no ATMs at all. However, Together Pension has a machine that allows you to withdraw from your credit card with an 8-per cent fee.

Area

  • Coron
  • El Nido
  • Puerto Princesa

ATM

  • Limited
  • None
  • Available

Credit Card Payments

  • Limited
  • Limited
  • Available

Is tipping required?
Tipping in the Philippines is not necessary. BUT, please keep in mind that most people in Palawan still live under the poverty line and are earning less than the minimum wage. These include your boat operators, guides, and hospitality workers. If you had a great experience and received good service, please feel free to feel generous.

What medicines should I bring to Palawan?
It is relatively easy to buy over-the-counter medicines in the Philippines as long as you know the generic name of the medicine. However, pharmacies might be rare to find in rural or remote areas so it is advisable for you to bring your own basic medical or first aid kit. Here are what you can include:

  •  Insect repellant – the most important since this can help you avoid dengue and malaria
  •  Seasick tablets – important for island hopping trips in Palawan
  •  Fever, cold or cough medicines
  •  Pain relievers
  •  Anti-allergies
  •  Bandaids
  •  Calamine Lotion – important for those who are allergic to plankton

If you also have personal prescription drugs, make sure that you have enough for the whole trip since the drugs available in El Nido are not exhaustive.

What vaccinations do I need before I go to Palawan, Philippines?

What vaccinations do I need before I go to Palawan, Philippines?
Different countries have several tips for their citizens prior to visiting the Philippines. While most of us Filipinos do not need much vaccination before we go to Palawan, international guests might be advised to get some vaccinations. It doesn’t hurt to protect yourself, too!

Here are some useful links:

Australia (Read the Health Section)
UK
U.S. (Read the Health Section)
Netherlands
France (Lisez la Section de la santé)

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