Want more than island hopping trips? Go for an El Nido land tour and discover beaches and other attractions without ever riding a boat.
Palawan is truly a jewel for the world’s best beaches and limestone rock formations. As such, its most secluded tourist destination, El Nido, is more famous for its island hopping trips. If you have a day to spare in El Nido, take some of the inland tours for nearby beaches and rockies right in town.
One of the notable tours to try is the El Nido Land Tour. No need to ride a boat or pay for expensive entrance fee! Just book a tricycle ride or rent a scooter and you’re good to go. What’s best is that the inland attractions are just as remarkable as island hopping ones.
El Nido Land Tour #1: Nacpan Twin Beach
If you’re up for a long ride to an uncrowded beach, Nacpan Twin Beach should be part of your El Nido Land Tour itinerary.
To get there, tourists either rent a scooter (PHP 500 – 1000) or hire a tricycle. It’s okay if you don’t have a driver’s license or if you don’t know how to use a scooter. Most tourists have noted that if you know how to ride a bike, learning to ride a scooter is peanuts. Nacpan Twin Beach is a 45-minute drive, the latter part near the beach of which is unpaved, which makes it a rather bumpy one. Additionally, there is an environmental fee of PHP 50 per person.
Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by wide, flat shores of fine sands and clear waters with slight waves. It’s quite a stretch, which makes it less crowded too, except probably on weekends. There’s a broken dock near the other end, with big boulders and a rundown nipa hut. There are some restaurants facing the beach where you can have lunch, seafood, beer, coconuts, and a massage.
Overall, you might not expect to do a lot of swimming but more of beach bumming and wading at sea. The water at Nacpan Twin Beach is very shallow, which makes the shoreline longer. It only reaches mostly up to your waist until you walk farther into the sea. But a few meters farther and it will drop off, so be careful of strong currents. Other than that, it’s a haven to beach bummers who don’t like crowded places.
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El Nido Land Tour #2: El Nido Canopy Walk via Ferrata
Taraw Cliff used to be a famous El Nido land tour attraction as it features rock climbing to see the picturesque bay. From the highest point of the rockies, you can see the sea dotted with boats, as well as the coast lined up with inns and restaurants.
However, Taraw Cliff was shut down following a tragedy that killed a local tour guide. Today, the attraction has been closed and no local would even want to offer guide services there.
Today, the El Nido Canopy Walk has gained popularity as the alternative to a Taraw Cliff climb. It features steel trails with an iconic bridge crossing that leads you to the vantage point nearly similar to what previous attraction offered. It’s reminiscent to Masungi Georeserve if you ask me. They’re completely safe experience by providing safety harnesses, a helmet, and a designated tour guide to assist your climb.
Our land tour did not offer El Nido Canopy Walk so we decided to drop by ourselves since it is walking distance from town. It will only take you around 45 minutes max to finish the trail and go back. The entrance fee is a whopping PHP 400 per person.
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El Nido Land Tour #3: Las Cabañas beach
Previously called Marimegmeg Beach is Las Cabañas Beach located at the south of town. You can rent a tricycle from town which can cost between PHP 100 – 300 or again rent a scooter. It’s more or less a 20-minute ride. Best of all, there are no entrance fees charged here!
What will greet you is a long and white secluded beach of Las Cabañas. Cute stray dogs would run around the shoreline of thick, light brown sand. Sea water is warm, shallow, and peaceful. It deepens gradually which makes it great for swimming, dipping, and floating. A resto-bar on the beachside sells beer, cocktails, coconut juice, and barbecue. Vendors also offer freshwater pearls to sunbathing tourists.
Previously, it’s known as a place for some peace and quiet. After all, there are fewer tourists here and very little to do but bum around. Today, there is some music being played at the beachside restaurant. Don’t worry, as these are not intrusive or too loud at all. You have a very wide shoreline to find your own spot on.
An activity to try here is the zipline to a small island across the beach. But other than that, you’re good with enjoying a peaceful stroll and lying down with book or beer in hand under the palm trees. Don’t forget to bring your beach mats!
As a final tip, make sure to save Las Cabañas for last. Its sunset is an awesome way to cap off another day in paradise.
If you got a day for beach bumming and minor adventures, try going on an El Nido Land Tour. You won’t be disappointed at the secluded beaches and limestone attractions you’ll find without even leaving town!