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El Nido Land Tour: An Alternative to Island Hopping

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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.

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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.

Are you choosing between El Nido Tour A and C? I made a guide to help you decide!


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.

Going to Palawan? Read this travel guide about Puerto Princesa, Coron, and El Nido!

Acting like everything's cool when my knees froze about halfway… 🙈 #philippines #elnido #palawan

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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.

#philippines #elnido #palawan

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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!


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Contact No.: (+63) 939-902-2216 (Smart), (+63) 927-735-3221 (Globe),(+63) 942-375-2441 (Sun)



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  • Reply
    Stargazer Writes
    February 20, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    I love your pictures Sam! Love your bod too! I am sad about what happened in Taraw Cliff. I hope nobody will be hurt in the future. The hanging bridge looks challenging, and I would like to walk on it! 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      March 14, 2017 at 9:08 PM

      Thank you! The hanging bridge is quite a challenge, but knowing there’s a harness helps (or not haha). It’s quite pricey, but the view’s amazing 🙂

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    Louisa Mercado
    January 20, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    I would love to see Palawan. Land tours offer a whole lot. I’m not sure if I would have the courgae to do the El Nido Canopy Walk but it would be a thrilling experience. This would be a trip to have with friends. I wonder though if it would be as enjoyable on your own.

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      Sam Coronado
      February 1, 2017 at 6:00 PM

      I think El Nido is great even if you had to go on your own. It’s going to be a place to reflect and just enjoy the beauty. It’s breathtaking companion in itself 🙂

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    January 15, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Palawan is actually one of the places that i’m considering for an after wedding travel and knowing that scooters can be rented to roam around the place makes me more excited as it, i guess, is similar to Batanes. Another thing that i’m really interested to is the canopy walk, and i love that picture!! i’m afraid of heights, but if i get to see that view from the top, i could probably fight this phobia. 😀

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      Sam Coronado
      January 16, 2017 at 11:28 PM

      I have fear of heights myself!! But I tell you, it’s worth visiting. Your only deterrent would be the pricey entrance fee.

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    January 13, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    I love Palawan. And when in Palawan, I prefer Puerto Princesa. Perhaps I find the people there more amiable and accommodating. The tricycle fare, as well as I could remember it, wasnt that high.

    El Nido, though, is heaven. Love its beaches and even the land tour. Sadly, I wasnt able to try snorkeling there. Another reason I prefer Puerto Princesa because I enjoyed its water so much and snorkeling.

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      Sam Coronado
      January 18, 2017 at 9:33 PM

      Great to know that you loved Puerto Princesa. What I really loved in PPS is the Iwahig Firefly Watching. I also wouldn’t mind living there short-term!

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    January 13, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    I like the second destination, Sam. By the way, I was hoping to see an image of the scooter. We, in India have lots of them and I learnt riding one when I was maybe 17 years old. I learnt it all by myself.
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      Sam Coronado
      January 13, 2017 at 7:51 PM

      Thank you!! I’m already following you via @followyouroad. 🙂

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    The Jerny
    January 12, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    When we went to El Nido, the only activity we have done on the inland tour is the Nacpan Twin beach. Maybe because it was raining that time so we didn’t really get to see other spots. Lucky you! I was surprised by how much the tricycle ride costs. They are a whopping 100 pesos at minimum. God, gas is gold. !

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      Sam Coronado
      January 12, 2017 at 5:33 PM

      I agree, it is a lot more expensive. I think it’s because the tour operators adjust the prices according to the tourists who can better afford it, which is WAY more expensive for us locals. I’ve seen them say a different price range for a piece of barbecue. Haha.

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    Teresa Dumadag
    January 12, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    I was just telling my husband that I’d like to go to Palawan maybe this year to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This is a good alternative indeed! And even if we bring the kids, I don’t think it would be difficult since they are used to land trips already. So excited to go to Palawan soon!

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      Sam Coronado
      January 12, 2017 at 5:37 PM

      Hi Ms. Teresa! Good luck on your family trip! Yes, I’m sure your kids will enjoy it too. I’m making an article on Puerto Princesa tours. I think it might be helpful since it’s a place I can recommend for families 🙂

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    Grysh Co
    January 11, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    I went to El Nido end of last year! I actually preferred the land tour compared to the island hopping activities. The island hopping activities was too strenuous for me. Probably because I can’t swim and it was high tide so I couldn’t really enjoy it that much. The Nacpan beach and Las Cabanas are heaven for me. I spent two separate days on two separate beach and just relaxed. I did what the foreigners were doing to try and feel how it felt like. I laid down by the beach and slept. Haha. It felt relaxing to wake up at the sounds of the waves!

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      Sam Coronado
      January 12, 2017 at 5:36 PM

      Hi Grysh! Interesting insight. I think the inland tours are really suitable for those who like to beach bum. Island hopping can be a hurried experience, plus you have to deal with a bigger tour group. Sounds great that you enjoyed it… and that you actually slept on the beach. I haven’t done that before! Haha. 🙂

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    ROBERT LEE | Amazing Life Daily
    January 11, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    I am curious with Nacpan Twin Beach. When you described the water as being shallow, it is all sandy bottom right? Now, if you are to reach the farther area, is there a drop off? If so, would that area be good for snorkeling? As for the tides, never go out during low tide.

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      Sam Coronado
      January 12, 2017 at 5:39 PM

      Hi Sir Robert! Yes the water’s pretty shallow until a drop off at the farther end, making the tides stronger at the farther part. The bottom is sandy. It’s not a place to snorkel, I think. Most people would just bum around the shore 🙂

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