BEACHES IN EL NIDO, PHILIPPINES
So you’re in El Nido and you’re looking to do some beaching inland?
Despite the ridiculous, holy fuck beauty of the islands there are surprisingly few beaches in / around El Nido.
The un-missables are...
Marimegmeg beach (also called Las Cabanas by everyone including the tricycle drivers…):
- About 10 mins from El Nido town via tricycle.
- It’ll cost you PHP300 round-trip, if you don't negotiate.
- The beach itself is all golden sands, turquoise sea and limestone cliffs. Totally stunning. Yeah it’s a little touristy but it’s the only beach within close proximity to El Nido town so it’s to be expected.
- Sunset from this beach is fucking insane. Settle down with a beer at The Beach Shack (pieceofthat.com/blog/eats-and-drinks-in-el-nido) and watch the insane light show as the sun settles down for the night.
- Oh and don't forget your goggles. This is not going to be the most epic snorkel of your life but you might cross paths with a turtle and who doesn't love a swim with those guys?
- Nacpan is a stunner but it is an absolute bitch to get to. It is about an hour and a half of relentless unpaved roads, narrow as fuck bridges and absolutely no signage. If you’re an experienced off-road biker you’ll be in heaven but for the rest of us who dabble in a bit of holiday scooter’ing this will be the most terrifying ride of your scooting career. Just to get this straight, we’re not talking about dust roads here, this is scary shit so if you plan on driving yourself BE CAREFUL. Take it very fucking slowly. Don't be one of the many oozy flesh faces walking around El Nido. That said, our horror ride took us around a hell of a lot of construction so we’re hoping a tarred road is imminent. Fingers tightly crossed!
- If you decide to take a tricycle it’s around PHP1000 and we doubt your arse will ever be the same again. Bumpy as fuck. But at least your chances of being a casualty are lessened. Pros and cons.
- Thank fuck the beach is the dream. Loooooong and wiiiide and absolutely breathtaking. White sands and blue water for miles and miles.
- Oh and you’ll have worked up an appetite after your journey… The wooden shack on the beach is the place to go to for a well deserved cold beer and buttery, garlicky prawns.
- Photo tip: if you want the famous Twin Beach pic, head to the far left of the beach (left if you're facing the sea) and scramble up the grassy hill. If you have any soul you’ll be deeply saddened by the litter but photo ops abound once you’re up there.