We woke up late, still dreaming of our island hopping tour the day before. We were just in time for breakfast and the hotel manager Don came to us and asked how we were. We talked about our tour and after we asked him what to do he said it would be best to go to Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfall and Nacpan Beach after that, since it would be too late for another Island Hopping tour. We could also rent kayaks and do our own island hopping tour, but we really needed some time off.
So, after breakfast we hired a tricycle for the whole day. The hotel called one for us and within 10 minutes the tricycle arrived. Joel would be our driver for the day. He was quiet but smiled a lot and was a very good driver. It would only cost is 1000 pesos for him to drive us around the whole day.
He took us to the falls first. I was expecting to be there fairly quick, since Lonely Planet stated it would only be ‘several’ kilometers out of El Nido town. It took about 30 minutes to get there! We were greeted by a guide who recommended that someone would guide us to the falls since it would be a 45 minute walk and we would be crossing the river 9 times. We took his advice and were assigned to a young boy named James. The walk to the falls is nice. It’s an easy stroll along green grassfields and some jungle parts. Indeed, we crossed the river 9 times so if you decide to do this then bring or wear flipflops. The guide costs 400 pesos and we had to pay 10 pesos each to have permission to walk to the waterfall.
The waterfall itself is tiny, but it’s a nice change from all the sea at the island. It wasn’t crowded at all and the trees that surrounded the falls provided for some shade. I think we stayed at the waterfall for about 30 minutes before walking back to our tricycle. When we arrived, Joel was sound asleep and I felt bad for waking him up.
The road to Nacpan beach is not paved, so our journey towards the beach was very rough! I loved it and Joel had to work hard to get the tricycle to go forward sometimes haha. We had to be pushed by locals once (which was followed by a ‘WHOOHOO’ when their pushing helped us on our way) and Mark had to get out of the tricycle when we got stuck in the sand. It’s these kinds of experiences that make a holiday so memorable 😉 I think it’s really hard to get to the beach if it’s raining though.
Nacpan Beach is the best and prettiest beach on Palawan. It’s so clean and the water is wavy. There’s lots of space to lie down and since there are not many people around, you can always pick a spot without feeling as if you’re in someones way. We spent the whole afternoon here playing with the waves and watching the tiny crabs run around the beach.
Nacpan Beach is also known for ‘twinning’ with Caitang beach. Oddly enough, when we walked to the viewpoint, we were the only ones there. There were some kids that lived in the nearby fishing village who saw us and walked up to us.
Our stay in Palawan was short. A little too short if you ask me 😉 I would have liked to have another day for another Island Hopping Tour and maybe even the Tao tour which takes you to Coron as well.
Tomorrow, another adventure begins as we travel to Cebu to swim with the gentle whalesharks in Oslob.