Land tour of El Nido Palawan
El Nido Palawan is famous for its island tours that unveils the beauty of its different destinations to the visitors. But there are more of El Nido beyond the island tours. There are taraw cliffs to climb, waterfalls to visit, and great beaches you can travel by land via a tricycle, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.
After two consecutive island tours, we decided to laid back a little from boat trips. We chose a customized inland tour for a different experience this paradise offers. Inland tours are also offered by travel and tours agencies just around the El Nido town. The destination highlights of our tour are the Taraw cliff, Twin beach and Marimegmeg beach.
A struggling climb at the Taraw cliff
Taraw cliff is a tremendous limestone formation situated within El Nido town proper. And from our accommodation (Cliffside hotel), we have the sight of this astonishing at the same time terrifying structure.
We have an early wake up call at 4:30 am for our tour today. The main highlight is to witness the sunrise at the top of the cliff and birds eye view of El Nido Palawan. Our local guide fetch us from the hotel with his motorcycle and we passed residential areas on a more narrow and undeveloped roads. When we reached the jump-off point it was still dark and too bad we did not bring any headlights with us. Our guide’s cellphone flashlight was our only light throughout the ascend.
The cliff going up
At the beginning of the climb, I have a glimpse of sharp rocks but I did freak out yet even though this is my first climb. Along the way, our guide was assisting us in every way he can. I can already say that this will be a very challenging climb. Aside from the rock’s sharp edges, another obstacle for this adventure is the vertical cliff. It is literally a 90 degrees climb and was only possible because of the handholds you can easily grasp.
Successfully reached the peak before sunset but we can’t see much anything yet. We waited for a little while and seen one of the most magnificent view I have ever seen. The sun slowly going up behind the mountain and lighting the whole town. We had a great sight of the El nido town, pier, tour boats docking area, Bacuit bay and other islands. We stayed quite long enough at the top to appreciate such great view.
The cliff going down
On our descent, we realized how dangerous the climb was and I was more afraid now than going up. I clearly see the path we went through and I can’t imagine how I was able to reached the peak as a first time climber wearing a slippers. It was literally spine tingling and knee shaking. But nonetheless, the scenic view at the top was worth it.
Although many people have made it to the peak of Taraw Cliff successfully, no ropes or safety precautions are used, and one wrong slip can cause an unfortunate consequences. Here are a few tips if you decided to take the climb: (1) Make sure to have a local guide when climbing, (2) Pack light, (3) Wear a proper hiking shoes or sandals, and (5) Wear arm guards, leg guards and hand gloves to protect yourself.
For some who wants to witness the view on a safer climb, there is the Ferrata Nature’s stairs and bridge that traverse up the mountain that was opened this 2016. You will not reach the same height of the peak but you can still enjoy the view of El Nido pier, tour boat’s docking area and the Bacuit bay. (ref: Hiking taraw cliff the safe way)
Chilling on the Twin beach
We had 1 hour free time to freshen up after the climb before we head to the Twin beach – Nacpan and Calitang Beach. This beach was highly recommended by our friend who had been here for the past 5 years and by our local guide.
After our breakfast we started the trip to Twin beach via motorcycle. The road was ok at first but not even halfway to the beach we’ve experience a rough and undeveloped roads. That was I think a bit challenging for drivers plus the trip was almost an 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Upon reaching the beach, we signed up to register our name on a small booth then went to Nacpan beach. When I saw the beach, I was surprised that it does not have the usual crowd despite being a grand attraction. In addition, the long beach was definitely stunning with its cream sand, blue waters and coconut trees.
After admiring Nacpan beach, we went to the hill that serves as a viewdeck on the area to see why the place is called the Twin beach. It was an easy few minutes hike and we had a splendid view of both beaches. I would say, you shouldn’t miss this in El Nido Palawan!
Lunch at Nacpan beach
We had our lunch at Nacpan beach together with our new found friends in a small hut that serves freshly cooked seafood meals. We were together at Island tours A and C for the past two days and unexpectedly bumped into each other here. This is one of the best thing traveling can give you. One thing is knowing the place more through their food and another is meeting new friends along the way.
For our next El Nido visit, I will surely add this tour again and spend the whole day reading a book near the shore, swimming, and enjoying the peaceful environment. Hopefully this will be protected and not be ruined by its growing numbers of visitors.
Walking the shore of Marimegmeg Beach
For our last destination, we originally planned to watch the sunset here in Las Maremegmeg Beach but failed to do so. It was still too early and we already have a long day waking up before 4:30 am. We decided to just walk the long beach and enjoy the view before heading back to the hotel. There are bars and coffee lounges just near the shore. The beach is also great for swimming with its clear water, white sands and a view of islands. There is also an island to island zipline here but we didn’t take it.
Our guide fee was only Php 1,200.00 for the customized Inland tour we had. This was one of the great experience we wanted to share with all of you. We have seen El Nido Palawan in a different way through this inland tour and that adds up to our fascination with this paradise island.We will always go back to El Nido. We recommend that if you have more time in El Nido to take this tour. It’s gonna be worth it!
If you preferred more underwater activities, check out our Ultimate travel guide to Coron for all our adventures in Coron. Let’s keep on wandering around and never stop learning and discovering.
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