Day Four: El Nido, Scooters and Nacpan Beach

Another day waking to an island paradise view. After an easy morning start, we rented some scooters for 24 hours (400php). My first time, but with a little guidance I was able to pick it up; finding it a lot like road cycling (balance and road sense wise). We took a long drive North to the Nacpan beach, with claims to be the best in the area. For the majority of the journey, the roads were in good-knick and traffic was minimal, passing a lot of the island’s beautiful farmland and rice fields. After taking a main turn for the beach, however, the road took a steer for the worse replacing concrete with boggy puddles and brick-red mud. The only way to the beach was straight with speed.

Feet muddy, we were greeted by a long, wide, white sand beach with clear gentle waters and palm trees along the edge. Worth it. If falling off the grid onto a beach is your thing, the Mad Monkey Hostel is situated right on the beachfront, a good place to refuel and relax in the sun.

After a long scooter back through with the sun setting along the journey, we headed to the Republica Sunset Bar to catch the amazing sunset view accompanied by a few San Mig Lights. Then dinner at the well-reviewed local restaurant Amos enjoying an exquisite shrimp dish (only 300php). A must try. Filipino sauces so far have surpassed all expectations.