Nagkalit-kalit Falls | Things to do in El Nido-Palawan

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Before 1999, Nagkalit-kalit Falls in Pasadena was a local secret, with only a trickle of visitors coming in via word-of-mouth recommendations. Things changed after Palawan local Sylvia Cervantes had a chance encounter with a lost tourist, who gave her the idea to bring in more travelers by offering guided tours. Almost 20 years later, the trickle has turned into a steady stream of tourists eager to see the falls. In a twist of irony, the falls actually got its name for being a favored venue where couples have their romantic trysts away from prying eyes. “Nagkalit-kalit” is a mixture of Cuyunon and Bisaya. In Tagalog, it translates to “Nagsaglit”, which means “taking a moment”, which in this case is a moment for some romance. In another twist of irony, getting to the falls definitely takes more than a moment. To be precise, it takes about a 45-minute trek through streams, slippery stones, and some steep rocks. But the sight of the falls is well worth it, particularly after you take a dip in the pool. The cool, strong gush of waters is enough undo to any knots in your hardworking muscles, while the whitewater view can calm even the most stressed minds.
Open: Open everyday
Address: Pasadena, El Nido, Palawan
Fee: P10 per head entrance fee, P400 for a tour guide
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Nearby attractions

Cathedral Cave
16.43 km away

The unique rock formations at Cathedral Cave make it a favored spot for photo ops. Named so for its narrow, high-ceilinged entryway, the cave’s dark interiors are certainly intriguing – and off-limits. Perhaps what’s more interesting about this sight is what you don’t get to see – and the tour guides and boatmen sure have a lot of stories to tell about what lies further in the cave: accounts of bizarre creatures, rays, even sharks. Whether they are to be believed or not, Cathedral Cave is one of those mysterious sights that merits even just a quick stop.

Snake Island
19.76 km away

This sandbar rising in the middle of Bacuit Bay’s bright blue waters seductively curves like a snake, earning it its rather intimidating name. But there are no snakes here – only stunning views, whether from the boat, on the sandbar itself, or from the small view deck about a hundred or so steps above the sandbar. The view from up there is arguably the best you’ll get when you’re island hopping – a full 360 degrees of Bacuit Bay, obviously including Snake Island which is, as it turns out, best viewed from the top.

Where to stay

La Colonial
Hotels and homes
12.38 km away

Unwind and get close to nature at this inn/resort in Barangay Corong-Corong, Sitio Bubulungan, National Highway Km 264, El Nido, Palawan. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.

El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Hotels and homes
18.36 km away

Nestled between a lush four-hectare forest and a calm, shallow lagoon, Lagen Island, El Nido Resorts’ Eco-Sanctuary island resort, has the densest forest over limestone out of the 45 islands and islets of Bacuit Bay. Lagen Island serves as a sanctuary for a diverse variety of birds and mammals. Observe and delight in different endemic species flourishing in their natural habitat. Hike through Lagen’s forest trail which leads to a rewarding view of one of the coves on the other side of the island.

Getting there and around

Pasadena, El Nido, Palawan

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