There are four exclusive resorts at El Nido – Palawan. Apulit Island, Miniloc Island, Lagen Island and Pangulasian Island. After visiting all four of them I have to say that my favorite one is..
PANGULASIAN ISLAND RESORT
Pangulasian Island is El Nido Resorts’ Eco-Luxury island resort in Bacuit Bay, El Nido. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical forest. Also known as the “Island of the Sun”, Pangulasian has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset.
Frolic in the 750-meter stretch of white sand beach and be amazed by the marine sanctuary right at its doorstep. Discerning guests will be treated to luxurious amenities and impeccable and personalized service at Pangulasian Island. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting edge “green” design.
I have to add that one of the things that make the island even more exclusive is that no one can visit it from any other resort. Even though the guests of the Pangulasian can visit all other 3 resorts.
On the left its the Miniloc Resort and on the right the town of El Nido
Let’s talk about Food…
The Resort offers you three options for dining! You have the choice of having private dinner on the beach in front of your villa, on the Entalula Beach which is another island that they take you with a speedboat and you have a private dinner with your other half or you can dine at the Restaurant of the Hotel that has a beautiful interior and you won’t mind eating there as many days as you are staying.
The food in all cases is Fantastic! I still can’t forget the Pumpkin Creme Brulée, you need to try it and while being on an island I would suggest you order the Catch of the Day, fresh fish is always the best option! I did all three choices and to be honest my favorite one was the private dinner on Entalula Beach if i would do it all over again i’d probably have dinner every single day on the secluded island with my love! <3
Let the fun times begin!
Spend an evening after all the activities at the amazing pool with a cocktail on your hand! They make amazing Watermelon Cocktails or just have big Coconut! What else do you need?
Start your mornings with a yoga session and the afternoons definitely book a spa therapy and have it on your room! I have to admit that the massage there was one of the best I’ve ever had!
The hotel’s Boutique offers some of the best hand-crafted Filipino products! Their handmade bags is a total must-buy cause let’s be honest, who doesn’t need a nice bamboo bag for the summer?
You can choose from Snorkelling, Kayaking, Wind Surfing, Lagoons Tour, Scuba Diving and Island Hopping!
If you are a PADI certified, Philippines are definitely one of the best places in the world to do Scuba diving. You can do Night Dive or the Adventure Diving!
If you are not experienced you can always get your Padi Certification on the resort with their Open Water Courses so don’t worry about that! I would advise you though to have the Certification already so you don’t loose time while being there by doing the courses, especially when you have the time to get it before you go there.
Definitely do the exclusive Island Hopping!!! To be honest we did it every single day and that’s how we discovered all these islands. The hotel can provide you with their local boats with 4 or 5 ppl of staff that take care of you for 8 hours and you go around the islands of Palawan and stop wherever you want for a quick swim, a picnic and kayaking! It’s a MUST! It is super exclusive; its just you and the person you are travelling with and you can enjoy the MOST of Palawan.
DON’T MISS the sunrise hike of the Mountain! I know it might be too early waking up at 5am in the morning BUT it’s totally worth the views! We kind of woke up a little later and almost missed it and when we got up to the top after 25min of hiking I just couldn’t believe how much beauty nature can offer!!!!
Singapore airlines to get to Manila and from there, Island Transvoyager Inc (ITI) offers daily flights to El Nido, Palawan. Travel time is approx. 55 minutes with a 50-seater ATR aircraft. From there a 25-min boat ride follows to take guests to Pangulasian Island.
TIPS: When booking your flights take in consideration that the airport in Manila is very unorganised so make sure you have at least 2hrs of layover between connecting flights.
When to Go: APRIL
We went there in April, which is the hottest month in Palawan with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) and thankfully you don’t get any rain or exotic showers. Hence, it’s definitely the month where you will get to see the most of the island, from sea animals to whatever beauty the nature has to offer. Of course if you don’t mind the tropical weather you can always visit Palawan Early January and May!
Once you hire your private boat you have to visit all this places! Malapacao Island, Miniloc Island, Entalula Island, Dularog Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cadlao Island, Helicopter Island, Cudugnon Island, Lagen Island, Aberawan Mainland, Tapiutan Island, Snake island and 7 Commando Island. Most of them are featured on my pictures above in case you guys are wondering.
Recommended Length of Stay:
We stayed for 4 nights/5days and I have to say that it wasn’t enough! Definitely do a minimum of 5nights so you get the most and at the end you can say you can now CROSS IT OFF YOUR LIST..
VISA: You are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of thirty (30) days or less.
SWIMMING TIPS: Even though the waters are crystal clear there is a lot of plankton and jellyfish so definitely bring your Rush Guard. Don’t get scared with the idea, they won’t harm you.
New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Labor Day (01/05), Independence Day (12/06), Ninoy Aquino Day (21/08), Christmas Day, Last Day of the Year!