El Nido Resorts Apulit Island – Palawan

A couple of miles off the eastern coast of Palawan, paradise awaits. My stay at El Nido Resorts Apulit Island was in one word; breathtaking! If you are planning a trip to the Philippines and Palawan in particular, you need to read this because this is one of those resorts you will remember for the rest of your life.

Just before the start of the rainy season I visited El Nido Resorts Apulit Island. My accommodation: a lovely water cottage on stilts. They have 2 sorts of cottages, a normal and loft cottage. The normal cottage is intended for 2 people and the loft cottage is meant to accommodate up to 4 people. In total the resort has 50 water cottages so it never gets really crowded on the Island.

Dutch Pilot Girl - El Nido Resorts Apulit Island


Besides laying on the beach or taking a dip in the pool there are plenty of exhilarating daily activities you can sign up for. Rappel of a cliff, explore caves and neighboring Islands or snorkel in close proximity of your cottage… Even learning how to dive is among the options. You won’t get bored on Apulit 🙂 For example I took a Kayak and was able to watch the sunset from the bay, it was stunning!

Not so adventurous? Enjoy a relaxing massage, go for a walk along the Island or just take in the view and count the fish from your private balcony. Whether you want to relax or feel like going on an adventure, Apulit has it all.

How to get there:

Transportation is almost entirely arranged by El Nido Resorts with exception of the flight towards Puerto Princesa or El Nido. Air Swift has daily flights from Manila and Boracay to El Nido. Cebu Pacific has a regular service to Puerto Princesa from a couple of airports within the Philippines. Once you arrive at El Nido or Puerto Princesa you are taken to Taytay by van. It takes roughly 1,5 hours from El Nido and 3 to 4 hours from Puerto Princesa. The final stage of the journey is a lovely boat trip from Taytay to Apulit.

Dutch Pilot Girl - El Nido Resorts Apulit Island

At the moment El Nido Resorts Apulit Island is closed due to renovations till December 2017. I was told each cottage will get an additional 10 square meters of space and will be completely renewed. The cottage was a bit on the small side to be honest so that will greatly improve the experience even further! In case you are thinking about a trip in December, be sure to check out the El Nido Resorts website… perhaps they will have a re-opening offer by that time 😉

By the way, breakfast, lunch and dinner is included! Download the El Nido Resorts Apulit Island fact sheet here.

Dutch Pilot Girl - El Nido Resorts Apulit Island

Have you been to Apulit by any chance? Perhaps you have some travel tips of your own about the Philippines? Tell me more in the comments below! In case you are more interested in visiting places with a rich history you might find Kanchanaburi in Thailand just the place you are looking for.

16 thoughts on “El Nido Resorts Apulit Island – Palawan

  1. Hello Michelle, what an amazing review!
    We’re planning a family trip next february to El Nido for 5 nights and we’re wondering if its worth staying the whole trip in Apulit island, or if you’d recommend to stay 3 nights there and 2 nights in Miniloc/Matinloc/Pangualasian/Lagen.

  2. Oww, I’m sorry, I assumed my comment would appear below, I thought my comment didn’t go through, I was wondering that’s why I typed it 3x hehe,anyhow, I’ve seen almost all of your videos already then I accidentally clicked the link to your website. I am from the Philippines and was surprised you’ve been to our country already. I’m planning to change the ‘course’ of my life now and want to become an agricultural pilot. Then when I was researching I saw your videos. You were very straight up describing the realities of becoming a pilot. I appreciate it a lot. Well ‘If you don’t have dreams to chase then you really don’t have anything at all’. Just my two cents of thought. Cheers. Shoot more videos!!!

    1. Hi Jeffer,

      Thank you for your comment! I am glad you like the videos and I will surely shoot more of them 😉 I wish you all the best in achieving your dream to become an agricultural pilot. Have a nice day, Michelle

  3. I’m just glad to find myself reading your post and watching your videos. Please continue to inspire!

  4. Hi michelle! I have been following you on instagram. I’ve never been to palawan but i wanna go there soon reading your comments. I know u have been to hennan resort bohol which i have been dreaming to go there to!☺ There are so many nice places to explore in Bohol. Island hoping going to Balicasag island and virgin island too.
    Keep coming back to philippines i know you will enjoy it here! Thank you so much for the kind words about philippines!

    1. Hello Rheena! Yeah you should definitely visit Palawan, such a great experience! Can’t stop talking about it (a) Soon I will upload an article about Bohol as well… I also had an awesome time there 🙂 I didn’t visit those Islands though.. maybe next time. You live in a beautiful country, I envy you. Have a nice day!

  5. Hello there,

    I’m visiting my uncle on the island of Panay in the Philippines, but defo going to add this to my list! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Might only stay the one night though haha. A little pricey.

    Kind Regards,


    1. Hey Jack! Hm I’ve never heard of that island before. It is less touristy I guess? I have a lot more stuff coming about the Philippines! Videos, pictures and articles 🙂 Plenty of nice places you should add to your bucket list 😉

      Have fun in the Philippines!

      1. Sorry for the late reply.Thanks 🙂 Yeah i’m a little worried with all the trouble going on, but my uncle said his island is relatively peaceful at the moment. I’n not going to let these people stop me though. 🙂

    1. Hi Engelien, I also heard about Lagen Island and that it is supposed to be great. Soon I will publish an article about my stay at Matinloc as well. Truly a magnificent experience and definitely worth visiting whenever you go back to El Nido 🙂

  6. Hi,
    Iam very glad you visit our country despite of some trouble in Mindanao.
    BTW, iam arjay from SIARGAO island. Hehe you should try also SIARGAO ISLANDS

    1. Hi Arjay! I was glad being able to visit the Philippines as well:) have you ever been in Palawan? Next time I will look into the Siargao island! All the best:)

      1. I’ve been there last month with my friend’s, it’s a beautiful place perfect for relaxation.
        Like them iam also a want to be a airline pilot but financial is the most problem.???
        I’m a Seafarer and now saving enough money for my PPL. Maybe 6 month from now I’ll enroll for PPL.

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