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.
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.
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.
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.