Pick your own ad­ven­ture around Palawan

Where to stay and en­joy Palawan’s best at­trac­tions, from sea to shin­ing sea

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Two Sea­sons

A boat ride from Coron Town can take you to this eco-friendly re­sort on the Malaroy­roy Penin­sula in Bu­lala­cao Is­land, where there are plenty of sites and ac­tiv­i­ties to en­thrall you, from the sand­bar and the rich trop­i­cal gar­dens to the var­i­ous wa­ter ad­ven­tures they of­fer. As Two Sea­sons is also a sanc­tu­ary for tur­tles and gi­ant clams, snor­kel­ing and div­ing are two of the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties that vis­i­tors sign up for.

When the sea is calm, take a pad­dling trip aboard the Molokini trans­par­ent kayak, a twopas­sen­ger kayak that al­lows you to see depths of up to 75 ft. If you aren’t an ex­pe­ri­enced diver, the re­sort of­fers Hy­droBob sub­mersible scoot­ers, which give you the op­por­tu­nity to bask in the grandeur of the un­der­wa­ter scenery.

What makes this re­sort eco-friendly? It is a 100 per­cent self-sus­tain­ing is­land, with the man­age­ment build­ing cer­tain fa­cil­i­ties early on due to the place’s seclu­sion. One is the de­sali­na­tion plant that con­verts sea­wa­ter into potable wa­ter, and an­other is the sewage treat­ment plant that cleans waste­water enough so that it can be redi­rected to bath­rooms for non-drink­ing use. Bun­ga­lows also come equipped with wa­ter heaters that are pow­ered by so­lar pan­els. Two Sea­sons runs on four gen­er­a­tors, which are used in in­ter­vals, de­pend­ing on the num­ber of guests present. Twosea­son­sre­sorts.com

Huma Is­land Re­sort and Spa

Lo­cated on Di­cili­gan Is­land in Busuanga, the Huma Is­land Re­sort and Spa is com­prised of 81 lux­ury vil­las—64 of them on stilts—that all of­fer views of the beach. If you need help plan­ning ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing your stay, guests are pro­vided a Villa Host who can as­sist in cre­at­ing an agenda for the day, from pick­ing a dive lo­ca­tion to sched­ul­ing a sun­set fish­ing ses­sion.

The re­sort is found in a re­gion that is con­sid­ered one of the best div­ing spots in the world. Aside from the di­verse marine life, Huma Is­land’s dive sites will have you view­ing his­tor­i­cal WWII wreck sites un­der­wa­ter. One of them is Irako, a Ja­panese re­frig­er­a­tion ship situated at the mouth of Coron Bay. Meant for ad­vanced divers, the depth of this site is at a max­i­mum of 43 me­ters.

Get­ting to the is­land is a breeze as there are daily flights to Busuanga from Manila and Cebu. Huma also of­fers ex­clu­sive trans­fers via pri­vate sea­planes from Manila, a 90-minute flight that takes you from the city straight to a pris­tine beach. Hu­mais­land.com

Matin­loc Re­sort

Matin­loc Re­sort prides it­self on be­ing the best spot in Palawan for fam­ily hol­i­days, as their multi-story vil­las pro­vide enough room for ev­ery­one, with gen­er­ous views of the sea, the gar­den, and the for­est. But get­ting to these moun­tain vil­las is no easy task, as guests have to hike first through the for­est. A view of Palio Sea and the is­lands of El Nido are suf­fi­cient com­pen­sa­tion for the phys­i­cal ex­er­tion, how­ever.

The best way to ex­pe­ri­ence all that El Nido has to of­fer is by go­ing is­land-hop­ping. Matin­loc has five tours to choose from, each high­light­ing lo­cal ar­eas, from la­goons to caves. If you are cu­ri­ous about El Nido’s beau­ti­ful caves, take the Cave Tour, which will bring you to the Cudugnon and Cathe­dral caves. If you’d rather spend the day at sea, the Snor­kel­ing Tour takes you to dif­fer­ent reef sites in the area. Matin­loc.com

Aman­pulo, Pa­mal­i­can Is­land

Aman­pulo is the dream desti­na­tion for peo­ple look­ing for lux­u­ri­ous pri­vacy and with the money to pay for it. As it has its own airstrip, guests can take a pri­vate plane from Manila and land di­rectly on Pa­mal­i­can Is­land, where pow­dery white sand and clear wa­ters await them. The ca­sitas at Aman­pulo are in­spired by the ba­haykubo, with wooden decks and a twin-roof de­sign, and are lo­cated at the hillside, among tree­tops, and by the beach. Along the shore, mean­while, are vil­las that let guests en­joy a seam­less tran­si­tion from their in­door spa­ces to the beach. Among the many recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered at the re­sort, wind­surf­ing and sail­ing can be en­joyed all year-round be­cause of the peren­nial breeze that cools the is­land. An­other must-try is snor­kel­ing, as there are sev­eral square kilo­me­ters of coral reef for­ma­tions found just 300 me­ters away from the beach. Aman.com

El Nido Re­sort, Apulit Is­land

Adren­a­line junkies will find El Nido Re­sort’s Apulit Is­land right up their al­ley. Aside from the thrill of stay­ing in their wa­ter cot­tages, this ecoad­ven­ture is­land re­sort also of­fers ac­tion­packed at­trac­tions that are not for the faint of heart.

To get a birds’ eye view of the en­tire is­land, guests can climb a 60-me­ter lime­stone cliff then rap­pel down. They can then go spelunk­ing through the North and St. Joseph’s caves. If un­der­wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties are more your speed, sign up for the Isla Blanca ad­ven­ture, which in­volves is­land-hop­ping and snor­kel­ing. As you travel from one is­land to an­other, a marine guide will iden­tify and ex­plain the dif­fer­ent sea creatures that you will en­counter. El­nidore­sorts.com

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