We stayed in Lagen island for a night and then we have 5 nights booked in El Nido Resorts Apulit Island. I didn’t know what to expect, only that it would take quite a while to reach our new destination and hoping that it was well… worth it.
We left Lagen Island after breakfast and had to ride a boat to be taken to the port then we waited for the transfer – a 1 hour and 30 minute van ride to Taytay Town Port and then was followed by a 2 hours and 30 minute boat transfer to Apulit Island. The sea was very rough and wind was strong. It was one hell of a boat ride and made us sea sick.
But once we saw the island and color of the sea that surrounds it… I mean… that turqoise blue… absolutely stunned us. I think, we may have found paradise.
And yes, it was definitely worth the travel.
El Nido Resorts’ Apulit island resort is an Eco-Adventure paradise that’s set in Taytay Bay in North-eastern Palawan.
The Apulit island resort is for the thrill seekers. They offer exciting and invigorating activities for all the sporty and young at heart guests. Some of the activities they offer are rock-climbing and rappelling down the 60-meter limestone cliff, with birds’ eye-view of the whole island. Diving to discover sunken treasures just off the beach, with a Japanese ship wreck and an overabundance of colorful, very much alive and oh so playful marine species in their natural and protected habitat. You could also go exploring the caves that are just behind the island or go island hopping in the nearby white sand islands or have some time to yourself and your loved ones on a remote island near Apulit – Isla Blanca.
They also have beach volleyball on the island or you could go for some darts and billiards near the bar with a beer in one hand.
The resort’s guest activities coordinators and staff are the most helpful and accommodating team of people that would gladly assist you in any way they can and would happily help you in planning the adventure-filled holiday that you have been dreaming of.
The room bookings also comes with buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Spent Christmas with this beautiful lady. ❤
Waking up to this ❤
A baby reef shark was swimming around me while I was dippin in this photo.
Baby BlackTip Reef Sharks swimming all over the place.
It was amazing to see these beauties swimming in their natural habitat and they were so comfortable around humans. It’s like you have your own natural aquarium everytime you go out of your water cottage. Well done, El Nido Resorts!
What is a Black-Tip Reef Shark?
Marine Life in El Nido – BlackTip Reef Shark is easily recognized by the prominent black tips on its fins. They typically attains a length of 1,8 meters. Don’t be scared of them. They are active predators. But only feed on small bony fishes, cephalopods, and crustaceans, and from time to time on sea snakes and seabirds.
Source: Palawan Divers
That island life ❤
How we do Christmas ❤
It was the first time my sister and I spent Christmas – just us two and she planned the whole trip. Grateful for her and the choice of destination that she picked! ❤
The resort prides itself with taking care and protecting of the animals that lives on the island and the marine life that surrounds the island. They also take such good care of their guests – making them feel like family.
It was a dreamy & lazy Christmas; being able to wake up to mesmerizing views of the sea while listening to beach songs all day. Not having to endure the hassle of planning out what to cook for Christmas day or getting stuck in traffic because of the panic Christmas buying traffic jams or the trouble of picking a Christmas outfit because we get to spend all day in bikinis while eating fresh fruits and salad and pasta at the buffet area then sipping pina colada by the beach come late afternoon while waiting for the sun to come down…
On the 25th while my sister and I were waiting for the sunset – we both fell asleep on the beach and woke up with the early evening sky. We woke up laughing and very much happy – seeing the stars slowly coming alive is a different kind of stunning… It was a Christmas to remember. And it will be hard to top off.
Address and Contact info:
Boat schedules for Apulit Island Guests are as follows:
From Taytay Port to the Apulit Island: 10:30AM (Morning Flight), 1:30PM (Mid-day Flight) and 3:00PM (Afternoon Flight)
From Apulit Island to the airport: 5:00AM, 7:30AM, 11:30AM (Morning Flight) and 1:00PM (Afternoon Flight)
Boat transfer schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
For your boat transfer schedule to Apulit Island, kindly email your reservations agent or call them at +63 (02) 902 5934 at least (2) days from your arrival date for final confirmation.
The transfer will take 90-minute van ride to Taytay Town Port and followed by a 45 to 75-minute boat transfer to Apulit Island depending on tide and weather conditions.
Flights to El Nido:
Airswift offers daily flights from Manila to El Nido, Palawan. Travel time is approximately 55-minutes using a 48-seater ATR aircraft.
Address: Manila Domestic Airport Terminal 4
Andrews Ave, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila
Contact no. for Flight Reservations: (+632) 318 5942, (+632) 318 5943
AirSWIFT Main Office:
2nd Floor ALPAP Building,
Andrews Avenue, Pasay City,
Office hours: 8:30AM – 5:30PM (Monday to Sunday and Holidays)
AirSWIFT BGC Office:
3rd flooor Alveo Corporate Center
728 28th Street Bonifactio Global City
Taguig City, 1634 Philippines
Office hours: 8:30AM – 5:30 PM (Monday to Saturday)
- I would just like to note that Airswift services isn’t really the best but unfortunately they’re the only airline that has a lot of flight schedules to El nido.
- I bought a ticket from their website and didn’t notice that they never sent me my ticktets. Good thing, pesopay.com sent me an official receipt. So a day before our flight, I was about to print our tickets and couldn’t find it… so I called Airswift and most of the numbers that I called were already on break for the holiday season. And by the time I got through to them the phone operators I was talking to weren’t so helpful. I don’t think they were trained to handle errors made by their system.
The plane ride was okay though. 🙂
You can also reach El Nido via Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Although this would be a longer route and would take up most of your day. But if you have a lot of time to spare and you want to save some cash… this is the way to go.
From Puerto Princesa, Palawan to Taytay, Palawan:
El Nido is also accessible by land from Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It takes approximately 4-hours to travel by land from Puerto Princesa City to Taytay Town, Palawan.
Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines flies to Puerto Princesa
For more info on El Nido you could also go to this website: http://www.elnidopalawan.com/go.html
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