Decided to stay for one full week to really enjoy a break without moving from place to place - and we did not regret at all! A bit tough to get to, but it is worth it. If you want a truly laid back, peaceful pure beach atmosphere on a budget, this is the place. Even if you are not on a budget, this is a place to get away from it all. Accommodation is very basic, and if you can afford do go for the more expensive of the bungalows. Staff is very friendly and there really is a friendly neighborhood feeling throughout. Food is simple but good. There is a large private beach and it is wonderful to just go snorkel before breakfast and (guaranteed) seeing turtles near the shore. You then relax under the palm trees and forget civilization. Diving is also great, but the real deal (which has a considerable cost compared to the island stay) is going to Apo reef which has fantastic corals and lots of fish (including sharks). One of few escapist destinations - enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pandan Island is a private island with a small resort on the West coast of Occidental Mindoro, Central Philippines.Since the island was 'discovered' and the resort established in 1986 by a French adventurer, this tropical island retreat has been voted time and again as one of the top resorts in the Philippines, not in terms of luxury (we do not have air-conditioned rooms, room service or cable television networks on the island) but for it's life close to nature and it's personalized atmosphere. Pandan Island is for people who like to spend time in tropical surroundings where you are woken up by the singing of colorful birds, where there is only a palm tree between you and the sea, where you still know your neighbors.All bungalows are built in native materials, like coconut lumber, bamboo, sawali, cogon grass to let them blend easily into their tropical surroundings. Care has been taken to provide a simple yet comfortable atmosphere with a maximum of privacy for all who need to get away from hectic life. Since all the electricity on the island is provide by a solar system our bungalows do not have air-con or fans.T he bungalows are built directly by the sea separated from the beach only by palm trees and / or bougainvillea bushes with the breeze from the sea providing for ventilation.Each house has its private gecko (lat. gecko gecko) that is believed to bring good luck to the house it inhabits.Besides spending your day in a hammock or exploring the few secluded beaches, we offer a wide range of activities to choose from. Scuba Diving in the coral gardens around Pandan or around the nearby Apo Reef is the most popular and exciting activity to engage in but we also offer you the possibility to explore the jungle rivers of nearby Mindoro by kayak or visit the small coastal town of Sablayan and meet its friendly inhabitants.However you choose to spend your vacation, our staff will do their utmost to make your stay on Pandan Island a relaxing or adventurous experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pandan Island Hotel Pandan Island