We took a plane to Virac from Manila, a van ride then a boat ride to get to this beautiful island. We were greeted by the very able and knowledgeable staff. They gave us an orientation about the island and what the staff can do for us. Apparently this place is a national park and they are making efforts to make it a marine sanctuary. They also informed us that when you check in there, they plant a coral in your name.
We were assigned a butler named Jasmin Palaganas. So pleasant and accommodating. She anticipated our needs for our activities like food, drinks, logistics and transportation.
The food was okay and in big portions so if you're a light eater, you must share. You can have your meals at the restaurant or you can request them to deliver it to your cabana and have it privately at your own balcony. The view from the pool is magnificent. The view from the deck and restaurant is also fabulous. There is a hike you can take to the lighthouse to enjoy the sunset and magnificent vista. To top it all off, the rooms are very very comfortable. Spacious bathroom, big comfy bed, fluffy pillows and ample closet space.
On the early morning ride back to the port, plankton lit our way back. This is how I imagined responsible tourism should be. Regulated foot traffic, efforts to preserve the environment, supporting local economy and employment plus beautiful surroundings.
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