My girlfriend, two friends and I went to Apulit recently and it was a little different than I expected. First you need to decide if you're going to get there from Puerto Princesa or directly from El Nido by way of Manila. The drive from puerto princesa is long. Probably 4 1/2 hours. However I think you should definitely do it if you're not from the Philippines because it will give you a perspective that you're not used to seeing. Only go from puerto princesa one way. Fly out of el nido to Manila it's not worth your time to go back and forth to puerto princesa. We hooked up with a driver at the airport and they packed in 8 ppl with dropoffs and pickups along the way. I suggest setting that up earlier. Our planned driver was on Filipino time so we decided to get going. If you go from el nido it's way shorter and the ITI airplane is not a scary little plane, it's a legit large jet plane but with propellers of course. Once you get to Taytay they'll take you on a catamaran across the ocean (about 30 minutes) and over to apulit. It's beautiful there and I suggest getting the larger lodging because it's only $100 a night more and much larger. When you get to apulit they welcome you as a group and immediately get you set up with a host whose job it is to get you to do various activities like kayaking, snorkeling, island hopping, rappelling down their steep mountain (which is fun but we avoided), scuba diving, and more. A few other pointers: all the food is in buffet format but is very good. You have a ton of selection. There is a single bar right in the middle of the island and a few people hang there. They have a daily drink that's cheaper than making up your own and we just went with the local rum mix they had there. There is a wifi in the bar area but it's honestly not that strong or great but you won't care when there. There's no bugs in April/May. Get a water protection bag to keep your cameras and that stuff in while going on the boats. REI has that. Take a go pro with underwater housing if you have it. It's awesome. And have a damn blast!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Apulit Island Resort is nestled within a pristine cove with a backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs. Apulit offers a wide expanse of white-sand beach lined with coconut trees. It has 50 cottages built over the water in traditional architecture mixed with contemporary design. Apulit Island Resort is part of the El Nido Resorts group of eco-island resorts. It is located in Taytay, northeastern part of Palawan. It takes an hour flight from Manila to El Nido, and an hour and a half van ride, or a 4-hour land trip from Puerto Princesa City (Palawan's Capital City). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apulit Island Hotel Palawan
- Club Noah Isabelle
- Hotel Noah Isabelle
- Resort Noah Isabelle