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Reviewed 3 September 2013

My boyfriend and I visited this resort in October of 2012. Almost a year later I still day dream about my time there. We booked a garden cabin and it was very lovely and clean! We were greeted with a Filipino song and a fresh coconut drink. The food was good with plenty of variety. They plan your day according to what you would like to do and how busy you would like to be. If you enjoy snorkeling this is the place for you! Since it is a wildlife preserve, the number and variation of fish is countless! I saw fish that I never knew existed!! Warning is not to hang out in one spot for too long, if you happen to be over a fish nest you will get bitten and it will likely draw blood like it did for me! There were jelly fish too but they had stings similar to a horse fly, annoying but not enough to keep you from swimming. We were able to take out the kayak as much as we wanted and we toured the islands nearby and watched the sunset from our kayak. Absolutely beautiful!!
The one thing I would complain about is that we never received a phone call for a morning wake up. We wanted to go on a sunrise tour. We were there for four nights (you need a minimum of 4 to see everything) We requested a wakeup call every morning and when we complained about it they said the reason why they didn't call is because they thought the water was too low. In their defense it was low but still high enough for us to enjoy it (we set our own alarm on the last day). We went to the big lagoon for sunrise and it was well worth getting up early. We saw all sorts of wildlife and we had the whole lagoon to ourselves. We certainly would have missed out had we not set our own alarm!
Also there wasn't much to do in the evenings. We just went to bed early to make the most of the morning. We will most definitely be returning. It is well worth every penny!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Liane M
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We spent 5 nights in the miniloc and 4 in the Pangalusian.
Our experience was amazing!
We really enjoy our stay in Miniloc. Everything is well organised, the staff is outstanding and the place itself is paradise.
When you arrive you are welcome by the staff with dance and music and a delicious fresh Young coconut.drink, called 'Uboku' or something like that :) and it's alcohol-free.
Then you are introduced to your steward which will organize with you your stay: every day, you plan the day after... very good!
The perfect planning:
- Wake up at 6am to see the sunrise on the deck
- then have the breakfast in the little restaurant with view on the bay (excellent breakfast, mango are incredible...)
- then ask the staff to bring you to the small lagoon with a kayak (it's free) and leave at maximum 8am
- after 15mn, you arrive in the entrance of the small lagoon... no one is there; you have one hour without anyone. You can go with your kayack in the small lagoon throught a little hole in the rock.
- After one hour, people start to arrive, you go out from the small lagoon to go to this little desert beach in the entrance of the small lagoon. Then start snorkling!! There is a crazy coral bay colorful and I've seen twice a eagle ray (in 2 different days).
- Your boy is there, waiting for you to go back to the miniloc... it's 11.30am
- Once back in the resort you leave to have a picnic in the beach club Entalula (that you've booked with the staff the day before)!!! You arrive there and choose one of the little hut to let your towels and paddle. Then you go and sit under the coconut trees, the staff arrive with a big plate full of delicious fresh food... amazing
- After eating you can snorkle among amazing fish just in front of the main beach or climb the rocks arrounds with safety equipment.
- Once you've burnt enough, you leave entalula to go back to Miniloc and have a fresh shower in your deluxe seaview room.
- Go to the bar in front of the bay and order another 'Uboku'
- It's time for the diner, so choose a table on the beach, the show will start soon...
- Good evening, good food you arrive in your room, there is a little leaf on the bed: Good night Mr & Mrs XXX (every evening they write you something)

There are not many things to change there:
- maybe the prices (drinks are fiveb times higher than the mainland El Nido city)
- the little souvenir shop is very poor, no choice, very disapointing. Even for them it would be another way to earn money.
- massages are not good. It doesn't worst the money. We tried in two different resorts (Miniloc and Pangulasian) and it was painful and not professional.

So we would say that the best there are the staff and the place itself. Food is good and varied but not incredible. Don't hesitate to ask for anything, they will manage it (for free or not)

We would recommend you this place without any doubt. Go for it!

Room Tip: The deluxe seaview, first floor Spacious and very well decorated
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank crisis_fr
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Reviewed 1 September 2013 via mobile

The rooms are native in concept . Native means old, rustic . Its ok if its just native but the toilets needs renovation. The service and the food is really good . There are always fresh seafoods. If the rooms will be improved it would have been perfect . Our guide weng is very accomodating snd we are very satisfied with his service.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank Jessauy
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

So last August 11-16, 2013.. my husband and I went there...

Sleepy and exhausted due to uncomfortable flight schedule from Jakarta.
From Ninoy Airport, you have to go to ITI hangar for island transfer.
Looking for breakfast at Ninoy arport could be tricky, but looking for ITI hangar was not as hard as we thought.
The small hangar was nice, the staff are helpful and effective. The snacks, coffee and tea were served on the table, the lounge was cozy, the bathroom was clean. Making us feel at ease already even though we were exhausted due to lack of sleep.

When we arrived at the Lio airport of the main island, we were greeted by pouring rain.
We had no idea that typhoon was approaching Manila!
It was a small small small airport...hiding behind all palm trees by the beach.
But the staff...OMG the staff were so organize! No hush no fush...and all under control...
Snacks, cofee and tea ready on the table, our lugages were checked, and we ready to be transfer by boat to Miniloc island!

Rain followed us to Miniloc island...
Aaaahhhh....the view!!! Like a heavy load lifted from my shoulder...the fresh air....just what we needed. The view is just like in the website. Simply Amazing...

We chose the water cottage, not too big, just right for the two of us. No TV, so bring your books! But no worries coz there are lotsa activities you want to experience there and you wont even miss your book! The room was cleaned 3 times a day, so when you get back to your room from activity, you'll find your room smell so fresh again!

The food were good and fresh. The staff were well trained, friendly, very helpfull, know the island so well and care for the environmental too! We were kayaking, snorkling and swimming despite the heavy rain. The fishes were so varies and beautiful, you can litteraly see variety of fishes just by swimming near the beach area!

Miniloc was probably more appropriate for family or those who experience Palawan island for the first time. Or a short honeymoon.

In short, it was an amazing experience!

Room Tip: For honeymooners - you probably want some privacy. So choose the water cottage. For family - they have a bigger cottage with more room on the garden cottage. If you travel with friends - you can choose garden cottage or sea view cottage
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Vey_travel_junkie_
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Went to El Nido with my wife and two small children. Rooms weren't perfect. Food wasn't five star. Staff made mistakes. But the attitude of the staff (helpful, playful, and smiling) coupled with one of the most amazing natural settings on the planet renders this resort peerless. We had an excellent vacation and my kids still talk about it.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Thank CDMTraveller
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