Monday, March 26, 2012
Apulit Island Resort of El Nido Resorts
Apulit Island Resort, formerly known as Club Noah Isabelle, is the newest property of El Nido Resorts group of eco-island resorts in Taytay, northeastern part of Palawan, an unspoiled location that shows a wealth of wildlife and scenic landscapes. It is nestled within a pristine cove and a backdrop of limestone cliffs.
To go to Apulit Island, it only takes a 75-minute direct flight from Manila via the Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) 19-seater Dornier aircraft, which flies daily to Cesar Lim Rodriguez (CLR) Airport in Taytay, Palawan. After reaching the airport you have to take a boat ride from Tamisan Jetty, 10 minute or less ride away from the airport, to Apulit, which takes around an hour or less. Once you arrive at the resort, there will be a welcoming committee who will greet you with a familiar tune, if you’ve been to the other El Nido Resorts properties, the Palawan march and a Cuyonin medley, a lei and refreshments.
Apulit Island houses 50 water cottages and deluxe water cottages in total. After breakfast, we were ushered to our water cottage, where our bags were already trolleyed in. The cottages’ look very ethnic. When you enter, you really can see and feel the Filipino touches to the room/cottage. The water cottages give you a breathtaking view of the horizon, the sea, and the reef underneath (watch out for sharks!!!). It is truly a relaxing and comfortable place to stay in.
There are several activities you can do at Apulit Island, and we have tried some of them when we went there for a night. The first activity we did was the Caving, or the Cave Explorations, as they say. We saw and visited quite a number of caves. To name them, they are:
1. Bat Cave; 2. Secret Cave; and 3. St. Joseph’s Cave
4. Lobster Cave; and 5. North Cave
After the cave explorations, we did snorkeling by their house reef. A guide joined us, as he pointed out the different species of fish and sea creatures we encountered. We saw a green sea turtle, giant clams, a lot of different species of fish, and, for the first time, we were able to experience something unbelievable - a school of fish, probably hundreds of thousands of them, just appeared and engulfed us. It was scary at first because everywhere you look you could see them, and they might “run into you,” but it was a spectacular sight. REALLY.
Other activities you can enjoy are: island hopping, fish feeding, scuba diving, picnics by the beach, massage, beach volleyball, kayaking, billiards, and other board games.
When you book at Apulit Island it already includes the roundtrip boat transfers on the regular airport shuttle, full-board meals with brewed coffee and tea at the Clubhouse Restaurant, fruit juices during breakfast, use of snorkeling equipment, use of available non-motorized water sports equipment (kayak, windsurf, hobie cat, etc.), standard resort guided activities such as snorkeling at the house reef, kayaking, island-hoping, etc.
Conservation Fee: All visitors to El Nido and Taytay, 12 years old and above, are required to pay a Conservation Fee of Php 200 per person per visit. Fees collected will be used for the management, maintenance, and administration of the El Nido - Taytay Protected Area. El Nido Resorts is deputized to collect the said amount, which you may be settle at the front desk of any of their resorts.