Apulit Island in the Sun

“On an island in the sun
We’ll be playing and having fun
And it makes me feel so fine
I can’t control my brain”– Weezer, Island in the Sun

It’s business trips like these that makes me love my job. The 6-hour road trip from Sabang was definitely worth the luxury that is Apulit Island. A private resort 30 minutes off the coast of Taytay, El Nido – Apulit Island is sugar, spice and everything nice all rolled into one awesome and refreshing experience. Jagged peaks, clear waters, beautiful beach, courteous staff, good food, beautiful cottages and the rarest commodity of all, peace and quiet, await all lucky guests.  Of course, I don’t think I’ll be coming back soon. Great luxury always comes with a price. Be prepared to shell out moolah by the thousands. The memories? Priceless.

my ride parked right outside the room
my ride parked right outside the room

it's oh so quiet
it’s oh so quiet
to swim or not to swim
to swim or not to swim
our cottage awaits!
our cottage awaits!
cliffs of ell nido
cliffs of ell nido
don't let the cottage on stilts fool you, the interiors are lovely and roomy too!
don’t let the cottage on stilts fool you, the interiors are lovely and roomy too!
good morning apulit! it's 6am and i'm out and about
good morning apulit! it’s 6am and i’m out and about
breakfast buffet with a stunning view = what more could you ask for?
breakfast buffet with a stunning view = what more could you ask for?
Apulit Island in all its grandeur
Apulit Island in all its grandeur
sunrise! rise and shine
sunrise! rise and shine
waiting for the sun, ahh the life
waiting for the sun, ahh the life
it's always darkest before the dawn
it’s always darkest before the dawn
look at the cottages all in a row
look at the cottages all in a row

The way back home was also an adventure in itself –  1 hour banca ride to Sandoval Airstrip (in the middle of a valley somewhere in El Nido) for our plane ride back to Manila on a , get this, 20 seater plane. It was one hell of a trip!

Palawan you always take my breath away…literally.

Mangrove Trail
Mangrove Trail
1 hour boat ride from Apulit to Sandoval Airstrip for our flight back to Manila
1 hour boat ride from Apulit to Sandoval Airstrip for our flight back to Manila
uh oh...this is gonna be a bumpy ride
uh oh…this is gonna be a bumpy ride
Sandoval Airstrip in the middle of nowhere
Sandoval Airstrip in the middle of nowhere
oh look there's the plane
oh look there’s the plane
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