Apulit Island Resort : How to Get There?
It is not that easy to reach Apulit Island Resort. As with most adventures, you have to choose between the easy route (but with a prohibitive flight cost) or the harder route (i.e. cross the waters of Taytay via bangka).
The latter one was the adventure that we chose. Here is a photoblog of our experience...
From Taytay to Apulit Island
The standard boat shuttle schedule from Taytay town pier – Apulit Island Resort is at 3pm. You have to be in the port 30 minutes before the scheduled departure.
Note: The roundtrip boat transfers (Airport/Pier - Apulit Island Resort - Airport/Pier) are included in your package.
It was built in 1667 as a military fort. It was named in honor of Spain's Queen Isabela II. We missed seeing the fort's small chapel and cannon because we arrived on the dot, with no time to spare.
Aidan was so happy in this photo after the long drive. The boys were excited to ride a boat again.
You have to make sure that your baggage is properly labeled and all electronic equipment sealed. They have big water protector bags for the luggage, but it would be best if you brought your own waterproof bag.
Taytay has a little "Hollywood-ish" sign on the hill, so you won't miss this sleepy town on the east coast of Palawan.
The boat we rode was bigger than the usual bangka. Hopefully, Apulit Island Resort will be able to invest in its own big bangka -- similar to the ones in El Nido -- instead of renting it.
That was the first time I saw a boat captain navigating the boat with his feet!
A welcome treat of cashew nuts and dalandan juice (which I found a bit too sweet) were served. The guides also explained the eco policy of the resort, the purpose of the eco-nido bag, and the guests' personal buri bag.
Here's our Apulit Island Resort Experience:
From Apulit Island to Taytay
In keeping with El Nido resorts tradition, the staff gave us a nice farewell and thank you song for staying at the resort.
This seems to be a bit unsafe, especially when you hear stories that you are crossing shark-infested waters. Again, I do hope El Nido acquires its own big bangka soon.
Since there were only a few passengers going back, we were able to push back the boat ride to 11.30am, and we arrived at around 12.45pm. We arrived just in time for our 1pm van ride back to Puerto Princesa.
How to get there from Puerto Princesa
Here's the daily trip schedule:
1st trip: 4.45am
2nd trip: 6.45am
3rd trip: 8.45am
4th trip: 10.45am
5th trip: 12.45pm
6th trip: 2.45pm
Puerto Princesa: +63 912 100-2651
Taytay: +63 912 100-2649
Note: You can reserve the front row seats so that you'll have a comfortable 4-hour ride back to Puerto Princesa.
There was a short stopover for merienda and a restroom break in the town of Roxas.
We recommend that you take the last flight out of Puerto Princesa, which is around 7pm via Cebu Pacific.
How to get to Apulit Island Resort via Airplane
Upon arrival at Cesar Lim Rodriguez airport, you have to go on a 10-minute jeepney ride to the Tamisan jetty. Then, you will have to ride a 75-minute boat ride to take you to Apulit Island Resort.
You can book directly via SEAIR or you can fly via ITI (the chartered planes going to El Nido) for P13,500 (round trip) or P6,750 (one way). This is one of the most expensive flights from Manila, which is almost equivalent to a flight to Batanes.
This is also the safest and fastest route to Apulit Island Resort.
For more info: visit Apulit Island Resort Official Website
Whichever route you end up taking, I'm sure you'll have a grand time on your trip. Apulit Island Resort, I'll be back! :)
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: My friend from El Nido gave us an Apulit Island Resort gift certificate for the accommodation before she left the company, so the entire family decided to check it out last December.
We paid for our buffet meals (about P1,000 for lunch, and P1,500 for dinner per adult per meal) and incidentals during our 3 Days 2 Nights stay. We paid for our flight to Palawan and transportation going to Taytay.
I'm NOT connected with or compensated by El Nido resorts. I'm NOT connected with, compensated by, or represented by any PR firm.
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