The resort just opened after years of being abandoned, so it would take some time before the marine life will be abundant again.
The waters were a bit rough during the December season and there were no island-hopping activities, so we just stayed within the vicinity of the island.
What to Do in Apulit?
Note: The resort fees already include the use of available non-motorized water sports equipment (ex. hobie cat, windsurf, kayak, etc.).
Note: The use of mask, snorkel and full foot fins is complimentary for the duration of your stay.
We tried to go snorkeling in the house reef with the boys, but Joshua decided not to go and Aidan panicked when he saw a big fish staring at him in the water. He pleaded to go back to the shore with Joshua.
It's good to note that a lot of fishes are back in the house reef. You can see that the reef is starting to be rehabilitated again since it is now protected from abusive fishermen.
Another activity you can do in the resort is Find the Baby Shark -- just try to spot these black-tipped baby sharks swimming around the water cottages. Feeding them is not allowed because the resort wants nature to take its course and not to artificially induce their feeding process.
Some people told me that during the resort's Club Noah days, the waters below the water cottages were full of fishes. I guess it would take some time before the other fishes go back to Apulit Island.
I like teaching the kids to appreciate sunsets early on because I believe the Philippines has the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
What to Eat in Apulit?
These two are officially the first Honeymoon Couple of Apulit Island Resort. They usually have private lunch and dinners all around the area. We were only able to catch and see them during breakfast time.
All the meals are buffet style. Most of the cooked dishes still need improvement. :( It's understandable, though, since they're still training the staff and stabilizing the supply of ingredients when they opened in December.
Overall, a trip to Apulit Island Resort will revolve around exploring and enjoying nature with your family and friends. It is a good escape from your busy life, but don't expect any nightlife or something exotic to do.
The food is acceptable but I'm expecting more from a high-end resort (at least the food needs to be at par with Miniloc or Lagen). The service is attentive and the ambiance is homey. Don't forget to request for a beach picnic set-up or a private dining set-up around the resort (at no extra charge).
to be concluded...
For more info: visit Apulit Island Resort Official Website
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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.
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