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10 posts categorized "[Travel] PALAWAN"

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Apulit Island Resort : How to Get There?

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Thanks to the awesome staff of Apulit Island Resort and Chef Rey! :)

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...

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Apulit Island Resort Experience (formerly Club Noah) [1of3]
Apulit Island Resort: What to Do and Eat in Apulit? [2of3]
Apulit Island Resort: How to Get There? [3of3]

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

What to Do and Eat in Apulit?

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The West Beach of Apulit Island Resort is where we enjoyed the most. Since there were only a few people in the resort then, we got to have the whole beach to ourselves. :)

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?

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Apulit Island Resort Experience (formerly Club Noah)

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Apulit Island Resort opened last December 2010. Formerly known as Club Noah, it is now owned by the El Nido & Ayala Group and they decided to use the actual name of the island. We've been long-time fans of El Nido resorts -- both Miniloc and Lagen, and now the budding Apulit Resort in Taytay, Palawan.

I've never been to Club Noah, so we decided to immediately check out its new reincarnation, Apulit Island Resort, when it opened. Here is our experience...

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Apulit Island Resort Experience (formerly Club Noah) [1of3]
Apulit Island Resort: What to Do and Eat in Apulit? [2of3]
Apulit Island Resort: How to Get There? [3of3]

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Friday, April 25, 2008

El Rio Y Mar - 10 Reasons Why I Prefer El Rio over Club Paradise

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If El Nido has a Miniloc and Lagen Resort, Busuanga has the sister resorts of Club Paradise and El Rio Y Mar. El Rio is 30% cheaper than its sister company Club Paradise. In the same way that I like Miniloc Island in El Nido, I love El Rio Y Mar for its laid back friendly ambiance, safe beach, and near kayak-friendly lagoon area.

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El Rio Resort is located in an island where the Busuanga river meets the South China Sea -- hence its name in Spanish, El Rio Y Mar.

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The sister resorts are very complementary. Club Paradise's weaknesses are El Rio Y Mar's Strengths.

10 Reasons Why I Prefer El Rio over Club Paradise

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1. An inviting Infinity Pool which is the centerpiece of the entire resort.

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2. Elegant Cedar Wood Log Cabins with Hot and Cold Fresh Water Showers :) Better rooms and 30% cheaper than Club Paradise!

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3. AwEsome Sunset where the lagoon acts as a mirror reflecting the stunning colors of the sunset.

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4. Super Friendly People who pamper you with all the comforts and luxury by day...


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.... and making your stay truly enjoyable, and memorable even at night.

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Club Paradise, Coron, Palawan

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Have you heard of the term “Boracay of the North”? It is almost a cliché because a lot of resorts or beaches claim that they are the Boracay in the Northern part of the Philippines. So when I heard that Club Paradise is claiming that they have Boracay sand beaches in the island, I disregarded it as another marketing gimmick.

I was wrong!

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Club Paradise is a high-end resort on Dimakya Island, Municipality of Coron. The island is part of the Calamian Group of Islands situated at the Northern tip of Palawan. Its biggest asset is its 700m Boracay-like sand beaches and the trapped-in-an-island kind of ambiance. In 2 hours you can already be in Club Paradise --- only 60 minutes via Sea Air / Asian Spirit and another 60 minutes land drive plus a boat ride to the island.

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It is centrally located near the dive spot areas which includes:
1. the housereef (reef surrounding the island) with its abundant fish life
2. the nearby feeding ground for green turtles and dugong (sea cow) -- (yes not only in Donsol and it is more of a cute sea pig for me)
3. the Japanese freighter Kyokuzan Maru, (30 minutes away)
4. and, Apo Reef Natural Park, a world-class diving destination in the western side of Busuanga (about 3 hours)

Also, you can go on a 1 day
Coron Tour and Caluit Safari tour. Both would be 2 hours away from Club Paradise. I would also recommend the island hopping tour of:
-- Isla Walang Lang-Aw (Island without Trees) -- a small sand bar with rocky cliffs on its left side;
-- Isla Walang Tao (Island without People) -- boasts of many tall, splendid corals; and,
-- Diatoy Island -- with its bountiful trees and wild flowers.

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