They say that spending time at the beach is good for your health, and I agree 100%. My husband and I got married in May 2016, but we didn’t have much vacation time until September 2016. Therefore, we decided to spend our long Chuseok vacation in Palawan this year to celebrate our honeymoon, marriage in May and our four month marriage anniversary. 🙂🙂
When I read the reviews for a private island resort on the Expedia website, I immediately knew that this was the place for us. I booked our vacation package at the Dos Palmas Island Resort for a decent price one month in advance before our travel dates. The total package cost was $800 per person for flight and hotel with daily breakfast included. We paid $1,600 for the entire trip, plus a spending budget of $500. The total cost for the trip was $2,100 for 5 days.
As soon as we arrived on the private island, we knew that we were in paradise. A few of the staff members welcomed us on the bridge with some lovely wooden keepsake necklaces, which reminded me of a Hawaiian movie scene. We could see palm trees, white sand and clear blue water for miles. After finally stepping foot on land again, we were guided to the restaurant lobby, where we were greeted with fresh juice and a short presentation about the private resort. We were reminded that we could enjoy kayaking, bicycle rides, snorkeling and another nearby island for “free” during our stay. I really liked having all of the extra activity costs already worked into the resort cost, which was already paid in advance. We were able to enjoy the islands more freely without pulling out money every time we wanted to do something.
The first thing we did was book our couples massage for the next day. After getting settled in our private villa, we walked around the island, had an early dinner and went to bed early.
The next morning, we enjoyed our awesome, outdoor aromatherapy massages side by side and felt refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for our second day on the island.
For the next few days, we went snorkeling and kayaking, rode bikes, and played table tennis. We rented a private boat and went island hopping to Cowrie and Starfish Islands. The private boat was just $40 for the day.
If we had more time, we would have definitely gone to the El Nido Islands (4-6 hours away from Puerto Princesa). We would have also spent time at Sabang Beach and the underground river near the Puerto Princesa airport. I would suggest that people take a one week – two week vacation to really enjoy the different activities in these areas.
The exhausting 15 hour trip was worth our five day stay. We took a flight from Incheon to Manila, had a five hour layover there, then took another flight to Puerto Princesa airport. From there, we took a one hour shuttle bus to the boat port. Finally, there was a one hour boat ride to the island.
I would highly recommend this trip for honeymooners or couples who want to be in a very secluded and islolated place. This resort is perfect for people seeking an extremely quiet retreat away from the more crowded and busy tourist-type areas in the Philippines. They also offer wedding ceremony services there for those who are interested in an island wedding experience.
The staff members were awesome, the food was superb and the accommodations were wonderful. The only complaints that I read online (that I agree with) were that the rooms were a bit hot sometimes (the a/c units were not always blowing strong, cold air), the hot water in the shower was not always hot (this was true, and the bathroom drains weren’t that great), the power goes out for one hour every night at 10pm (we never even noticed it), and the wifi is not strong on the island (well — you are on a private island — so yes — the wifi is not strong at all).
Besides these very minor complaints that really didn’t bother us at all, Palawan was the perfect honeymoon vacation for us. 😄😄😄
Dos Palmas Island Resort: http://dospalmas.com.ph/
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