I've written about the many things I wanted to do at Apulit Island Resort given the chance. Alas! I was able to go there and experience it for myself (I got to cross a lot of things on that list!). One thing I've found out is the tranquility that the place provides given its remote location. Some may say that one should try all the activities if you go that far. This time around, we let nature and our moods take its course. For we went there both to explore, to relax and just take in what's in front of us at that particular moment and season in time. Island hopping was on the list, of course (but one is just enough for me), enough personal space and bonding with the family. I spent the rest of the day chillin' under the shade and comforts of the veranda of my water cottage while I await the newest baby of our extended family. I welcomed them and showed them the family room like I own the place hahaha.
After breakfast (full board meals), we prepared for the arranged island hopping tour we planned with our very own Apulit Resort activity officer (yep, they have that personalized service for all guests!). We just had to meet our guide and boatman at the docks (no extra fee).
We stopped by this place to have our gear sizes checked like the snorkeling and fins (no extra fee).
They have diving courses available with a fee if you're into that.
One of the things I like about the way El Nido Resorts runs things is their attention to safety. Each person has his own lifevest to wear on board (no extra fee) and experienced guides slash security slash divers slash very helpful (courteous, knowledgeable and trained) kuyas.
We arrived at Isla Blanca by boat
Here are the other island hopping and caving options available (if time and weather permits) for Apulit Island Resort.
I spent a lot of time lounging around my fabulous water cottage hehe.
looking down the clear water for black-tip sharks and other marine creatures like I've wanted to do in my list.
I was actually on the watch for the next arriving party!
I was to alert the others once they arrive =) On the other side of the deck were the family rooms (walkable from our rooms in around 10 minutes).
Their veranda was bigger and they can jump right in. It's deeper though I think. Ours was clear and shallow and we can see the fish from our water cottage.
I get this view from our cottage below when I look to the left. There's a rock-climbing activity to get to that cross below that I did the next day.
I saw a bayawak though just roaming around so better just steer clear of them. There are lots of animals in the island and you can go on a hike to look for more indigenous plants and animals if you want.
At night, there were SO MANY stars that I couldn't help but do some stargazing and take some still shots in my patio =) It's so quiet... This is the charm of Apulit Island Resort in Taytay, Palawan.