With over 2000ft of powdery white sand beach to explore, the private island retreat of Pangulasian Island Resort is an idyllic spot to unwind on Palawan's Bacuit Bay.

There are just 42 palm-thatched villas scattered along a wooded hillside and by the beach and all featuring sophisticated design while maintaining classic Filipino style. All the villas have private balconies and some have pools with amazing views out to the Bay. The stretch of sandy beach that fringes the bay is one of the best of a very good bunch on Palawan, with lovely snorkelling just a few yards offshore.

The restaurant serves good quality Western and Asian cuisine and there is also a spa offering traditional Asian massages, as well as an infinity pool and a library. Guests can also visit the other El Nido properties (Miniloc Island Resort and Lagen Island Resort) to dine, snorkel or head to one of their beach clubs for a picnic lunch.

There is so much to do in this region whether you want to just relax and enjoy the amazing surrounding, or dive, snorkel or kayaking around the limestone, forest-clad islands surrounded by white sand beaches and turquoise water.

Pangulasian Island Resort also has its own nature trail - a 30-minute climb that takes guests to the very top of the hill in the centre of the island, from where there are dramatic views of the surrounding hills and islands. Keep an eye out for Palawan hornbill and white-vented shama on route.

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Frances and Rosie are our 'Pangulasian Island' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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