An Exclusive Island Experience 

Turquoise waters of Inaladelan
Turquoise waters of Inaladelan

I’m pretty sure that the rest of the bloggers have packed their sense of adventure for an escapade we have experienced for the first time in Palawan. During the third day of Aloha Palawan organized by AirAsia and TPL Digital Media, we went to a tranquil island, 3 hours away from Puerto Princesa – the Inaladelan Island – owned and managed by one of the Tiotangco sisters, Angela and her fiancé Anton Alvarez.

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Travel time takes about 3 hours going to Port Barton. Roads going to San Vicente are a bit curvy and steeped, but there are stopovers in case you wanted to go for a quick CR break.

When we arrived at Port Barton, Sir Isaac were all smiles and warmly greeted us before we ride his King Boat going to the island. He was so nice of carrying some of the girls going to the boat, as the waves are too high, and some don’t want to get too wet.

The ride took about 30 minutes and it was smooth sailing. We have arrived the island past 1 in the afternoon and the weather was perfect. The subtle and swooning beauty of Inaladelan Island made our jaw dropped. The waters were crystal clear and in hues of dark and light blue. When we arrived at the island, there were different groups of tourists basking in the sun, chilling, and taking photos.

The welcome committee at Inaladelan Island
The welcome committee at Inaladelan Island
Buffet lunch here in Inaladelan
Buffet lunch here in Inaladelan
Fresh buko juice, anyone?
Fresh buko juice, anyone?
In photo: Ms. Anna Pangalanan
In photo: Ms. Anna Pangalanan

The 12-hectare private island takes pride in its subtle and swooning beauty, and almost same as the island we see in Coron and El Nido. What makes this stand out though, is that it’s unpopulated unlike other most-visited destinations here in the Philippines.

The Island Life

The privacy of Inaladelan Island Resort is the perfect place if you want to escape the busy life in the city. We’ve felt the warm welcome as the island staffs gave us some fresh buko and played some upbeat music upon our arrival.

We headed then to the Pavilion where Ms. Angela did a short introduction about the Island, then we ate our sumptuous lunch afterwards.

The Inaladelan customised tumbler.
The Inaladelan customised tumbler.
Free Inaladelan shirts prepared for us.
Free Inaladelan shirts prepared for us.

At 3 in the afternoon, they served some nachos and popcorn, and of course, some personalized Inaladelan tumblers where we can fill our sangrias. We also had some beer on the beach while the staff where building our tents.

Most of the time, we were all scattered in the island to do some photoshoot. There’s the bar slash store made up of washed colored bamboo, surrounded with wooden stools which are Instagram-worthy. There’s also a bent coconut trees on the other side of the island, hammocks on each corners, small cottages, and swings where guests can just chill and relax.

Our area where our tents were assembled.
Our area where our tents were assembled.

We were provided with camping tents with foam beds and pillows so we slept with the sound the ocean and woke up with an amazing view of it.

Here are some outtakes and Instagram-worthy photos I took during our stay in Inaladelan.

Kimi Juan doing a photo shoot during sunset in the island.
Kimi Juan doing a photo shoot during sunset in the island.
Ms. Karla is lovin' the overall vibe of Inaladelan.
Ms. Karla is lovin’ the overall vibe of Inaladelan.
Here's Ms. Karla of karlaaroundtheworld sitting in the hammock.
Here’s Ms. Karla of karlaaroundtheworld sitting in the hammock.
The lovely Ms. Frances of Inquirer posing at the bent over coconut tree in Inaladelan
The lovely Ms. Frances of Inquirer posing at the bent over coconut tree in Inaladelan

Other Activities to Do in Inaladelan

Inaladelan also set up a net where you can go for a little competition and play volleyball or even frisbee. You can also go swim with the turtles, as the area has a lot of ‘pawikan‘ or turtles swimming just a few meters from the island’s shore. If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to see them during the hatching season every January.

Boodle fight on our last night in the island.
Boodle fight on our last night in the island.
We enjoyed this thrilling firedance performance after our dinner.
We enjoyed this thrilling firedance performance after our dinner.

Best part of the night was the firedancing and the bonfire. In case you wanted to experience this, Inaladelan provides an amazing bonfire where you can sit around with friends and cook s’mores and engage in beautiful conversations under the starry night. For more details, you can check out Inaladelan on Instagram or visit Inaladelanisland.com.

Rates:

  • Day tour: PHP 1,500 / person minimum of 5 pax. Includes round trip boat transfers, entrance fee, lunch and light snack
  • Overnight Camping: PHP 2,500 / person minimum of 2 pax. Includes 2 days 1 night stay, round trip boat transfers, camping tent with foam bed and pillow, dinner and breakfast, 1 hour free use of cayak

Because of the immensely satisfying stay at Inaladelan Island, this should be on the radar of anyone planning their next trip this Summer.

How to get to Inaladelan Island

AirAsia Philippines now flies from Clark to Puerto Princesa 3 times a week or every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Aside from Clark, AirAsia also offers flights to Puerto Princesa from its hubs in Manila, Cebu, and Davao. AirAsia is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009. For latest promo updates, follow @AirAsia on Facebook and @airasiafilipino on Twitter and Instagram. Book your flights at www.airasia.com.

From Puerto Princesa, you can book a van going to Port Barton, which takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. We just wanted to advise future travelers that roads are curvy, steep, and some roads are still under construction.

 Here’s an additional list you can check out when planning a trip to Puerto Princesa:

  • Where to stay in Puerto Princesa: Situated in the heart of Puerto Princesa City, the Hue Hotels and Resorts is the perfect place for discovering what this beautiful island has to offer. Inspired by Palawan’s lush environment, this 122-room property prides itself in its design forward and culturally rooted architecture.
  • Where to book personalized tours: Amika Travel and Tours / @amikatravels is a reputable licensed travel agency and tour operator that offers customized and personalized itineraries for different groups in Puerto Princesa and Palawan.
  • For souvenirs, travel, and every day wear, you can check out Laag PH on Facebook or Instagram. Laag, a Bisaya word that means pasyal in tagalog, is a clothing brand that creates creative and unique souvenirs to show the festive cultures down south. They produced a series of designs for Palawan, which you can order through their Facebook page.

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