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Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary-Day Tour

Isla Arena, Narra, Palawan Island, Philippines
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Narra
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Manila, Philippines
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Booking this trip was an impulse move by my friends and me over drinks. In a nutshell, this was one of the best impulse purchases we've ever made. It made a very good impression that the resort's owner Mr. Fuji Rodriguez personally met us at the Puerto Princesa airport and escorted us to the Narra port then to the island... More

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ArenaIsland, Manager at Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary-Day Tour, responded to this review

Hi! darthkulot, That was quite a review you gave us. Thank you so much for your generous words. Frankly, it was the best review we've had because it covered a lot of grounds : experience, impressions, ideas and even being an eco-friendly resort. We hope we can live up to your expectations - maintain the excellent service of our staff,... More

Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Coming to Arena Island is indeed a dream come true. The island is perfect for a family/friends bonding. In this island, your wish is their command. You want a beachfront dinner? You have it. You want a treetop lunch? You got it! Our group technically had meals at the beachfront, treetop, sandbar, floating area( snacks delivered) and more. We were... More

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ArenaIsland, Manager at Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary-Day Tour, responded to this review

Hi JetsetterJC101, Thank you for your kind words about Arena Island. We hope to maintain the kind of service that we give to our guests. And we also make it a point to inform our staff of the good impression that they impart to our visitors. Of course, our home-cook-meals always come in second. We really want to promote the... More

Manila, Philippines
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We were so glad to have visited the island. Before we booked our trip, we decided to find out where it was on Google. We found a little dot indicating where it was and thought it to be small, but they surely made up for it by way of their friendly and accommodating staff, plus the super delicious food served... More

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ArenaIsland, Manager at Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary-Day Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words about Arena Island Resort, we hope to maintain the efficient service of our staff as well as the culinary delights of our chef. We will definitely welcome your next trip to the island in the near future. Needless to say, our advocacy in preserving and protecting the marine turtles in the island wll always... More

Quezon City, Philippines
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The trip, which consisted of a 1 hour plane ride, a 2 hour van ride, and a 45 minute boat ride, was truly worth it! Not only do you get a butler who takes care of your every need during your stay, but you get to give back to mother nature by releasing baby pawikans into the ocean. This is... More

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ArenaIsland, Manager at Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary-Day Tour, responded to this review

Hi! Melloyellotravels, Thank you so much for your kind and wonderful review of our private island. We hope to continue to extend the kind of service that you have experience, it is important for us to make this island experience sustainable for the long haul. Would be very glad to see you visit us again. God Bless you! More

Manila, Philippines
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you love to travel off the beaten track then Isla Arena should be in your bucket list. This family-run island resort offers you nature and tranquility coupled with good old Filipino hospitality. You will be welcomed and pampered by their friendly staff and fed with the freshest catch from the sea surrounding you. The white sand beach and gentle... More

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ArenaIsland, Manager at Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary-Day Tour, responded to this review

Hi! Ms.Hazel, Thank you so much for your beautiful review! We really appreciate the time you took to write and share your experience. We look forward in seeing you again. More

Makati
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The husband & I got stuck on this island. On purpose. We flew to Puerto Princessa (and was specially greeted by no other than the proprietor, Mrs. Chit Rodriguez), then took a 2 & a half-hour van ride to Narra, and sailed an hour to Arena Island. Once we arrived, the staff were armed with puka shell necklaces & ice-cold juice to... More

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Southeast Asia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

My wife, teen-age daughter, and I traveled to this island on half-rate from Deal Grocer for 3 days and 2 nights. The regular rate is pricey for most travelers; but the service and experience are well worth it. There are a couple of things that I feel are worth mentioning: 2G/3G Smart cellphone coverage is good with the signal coming... More

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ArenaIsland, Guest Relations Manager at Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary-Day Tour, responded to this review

Hi Mitch Y, We're glad to know that the despite the rains, your Arena Island experience has been a good one. As part of our advocacy, our staff usually informs our guests everytime a sea turtle reaches the shore to lay eggs. This is a unique event that we want to share to our guests and let them know how... More

Makati, Philippines
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Got promote rate from Deal Grocer (50% off), spent 3 days 2 nights Feb 2013. Hit typhoon the first day, it was awful, stayed in the room. But the 2nd day was perfect, took beautiful pictures, snorkeling around the coral reef, and had a romantic beachside dinner. It was really windy because of monsoon, but good thing is that you... More

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Seattle, WA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We are so excited that tripadvisor is showing Arena Island now. If you head to Palawan, this is a great excursion, highly recommended! Arena Island is off the coast of Narra, about 2-3 hours drive south of Puerto Princessa. You take an outrigger to the Island, where there is snorkeling, several restrooms and a nice white beach (though with lots... More

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ArenaIsland, Guest Relations Manager at Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary-Day Tour, responded to this review

Hi Jasper_Walker, Thank you for the wonderful review! Yes, we're glad that we're receiving these good feedback and we appreciate the time that you gave to recommend us to our future guests. The day tour is a great way to experience and to get a glimpse of what the island can offer. We look forward to your return and hopefully,... More

Quezon City, Philippines
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The 1st part of our 7th Anniversary was spent (09 - 11 January 2012) at Arena Island or Isla Arena located at Narra, Palawan. Upon arrival at the Puerto Princessa Airport, the owner herself fetched and greeted us at the airport and turned over us to the Island Manager. Narra is a 2-hour drive down south of Puerto Princesa and... More

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ArenaIsland, Guest Relations Manager at Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary-Day Tour, responded to this review

Hi RhayBhoy! Mabuhay! We are grateful for sharing with us your feedback about your unique experience as being the 'King and Queen' of the island. The combination of the island's romantic and rustic charm made the perfect setting for your 7th wedding anniversary. We agree with you that it is as memorable, pleasurable, and great as what we felt when... More

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