Stunningly beautiful location and great proximity to amazing Apo reef but expensive for what you get. Diving is as expensive as you'll find in the Philippines - all kinds of add ons and gimicks that beef up the price real fast (boat fee, equiptment rental on a per dive basis, incredibly high conservation fee). As it is a private island, they monopolize your choices and they take full advantage of this. Rooms are very pretty and make most of natural settings. If you're sensitive about bugs (roaches and spiders) this might not be the best choice. The showers are salt water with a bucket of fresh water to rinse off and I couldn't tell the difference. The P450 mandatory buffet per person per day adds a lot of cost too - having said that, the food is very good. Day trippers come and go but stay off in their own section of the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pandan Island is a private island with a small resort on the West coast of Occidental Mindoro, Central Philippines.Since the island was 'discovered' and the resort established in 1986 by a French adventurer, this tropical island retreat has been voted time and again as one of the top resorts in the Philippines, not in terms of luxury (we do not have air-conditioned rooms, room service or cable television networks on the island) but for it's life close to nature and it's personalized atmosphere. Pandan Island is for people who like to spend time in tropical surroundings where you are woken up by the singing of colorful birds, where there is only a palm tree between you and the sea, where you still know your neighbors.All bungalows are built in native materials, like coconut lumber, bamboo, sawali, cogon grass to let them blend easily into their tropical surroundings. Care has been taken to provide a simple yet comfortable atmosphere with a maximum of privacy for all who need to get away from hectic life. Since all the electricity on the island is provide by a solar system our bungalows do not have air-con or fans.T he bungalows are built directly by the sea separated from the beach only by palm trees and / or bougainvillea bushes with the breeze from the sea providing for ventilation.Each house has its private gecko (lat. gecko gecko) that is believed to bring good luck to the house it inhabits.Besides spending your day in a hammock or exploring the few secluded beaches, we offer a wide range of activities to choose from. Scuba Diving in the coral gardens around Pandan or around the nearby Apo Reef is the most popular and exciting activity to engage in but we also offer you the possibility to explore the jungle rivers of nearby Mindoro by kayak or visit the small coastal town of Sablayan and meet its friendly inhabitants.However you choose to spend your vacation, our staff will do their utmost to make your stay on Pandan Island a relaxing or adventurous experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pandan Island Hotel Pandan Island