We stayed in this resort for 1 day as our last day trip from Apo Reef Diving trip. Basically this is the only resort near Apo Reef that will atleast give you the comfort but I will just give my opinion about this resoft.
The view from the island is nice and the beach is clean which makes it attractive with the tourists. This resort is about 10 minutes away from Sablayan and most of the supply comes from there. Be aware that the water from shower & faucet is salt water, frest water comes from the main land thru what they called water taxi. The management encourages visitors to save water as the toilet are common use and shared by multiple rooms. Electricity source is thru generator so do not expect for airconditioned rooms, television, a wifi or even a power socket. Every bed has a mosquito net as there are insects that bites even at daylight, I would advise to bring insect repellant lotion. There are few selection at breakfast but honesty I was not satisfied with the taste of the food they serve considering it is a bit expensive.
From my point of view, the overall service and amenities of this resort is not worth of what the customers pay. There are a lot of room for improvements on all criteria but the management fails to pay attention on these since there is no competition in the area. I would have recommend this resort if the price is a bit cheaper as this resort is very helpful to all divers who want to visit Apo Reef.
- 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