Unfortunately, we did not experience the privilege of staying overnight in this resort, only visited as part of a day-trip arranged by our hotel manager. After we arrived at the port, two very efficient and friendly staff members got our manifests in order and escorted our group onto the boat. The boat, by the way, has a capacity of up to 60 persons. So, we found this ride to be less bumpy and faster than the smaller bancas we took on a previous island-hopping trip. Every person is provided with the proper life vest, including children. The ride took about an hour and a half. The time went by quickly, as we were happy to take lots of picture of other islands we passed along the way.
Arreceffi island was easy to spot from the stilted cabins to the extra large port and bridge that jut out into the sea. We were welcomed by a band and drinks, and promptly shown where we could get everything we need. The day trip includes: buffet lunch on the beach, complementary use of snorkeling gear and kayaks, boat rides to the reef, a snorkeling guide and return transfers from island-to-Puerto Princesa-to-head office downtown. Excludes: pool, spa and diving gear/lesson.
It was really everything we asked for. Even if you can't swim, they provide life vests, and you can follow the snorkeling guide around at a slower pace. Buffet lunch was excellent; traditional and not so traditional Filipino foods, like, chicken sinigang, salted eggs with tomatoes, coleslaw with raisins(!), and leche flan for dessert - just like my Titas always make! So good, didn't get sick after, which is a bonus, haha. Service was quick, professional and friendly.
Just bring sunscreen, a swimsuit and your own drinking water, cuz they charge a lot for small bottles of water here, FYI. Other than that, splurge on a cold island drink, cuz they don't stint on the alcohol! Reefs were colorful and alive; many species of fish and an old sunken warplane are yours to discover. If you can't foot the hotel bill, take the day trip - you'll only regret NOT making that reservation ;)
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- Also Known As:
- Dos Palmas Island Hotel Puerto Princesa
- Dos Palmas Island Resort And Spa
- Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa Palawan Island/Puerto Princesa