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It should have been Coron.  But the last minute cancellation was a blessing in disguise. 

We arrived in the sleepy town in the airport of Palawan.  Moments after having refreshments and small talk by our guide, we took the small speedboat to bring us to an outrigger boat in the middle of the sea.  From there, the 360 degrees view was a total wonderment.  From afar we could see the charming and rustic Miniloc Resort.  It was one sunny day after previous raining days in the island.  As it is, the sun sparkles against the clear bluish green waters of the island.  Fishes in all shapes and sizes abound and snorkelers were all around the area.

On arrival, we were welcomed like we're part of everything that's about to take place in this private resort.
  I was referred to by my family name and was given all things essential for our pleasant stay.   The table I chose for my family the first time we ate at the restaurant was ours for the rest of our stay.  No reservation required.  They remembered our preferences and used that to make us feel comfortable.

We were allowed some quality time on our own for a couple of hours.  By the afternoon, it was time for our snorkeling schedule in Small and Big Lagoon.  Everything was organized in such a way that no time was ever wasted.  The snorkel we had was a lot of fun.  It was followed by kayaking in this whimsical place inside the theatre-like inner lagoon.  Our eyes were filled with all beautiful sights and natural seascapes that it felt so right and so out of this world.


Before the sun sets, we had a quick dip for snorkel just below the steps of the boardwalk.  It was unimaginable just how in a couple of steps from the restaurant, we can see a fish as big as 24 inches!  The kids were left kayaking on their own in the shores with the supervision of lifeguards.

The following day was scheduled for island hopping and picnic lunch. We stopped by several interesting sights, took some photos and admired the islands we visited for their authentic characteristics and charm.  Stopping by these small islands is a different experience each time.  I could still have them all in my head:  the beautiful island scenery, the trees and mountains sorrounding the area, the people around, the color of the sand and how in one place the color of the sea is totally different than the others.
miniloc water cottages
 

Guests whom we were traveling with were all a picture of excitement and contentment.  They exude an aura of making the right decision to be in this place than anywhere else.

Our day was too full, we were exhausted by the time we headed back.  That is not to say that the sailing time was short.  We only felt it was short because of the many truly amazing cliff and rock formations we saw along the way.  It was such a pity to know that not all Filipinos will and can see this beauty.

AS for the customer service, the resort staff were so helpful and efficient they will make you feel more than welcome and comfortable without the need to be intrusive or make you feel uneasy.  We were more than satisfied with the service and thoughtfulness of the staff.
cliff cottage


The rest of our stay was carefully planned to maximize the amount of time we had on the island.  For 3 days we didn't worry about the food we will eat, the things we will do and the money we had to spend.  Everything was taken cared of the moment we booked it.  The resort sold is this idea of a no-worry kind of holiday but including everything in the package that you cant think of anything else to worry about.  Apparently, it worked to our advantage.  All we had to think of is about relaxation and having a real good time.  For us this was an ultimate holiday in every sense of the word.

There is a certain unique charm in this small island, something that sticks with you, a kind of place you would always want to go back to some other time.  I think there is still a lot to explore and numerous nearby islands to visit.  Anybody would want to go back to a paradise like this, that's for sure.

 


junjunph says:
sa busuanga airport kyo nag land
Posted on: Oct 23, 2009
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miniloc water cottages
miniloc water cottages
cliff cottage
cliff cottage
the boardwalk
the boardwalk
outrigger boat
outrigger boat
small lagoon
small lagoon
small lagoon
small lagoon
torquoise waters
torquoise waters
water cottages - view from the bar
water cottages - view from the bar
lagen water cottages
lagen water cottages
mother and daughter rock formation
mother and daughter rock formation
the lagen kind of welcome
the lagen kind of welcome
snake island
snake island
the sandbar sitting quietly still
the sandbar sitting quietly still
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