A Day in Miniloc Island Resort, El Nido, Palawan

The "catwalk" at Miniloc Island Resort
After a day at Pangalusian Island Resort, we headed to our next home in El Nido, Palawan -- Miniloc Island Resort. While it is the oldest among El Nido Resorts' properties, it still has its own captivating character. It started as a small dive shop in El Nido (no other resorts were existent that time) and up until now, it is still a diver's haven. The vibe may be rustic and a bit worn, but its natural beauty (read: limestone formations and rich marine life) lures each guest to keep coming back.

From Pangalusian Island Resort, we took a small speedboat to Miniloc Island Resort. The scenic ride is about 15 minutes on good sea condition. If you are coming straight from Lio Airport, Miniloc Island Resort comes first before its sisters Pangalusian and Lagen, respectively.

Our speedboat
We were welcomed by the friendly Miniloc Island Resort staff who then led us to the "catwalk" leading to the resort. While walking at the long dock, we couldn't help but noticed how crystal clear the water was. We could already see fishes swimming in troops!

The long dock
While walking on the dock, we could see the Seaview and Deluxe Seaview Rooms to our right, above the azure waters, and the Water Cottages backdropped by spectacular limestone formations to our left. Our room, which is a Garden Cottage, the simplest room in Miniloc, is located a few steps from the restaurant which is just near the dock's end.

The two-level Seaview rooms offer a panoramic view of Bacuit Bay, while the Deluxe Seaview Rooms radiates eco-luxury with its solar power technology and efficient lighting and ventilation systems.

Seaview and Deluxe Seaview Rooms
The Water Cottage is perfect for honeymooners who would like to be in solitude for the time being. Nestled on the other end of the island backdropped by beautiful limestone formations, these cottages spell "love is in the air."

Water Cottages
There are also Beachside Rooms with direct access to Miniloc's pristine white beach.

After checking in at the reception, the staff led us to our Garden Cottage just a few steps from the reception. The room was rather rustic and tired with its thatched-roof and sawali (bamboo slats) walls, but I am not complaining. Its rustic charm exudes a certain feeling of coziness. There is no television in our room, but hey, who needs a TV when you have an entire National Geographic-ish setup just a few steps away from your room?

Beachside Rooms (left) and Garden Cottages (right)
Our welcome kit
When in Miniloc Island Resort, never miss the chance to snorkel and swim with 1.5-meter jack and damsel fishes along with other colorful fishes at the resort's own marine sanctuary. Also, the small and big lagoons are just nearby so don't waste any moment and hop on a boat, bring a kayak, and enjoy the majestic views of El Nido!

The dock

Fish galore beneath the dock

Selfie before leaving the paradise
Trivia: Did you know that the inspiration behind Alex Garland's novel, "The Beach," is in fact El Nido. Yes, it wasn't Koh Phi Phi like what was shown in the movie with Hollywood star Leonardo di Caprio but it was our very own, El Nido. Alex Garland allegedly wrote the novel while he was in town.


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