Satellite image of Amanpulo/Pamalican Island in Palawan.

Located in Agutaya, Palawan is the hyper-exclusive and ultra-expensive Amanpulo resort. Amanpulo occupies the whole of Pamalican Island, part of the northern group of Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea and halfway between Boracay and El Nido.

The only way to get to this tropical heaven is via the resort’s chartered plane service from Manila, about a hour-and-a-half’s flight away. (Really wealthy guests can supposedly broker their own chartered flights.) You can just see the airstrip on the northern part of the island in the satellite imagery.

Opened in 1993, Amanpulo boasts of white-sand beaches; private casitas; diving, snorkeling, and other watersports; great food; and basically a relaxing experience away from it all. If only it didn’t cost an arm and a leg—an overnight stay will set you back at least 50,000 pesos. Ouch! (Also, there’s no nightlife on Amanpulo, unlike in Boracay.)

Amanpulo has been visited by the rich and famous and it’s expensive lifestyle has given a livelihood to the people of the nearby island of Manamoc to the southwest. Read this decade-old New York Times article about the resort, or you can go visit their official website.

Enjoyed this article? Want to read more articles like this in the future? Then subscribe to Vista Pinas either by email or by feed reader/news aggregator. (Powered by Google FeedBurner.)

Article info

Posted on
March 15, 2006
Filed under
Beaches / Water ResortsHotels / ResortsIslandsPalawan
Previous article
Next article


  1. Marie wrote on April 18, 2010 @ 04:49PM

    This island is exclusive for the rich and famous only

  2. jeff wrote on May 24, 2010 @ 03:13AM

    This is truly heaven on earth. Wish I could visit this place before I die.

  3. ragie wrote on June 25, 2011 @ 05:51PM

    Getting in this kind of place is a DREAM come true, I will push to this island no matter what!

Join the conversation