Flower island resort: romantic getaway in Palawan

Flower island resort: romantic getaway in Palawan

The Flower Island Resort is a paradise like getaway: your own tropical heaven away from everything.

It is located North East from Palawan island in the Philippines:

Map of North Palawan Island
Map of North Palawan Island: Flower Island Resort is located off the Northeastern part

There are various ways to reach it as set out on Flower island Resort website, but the most popular is via a James Bond style speedboat from the nearby pier in Tay Tay on the mainland.

Speed boat is the main way to reach Flower Island Resort
A James Bond style speed boat is the main way to reach the Flower Island Resort from Tay Tay pier on mainland Palawan

YOUR OWN PRIVATE BEACHFRONT COTTAGE

The cottages are beach facing. They are spacious, beautifully decorated, each with a four poster bed and mosquito net. They have their own private balcony area with hammock to relax the hours away and take in the glorious sunsets every evening.

The hammock in our private front balcony area
Sebastien enjoying one of the many beautiful sunsets from our hammock in our private front balcony area

THE BEST SNORKELLING EVER!

The corals surrounding the island are untouched and thriving with life.

The stunning coral reef at Flower Island
The coral reef at Flower Island: untouched and absolutely stunning

You can spend hours every day snorkelling around the island. All snorkelling equipment is provided and the staff can take you out on the speedboat further afield to explore other corals where you will be completely alone!

Stefan preparing to go snorkelling
Stefan getting ready for a day of snorkelling

We saw turtles on a number of occasions as well as a plethora of tropical fish. They also have some giant clams in the house coral directly in front of the main beach:

The giant clams near the main beach
One of the many giant clams near the main beach front at Flower Island Resort

LEARN ABOUT PEARL FARMING

The Flower Island Resort is surrounded by numerous pearl farms and most guests are invited to visit one of them during their stay, which we highly recommend.

The Philippines specialises in producing golden pearls. It's a very complex process, taking over 2-3 years to produce the “perfect” shaped and golden coloured pearl.

Sebastien at the pearl farm
Sebastien searching for the perfect pearl: it has to be the perfect shape and golden colour to pass!

The location of the farms is kept secret and the farms well guarded to prevent thefts, which are unfortunately common.

The final product is of course stunning (and very expensive!):

Sebastien admiring this golden pearl necklace
$50,000 for this necklace…Sebastien wishes one day…!

HOW TO KEEP FIT ON THE ISLAND?

Well let’s be honest, most folk will just want to relax here and do nothing else. And there’s no better place for it! It’s a perfect place for meditation because it’s so peaceful with a handful of guests at most and never more than a few dozen people on the entire island.

Sebastien relaxing in our cottage hammock
Sebastien relaxing in the hammock outside our cottage

If you want to keep fit and active, there’s plenty to do. Snorkelling itself is hours of fun and quite exhausting.

Sebastien snorkelling
Sebastien enjoying a day of snorkelling around Flower Island

In addition, there’s a stone path going around the island for running enthusiasts. A complete cycle around the entire island is around 1.7km / 1 mile. You can also hike up to the lighthouse in the centre, which takes around 10-15 minutes.

The lighthouse in the centre of Flower Island
The lighthouse towering high, overlooking Flower Island and the surrounding area

The views from the lighthouse give you a 360 degrees picture of the surrounding area. There are also sleeping options at the lighthouse. This is definitely worth it just for some of the incredible views you can wake up to.

Stunning views from the lighthouse
The stunning views from the lighthouse of the surrounding area

THE PROFESSIONAL AND GAY FRIENDLY STAFF

The staff greeted us with shell necklaces and big smiles on arrival. They welcome gay couples and are keen to promote themselves as pink friendly.

They took this to a whole other level on our final evening, when they arranged a brilliant dance show, which included a topless performance from the male staff (!)

 

Find out more on their Booking.com listing.

AND THOSE SUNSETS!

Oh…did we mention those stunning sunsets…?

One of many stunning sunsets
The Nomadic Boys enjoying one of many stunning sunsets

…which we were spoilt with every evening?

Stefan admiring another stunning sunset
Stefan admiring another stunning sunset at Flower Island Resort

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⭐️ SIGHTSEEING and ADVENTURES — When we travel somewhere, we like to seek out the best experiences, whether it is cooking with locals in Bangkok, hiking on a glacier in Patagonia, or going on a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka. Our favorite place to look is GetYourGuide because they have over 30,000 highly rated activities, a user-friendly booking process with free cancellation and a 24 hour customer support.

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6 Comments

  1. The Philippines looks amazing and Palawan is definitely on my list!

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    • You’re going to love it 🙂

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  2. Beautiful place

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    • Thanks

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  3. I love the sunset shots beauty (the boys) and more beauty (sunset) in one photo.

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    • Thank you very much (blushing!) 🙂

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