Off-Vespa Destination: Isla Naburot
Isla Naburot is a small island off-Guimaras and accessible via a 40-minuite boat ride from Iloilo. If the name sounds familiar, maybe it’s because you’ve seen/heard it from a PAL infomercial back in the 80’s when the airline started promoting this private resort along with Puerto Azul, etc. If it doesn’t ring a bell, then it’s because the owners intentionally don’t want to market the place and simply rely on word-of-mouth. In fact, the resort attracted mostly foreign guests since it opened to the public in the late 70’s. The growth in their local visitors only picked up around three years ago.
The place is the perfect antithesis to the popular Boracay; Isla is not bustling with tourists, there is no nightlife to speak of, no fancy bars & restos, and most of all, there is no electricity. But that’s really part of its charm. That could be what pulls some visitors to keep returning. In fact, it’s also what draws me and my wife to return to this special place someday soon.
the view from the boat as we arrive in Isla Naburot
Our personal account of our stay in Isla appeared today in the monthly column I co-write with my wife for The Manila Bulletin. I would also like to share with you some images we took during our stay.
the only cottage on the beach & near the dining area
tucked behind the foliage are 3 stilt houses on the hill
TIP: if you plan to go to Isla, book Cottage #1 (leftmost in pic) — it has the best view of the cove and the open sea!
the Guest Hall where tons of reading materials are displayed. There are dorms on the 2nd floor
the shower rooms by the beach. the facade are made of coral stones
a mini-artwork on a pillar made of sand & broken glass
Parting Shot – my family with Anne Saldaña
Life’s a beach!
P.S. If you are considering going to Isla too, you may get in touch with Ms. Anne Saldaña thru these numbers: 0920.9275372 | (033) 321.1654 | (033) 321.0880.