July 20, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 26Comment

“Honey, how about a private island?” I said to Chris before our anniversary.

“Of course, sweetheart!” he answered right away without second thoughts.

 

Right after breakfast, we asked the receptionist at El Mahogany Beach Resort if they were offering something extra special on our day.

“Of course,” he eagerly replied.

That was when he introduced Duzband to us. Duszband is a French guy who has been living in El Nido for a long time now. He’s into water activities. He also knew some islands with very few visitors.

(Duzband was also the one who introduced sailing to us the next day.)

 

He took us to Pinagbuntayan Island for only around 15-20 minutes via speedboat and he let us experience steering it, which was super cool!

As soon as we got off the boat, we laid our stuff on the lush green grass, tuned it to some island music and engaged in a long conversation.

We spent half a day taking photos, listening to music, snorkeling and just lying on the sand and grass surrounding us. And we indulged in the beauty of the beautiful island. We saw small groups on a tour, stopping by the island to snorkel off its waters, but they didn’t take long. When they all left, we had the island to ourselves.

Pinagbuntayan Island exudes tropical vibes in El Nido. The island has numerous palm trees that added texture to our Instagram photos. Of course, we didn’t go there just to take snappy and gram shots, but to celebrate our first year anniversary together as a couple. We just couldn’t get enough of the island’s serenity and tranquility.

 

We walked further to check what was on the other side. We were surprised to see a small house built on huge rocks. What a perfect lifestyle!

 

Was it worth it?

Absolutely! Like I’ve said, even though very few tourists came to the island. They didn’t bother us at all. After they left, we were alone on the island.

 

See the photos? Need I say more?

Before darkness blanketed the sky, Duzband picked us up. He was right on time.

It was indeed a great experience to live the island life. The best part was, we made new memories as we celebrated our anniversary!

 

We paid PHP1,500 for a roundtrip speedboat ride.

 

When we came back to the hotel, the staff sent beautiful flowers to our room. It was such a sweet gesture! Then before retiring for the night, we had a sumptuous dinner at the beach front seafood restaurant in El Nido.

 

We had so much fun and adventures in Palawan recently but one thing that’s very special for us was celebrating our first year anniversary! We have waited for this moment as you know Chris @resiak_c And I @escapesanddiaries Are long distance ? . . . Thanks to @el_nido_mahogany_beach_resort for the lovely flower they sent to our room. We were surprised to see this after our anniversary escapade on that day! You wanna know what that escapade all about? Plus a special present we exchanged to each other! ( mine to him was very little! ??) I’ll tell you on our next post! ??? . . . . . #couplegoals #travel #travelstroke #travelers #couple #instagood #instadaily #photooftheday #letsgosomewhere #globetrotters #asiandestination #passionpassport #palawan #asia #philippines #escape #worldtravel #escapade #worldtravelers #escapesanddiaries #itsmorefuninthephilippines #ElNido #rx0 #love #moment #adventure #travelinspiration #anniversary #mahoganyresortelnido

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