An archipelago without compare. Palawan is one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting tourism destinations for private islands. It is now widely recognized as one of the fastest growing tourism hotspots in not only the Philippines, but Asia too. Consisting of over 1,700 islands, award-winning beaches, Palawan is host to Asia’s only world heritage marine site, world-class wreck dives and turquoise tropical seas; Palawan is a resort developers’ paradise.
Dao Island benefits from being located in the Coron Busuanga region of northern Palawan, which is classified as one of the Philippines’ three “Super Regions” for priority tourism development, funding and promotion as part of the government’s national tourism master plan. Busuanga is the main island at the northern end of the Palawan Archipelago, with Coron being its largest town. Dao Island is located on the Western side of Busuanga, the jewel among Busuanga’s private islands with the perfect mix of accessibility, seclusion, and access to major tourist sites. Private islands for sale in Palawan are rare, but even more rare are islands for sale with title.
Busuanga airport was the subject of a USD3 million upgrade in 2008. Pre-upgrade the airport could only accommodate 12 seater planes, and accordingly saw modest growth in tourism arrivals. After the upgrade was completed the airport was able to accommodate 50 to 90 seater aircraft and is now one of the top tourism destinations in the Philippines.
Whilst the airport was being upgraded, the road system around the whole of Busuanga’s major tourism centers also benefited from being paved. A new road has recently opened in February, 2018 that leads directly from the airport to the Western side of Busuanga. This is where the preferred launch point to Dao Island is located. With the new road now open, the drive time from the airport has been reduced from 1 hour to only 30 minutes. This now sees the launch point to Dao Island being a shorter drive from the airport than Coron Town itself.
Busuanga Bay Lodge – Seaplane access via Air Juan.
Four star property with modern, well-appointed villas and infinity pool overlooking a beautiful bay. The same bay as Puerto del Sol and Alfaro resorts. Has a deep sea fishing charter boat and a speedboat for rental (use their speedboat if staying at the other resorts mentioned above). 30 minute speedboat ride to Dao Island. – www.busuangabaylodge.com
Club Paradise Resort
To the North, there is the recently acquired private island resort, Club Paradise. Which is being converted into a 5 star resort at with an investment of nearly USD20 million by the Discovery World Resort Group. www.clubparadisepalawan.hotelpropeller.com/