Yes, it was once an island meant for treasure hunts, or so the locals say. But from then and now, one thing stays: it’s Eden on earth.

The name might be a bit of a tongue twister, but make no mistake: Inaladelan Island Resort in San Vicente, Palawan is a place you’d want to visit and spend a night in once you’ve had a taste of it.

A bird’s eye view of Inaladelan Island. Photo by Harvey Tapan

It’s usually a lunch stop for tourists on an island hopping tour of Port Barton Bay. A private resort, Inaladelan (still referred to by some locals as German Island) is a 12-hectare island that’s about  20 minutes from Port Barton and 30-45 minutes from San Vicente, by boat.

It has a 300-meter white sand beach and waters so clear you can see the bottom even if you’re standing at the shore. Just a few meters from the shore is a turtle sanctuary, where you can see sea turtles grazing on seagrass during their hatching season (October to April).

Beach beds and hammocks underneath palm trees give you a place to rest from the sun. There’s a large pavilion towards the back if you’re looking for a place to eat. It’s also a great place to meet new people as there are visitors that come during lunch.

Sleep

This is one of their many camping tents that they let their guests sleep in. Photo from Inaladelan Island Resort

Camping is the way to go at Inaladelan Island. They provide you with camping tents that have foam beds and pillows for a comfortable night’s sleep. It’s as raw of an island camping experience as it gets. Step out of your tent in the morning and wake up to a beautiful view of Port Barton Bay.

Eat

Since you’re on an island, you’ll be served with grilled meat, fish, or poultry. It’s all cooked fresh on the island for dinner and breakfast for overnight stays and lunch if you’re only on the island for the day. You can have your meals served in the pavilion, though we suggest you go with a dinner-by-the-beach for a more romantic vibe.

Grab a refreshing cocktail by their bar and chill underneath a palm tree. Photo by Harvey Tapan

There’s also a bar right on the island where you can get drinks in case you’re thinking of having a few cocktails or shots to spice up your stay.

Do

You can frolic on the beach…
Photo by Harvey Tapan
… or go beneath the waves and swim with the turtles. Photo from Inaladelan Island Resort

Apart from spending the night camping on the island, you can also go for a round of beach volleyball with your mates or swim with the sea turtles. Have the staff set up a bonfire for you at night for a complete camping experience.

Verdict: 8/10

It’s an island escape you’d definitely want to try at least once. The idea of camping on a tropical island and sleeping underneath the stars.

The basics
Php2,500 (USD50) per person for overnight camping (minimum of two people). The rate includes roundtrip boat transfers from Port Barton or San Vicente, a tent, foam bed and pillow, and dinner and breakfast.
Php1,000 per person for day visits (minimum of two people), which includes entrance fee, roundtrip boat transfers, and lunch.

Inaladelan Island Resort, Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan
Inaladelanisland.com