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Celebrating our first year anniversary on a private island

“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.

 

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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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28 Comments

  • Lisa
    July 23, 2018 at 17:49

    I so want to visit here! What a lovely place to celebrate your anniversary, I’m sure you’ll remember it for a long time. The price for the speedboat sounds reasonable (converted to Euros!) and I’ve only read great things about El Nido. Wishing you many more anniversaries ahead!

  • Sarah Wilson
    July 23, 2018 at 18:15

    Wow, that looks really beautiful and very romantic!!! It’s my five year anniversary coming up, this would be perfect for us 🙂

  • Yukti
    July 24, 2018 at 05:37

    First of all Congrats on your first Anniversary. You celebrated it perfectly by going to a private island with full privacy and beautiful surroundings. I loved the coconut trees everywhere and it is so much photogenic. I am adding this private island in El Nido in my bucket list.

  • Valentina
    July 24, 2018 at 08:16

    What a fantastic way to celebrate your first anniversary, a whole island all to yourself sounds amazing!
    The landscape looks beautiful and the special touches of the hotel staff are great. Definitely a place to add to my list for a special occasion 🙂

  • Soraya
    July 24, 2018 at 13:01

    Duzband sounds like a totally cool dude. He’d be so great to meet and seek advise on things to do and see. Pinagbuntayan Island looks and sounds totally amazing, and I love that you get the complete tropical vibes of El Nido here. What a beautiful way to spend your anniversary!

  • Sapna
    July 24, 2018 at 17:41

    This is such a beautiful place with no crowd what so ever and that is I guess is the beauty of visiting a private island. It looks like a fantastic experience.
    And a belated happy first anniversary.

  • Medha Verma
    July 26, 2018 at 05:29

    Aww what a lovely way to spend your first anniversary. A private island, far away from crowds, is so romantic and The Philippines have so many of such islands, I am sure! El Nido is gorgeous and Pinagbuntayan Island with its white sands, palm trees and blue waters looks perfect!

  • that blonde bikini girl
    July 26, 2018 at 13:33

    OMG this would be my ideal vacation destination!

    Such a great post!

    what was your favourite meal?!… I love the food!

  • Aareeba
    July 28, 2018 at 05:32

    Wow , I would love to visit an island like this. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Happy 1st Anniversary to both

  • Danik
    July 28, 2018 at 11:04

    Fantastic idea for an anniversary. I did do an unhabitied island in the Maldives about seven years ago and was left there for 12 hours. No one on the island. Had a book and a few snacks/water and that was it. Best time of my life. Wishing all the best for your future travels. 🙂 Start thinking about that 2nd anniversary now 😀

  • Mel and Marcus
    July 28, 2018 at 13:27

    You can’t really get more idyllic or romantic than that! What did you have for dinner? Would loved to have seen your food

  • Linda
    July 29, 2018 at 01:30

    I have always loved the idea of a private island. It was nice that you had the day to enjoy the island and snorkeling. With a private ride there and back. What a great way to celebrate your anniversary.

  • Ann
    July 29, 2018 at 11:37

    Paradise found! What a lovely island. I HATE crowded beaches, and for you Pinagbuntayan Island sounds like such a perfect spot for your anniversary. The palm trees and water did make a great backdrop for your photos.

  • Sherianne Higgins (SherianneKa
    August 22, 2018 at 11:41

    Happy anniversary! I can not think of a better way to celebrate than on a private island. The lone house is a bit curious, I think I would have struggle to not go knock on the door

  • Carol Perehudoff
    August 1, 2018 at 00:50

    Well Happy Anniversary. What a way to spend the day. It looks like a beautiful getaway. It’s my and my husband’s five year wedding anniversary this year and I hope we get something as romantic as your tropical getaway.

  • Kirstie Marie Saldo
    August 2, 2018 at 05:32

    This is very sweet and I am so glad that you were able to have such quality time together. Happy anniversary!

  • Valentina
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    What a fantastic way to celebrate your first anniversary, a whole island all to yourself sounds amazing!
    The landscape looks beautiful and the special touches of the hotel staff are great. Definitely a place to add to my list for a special occasion 🙂

  • Medha Verma
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    Aww what a lovely way to spend your first anniversary. A private island, far away from crowds, is so romantic and The Philippines have so many of such islands, I am sure! El Nido is gorgeous and Pinagbuntayan Island with its white sands, palm trees and blue waters looks perfect!

  • that blonde bikini girl
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    OMG this would be my ideal vacation destination!

    Such a great post!

    what was your favourite meal?!… I love the food!

  • Danik
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    Fantastic idea for an anniversary. I did do an unhabitied island in the Maldives about seven years ago and was left there for 12 hours. No one on the island. Had a book and a few snacks/water and that was it. Best time of my life. Wishing all the best for your future travels. 🙂 Start thinking about that 2nd anniversary now 😀

  • Ann
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    Paradise found! What a lovely island. I HATE crowded beaches, and for you Pinagbuntayan Island sounds like such a perfect spot for your anniversary. The palm trees and water did make a great backdrop for your photos.

  • Yukti
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    First of all Congrats on your first Anniversary. You celebrated it perfectly by going to a private island with full privacy and beautiful surroundings. I loved the coconut trees everywhere and it is so much photogenic. I am adding this private island in El Nido in my bucket list.

  • Aareeba
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    Wow , I would love to visit an island like this. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Happy 1st Anniversary to both

  • Lisa
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    I so want to visit here! What a lovely place to celebrate your anniversary, I’m sure you’ll remember it for a long time. The price for the speedboat sounds reasonable (converted to Euros!) and I’ve only read great things about El Nido. Wishing you many more anniversaries ahead!

  • Sarah Wilson
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    Wow, that looks really beautiful and very romantic!!! It’s my five year anniversary coming up, this would be perfect for us 🙂

  • Sapna
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    This is such a beautiful place with no crowd what so ever and that is I guess is the beauty of visiting a private island. It looks like a fantastic experience.
    And a belated happy first anniversary.

  • Soraya
    August 22, 2018 at 12:00

    Duzband sounds like a totally cool dude. He’d be so great to meet and seek advise on things to do and see. Pinagbuntayan Island looks and sounds totally amazing, and I love that you get the complete tropical vibes of El Nido here. What a beautiful way to spend your anniversary!

  • escapesanddiaries
    August 22, 2018 at 12:07

    Really is! Thanks a lot!

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