PALAWAN, voted the World’s Best Island in 2020 by Travel + Leisure, awaits visitors once more as it reopens its doors, the first among the archipelago’s tourism destinations. Now under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), and with the support of the Department of Tourism (DoT) and the municipal government, luxury chain El Nido Resorts is the first to receive the DoT Certificate of Authority to Operate in the town after complying with the guidelines to accept leisure guests at 50% capacity.

El Nido Resorts and the Lio Tourism Estate look forward to welcoming guests back in line with their commitment for safe and sustainable tourism.

The 40-year-old Miniloc Island Resort was the first to open its doors to guests coming from outside Palawan. A maiden flight in mid-July and a follow-through will be conducted in coordination with its partner airline, AirSwift. With satisfactory results and positive feedback from guests and the LGU, it will continue to service guests through scheduled flights from Manila for a three-night vacation from Sept. 11-14.

Under the “travel bubble” setup, guests will have to undergo RT-PCR testing 72 hours prior to their departure, and fill out health and travel declaration forms upon reservation.

The resort chain has been monitoring developments during the community quarantine period and have been maintained by the team members through its Be GREEN, Be Clean enhanced care program.

An eco-discovery island resort, Miniloc offers guests a back-to-basics Filipino coastal rustic village vibe. Guests can swim, snorkel, or dive with the huge jackfish and a variety of marine species at its house reef, or explore the Big and Small Lagoons, Snake Island, and other attractions around Bacuit Bay.

Meanwhile, Huni Resort, located at the Lio Tourism Estate on the mainland, is already accepting bookings from Palawan-based residents.

Earlier this year, the Ten Knots Group, which includes El Nido Resort chain, was awarded the world’s first Sea Turtle Friendly Tourism Certification by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network  for its exceptional care for the aquatic animal. The group’s resorts are located in a high biodiversity area, and thus it exercises stewardship over the environment, stressing the importance of preserving nature to all stakeholders.

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