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An archipelago of more than 7,100 islands in the heart of Southeast Asia, the Philippines enjoys a wealth of natural resources, a rich history and a unique culture. From north to south, the country stretches for more than 1,800 kilometres towards the equator. The islands are defined by the Philippine Sea to the east, Indonesia to the south and the South China Sea to the west. Separated by the Luzon Strait, Taiwan is due north of the Philippines.
The Philippines can be divided into four groups: Luzon, the largest and northernmost island, is the site of the capital, Manila. At the other end of the archipelago is the second largest island, Mindanao. Then, there is the tightly packed island group known as the Visayas, which fills the space between Luzon and Mindanao. Finally, off to the west, lies the province of Palawan.
Palawan counts 1,768 islands. Pamalican Island, home to Amanpulo, is one of them. Pamalican is set among the Quiniluban Group of Cuyo Islands, southwest of Manila. Lying along the trading routes from Southern China to Borneo, the Sulu Archipelago and the Spice Islands, the Cuyo Islands have been known to sailors and traders since pre-Spanish times, yet they are scarcely touched by tourism. The people of these 40 islands live mostly by fishing and seaweed cultivation. Six kilometres northeast of Manamoc Island, Pamalican incorporates 89 hectares and boasts 5.5 kilometres of white sand beach. A leisurely stroll will take one completely around the island in just an hour and a half.
The setting off point for Amanpulo, Manila is located at the mouth of Manila Bay, a natural harbour, and is home to about 20 percent of the country’s population. It is the centre of government, business, education and culture in the Philippines, and offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars. There are direct daily flights to Manila from most Asian and international gateway cities. Singapore to Manila is a 3½-hour flight. Bangkok is 3¼ hours away. Hong Kong to Manila is a 2-hour flight and Tokyo to Manila is just under 4 hours. Guests are met at Manila’s international airport and taken to Amanpulo’s lounge. From there, they are flown to Pamalican Island on the next scheduled flight. See flight schedule and information