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Banwa Private Island


Palawan's private island sanctuary

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Banwa Private Island


The unspoilt north-eastern region of Palawan, Philippines in a protected marine sanctuary of 1876 hectares

Travel Information

1.5hrs via private jet and helicopter or seaplane transfer from Manila. 3 hrs from Hong Kong.

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Exclusive use provides the ultimate 'escape from it all' experience

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There' nowhere like it anywhere in the world

The ultimate tropical private island

Banwa Private Island is one of the most exclusive private islands on earth, a natural haven in a protected marine environment, offering complete privacy and tranquility, with every personalised luxury available, should you desire more than paradise.

You will find Banwa in The Philippines, in Northeastern Palawan to be precise, set in the pristine Sulu Sea, a six hectares island with lush tropical vegetation and exquisite white sand beaches. This natural archhipelago is a sanctuary for rare, diverse wildlife, flora and fauna,

Nature and conservation are at the heart of Banwa's philosophy and every guest helps sustain the island's delicate ecosystem, including protecting the endangered hawksbill turtle, which breeds on the island. Coral reef restoration has been successful and studies into the native Tabon bird and Mantanani Scops Owl have been internationally recognised. The reef is also home to the endangered Dugong (Sea Cow) which lives and breed in the 1896 hectares of Marine Protected reefs surrounding the island.

A nature immersive luxury private island experience

Banwa's villas want for nothing, and have been designed to immerse guests in the natural beauty of the island. Each of the six villas has been uniquely positioned with privacy and tranquility in mind and infinity pools with uninterrupted views of the ocean. There are three 1-bedroom villas, two 2-bedroom villas and one 4-bedroom villa. The island can therefore accommodate 22 adults in complete comfort. 


Healthy eating is a feature of the Banwa experience, with an organic farm providing the freshest ingredients for guests and also educating local communities in the benefits of sustainable agricultural practices. Here you dine al fresco on 'world cuisine with local Filipino flair'. Menus change daily and dining times are unscripted. Here everyone goes with your flow. Freshly caught fish, vegetarian and vegan dishes and classic recipes make their way to your shaded table. Banquets and barbecues are arranged without fuss under the palm trees, or in your villa. An artesian well supplies fresh water to the island from 500 ft below the island, in complete balance with life above the surface.

The bar and wine cellar provides fine wines, cocktails and spirits to please any discerning palate.


Diving on one of the world's top ten reefs with the Philippines' best dive masters, water sports, tennis, golf on the island's own short game nine hole golf course, fitness in a fully equipped gym and wellness programmes in Banwa's spa are just some of the activities to be enjoyed on this idyllic private island.

Gentle strolls around the island will reconnect you with nature, punctuated with the call of white collared kingfishers and the spotting elegant reef regrets in flights. You will never lack natural inspiration at Banwa.

Exclusive use

The ultimate way to enjoy the pleasures of Banwa is to arrange an exclusive use stay, where you and your loved ones, or a group of friends, can enjoy the island in complete privacy. For those seeking an escape from it all, we can take care of every detail to ensure a stress-free escape to paradise which will deliver memories to last a lifetime.

Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews

Luxury Explorer
Luxury Explorer

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