Private Island to Call Your Own

Vivienne Tang

The ultimate exclusive beach getaway, Banwa Private Island marries unspoilt nature with top luxury

Banwa Private Island is located in North-eastern Palawan in the Sulu Sea, Philippines. Set on six hectares of lush, verdant landscape and soft powdery sand beaches. Promising an untouched natural habitat, the island is located in the midst of a marine protected area, home to the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle, the Dugong and various other endangered species. Furthermore, the nearby Tubbataha Reef is praised as one of the world’s top 10 dive sites. The six villas have been designed to bring the outdoors inside for a fully immersive experience, all with luxury in mind. Chefs will prepare dishes tailored to your specific tastes and desires, following the motto of “your island, your menu”. There are also various experiential dining locations spread out across the island’s landscape, promising the perfect setting for any occasion.


When you visit Banwa, you can be assured of the ultimate in privacy and tranquility. Here, a relaxed and informal luxury is combined with exquisite personalized service to provide the private island sanctuary you’ve always dreamt of. Book a single villa or rent all six and have the entire island to yourself.


Palawan is widely acknowledged as one of the few remaining places on this planet where you can still experience untouched nature at its best. Banwa’s sought-after exclusivity is enhanced by the marine protected area it sits within. As a result, its marine life and supporting ecosystem are thriving. Banwa’s six hectares of lush foliage and pristine white sand beaches provide a sanctuary for an incredibly rich and diverse number of flora and fauna species. Banwa’s natural beauty surrounds you at all times. The tranquility and sense of refuge is only truly understood by those lucky enough to experience it for themselves.

Furthermore, the strong links to the local community and the intrinsic connection to the ocean provided the inspiration for the name of the island. The culture and philosophies of the Tagbanwa people are strongly reflected in the overall ethos of Banwa Private Island.


Guests are invited to relax and rejuvenate their mind, body and soul. The spa and wellness facilities include a fully equipped gym, massage suite and Pilates studio. There’s a juice bar too, for healthy and delicious post work-out refreshments.


Banwa’s six pool villas have been designed to immerse you in the natural beauty of the island. Floor to ceiling windows bring nature indoors, while the pool salas, beach and garden terraces create the luxury of space. With privacy and tranquility being the guiding principles, each of the six villas is set amidst lush, verdant landscaping to either side.


Each villa has its own infinity pool, which appears to melt into the uninterrupted ocean views.


Banwa’s low season is from June – November.High season is from December – May.


  • Banwa Private Island offer an endless array of outdoor activities, including watersports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, swimming, as well as incredible hiking, stargazing, and experiences on the island such as tennis and golf.
  • You can rent the entire island for a special event or a secluded getaway with friends and family, or you can simply book individual villas.


  • The water is drawn from Banwa’s very own Artesian Well and bottled at source on the island. At over 500 feet below the island’s surface, the deep well flows with the gravity of the ocean tides, providing a naturally replenishing reservoir of fresh spring water, totally synchronised with the ecosystem it helps to support.
  • Banwa Private Island can be accessed in 1.5 hours from Manila via private jet and helicopter, and in 3 hours from Hong Kong. Direct helicopter and seaplane transfers are also available from Manila.

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