• Dumunpalit Island
  • Palawan
  • Partially Developed
  • Leasehold
  • Private Island
  • $ 3,400,000
  • 75.00 Acres

Dumunpalit Island

This 75-acre red-marble and volcanic-rock island, surrounded by coral reefs, is in the Mindoro Strait connecting the South China Sea to the Sulu Sea, about a 40-minute flight southeast of Manila. Dumunpalit is a last frontier of the Philippines, a timeless land of awe, wonder, sea and stars.

In the Cuyonin language, Dumunpalit means “the place which never changes,” but the island is also known as Turtle Island because th ...

This 75-acre red-marble and volcanic-rock island, surrounded by coral reefs, is in the Mindoro Strait connecting the South China Sea to the Sulu Sea, about a 40-minute flight southeast of Manila. Dumunpalit is a last frontier of the Philippines, a timeless land of awe, wonder, sea and stars.

In the Cuyonin language, Dumunpalit means “the place which never changes,” but the island is also known as Turtle Island because the 150-plus-foot-high volcanic towers that rise on both its ends resemble fins flipping through the turquoise waters.

On the reef-protected eastern shore, larger boats are anchored and draft boats pulled in. Here, about 2,000 feet of pristine absolute-white fine sand beach gives way to coconut palms and, farther, the verdant island’s high point, more than 300 feet, with extraordinary views to all points. Here, 10 to 50 miles out, is just water, with distant slivers of land.

Just off the beach, a metal-roof, hardwood and bamboo caretaker cottage, with a porch, includes a septic toilet, kitchen and a shower; 200 yards inland, a larger more sturdily constructed guest cottage on a private lagoon, also with a porch, has a tiled kitchen, tiled shower, septic tank toilet, rain catchment system, a stainless holding tank and a beach bench.

A 100-by-75-foot site has been cleared for an owner’s residence by four full-time caretakers, who use the island’s boat for maintenance and to pick up supplies every week. Inadvertently, these men have created beautiful two-foot-tall coral and sea-shell walls during maintenance of the island’s 13 white-sand beaches.

Two concrete-lined water wells with Jetmatic manual hand pumps deliver year-round potable water for bathing, drinking and irrigating the garden. Many fruit trees have been planted, including bananas, tamarind, papaya, coconut, mango, citrus and rambutan, which provide excellent nourishment — and tropical drink mixings. The owner suggests that another 15 acres is plantable in the island’s loamy soil on the saddle of the island’s two highest points.

Pathways lead you into the island, which is vibrant with “toto yalo” birds, the rare Palawan eagle, butterflies, dragonflies, bumblebees, bats, monitor lizards, and rainforest amoghis, natuk, banyan and redflowering coral trees. Enjoy the numerous natural paths, challenging 200-foot cliffs and landmark rocks cut with erosion holes in their centers. Throughout the island, particularly on the southwest, are terrestrial and underwater caves for snorkeling or scuba-diving — one of best locations in the Philippines for this; the country has placed the area in a Marine Protection Zone because of the red, pink and blue coral reefs.

Nearby are Club Paradise on Dimakya Island and Maricaban Resort in Maricaban Bay for excellent dining and other amenities.

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