Dao Island

This beautiful 47.9-hectare island is known as the jewel of Busuanga’s bays, with the most pristine and prestigious location in an area of prime tourist development, outstanding natural beauty, crystal clear waters, and lush tropical forest. In fact it is the only known private island in Palawan with significant clear title (with no underlying indigenous claim) suitable for tourism development, making it an ideal turnkey opportunity for ...

This beautiful 47.9-hectare island is known as the jewel of Busuanga’s bays, with the most pristine and prestigious location in an area of prime tourist development, outstanding natural beauty, crystal clear waters, and lush tropical forest. In fact it is the only known private island in Palawan with significant clear title (with no underlying indigenous claim) suitable for tourism development, making it an ideal turnkey opportunity for a commercial resort development. The island is uninhabited (except for resident caretakers) and remains in a pristine state with no development work ever carried out on the property.

Location

Busuanga (Coron), Calamianes Archipelago, Palawan, Philippines. Latitude 12.0536147, longitude 119.79037210000001.

Size

47.9 hectares (13.79 hectares titled, remainder held via tax declaration).

Notable features

Beautiful, uninhabited and pristine island property with an uninterrupted 1.1km crescent-shaped white sand beach. The island has no mangroves and a total of 3.3km of coastline, including several smaller beach coves, 80 meter high cliffs, lush rainforest coverage with rare trees, mature coconut palms, extensive (live) fringe coral reef system, and well-documented wildlife. All set within a secluded location, yet under 30 minute speedboat ride from 12 World War II wreck dives, local towns and tourism attractions. Also featured are a fresh water source and strong cell phone signal with data. There is an airport (Busuanga) in close proximity, a yacht club, a five star resort island and several other nice resorts on the mainland, just 30 mins away via speedboat.

Current tenure

Locally incorporated holding company has acquired all rights (transferable/assignable/alienable) to the 47.9 hectare private island. The rights are comprised of 1 clear title for 13.79 hectares of flat, beach-adjacent land (undisputed and owned by one family since 1940); tax declaration for the remaining elevated forest land.

Selling Party

Local/Foreign tourism developer. Two directors with ultimate decision making abilities. Meticulous attention to detail and compliance and an understanding of the needs of other developers. Can provide liaison professional services for a new buyer to familiarize them with general Filipino or more local, regional policy.

Potential tenure

Transfer of title to an individual buyer or buyer’s own holding structure is possible. If a local or foreign buyer is unstructured in the Philippines, a simple purchase of shares in the current holding company structure can complete the transaction. Tax declarations may be replaced with a long-term government lease if requested by the buyer (FLAGT). Special economic zone benefits can apply.

Tourism

An archipelago without compare. Palawan is one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting tourism destinations. Once considered a final frontier, it is now widely recognized as one of the fastest growing tourism hotspots in the region. Consisting of over 1,700 islands, award-winning beaches, Asia’s only world heritage marine site, world-class wreck dives and turquoise tropical seas; Palawan is a resort developers’ paradise. In recent years this region has seen over 6000% growth in tourism arrivals! Dao Island benefits from being located in the Coron Busuanga region of northern Palawan, which is classified as one of the Philippines’ three “Super Regions” for priority tourism development, funding and promotion as part of the government’s national tourism master plan. Busuanga is the main island at the northern end of the Palawan Archipelago, with Coron being its largest town. Dao Island is located on the Western side of Busuanga, the jewel among Busuanga’s private islands with the perfect mix of accessibility, seclusion, and access to major tourist sites.

“One of the top 20 island destinations to live and the next property hotspot” - Islands Magazine

“Palawan chose as the location for Hollywood film, Bourne Legacy” - Film Commission

“The best Island destination in East and Southeast Asia” - National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Commercial Travel

1 hour flight from Manila to Coron/Busuanga airport (several scheduled flights per day operated by Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, and SkyJet. Followed by a 45 minute drive from airport to launch point and a 30 minute speedboat ride to the island. Soon the drive will be cut to 20 mins only, as a new road with a shorter route is almost open.

Private Travel

Via seaplane from Manila with Air Juan. You can travel via semi-scheduled seaplane flight from Manila to a nearby resort (30 minute speedboat ride away) for $250 per person each way. Or they can arrange a private seaplane chartered from Manila directly to Dao Island for $2,275 each way (up to 8 pax covered).

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