Banwa Private Island offers a diverse array of activities, inviting guests to enjoy a well-rounded and enriching retreat. From the excitement of sports and recreational options like non-motorized water sports, golf and tennis, to the relaxation and rejuvenation found in the island’s wellness offerings, which include world-class massage treatments and invigorating yoga sessions.
What truly sets Banwa Private Island apart is its connection with nature. Guests can immerse themselves in the pristine, natural beauty of the island. From guided eco-tours and wildlife spotting to simply basking in the splendor of the outdoors, the island provides a sanctuary for nature lovers.
The island’s holistic approach extends an invitation to not only escape from the ordinary but also to reconnect with oneself and with the serene, untouched landscapes. Whatever your inclination, Banwa Private Island ensures that your visit is not just luxurious but also memorable and transformative. It’s a place where adventure, relaxation, and the wonders of nature converge to create an extraordinary experience for all.
NON-MOTORIZED WATER SPORTS
Banwa Private Island beckons water sports enthusiasts with an array of non-motorized activities. From kayaking to paddleboarding, pedal kayaking, and Hobie wave sailing, the island offers eco-friendly, entertaining pursuits. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the crystal-clear waters surrounding the garden island provide the perfect playground. It’s an ideal setting to enjoy serene moments on the water, leaving you with cherished memories.
GUIDED SNORKELING ON OUR HOUSE REEF
Banwa Private Island’s commitment to coral ecosystem preservation is evident in the presence of Reef Balls on our House Reef, providing a foundation for coral growth and contributing to ongoing reef restoration. Witness the beauty of new coral life flourishing amidst vibrant reef balls.
As you snorkel in crystal-clear waters, you’ll encounter trevally, parrotfish, and butterflyfish gliding with elegance through the depths. Prepare for enchanting encounters with cuttlefish, known for their intelligence and mesmerizing color-changing abilities, adding intrigue to your snorkeling experience. Keep an eye out for marine turtles, gracefully navigating their underwater world, a testament to the importance of preserving their natural habitats.
Our House Reef is a sanctuary for the critically endangered Napoleon Wrasse and threatened Coral Catshark, showcasing the vital conservation efforts that protect the delicate balance of marine life.
For an extra thrill, our dive center offers training and the use of Seadoo scooters, enhancing your snorkeling adventure. Snorkeling on our House Reef with Reef Balls is not just an activity; it’s a journey into a world teeming with life, where the intricate beauty of coral meets diverse marine species. Discover the majesty of the ocean’s wonders beneath the surface.
SHORT GAME GOLF
Beautifully located in the heart of the island is our 9-hole short game golf course.
Great fun for a par 3 competition with your guests, or equally rewarding to while away the hours perfecting your pitches and polishing your putts. Either way, for pure tranquility and relaxation, it’s hard to beat.
A world-class court in a spectacular setting – tennis at Banwa Private Island transcends the game itself. Our floodlit all-weather court provides a great location for a coaching session or a mini-tournament with friends and family.
For those who prefer land-based activities, Banwa Private Island offers an array of sports, including basketball, pickleball, beach volleyball, table tennis, and billiards. These recreations combine fun and fitness, ensuring a fantastic time for all guests. Whether you’re looking for some friendly competition or a leisurely game, the island’s offerings on land are the perfect complement to the water sports and relaxation, making your stay truly memorable.
Discover a better you and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
Our wellness facilities include a fully equipped gym, massage suite, Pilates studio and yoga deck. There’s a juice bar too, for healthy and delicious post work-out refreshments.
BEEHIVE VISIT AND HONEY HARVESTING
Discover the captivating world of European bees at our thriving Beehive on Banwa Private Island. Apis Mellifera, these industrious pollinators, provide us with honey and help maintain our island’s ecological balance.
Located near tee #2 of our short-game golf course, the hives buzz with bees collecting nectar and pollen from our vibrant flora. This visit offers an educational insight into bees’ vital role as nature’s pollinators.
From the months of November to May, witness honey extraction using the cold press technique, preserving its purity and aroma. Taste the pure, unadulterated honey produced on the island, a result of our environmental commitment.
Banwa Private Island is proud of its sustainable practices, exemplified by abundant honey production. Unlike harmful chemical treatments, we use eco-friendly mosquito traps that protect both bees and our environment.
This journey deepens your appreciation for the interconnected web of life on Banwa Private Island. Explore European bees, learn about their vital ecosystem role, and savor the unique honey they provide.
NESTING / EMERGING MARINE TURTLES
Marine turtle nesting or emergence on Banwa Private Island is a rare and magical event that unfolds under the cover of darkness, making it a truly special experience for those who are willing to be awakened in the tranquil hours of the night or early morning.
To participate in this unique encounter, you need to notify your Villa Host if you wish to be roused from slumber when a nesting or emergence event is occurring.
Banwa Private Island is known as a nesting site for the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, a species that plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystem. You’ll not only witness the awe-inspiring sight of these marine creatures, but will also gain insight into the conservation efforts we are tirelessly undertakings to protect and preserve them.
As you quietly tread to the moonlit shores, you’ll learn about the fascinating behaviors of Hawksbill Turtles and their nesting rituals. Our guides will share their expertise, explaining the intricate details of how these marine turtles select their nesting sites, dig their nest, and lay their eggs. It’s a testament to the incredible instinctual wisdom of these animals and importance of safeguarding their habitat.
A night spent observing marine turtle nesting or emergence on Banwa Private Island is more than just a wildlife encounter; it’s an invitation to become part of our ongoing commitment to conservation. It’s an experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world and a profound understanding of our responsibility to protect it.
GUIDED NATURE ISLAND WALK
Banwa Private Island’s Guided Nature Island Walk sets off at the 5-star PADI Dive Center, offering a glimpse of specialized equipment essential for exciting underwater adventures. Here, you’ll gain insights into the tools of the trade and the thrill of delving into the depths of the ocean.
Continuing on, we arrive at the water equipment area, where a fleet of kayaks, pedal boards, and stand-up paddleboards beckon, igniting your anticipation for water-based activities, all at your leisure.
As we journey further, you’ll find yourself enveloped in the island’s natural beauty. Towering trees create a high canopy, casting welcoming shade, and providing a serene backdrop for your exploration. Along the way, you can meander through pocket gardens, each thoughtfully designed to evoke distinct emotions.
Banwa Private Island serves as a nesting habitat for the Philippine Megapode or Tabon Birds, affording you the opportunity to observe these avian residents up close. Witness their nesting behaviors, gaining a deeper understanding of the island’s ecosystem. It’s a chance to connect with nature and marvel at its wonder.
Throughout the walk, you’ll also pass by some of our island’s facilities, including Meridian Massage Suite, Axis, the short-game golf course, and the tranquil Coconut Grove. This comprehensive experience offers a perfect blend of discovery, serenity, and connection with the island’s unique ecosystem.
Not only famed for its intensely beautiful sunsets, Palawan is now also becoming one of the world’s most ideal locations to catch stunning views of the Milky Way.
With breathtaking views of the night sky due to such minimal light-pollution, Banwa Private Island provides a magical setting to partake in your latest favourite pastime.