With the arrival of world-class Iguana Commuter, Banwa Private Island has expanded the island escape experience. The Commuter model, being the most exclusive in the range of yachts from Iguana, is the first of its kind in Asia. Adding new dimension to the immersive local activities to the private resort, the sustainable, amphibious boat opens up access to new idyllic spots of North-eastern Palawan’s coastline seamlessly transferring between land and water.
Banwa Private Island chose the Iguana Commuter boat for its diversity and go-anywhere capabilities, and low ecological impact. It can bring you to nearby sandbanks or unspoiled islands, access the mangrove forest of the Barbacan River and venture to the untouched reef of Araceli Island, a known site for swimming with manta rays, or to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.
The 9.2-meter Commuter can navigate smoothly and dryly through choppy waters, and safely and easily embark any terrain. With its durable hi-tech build, the amphibious Iguana offers a safe, exhilarating ride experience for guests of Banwa Private Island.
Opened in 2019, Banwa Private Island centers around six beachfront villas which can accommodate up to 22 people. Each villa boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a private infinity pool and jacuzzi deck. Other accommodations include 12 garden rooms and a presidential suite that can take the total occupancy to 48.
Located in Roxas, Palawan, the facilities on the 14.5 acre island include a short-range golf course, a spa, a tennis court, helipad, gym and Pilates studio, as well as multiple restaurants and bars. The island is home to a fleet of boats, as well as Hobie Cat sailing, jet-skis, paddleboard, and kayak for guests watersport activities. Divers can utilize the island’s experienced dive team and take a trip to the nearby Tubbataha Reef.
Considering its pristine location and proximity to Puerto Princesa, Banwa island also takes sustainability seriously and works with sister company Aquos Foundation to support research and conservation projects within the region.