HOTEL MAYA was formally opened on December 8, 2010.  HOTEL MAYA is the Tourism Laboratory of Loyola College of Culion which offers BS Entrepreneurship major in Entrepreneurial Tourism through the autonomous status of Ateneo de Naga University.  

The Hotel structure was a part of STA. TERESITA DORMITORY which was originally the dormitory for the female children of leper patients.  This dormitory was supervised by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (SPC).

HOTEL MAYA derives its name from its generous benefactor, Ms. Malena Fernandez, who provided the initial capital for the construction of the Hotel.


HOTEL MAYA is located in the island of Culion in Northern Palawan.  Culion is part of the Calamianes Group of Islands which also includes Busuanga, Coron and Linapacan.

In 1906, Culion was declared by the American Commonwealth government as a Leper Colony where all leper patients are supposed to be brought.  Since 1906, Jesuits and SPC sisters were tasked to provide pastoral care of all the leper patients in the island of Culion.

Since leprosy is now curable, the island of Culion is now very safe for tourists.  Culion has a Museum which helps tourists to understand the unique history of this island.  Several historical markers may also be found around Culion explaining the historical importance of the different buildings and areas.

Culion is also very blessed with beautiful beaches and a great diversity of marine species.  There are several pearl farms in the area which is proof of the very clean environment in Culion.