It’s the image in my dreams. Coconut trees, a luscious green hillside with views overlooking the sea. A refreshing breeze blows from the water. It’s my slice of paradise, a perfect spot for quiet contemplation.
We are anxious to leave the hot and noisy town of Coron behind and be on the water. We hire a boat from Toto. I am 5′-1″ and he’s barely taller than me.
According to “the Chef” it’s been thirty-one months since we were last here. Can you tell he misses it too? It’s here that we both fell in love with Palawan.
During the forty-five minute ride we both have big grins.
When we see the towering limestone cliffs of Sangat Island we know we are close. Without better words to describe it I feel warm and fuzzy from the familiarity. Pillowy, white clouds hang over Sangat directly in front view of the resort. We see ‘Swiss Island’ and tell the captain he needs to make a wide berth because of the shallow waters. “The Chef” tries to lead them through.
Per, Per and Kenneth own the resort and we’ve been in friendly contact with them since we were here in 2012. We said we would be back to visit and now finally we are here. They greet us warmly and we chat for almost five hours. They know of our plans to move here and graciously offer their advice and opinions. There’s a lot of information to absorb and time just passes by.
One of the Pers show us around. There’s been a lot of improvements and new building. Typhoon Yolanda hit them hard and devastated the resort. Our hearts sank when we saw pictures of the destruction on Facebook. Thankfully no one was hurt.
Kenneth said it felt like it was a movie. The eye of the storm actually sat on top of Sangat Island close to the resort. For a brief twenty minutes the skies cleared and it was calm before once again the 297 kilometre hour winds started up again hurling branches and huge trees around. The sky was totally lit up by lightning but you couldn’t hear any thunder because of the deafening roar of the wind. It’s an amazing story.
Today, it’s just like it was in 2012 – serene, calm and utterly beautiful. They’ve found their corner of paradise. It’s getting late and we should go but “The Chef” and I can’t help it. We excuse ourselves and head to the water to snorkel. We need to find our own little piece of paradise.
To find out more about Chindonan Island Resort visit their website at http://www.chindonan-diveresort.com. We visited them again in June 2015 and they showed us their new Superior rooms which have fantastic views. You can book them online at HotelsCombined.com.
You can read my 2012 review on TripAdvisor Here.