CLUB NOAH, PALAWAN – DAY 1 (Journey to the Resort)
When we finally landed (after a few minutes of turbulence as we descended) at the Taytay airport on the dirt runway, we were greeted by some staff from Club Noah, including Rose, our activities director. The airport was a tiny hut with a CR (bathroom), little stands where women were selling woven bags, cashews, and banana chips, and several stray dogs.
Rose and Grace (another girl from Club Noah) offered us pandacil (bread) and iced tea. Doesn’t this sound peaceful? Well… it was. However, I forgot to mention that there were also 4-5 soldiers in camouflage and carrying guns as big as they were with large belt packs full of extra ammunition. (I think if you shoot somebody with a gun that big, you really don’t need extra ammunition, but I’m not going to argue).
Before too long, we climbed into a jeepney (our luggage was loaded into a separate vehicle to be delivered straight to our cabanas). The soldiers sat on top of the jeepney. We were across from a couple and their baby son. He was originally from Cleveland but was now an expat in Japan and his wife was Italian. They were going to meet her family at the resort, and were really nice to talk to. The baby was really cute and slept in his carrier through much of our 3 step adventure getting to the resort. We chatted with some of the other passengers as well. There were two from Japan and a few Filipinos.
[Our armed guards riding on the roof]
[The guards were on the roof because there were already 4 people in the front seat.]
We all boarded into a small motorboat and were brought to a larger boat which was an outrigger style. I had to ask Tim what they were called, so I’ll describe it as well. It is basically a long, narrow boat with a cabin and a roof deck with benches along the edges. Off to the sides of the main part of the vessel are two large wing-like attachments, which I believe help to balance the boat in the water. All of the ones we saw were painted baby blue. We meandered through the river and then the sea in this boat, armed guards in tow.
[Tim’s note: For a good mental picture of the whole environment, think of the jungle/river boat scenes in Apocalypse Now].
Again, we were impressed with the vivid color of the sky, the water, and the intense sunlight. It was very relaxing. We laid on the roof with the Japanese couple and the Cleveland/Italian/Japanese family and soaked up the sunlight. The friendly soldier and Rose were on the high roof of the cabin. Tim took his picture and the he was very happy and shook Tim’s hand and said “Thank you” (as many people seem to do here when you take their picture).
[M16's on the High Seas]
[But they're all really nice guys...the 'V' hand thing means "handsome" or beautiful - see the pics of the girls.]
Eventually, I adjusted to the change in scenery and stopped looking all the time, but Tim kept looking and photographing, and so we have so many beautiful pictures of it. He especially loved the colorful fish that swam under our cabin. He would sit on our balcony and look at the fish for a long time and wait for the shark to come. But – I am getting ahead of myself… more about that later.
[Kendra and our Activities Director, Rose]
When we were nearing the resort, we transferred again to a smaller boat and were taken to the Octagon pier and we were on land! We walked on the little bridge past the crystal clear water and the cabanas for couples on our left and the caves in the cliff face on our right. We headed for the beach where we had a welcome drink of mixed juices and an orientation to the island.
 Palawan, Club Noah, Day 1 (Airport and Flight)
 Palawan, Club Noah, Day 1 (Journey to the Resort) [You are Here]
 Palawan, Club Noah, Day 1 (Activities)
 Palawan, Club Noah, Day 2 (Easter Sunday)
 Palawan, Club Noah, Day 3 (Bottom Fishing and Trekking)
 Palawan, Club Noah, Day 3 (Lunch and Cave Tour)
 Palawan, Club Noah, Day 4 (Departure and Return Trip)