Club Paradise Resort is located in Dimakya Island in Calamianes Group of Islands, Northern Palawan. We started our journey to the resort from Coron town through a van, which took around an hour. If coming from the Busuanga Airport, the trip will take about 30 minutes.
At the boat dock, we were greeted with full smiles by the resort’s staff/ boatmen and handed us snacks. At this moment, Club Paradise’s excellent service has begun. The small dock lies on a strait lined with mangroves.
The boat ride started gently at a low speed, which the friendly staff told us was to minimize the impact of boat-generated waves to the mangrove forest. Ten or 15 minutes later, we exited the river heading out to the open sea, where the boat eventually gained speed. We passed by a fishing community and beautiful sights along the way.
That’s Isla Walang Lang-Aw (Island With No Trees) which our boat passed through a few minutes away from Club Paradise. The island can be kayaked for 30 minutes (or maybe an hour, depending on ones skills :)) from the resort.
The sight of the vibrant turquoise blue water upon approaching the island’s coast totally blew me away! I’ve been to a lot of wonderful white sand beaches and islands but on that moment, it’s as if that was my first time to ever lay eyes on an island beach. I just couldn’t explain it but on that instant, I totally forgot about the camera hanging on my neck, which was kind of unusual because I normally would have already taken a number of shots here.
Here’s what the island looks like as we advanced. None of my pictures come close to the real one. It looks oversaturated but that’s how it is. even more stunning in personal.
My feet were not yet touching ground and I already made up my mind that it’s called Club Paradise for a reason. After that glorious landing, we were greeted by a string band performance and were served cold towels and welcome drinks.
We were escorted to our room at one of the beach front cottages, which I already anticipated will give us amazing views of the sea, and I was not disappointed.
Entering into the room was a pleasant surprise as we were greeted by a personalized banner posted on the wall.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have something like this every time I come home to my real home?
These cute little bottles are tempting but cocktail drinks are best enjoyed at the resort’s Dugong Bar
The island is a complete destination in itself. They’ve got a restaurant, a bar, billiards, foosball, table tennis, swimming pool, spa and KTV. One can do activities such as hiking (unfortunately closed when we were there), kayaking, island hopping, picnicking at the Hidden Beach (not so hidden as there are signs leading to it), snorkeling, diving and beach bumming.
Let me show you these views I feasted upon around the island:
The Hidden Beach side
Beachfront at the cottage side
They’ve got their own vegetable garden with hydroculture, too
Sunset view, right in front of our cottage
I thought the surprises for the day were over with the sun setting before us. But wait, there’s more! Suddenly, the fruit bats came out from their “bed spaces” on trees within the resort, with the whole pack migrating northwards from the island. This jaw-dropping experience went on for almost 5 minutes.
Ahm, the black spots you see aren’t dust marks. FYI, those are bats
As the night drew, we headed to the Ocean Restaurant for a sumptuous dinner. I’m not a foodie so I’ll leave the food stories to the experts. All I can say was that I and my stomach had a happy time at the restaurant. We then went to the bar and tried their cocktail drinks. We decided to continue our chit-chatting outside by the beach with our drinks on hand, while gazing at the twinkling stars. Ah, island life it is! Twinkling stars went into darkness as three of us didn’t notice that we already fell asleep (not sure if it’s the alcohol or we’re just tired or both). The call of nature and the cold awakened me so I woke my friends up so we could continue dreaming on our comfy beds in the cottage.
Waking up to the sounds of the chirping birds and the ocean waves was precious (compared to waking up with the sound of my alarm clock). These are some of the birds we spotted just outside our cottage.
After a hearty breakfast, the highlight of my “paradise” experience happened…a peek through the underwater world just off the coast of the island. I have not experienced diving but it’s as if I did just that by simply snorkeling. The marine life around the island is simply exceptional. I saw starfish of different colors, bright-colored fishes, small and big fishes, school of fishes, giant clam, small clams, and the stars of them all…stingray and pawikan or sea turtle. My friend who’s with me here went back again to the resort at another time this year and was fortunate to get a glimpse of dugong (sea cow).
I am not a good swimmer…let me rephrase that, I am not a swimmer so I get my powers and courage from a life vest. Thanks to the sports activities staff by the name of Jetli (no, not Jet Li the action star, Jetli is his first name), who gave us a “swimthrough” and showed us the usual hang-outs of the marine animals. Another show of excellent service by the resort because he allowed me to hang on to that orange oblong thing called a rescue buoy while I can lazily swim and float as he tows me. Haha!
Aside from the rich marine life and the birds, here’s another permanent resident at Club Paradise:
Monitor lizard roaming around the resort
We all ended our Club Paradise experience with a smile in our hearts
On our flight back to Manila from Busuanga Airport, I became excited again as I saw Dimakya Island from above, which we un-mistakenly identified through the shape of the nearby Isla Walang Lang-aw.
Have you experienced Club Paradise? If not, I bet it’s going to be a blast as much as we did. Also, if you’re planning to stay here, aside from enjoying nature, please do bear in mind that as an island resort, the source of electricity is through a generator set which is costly and entails a lot of use of non-renewable energy, and that freshwater is limited. So do conserve water and energy.