The flight was fairly smooth and the scenery below was amazingly beautiful! The Philippines is a country comprised of 7,107 islands of all shapes and sizes surrounded by water and reefs of bright blues and greens.
Coming in for landing, we all noticed the lack of cement. The plane touched down roughly on a dirt runway, spewing a cloud of dust and rocks behind us. At the
We waited for the plane to leave before we were loaded into a surprisingly comfortable jeepney with our luggage and our guide. The jeepney sped down the dirt runway and then veered off onto a dirt road. We rode past many farms, banana trees, and cashew trees. The jeepney stopped at the end of a long wooden pier where there were lifejackets waiting for us.
Our luggage was carried ahead for us and placed into waterproof bags for the trip. We rode a motor boat along a river to deeper water where there was a large motorized outrigger waiting for us. Onboard the outrigger, we enjoyed cookies and hot ginger tea (called salabat) while oohing and aahing at the beauty of the blue water and passing scenery.
Apulit Island Resort is the only thing on Apulit Isand, making it the perfect place for a forget-about-the-world-for-a-while type of vacation. There is a white sandy beach with the common buildings that is bordered on each side by a row of cottages on stilts over the water.
As we docked, we were welcomed by the resort staff singing and dancing accompanied by a guitar, drum, and tambourine. We were given a refreshing drink and a necklace of a palm leaf braided into a fish. We relaxed in the shade while some of the staff introduced themselves and gave us an overview of the resort.
We were given a tour of the common buildings on our way to our cottage and were greeted by every employee we passed with a smile and a "ma'am" and "sir". By the next day, most of the employees were calling us Ms Angela, Mr Johnnie, or Mr and Mrs Green. The personalized attention we received at this resort was as impressive as the scenery :)
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"At the beach, life is different. Time doesn't move
hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the
currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun."