I had an almost perfect experience at Blue Ribbon Dive Resort. My three nights there while doing a PADI Advanced Open Water course at the resort's dive shop have been as pleasant as it comes.
The best thing about the hotel is the service. Truly, genuinely warm, with the staff knowing my name just hours after my arrival (it's a small hotel, 15 rooms perhaps). This personability makes a world of difference. Even Jonathan, the co-owner and dive instructor, is an affable guy and an experienced instructor. But let's proceed with order.
Rooms: I had a cottage, with two double beds in it. It was very spacious (especially for a solo traveler), with one A/C unit and one fan. The bathroom is fairly basic, but it has hot water (not something to take for granted here). There is a TV with cable with a decent array of channels. The cons of the room come from the mattress - too thin and hard - and the pillows - too big and hard - which actually made sleeping comfortably challenging. This is the major downside of the hotel, the only reason why I didn't give it a 5-star rating.
Facilities/amenities: there is a swimming pool/jacuzzi, a small gym (rather basic), and a nice lounge area in front of the beach where to relax enjoying the free wifi.
Restaurant/bar: the food is decent at the hotel - best part were the breakfasts. Shakes were yummy and beer - at 55 pesos - reasonably inexpensive.
Dive center: well equipped with good products (from wet-suits to dive computers), a reliable and experienced boat driver, enthusiastic and capable. Plenty of good dive sites around, and plenty of nudibranches, crabs (we saw a sponge crab!), fishes.
Location: right on the shore, 300-400 meters from the Sabang pier.
I would definitely come back to this hotel if I come back to Puerto Galera. While not perfect, it's certainly a very enjoyable hotel (from P1200/room for divers!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Ribbon Dive Resort is located on Small Lalaguna Beach, Puerto Galera, Philippines. We have 14 Bungalows and rooms located around a tranquil garden, on the beach front. We have a gym and a small diver training pool. We have a 24 hour reception, and housekeeping is included in the room charge. ... more less
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