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Blue Ribbon Dive Resort
Small Lalaguna, Puerto Galera, Mindoro 5203, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #3 of 51 Hotels in Puerto Galera
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“Looking for fantastic diving and accommodation? Pick this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We stayed at Blue Ribbon Dive Resort for five days and enjoyed every piece of it! The owner and staff were extremely friendly, helpful and with a great sense of humor. Rooms are clean, spacious and the fridge provide you with water, beer and snacks for very reasonable prices.
The dive instructors are very skilled and professional! We had the pleasure and fun of diving with Jon through an Advanced Open Water course - and this brought us to many amazing dive sites with excellent visibility, interesting wrecks and big schools of fish. All dive sites are within 5-10 minutes boat ride making it possible to enjoy the beach and great restaurant at Blue Ribbon in between the dives.
Jon, Baz, Julia, Marc & Co, thanks for a great stay at your place!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mexico City, Mexico
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11 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Simple but spacious cottages, refreshing pool, knowledgable dive masters, and a really good restaurant (the Thai dishes and club sandwich were excellent). From the moment we started planning our visit, our every whim was catered to. Excellent dive resort.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

For a dive resort Blue Ribbon is the best value in Puerto Galera by far. Recently renovated spacious cottages offer amenities normally available at more expensive properties, such as fridge (minibar), safe, all rooms air conditioned. Small but nice swimming pool has recently been completed which is a nice feature as well. Food is good with a menu which offers variety, and the kitchen offers theme nights which increases the choices. Staff are very friendly and helpful, dive shop offers personalized service, a knowledgeable and experienced staff, PADI certified courses at competitive price, overall this small resort is by far the most sensible solution in Puerto Galera

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

I just came back from the Philippines and I ended my trip with a week stay @ the Blue Ribbon resort.

I have nothing but great things to say about the resort, both because of the place itself (really nice, very clean, great location) and because of the staff, which is extremely friendly and genuinely welcoming. Special mention to Julia, the Manager, who's just as helpful as nice.

Diving wise I also had a great time. Saw plenty of things I had never seen before (though I've been diving for ten years) and did all the dives I wanted, in the places I wanted (thanks Baz!).

Overall, I coudn't wish for a better place to stay in Puerto Galera. Will be back for sure!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

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!).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Fantastic dive operation with great staff. Spent 5 nights here in June 2012 and had a wonderful time. The owners are very knowledgeable and helpful with any questions, the rental equipment is in great condition, and the shop's location is far enough away from the center of the small town that it's quite peaceful at night but still a short walk to restaurants/etc. Accommodation is very reasonably priced and gets the job done. Very relaxed atmosphere and most dive sites are a 5-10 minute boat ride away. I'll definitely come back if I'm in Puerto Galera again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Jon was brilliant, made a real effort to do the dive sites we wanted to go to including organising a trip to Verde Island. The shop is organised, the staff are helpful and they had a HOT SHOWER AND FLUFFY TOWELS, to top it all off. The food was damn good too.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Small Lalaguna, Puerto Galera, Mindoro 5203, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 51 Hotels in Puerto Galera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
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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