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Mike's Dauin Beach Resort
District 3, Dauin, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Dauin
Taichung, Taiwan
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Really stands out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

There's already a lot of reviews on this resort and I don't want to repeat what most of them have previously stated about the infrastructure, location or the diving. Mike's isn't a five-star resort, doesn't pretend to be, and it's not sold at a five-star price. Everything else can be deduced from that statement. Mike is a strong-willed and straight-talking character and not everyone can deal with that. I'm the same, so it works for me.

Compared to most other dive / beach resorts in the Philippines, Mike's:

Has genuinely charming and friendly staff that don't suddenly become your best friend two days before you leave, with heavy hints toward the tip jar.

Has a staff that is very well balanced, in that there are no obviously weak or rockstar-strong members in the team. They're all good at their jobs and have great attitudes. Usually I will leave a group tip in the jar(s) but also tip the staffers that really stood out from the rest. I did not feel like that was necessary here, or fair.

Has a well-trained and motivated staff that can function just fine without micromanaging from the owner and runs the same whether he's there or not. Very seldom will a question be answered with 'I have to ask the owner...'.

Has a kitchen that is quick and puts out food as tasty as you'll find in good restaurants in the nearby city of Dumaguete, and doesn't charge an arm and a leg for it. There's no slowing down to a crawl when the resort fills up and everyone arrives for breakfast during the same five minutes.

Isn't interested in making PHP100 or 200 for just arranging a trike or taxi for you or getting you a rental scooter, they just get you a ride and you pay the regular price.

Has an owner genuinely interested in your concerns and opinions, but is not afraid to discuss them frankly.

Will bend over backwards to make your dive trip memorable. If you want to go out to Apo Island every single day, or don't want to be on boats with certain other groups, they'll make it happen. I left an underwater camera case out to dry and had it mailed back to me immediately without any fuss.

Summary: I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and the diving, and wouldn't even consider trying another resort in the Dauin area.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms are really nice but are right above the pool, which can get noisy on weekends. Mike...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Spent a great week relaxing and diving, Mike and Joy run a great establishment. The room was comfortable. Plenty of hot water. Delicious meals. Ace and Neil and the dive staff were great, and there's a lot of variety...big stuff, macro, coral, muck, drift, whale sharks. Great place to get away and enjoy some fine diving.

Room Tip: Lower level rooms may be a bit quitter based on local animal chatter.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Lovely relaxing, friendly place to stay with beautiful view over the ocean. Mike and his staff take the time to make all guests comfortable both at the resort and in the water. Spent 8 nights here - good food, company and great diving. Coral and fish on Apo Island was excellent - I wish there were more places left in the world as good. The diving straight off the resort is also great - especially for the critter hunters. I was sad to leave.

Jo Squire

Room Tip: Best rooms is upstairs deluxe with great view of ocean.
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Warrington, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We stayed at Mike's Dauin Beach Resort Sat 8th March for 6 wonderful nights.
Although our Ferry from Tagbilaran to Dumaguete was 4 hours late, the driver from Mike's Place was there to pick us up. Mike was there to greet us when we arrived at the resort making us feel at home right away.
As ex divers we were not there for the diving. The facilities were perfect for a nice relaxing holiday. We had a deluxe room, overlooking the swimming pool and the sea. The place was immaculate.
The resort is about 20 mins drive away from Dumaguete where there are plenty of bars/restaurants. However the food at Mike's Place is as good, if not better than most restaurants.
Mike and Joanne have a lovely family run resort with all the staff, so friendly and helpful.
We went out with divers on 2 boat trips, we were snorkling. The fish, turtle and coral life we saw was fantastic. The comments from the divers, were the same. The boat crew and dive guide were very professional and made you feel relaxed before and after your dive/snorkle. Nothing was to much trouble.
We had 6 fantastic nights, and highly reccomend it to both divers and non divers alike.
Mike is a Great Host. Thanks to everyone !

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at two dive resorts in Feb., Mike's being the first one. The rooms are fine, clean, good sized with a big veranda including drying racks for gear. All your heavy gear is stored in a safely locked room overnight with little handling needed by the divers, excellent staff work to clean, store and load gear on to boat.

Best diving is at Apo Island, we went three times. Best corals we have every seen with generally good fish life. A one hour boat ride each way however. Closer in dives are on muck with good macro life, one small octopus, ghost pipefish, frogfish, and nudibranchs. We personally preferred Apo, gorgeous. Dive guides are attentive and knowledgeable.

Good food, fine service, fun fellow guests. If we had not gone to Magic Island on Moalboal I would have given Mike's a 5, but MI is a cut above. I would stay here again, and really liked diving in two different PI locations. Mike's is a really good value.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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102 reviews 102 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We (family with tow kids, 7 and 6 years) stayed at Mike's Dauin Beach Resort around Christmas. We really enjoyed the family friendly atmosphere and the team spirit among staff members. The resort is very well run and looked after.

Comfy rooms and beds, nice food, good drinks (don't miss the Mango Daiquiri as you get the worlds best mangos in this area). We were happy that the resorts has a small pool, as the public beach is not so nice there and the sea could be too rough for a swim with kids.
We took various diving trips and also went by boat up north to go snorkeling with the whale sharks. It was amazing.

We had a great stay, Thanks to everyone!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I visited Mikes Dive Resort with a group of 8 divers from the UK for a week of diving. From the welcome to the resort, to the friendly staff, sturdy dive boats and great guides we all felt very well looked after. Mike and Joy offer personal service with plenty of focus provided to all the little things that matter. The food was good with plenty of choice offered. Dive guides were great, both in terms of spotting and safety, briefings were thorough. Dive boats well laid out and supported by hard working crew - great that we had the choice to dive Apo, Dauin and Siquijor during our stay - thanks, I will be back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: District 3, Dauin, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Visayas > Negros Island > Negros Oriental > Dumaguete City > Dauin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Dauin
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Dauin
#2 Romantic Hotel in Dauin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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