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.
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- Also Known As:
- Mike`s Dauin Beach Hotel Dauin
- Mike's Dauin Beach Resort Dumaguete City, Philippines