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Discovery Island Resort and Dive Center
Dicanituan Island | Barangay 5, Busuanga Island, Palawan Island 5316, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in Coron
Guildford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Discovery resort, all gd”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Me & my miss's stayed at Discovery resort, Coron. Was a great balance between isolated from noisy town but not a million miles away, real bonus with free wifi, big tv with sky (films) and pool table to help pass the time. I went diving with Discovery Divers also based at the resort which makes it extremely convenient. The whole experience was great, no dodgy lunch, no extra fees for a wet suit or fins and a nice small group with a very chirpy relaxed dive master. Thumbs up.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Discovery Resort is a really relaxing and peaceful island but only a 10 minutes boat ride away from the small town of Coron. The staff at the resort were very friendly and always happy to help. We stayed for 9 nights in a very cute bamboo hut, with great views out to the sea, palm trees and hammocks!

The island is in a great location to go on boat trips to explore the surroundings - our favourite visits were Kayangan Lake, snorkelling to see a variety of tropical fish and a Japanese shipwreck, a trip to the gorgeous Pass Island, Maquinit hot springs and Malcapuya Island. There are plenty more places to explore or go scuba diving.

I would highly recommend visiting Discovery Resort - my friends & I had an amazing experience and I would love to go back.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed on the island for a week and would definitely like to come back. The staff were extremely helpful and accommodating and we had great views over the bay from our cottage.

The resort organizes diving trips, boat trips to nearby islands and various expeditions which we went on several times and were extremely happy with.

The food was also very tasty as it was freshly cooked and bought straight from the market everyday. We were extremely happy with our stay and would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bomaderry
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

really enjoyed our stay. only missing a good swimming place although if your island hopping or diving i don't think it's a problem. would definitely recommend this place.
great food and reasonably priced considering it's on an island.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eisenach, Germany
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

It was our first time in Coron & we booked through their website. It was misleading. The location is not in the main Island of Coron, so it was already a huge disadvantage. One has to take their boat & pay for the fare. To take off, the boat has to wait for other passengers. So for another group tour, we got late.
The price of the room was expensive for what was offered. It was just bed, toilet, shower & shelves (no cabinet). For some reason it was not regularly cleaned. The toilet & shower, were even for Philippine Standard, so minimal. The ceiling light got broken on the first night, and even if we mentioned it, it wasn't changed.
The Administration also lacks organization. You mention something important to one of the heads, it doesn't reach the others. We have to discuss the same problem over and over again to four different people in Tagalog and in English everyday just to clarify something.
We finally decided to check-in another hotel in the middle of the City, located in a quiet area (Eco Lodge) to get the worth of our money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We arrived in Coron Town at sunset and didn't know how we were getting to our resort. However, we were pleasantly surprised to see a shuttle waiting for us with our resort name and our names on a sign. We got off the shuttle at the water not realizing that we had to boat across to the resort. It was stunningly beautiful to ride out of Coron Town on the water at sunset over to Discovery Divers Resort. There were twinkle lights and small light posts going up the steep hill to the sleeping accommodations and a laid-back atmospheric lit restaurant right off the dock. We freshened up and had dinner. The food was pretty good. The room was clean and quiet. The fan was enough to keep cool. We awoke to spectacular views and were able to arrange for a boat ride back to town in time to catch our next boat for a Tao Trip. We will definitely be back as we were not able to explore the beauty of Coron but we know we missed out.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

I enjoyed my 3 day stay at Discovery island and divers resort. We stayed in a private bungalow, surrounded by greenery, very quiet (except for the calls of the gecko at night!) and with a view of the Coron bay from the hammock outside our room.

Booking -
was simple - I set them an email, they answered my questions and I made bank transfer to their account

Their website is - http://www.discoverydiversresort.com/ but you will find far more photos on their facebook page which gives you a better idea of the resort and it's rooms - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Discovery-Island-Resort-Dive-Center/144879965524805

Reaching here -
The good part of Discovery is that it is away from Coron town, on an outlying island. The very approach, though small islands covered with greenery, told me that I had booked at the right place. Discovery had arranged our transport from Busuanga airport in a minivan (there are NO trikes and NO taxis in the airport, so pre arranged transport is your best option - else you will have to request the minivans booked by otehr tourists for pick up to take you, if they have space), it takes 1 hour to reach Coron town from airport, and 15 mintues by bangka to reach the Discovery resort from Coron town proper.

A word of advice -

if you ask me, unless you are really strapped for cash, DO NOT stay in Coron town., it is a dump, dusty and filled with backpackers. Stay in a resort in ANY outlying island, they are not expensive (Discovery costed us hardly 2500 pesos including breakfast)

The rooms -
were beautiful (see the photos uploaded here or on my travel blog - http://corontrip.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/coron-how-to-get-there/
We had a cottage (they also have cheaper rooms, but we wanted the privacy), the bath was attached, but naughty as it was in a corner with a wall and narrow opening, but no door. However the door is placed such that no one can see you from the bed room unless they want to :)
We liked this idea, and found it naughty, but some people may not

The CR thankfully had a door.

The bed was big, soft, we had an aircon, books to read kept on the bookshelves like Khalil Gibrans poetry and very comfortable. The house is made in native style with native items so it has excellent ventillation. This got tested on nigh #2 when the electricity failed, and we continued to sleep undisturbed!

On day 3, their water pump packed up, so we had not water in teh tap and shower, but teh resort had already kept water outside out cottage on tehir own, so it was not so convenient. Plus the owner profusely apologies and said they were fixing it.

Excellent Customer service -
I have to give them all 5 out of 5 - the owners (a British - Filipina couple... both of them kept asking us how our stay was and if we needed anything more, and addressed all issues that we raised), the staff (very courteous and helpful). I have already recommend this resort to a few people, and their experiences have been similar

Food -
The free Breakfast was wholesome - juice, eggs, toast, juice, fruit, plus Filipino breakfast like longsilog / tapsilog etc if you like. Lunch and dinner too were good. We ate in Coron town on day 3 (la Sirenetta - good) and night 2 (Seadive - hopeless!) so I don't think eating here was a restriction. The resort restaurant had sufficient variety to keep me going for 5 days.

You can take the Bangka anytime (though they ask you to inform them 1 hour in advance - the boat was almost always ready for us!) to go from the resort to the Coron town, they charge about 50 pesos for the trip, but this was a small price for the beautiful environment.

Did I tell you? You have a beautiful view of Coron bay and sunset from our cottage

Beach -
There really is hardly any beach - just a patch of coral powder. But we spent some time relaxing on the beach chairs kept there. There is also a small bamboo cubo on the water which is comfortable to relax.

Walks -
There is a walking path around the island, next to the mangroves, and we explored this our next morning. It is nice and peaceful

Activities -
Discovery island resort has a dive shop operated by another person, hence thankfully, the resort was not filled with divers, but we could dive with a 1 day notice if we waned. We arranged our day tour with the resort, which was not more in cost than if we would ave arranged it on our own from the jetty. Note - there is no snorkeling adjacent to the resort.

All in all, I would definitely recommend staying here - especially for couples, and peopel traveling single wanting peace and quiet.

Room Tip: Stay in the native air con cottages - they have a great view of Coron bay
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dicanituan Island | Barangay 5, Busuanga Island, Palawan Island 5316, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > Coron
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Coron
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Back to 100% after Typhoon Haiyan. An Island resort and dive center on its own island just 5 minutes from Coron Town. Tranquil location with individual rustic cottages and modern lodge rooms. All rooms en-suite. Warm hospitality and good food. Ideal for island hoppers and divers. Private Coron Island Tours operated from the resort to show you the best and most beautiful spots that Coron has to offer at your own pace. With one of the most experienced dive centers in Coron, come dive Corons wrecks, lakes or coral reefs with Discovery Divers from our resort. Kayaking, seafaris around Calamianes Islands are also available. ... more   less 
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