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“Quiet hotel, off the main island.” 3 of 5 stars
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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 #9 of 15 hotels in Coron
Taoyuan, Taiwan
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“Quiet hotel, off the main island.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights and we found the staff to be excellent. Very kind, they always called us by name and enjoyed helping us with any requests we had, including a surprise birthday breakfast request with fresh cut flowers and delicious crepes.

Unfortunately the shuttle service is not efficient and we had to wait several times for long periods of time to get to and from town. They also didn't mention that in order to catch the ferry we had to go the restaurant "la sirenetta" and text when we wanted a ride. The first night going to the hotel we weren't aware of this, we tried to contact the hotel the evening before (via email) to arrange the shuttle but with no response.

The hotel had a nice relaxing atmosphere but unfortunately the lack of air conditioning and the uncomfortably high pillows it made for a difficult sleep.

Overall, its nice to get out of Coron town but the hotel is a little overpriced for the value (they charge for everything and they must cover the cost of transporting things to the island) and be prepared to wait for the transport.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

What an amazing place, had the best time there. First off, if your looking for hot showers, room service, TV or anything else like that, this is not the place for you. If your looking for great people, awesome diving, friendly smiles, great food and just an excellent overall experience, I absolutely suggest Discovery Divers Resort. I was able to dive on a few of the wrecks, visited some amazing lagoons. The staff, owners and dive masters we top quality for sure. Also, I want to add a special note for anyone visiting. There is one staff member who was way above the rest, this young woman not only arranged everything from my arrival, trips, dives and departure, she also chose all my meals for me (which was a great experience), answered every question I could think of and made my experience all the better. So, to Riza, thank you for making my vacation so memorable!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Stayed just over a week, very welcoming family run resort, relaxed and jolly staff, the "little mama" aka Merley the hostess with the mostess makes you feel very at home approachable and so helpful.
The resort has a lot to offer, with boat trips to the most beautiful islands around, your destinations vary from fantastic lakes to idyllic picturesque paradise islands turquoise warm sea white sand coconut trees which in most of our visits to places felt untouched,
The excertions to many of these islands give you a chance to snorkel and what a place to snorkel as the water is so clear and the wildlife is so rich underwater, adults will be amazed admiring the coral wildlife, children will be ticking off the list from the cast of pixars "finding nemo" as they all seem to be their.
We bought the package of scuba diving which was superb- a charismatic eccentric swiss dive master marcel made our group of 4 feel really relaxed and was able to cope with all our different abilities of diving , he was calm polite enthusiastic and taught the 4 of us to become compitant divers, as an experience to see a wide array of wildlife even got the chance to see a ship wreck which was rather fun and dramatic.
Would love to go back and explore other islands.


  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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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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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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Additional Information about Discovery Island Resort and Dive Center

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:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Coron
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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Also Known As:
Discovery Divers Resort Coron Hotel Coron
Discovery Divers Hotel
Discovery Island Resort And Dive Center Coron, Palawan Island

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