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Artistic Diving & Beach Resort

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Punta Ballo White Beach, Sipalay, Negros Occidental 6113 Philippines
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#3 of 6 hotels in Sipalay
Location
4.2
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4.6
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4.4
Value
4.3
Artistic Diving Beach Resort and Padi Dive Center welcomes you to our beautiful beach and diving resort here in Punta Ballo, Sipalay Philippines. Since 1998, we have been keeping our resort in motion with our staff. We are pleased to welcome you and make your holidays as pleasant as possible. ARTISTIC DIVING TEAM humbly greets you.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Boating
Babysitting
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Street parking
Wifi
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Poolside bar
Canoeing
Diving
Hiking
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Billiards
Darts
Fishing
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Spa
Massage
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour check-in
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Housekeeping
Private balcony
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Clothes rack
Minibar
Complimentary toiletries
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Mid-range
Family
Languages Spoken
English, Filipino, German
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Rick_HSeattle wrote a review Jul 2020
Seattle100 contributions212 helpful votes
Artistic dive is my single favorite place in the Philippines. Sipalay is a beautiful place with long white sand beaches, bountiful reefs for snorkeling and diving, some of the most reliably sunny weather in the country, friendly locals and the best part is, all of this is still relatively undiscovered! Sipalay can also be defined by what it is NOT there; mosquitos, other tourists, vendors on the beach, crowds, jet skis, overpriced food and lodging and everything else you see in more famous destinations. There are three dive resorts in the area. Of these, Artistic dive has the best location, most reasonable prices, friendliest staff and is the best value for the money. The Swiss owner Arthur Muller and his Filapina wife Evalyn spent 20 years designing and building the resort and the surrounding community including all the road and utility infrastructure and maintaining it in perfect working order so guests are always comfortable and well taken care of. The pool is gorgeous and a welcome swim every day to cool off and enjoy the scenery. The staff is very friendly and helpful and learns the names and needs of all guests so most of your needs are taken care of without even asking. The kitchen is fabulous and serves great food including the best pizza in the Philippines. I also recommend their Thai style curry and grilled jumbo prawns in garlic butter, yum! I always enjoy staying there on my visits to the Philippines. It is so beautiful, peaceful and fun to explore all the snorkel sites easily reached from the long beach. Sunsets are perfect all winter long and all the rooms have nice views. Sipalay also has a wonderful daily fruit market with some of the sweetest, juiciest fruit found anywhere in the Philippines. Tricycle will take you there in a 20 minute ride into town from the resort. I hardily recommend that if you are in Negros at some of the popular areas like Dumaguete, that you take the little side trip and spend a few days in Sipalay at Artistic dive. It’s a couple hours to the west and a world away!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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CeciliaLewis wrote a review Oct 2019
Manila, Philippines2 contributions
Great visibility when you dive/snorkel. Boat is parked right in front of the beach. Tessa (massuese) provided such a relaxing, sleep-inducing massage after a long day of swimming. Simple, clean rooms. Will be back! Also food was nice.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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EllaC wrote a review Jun 2019
Malapascua Island, Philippines11 contributions1 helpful vote
Been here twice already and it's always worth it. Great food, clean amenities and always smiling staff. The pool is clean. The beach is right in front and you can enjoy Island hopping or diving. Hope to see you guys again soon.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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salemnobody wrote a review Mar 2019
Thailand1221 contributions174 helpful votes
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Artistic Diving White Beach Resort Punta Ballo, 6113 Sipalay City Negros Occ. Philippines I came from Sipalay City (Sealey’s Inn), it costs me 200 PHP for a tiny tricycle to go to Artistic Diving. The time was about 20”. Artistic Diving CHARGES for everything extra; wi-fi in MY room, I brought my own regulator with computer & prescription mask BUT they still charged my for complete rental unit as IF I had nothing, ALL meals (I thought I had free breakfast?) The room is fairly nice with a mini-fridge, closet & shelf space 2 beds (single/twin & queen), a small table & NO wi-fi in my room (It costs extra for wi-fi. I thought wi-fi was FREE. WiFi IS air, right?). The TV has “around” 56 channels of which X are in English; HBO, CNN, Al Jazeera, NBA Premium, Warner TV, AXN, History, Asia News Network, The bathroom has 2 towels both big & small, liquid & bar soap, tissue & shampoo. The TV had no USB plug-in, per my emails, but they brought me another TV with a USB plug-in. NICE! The wi-fi is; non-existence in my room. The wi-fi in the restaurant & lobby area is pretty poor (I tried to sign into Yahoo & got my user name BUT NO page for password sign-in. I tried it, like, 15 times IN 2 days), (It takes > 20” to download a Jeopardy episode. The Jeopardy episodes are 19”. You need to try one tab ONLY. That seems to work BUT it takes forever to download a podcast! To download a podcast it takes FOREVER & usually less than 80 kilobytes a second, BUT far less AS USUAL. I had 1-2 kilobytes a second! TEN minutes ago a 30 minute video, to download, was 33 minutes left...NOW, it’s 35 minutes left! OUCH! It TOOK an hour to download a 30” video! OUCH AGAIN! I HAVE a suggestion…………...Upgrade your internet!
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Depends on your price range; from backpackers to luxury, man!
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RV-Dillon62 wrote a review Mar 2019
Billingshurst, United Kingdom44 contributions13 helpful votes
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My sister and I booked a room in the backpacker's accommodation whilst the rest of our group stayed next door as the hotel is full. Although we have to use a shared bathroom and toilet, we were very impressed with it's standard of cleanliness. The couple who owned and run the place were wonderful. And credit goes to all the staff too for being so lovely and accommodating. Good wifi connection only at the reception and restaurant area which is good enough for me. Watching the sunset from this place is to die for. On our last night/dinner at the restaurant, it was very kind for the owner to give us a complimentary drink-much appreciated. Thank you for making our stay a memorable one.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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JasminJ_1968 wrote a review Feb 2019
Vienna, Austria17 contributions7 helpful votes
We stayed from 31.1. to 8.2. at Artistic Divers, Punta Ballo Beach, Sipalay. The resort is run by a Swiss/Filipino couple since more than 20 years. The first impression was "nice view, pool and organized". Then we saw the room, which was a bit small, but OK. Later I realized all the rooms are not that big, but when you have tree beds for only two people you can remove one bed to have more space for your stuff, which we did. But we are special with all our diving equipment and cameras and lights. Then we meat Rainer, a German dive instructor, who explained us the dive sites, how the base operates and about the dive schedules. Now I was realizing this is a great place for experienced divers who like to do filming, pictures and no stress. The restaurant serves very good food and also some Swiss specialities like Roesti, which we know from Austria also. They have good personal which knows how to deal with European guests. You can also eat on the beach and watch the sunset or simply enjoy the awesome view to the wide open see. I am a very picky person and I couldn't find anything which was not functioning. The only thing I recommended was to change the WIFI access point configuration to another channel/bandwidth, which we fixed immediately. We meat a couple and we went diving with them. We, as experienced divers doing underwater filming and very slow diving, dove more or less alone. We liked this a lot, because every guide is always bored with us and will freeze anyway in the water. We also could extend the dive time which we appreciated a lot. In fact you are diving in a buddy system as usual in Europe. The dive spots are very nice, only the visibility was sometimes not so good. But this is something which is highly depending on the weather conditions. After the dive you can rinse your stuff in enough water. I mention it, because in Apo Island you even can't shower your body well and there is no way to rinse the gear. Arthur, the owner, has several wells who have always water, even in the dry season. Arthur, his wife and the employees always work to keep this place as nice at is is. Arthur is also constantly improving things. I really can recommend this place for a relaxing stay with great diving experience. THX for all, we will definitely come back!
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Worldwide wrote a review Jan 2019
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia3 contributions1 helpful vote
I've never stayed at a resort in which the guests failed to greet each other. It's a small resort so its impossible to not come in contact with other guests. While the Filipino staff were very friendly and accommodating, the owner should learn from the staff's hospitality! I don't recommend staying here but I must admit, the swiss bread was outstanding and the restaurant never served a bad meal. The mostly Swiss and German guests did not make this an enjoyable stay...
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Rick_HSeattle wrote a review Dec 2018
Seattle100 contributions212 helpful votes
The Swiss owner Arthur and his wife Evelyn have spent 20 years building this hotel in Sipalay from scratch and they have done a wonderful job. It's a great hotel in a beautiful tranquil setting, reasonably priced. My wife is Filipina and from the local area. We spend many happy times at Artistic Dive. You can read the reviews on this website from my previous visits to Artistic Dive discussing the hotel and diving. I just wanted to emphasize here the real treasure there is the staff. They are perhaps the friendliest and most helpful group that I have ever encountered in my years of travel in the Philippines. Between them, the other guests and the general welcoming laid back vibe of the area, staying there is like having an extended family. Well done and thanks!
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Beach location is best
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Response from ArthurJosefM, General Manager at Artistic Diving & Beach Resort
Responded Dec 22, 2018
Thank so much Rick, for your time to leave us a great review. Merry Christmas and See you again.
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Steve G wrote a review Apr 2018
Dumaguete City, Philippines5 contributions1 helpful vote
Booked for 2 nights. Did not stay the second night. In the morning I left fpr 1 hour. When we returned there was no parking spaces available. They clearly stated that parking was available for free for all checked in guest. The spots were taken by day visitors using the pool. Staff refused to provide any assistance and refused to refund my second night that I had paid in advance.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Peter C wrote a review Feb 2018
Negros Island, Philippines17 contributions12 helpful votes
I came across this place as a last minute choice as our planned trip to Siquijor was cancelled by typhoon activity. Staying in Dumaguete, it was a good 4 hour drive and late afternoon on our first night of 2 when we arrived. We were made so welcome on arrival and shown to a lovely double room that had everything needed for a holiday stay. The beach is beautiful, the view from the room was stunning. We ate a late afternoon snack and booked our evening meal. All the food we had on the 2 days was beautiful prepared and served by staff who were always pleasant and obliging.nothing was too much trouble for anybody. The masseuse was called back to duty at gone 5pm to give my partner a massage.all done with a smile. The only reason I can’t give resort a 5 is the number of steps and my bad knees!!! Otherwise, a wonderful place.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Artistic Diving & Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Artistic Diving & Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include Punta Ballo Beach (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Artistic Diving & Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Artistic Diving & Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Artistic Diving & Beach Resort?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Artistic Diving & Beach Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Mixed Food Restaurant, Fish Tank Sea Food Restaurant, and Artistic Diving & Beach Resort.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Artistic Diving & Beach Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Artistic Diving & Beach Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Artistic Diving & Beach Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Artistic Diving & Beach Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Artistic Diving & Beach Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Artistic Diving & Beach Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Filipino.
Does Artistic Diving & Beach Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.