My wife and I are, I suppose, what one might call keen divers, regularly visiting the Philippines over the course of the last twenty five years. In that time we have dived many of the best known dive locations in the Philippines but one of the spots that has now become a virtual pilgrimage for us on our bi-annual trips to the Philippines is Sogod Bay Scuba Resort (SBSR).
The best description of SBSR I can offer is that it is a dive resort run by divers for divers. On this basis, in my opinion, it is an unqualified success. The diving is superb, the dive staff excellent as indeed are the house staff. The accommodation is large, bright, comfortable and spotlessly clean. And last but not least the prices are very reasonable. As a keen diver, that just about ticks all the boxes for me!
The main attraction for us though is obviously the diving itself. Sogod Bay is blessed with some of the best hard coral we have ever seen in the Philippines. Turtle Rock, Coral Garden and Heaven's Gate are particularly worth a mention. In addition, there are some really top class dives sites such as Napantao Wall and Max's Climax with their prolific fishlife. Add in the excellent possibility of sighting whalesharks (depending on the time of year) and you really do have a the complete package. Oh, I just left out possibly the most renowned of Sogod's dive sites, the night dive at Padre Burgos Pier!
A word of warning! If you are a non diver there really isn’t very much to do in the area. Reading some of the negative reviews on the resort, it looks to me that they were written by non-divers who made a poor choice of destination in the first place and then ,when disappointed with their choice, decided to take it out on the resort itself. This seems very unfair to me. As far as I am concerned, SBSR has always delivered exactly what it said it would on the tin!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our accommodation has been designed with quality and comfort in mind. Since opening in February 2006 all of our guests have been impressed by the quality of our accommodation. Our cottages are equipped with air-conditioning and a fan and each cottage overlooks Sogod Bay, just a few metres from the shore.Similarly, the resort staff have all been hand picked to ensure that our guests feel welcome and our restaurant serves a variety of cuisines.Last, but certainly not least, the Sogod Bay Dive Resort is at the forefront of a number of environmental initiatives designed to maintain and enhance the local dive environment. Specifically, our resort is the sole sponsor of four recently established marine sanctuaries, three of which are within either walking distance or a ten minute boat ride of the resort. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sogod Bay Scuba Hotel Padre Burgos
- Sogod Bay Scuba Resort Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte Province, Philippines