I'm a US resident but nevertheless manage to be a regular at Portulano. I obtained my advanced open water certification from Arnel ca. 2008 and have been back two more times since. Arnel and Carmela are perfect hosts--warm, laid back, and knowledgeable--and that's reflected in the great crowd of divers they attract. It's easy to show up solo and have dive buddies instantly. The house and boat staff are all excellent, as are the dive masters that help out now and again (Winston led most of my dives on the last trip and was great all around).There's tons to see in the house reef and surrounding sites. I'm eager to see the new additions and renovations to the facilities on my next visit.
There are plenty of places to dive in the Philippines, and even in Batangas, but I keep coming back to Portulano. Highly recommended for divers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A boutique resort in the more quiet side of what is popularly known as Anilao, Batangas. Portulano Dive Resort provides snorkeling and scuba diving services to Anilao/Mabini, Bauan, Tingloy popular dive sites. Wake up to the gentle sound of the waves with rooms directly fronting the sea with a bedside view of the ocean. It's a great place for both divers, non-divers having lots of private space to lounge and relax. Design and architecture is inspired by mediterranean colors accented by local materials and artistry. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Portulano Dive Hotel Bauan
- Portulano Dive Resort Batangas/Bauan, Philippines