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Arthur's Place Dive Resort
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“If you want a lawn then this place is great!”
Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

I lived in Manila for 6 years and cam back to Arthur's several times. The food quantity diminished slightly over the years but you do not come here for the food. Come to Arthur's for the lawn and picnic tables to relax after a day of diving. I had a mix of dive masters but for the most part they were great!

The rooms are ok. Ask for a non air con room. The rooms with air con can get musty and one of my friends once had bed bugs. Despite this I would recommend Arthur's if you are with a family. Otherwise check out the other place I recommended in Anilao.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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hawaii
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

I was traveling alone and stumble into this place. Room was indeed very simple but clean. Staffs were friendly and helpful; they went out of their way to assist me. This small resort has a restaurant, which had good local Filipino cuisine. Very quite and peaceful resort with awesome dive sites about 5-10 minutes boat ride away. You cannot ask for anything more.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

One of very nice dive resorts in Anilao! The rooms are very simple but clean, quite, comfortable and well maintianed.

Enjoy the diving vacation in "Macro Heaven" and after diving enjoy yourself by hanging around with a beautiful environment. Staffs are friendly, pro-active and really helpful.

Recommended!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Anilao has plenty of resorts I'd put in the 'rustic' category but Arthurs really stands out above all the others. The rooms are very clean and well maintained, the interiors are quite simple but this add to the charm of the resort.

The grassy area outside the room is great for just lazing around while the restaurant serves great food at good prices. The house reef is also excellent and easily available from shore to snorkellers or divers.

Highly recommended :-)

Room Tip: The waterfront rooms are great :-)
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Arthur's is a good get away from city life in Manila. Cute aesthetic. To enjoy your stay, bring the following: toiletries, insect repellent, bug spray, and snacks. (They can prepare meals, but they don't sell packaged foods like crackers, nuts, chips, etc). The food is really good and cheap -- especially the seafood. This isn't really a place to relax on the beach, since there's relatively little sand and the shore is rocky. However, it's a good diving location and if you enjoy snorkeling it's not bad either. There are lots of fish and sea life close to the shore. The bathroom could have been cleaner in our room. If everything isn't booked up, ask them if you can check out the open rooms before choosing one. Overall, a pleasant stay and not a bad value. We'd go back.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Harare Province, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Aside from the very common misuse of the word "resort" (this always is a problem in the Philippines!), Arthur's Place is just what you need if your visit to Anilao is focused on diving. The rooms are clean (try and get the family room in the front...views are amazing), the food is decent and reasonably priced. The rental dive equipment is a bit tired/over-used, but all functional. The divemasters are hit/miss, but that's always the case unless you have insider knowledge. Having stayed at other "resorts" in Mabini, I can say that this location is a good deal, which isn't the case for almost any other place in Anilao.

Room Tip: Go for one of the rooms in the front
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed in Arthur's Place for a 4 days/3 nights diving package in June 23-26 of 2012. The price is in budget level but the service is good. Rooms are basic and simple; the air-con has big noise; the cleaness of washroom is just Ok but they clean it everyday. Hot water is not quite enough for shower and there's some teeny tiny ants in the room if you don't care.
However, the great things are the foods and diving. what do you ask for more! In this full-board package, menu has been chaging everyday and I like the soup the most. The DM of us, Webster, is very responsible and good at finding little things. His briefing before everydive is very clear and informative.
BTW, the environment of this dive shop and the view of it are great, too!
Overall, I like Arthur's Place and will recommend to my diving frds.

Room Tip: the biggest room for 4-6ppl has the best view.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Arthur's Place Dive Resort
Address: Sitio Balagbag, Barangay Bagalangit, Mabini, Luzon, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Batangas Province > Mabini
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Ranked #4 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Mabini
Number of rooms: 12
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Arthur's Place Dive Resort Batangas/Mabini, Philippines

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