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“Nice Weekend spent with Planet Dive”
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Planet Dive
Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Mabini
Reviewed February 21, 2012

Just spend a weekend at Anilao with Planet Dive. It was my second time to be at Anilao. Met the manager and co-owner of the shop. They were very nice and gave us lots of good advice of diving at Anilao. Unlimited House Reef diving (Twin Rocks) was a good selling point and Twin rocks dive site was really nice. The room is just renovated and had a good sea view. Foods were delicious and tasty. The dive service were professional. DM was really responsible and kind. It's good bargain lodge at Anilao after all.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

Stayed here a few times mainly because of the great location - it's the closest resort to the twin rocks. few steps, short swim, and you're there! Real convenient especially if you/your friends just plan to go snorkeling or if you decide on a last-minute swim before check-out. The drive is also farther from the main road but it's all worth it. No staff ready to meet you at the gate -- critical when it's your first time there. Way to receiving area at the bottom is cris-crossed with paths and stairs going to rooms and dead-ends. People are friendly. Service is basic, no frills, but they definitely make you feel at home. Stayed at the green room - size enough for two people. air-conditioning kept us cool though it comes with some noise. Turning it off is too hot. Lacks a bit of privacy. The curtains leave rather big gaps in between them. Strategic swimsuit change required especially when the inside of the room is unavoidably brightly lit. Bathroom window might also need a screen to make sure insects are kept out.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

We stayed here for two nights last April. We stayed in the yellow cottage.

The area is perfect for divers as they have their own instructors and equipment on site. The setting is also good for relaxation, and fun for snorkelers. The buffet breakfast is delicious and healthy but lack in choices as it's limited only to 2 viands, 1 appetizer and 1 dessert.

My main problem with Planet Dive is that I am reviewing its accommodation not its diving facility and the former is terrible. Beds, aircon, lighting and bathroom. That's all there is, severely lacking in basic amenities. To make things worse, we experienced at least 4 electricity blackouts though it could have been more I've lost count.

For the price we paid, and it's not cheap, we were expecting much much more.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank arma1n
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Great diving and snorkeling resort in Anilao. Very simple rooms, accommodations are almost spartan, but good enough for diving aficionados and newbie divers alike. Aircon rooms are available for groups of 2-12. Good food, with all you can healthy buffets (with veggies and fruits!). And best of all, the resort has very good Divemasters, mostly NAUI-certified, professional, Manila-based DMs, licensed, safety-oriented, with thorough pre-dive briefings. House reef is great for snorkelling and intro/checkout dives, in fact a lot of boats from other resorts do their checkouts at the house reef where one will find a coral-covered sunken barge, and giant clams, among other things. This resort is just a shore dive away from Twin Rocks & its school of jacks & resident batfishes, lionfish etc. Its almost at the tip of the peninsula, at the far end of a long line of dive resorts, which accounts for the quiet and solitude. Cabins are nestled among a canopy of trees, with most rooms giving you both a canopy view and a picture-perfect view of the cove as you wake up. It's just very quiet, restful and a natural place to dive & get away from the hustle of the city. No internet, swimming pool, or in-room TVs though an HDTV is available in the briefing area to view photos & videos that you've taken. Bring your own broadband. Dive equipment rentals available at the resort. There's kayaking, lots of snorkelling and swimming for kids. Aqua shoes required. This is frequented by locals & foreigners alike. They should provide transport for non-locals though cause the commute can be quite tricky with a couple of transfers. Its about a 2-3 hour drive from Manila, on good roads. Hot water available. Surprisingly no mosquitoes. Lots of butterflies and the occasional fireflies at night. They can also provide more rest areas for daytrippers doing their SITs cause the deck and restaurant can be quite full at lunchtime. As with most Anilao resorts, rooms are uphill and can be quite a workout after a meal or a dive.

Room Tip: Airconditioned with Seaview of course =)
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank lapinay521
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

I visited Planet Dive on the weekend after a weeks work in Manila. Highly recommend the place if you have a day or two to spare and want to getaway for some diving. The resort itself is basic but decent - the food is good and plentiful, the rooms largely concrete but with charm, and I was not complaining falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing after the city sounds of Manila. Its not the Shangri-La, but you are not paying for that either. The staff were friendly and Dennis was very helpful via email when arranging my reservation.

The dive staff and boat crew were very professional, the rental gear in decent condition and I had a great day out diving, two boat dives and one from shore. Two of the dives sites had poor visibility near the surface (due to run off) but had much better visibility once you got down. Lots of colourful coral and fish - mainly 'small' things, but that is what Anilao is known for, Don't come expecting big fish and sharks and you won't be disappointed! Most divers were locals and expats living in Manila who were down for a day of diving, with a few groups staying overnight.

The main issue with the resort is getting here (if you don't have a car in Manila).You can charter a private van but that is very expensive, especially if you are on your own as I was. I took the bus down from Manila on Friday afternoon to Batangas (very comfortable and quick, <2 hours, 133 pesos for the ticket down and 163 for the return trip). I then walked for a couple of minutes from the Mabini turn off to find a Jeepney to Anilao, the ride cost 31 pesos and took around 45 mins (but would vary greatly depending on how long the Jeepney takes to fill and the traffic). Once in Anilao it was already dark and I had trouble negotiating a tricycle driver to take me to Planet Dive for a reasonable price as it is quite far away (maybe 25 mins). Eventually found a ride for 300 pesos but ended up paying 350 pesos as my driver had not realised how far it was! On the return, I had to take a tricycle all the way back to Bauan (near Batangas; 600 pesos) because I hadn't realised that planet dive didn't take cards and I didn't have enough cash on me, so had to get to the ATM. So you a) definitely should take enough cash with you to pay your bill b) arrive during daylight hours to get a reasonable price via public transport (and/or see if the resort can arrange you a ride from Manila - most likely it seemed on Saturday or Sunday morning, rather than Friday night)

Transport woes and connections aside, I would certainly recommend Planet Dive and hope to come back when I next visit Manila!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank Judy G
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Reviewed May 13, 2010

They offer basic accommodation to divers and non-divers.

Pros:
- No fuss reservation and check-in.
- Ample parking space.

Cons:
- Buffet meals are less than ordinary.
- Bathrooms are cramped and small.
- Low water pressure barely enough to have a decent shower,

There are better places to stay in Anilao.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank superkikay
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Reviewed July 9, 2017
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  • Stayed: March 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: San Teodoro, Mabini, Luzon, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Luzon > Calabarzon Region > Batangas Province > Mabini
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Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Mabini
Price Range: $52 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Planet Dive 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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