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“Still a great dive resort”
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Planet Dive
Ranked #2 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Mabini
Manila
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68 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Still a great dive resort”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Diving's excellent with Twin Rocks just a shore dive away! Pre-dive briefings are pretty thorough and the dive masters are pros. Safety is always a priority even in challenge dives. Even the dive guides are reliable and can spot critters in their favorite spots. Food is good, with seafood and saturday turon (banana fritters). Fresh fruits and standard salad/veggie dishes wd be a plus. Rooms are clean, some larger than others, and with hot water showers. No swimming pool. Kids can snorkel and learn about marine life and preservation early. Resort is a great supporter of conservation efforts, keeping things simple for the next generations to enjoy.

Room Tip: For the views, peace and quiet, and if you enjoy the up/downhill workout, choose an upper villa. Oth...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

I spent 6 days in the resort. Its for divers ONLY and that was the purpose of my stay. In terms of diving, the resort is built over a natural reef which extends from 3m down to 40 - 50m with abundance of sea life. There is a resident turtle there which we encountered several times. the resort offered unlimited free dives in their house reef! All you need to do is put your gear on and walk a couple of meters and straight into the water. The reef is amazing and divable over and over. I loved it...
The dive center was fully equiped. More than what a diver needs...
In terms of diving organization and planning, I was a bit disappointed. Anilao being one of the best diving areas in Phils, the resort didnt have a map for its dive sites. Divers pairing and buddying which is an essential part was not performed prior the dives. Divermaster was not very well aware of the currents in the area. To be more precise, we did a dive in Beatrice Rock and in the middle of the dive the current started picking up till we couldnt handle it anymore and had to let go and drift away from the dive site. They had offers and discounts for multidivers but this created confusion among the dive groups. Especially me being a solo traveller, I had to be invited by different groups to join them and that will reduce the diving cost per diver. Its awkward and part of poor organization.
Food was if I can say; terrible. I do however appreciate the hospitality of the cook and kitchen staff who tried to accomodate me the best they could. There is no menu. There is a buffet and its all deep fried food with no salad at all. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I understand that this place is not made for people to come in and enjoy lunch; its for divers only but nevertheless there is huge room for improvement.
The room was fantastic. Very wide and cozy. no comments here...
In general the staff was very accomodatiing and helpful.
I met alot of divers who are regular customers to this place. I give all the credit to the diving facilities. Diver safety and quality of food where my main concerns.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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penang
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Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

This is the place for divers. Excellent house reef with many macro life, school of Jacks, giant lobsters, mini wrecks, giant clamps and beautiful underwater garden with colorful corals. You can also spot octopus at times, especially during the night dives. The surrounding dive sites are equally beautiful, challenging and fun. Diving at the active underwater volcano site was fun, with bubbling from the warm sea bed. Remember to bring your UW camera.

Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Shah Alam, Malaysia
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

It was my first time diving in philippine and planet dive has definitely made it a very memorable one. Its a divers heaven here! twin rocks which is accessible from the shore of planet dive is one of the top dive site in philippine. Be sure to check out the giant clam which is probably about 1 to 1.5 meters big, and not forgetting the school of jacks. The unlimited shore dives was definitely one of the best any diver can ask for. What a good dive without a good dive master that can point out so many macro life. Dived with Alfie, he has an eagle eye when it comes to spotting macro life. Boat service was excellent as well. Besides the diving the food and accommodation is also really good. Love the banana dessert dish that they serve on certain days.

Here's a short highlight video on the dive trip http://youtu.be/xndAUv1M7QU

Room Tip: Vila 1 has a nice outdoor toilet that I enjoyed
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Visited in mid-Jan 2013 for 4 nights. The place is about 3 hours drive from Nina Aquino International Airport (Manila) which the resort arranged so we just slept through.

- Room: we got a room in a villa which was adequately spacious for 4 and with air-conditioning. There was warm water although the water pressure was low. There wasn't any in-room WIFI but WIFI was available at the dining area so we headed there in the evenings to chill-out.

- Service and meals: there was no housekeeping but the staff there were really warm and friendly. We had 3 buffet meals everyday and I must say in my opinion it's 5 stars for the variety and authenticity of the meals. The chef whipped up Filipino home-cooked meals and we loved the banana wraps and mango float desserts! they were even kind enough to make them specially for us when we requested so that's awesome.

The boat men were also extremely efficient in getting our dive gear ready between dives so that's a breeze too. As it was chilly, they were every ready to serve us dry towels and hot tea between dives which was quite a surprise.

- Diving was just in the backyard with unlimited shore dives at Twin Rocks, which is a popular site for locals. Most other dive sites were within 15 minutes boat ride. The marine life was very diverse (mostly the small stuff) so it was quite rewarding, especially for underwater photographers.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Yokohama, Japan
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

In the winter vacation, I alone went there and took the advance license.
I was able to communicate with them to tell any difficulties.
So I have decided to take Nitrox course.
To become an independent diver, I was able to ask them any questions and they replied.
Unfortunately my very new KDDI cell phones was broken and for about a week I wasn't able to communciate with any in home country. But after all I found it was very nice to make some friends there rather than looking into the mobile.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Malaysia
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We were upgraded to a room closest to the dive center and with an awesome view! Initial room on the mid level was quite a steep hike back and forth. Food was good and varied everyday. We had a fabulous time diving even though vis wasn't the greatest. Most boat rides are only 10 to 15 minutes from the resort. Can't wait to go back again!

Room Tip: Ask for room closest to the dining area. Otherwise you'll be hiking up and down the steep stair...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Planet Dive
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
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Planet Dive 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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