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“Nice place to stay in horrid Galera”

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Blue Ribbon Dive Resort
Ranked #9 of 52 Hotels in Puerto Galera
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“Nice place to stay in horrid Galera”
Reviewed May 15, 2012 via mobile

Firstly this is a good place to stay, nice staff good dive shop.so highly recommend it

Not their fault but. The diving in galera is overhyped and not very good and sabang is a seedy, smelly place . Worst I visited in two months diving round the Philippines.

  • Stayed May 2012
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BlueRibb0n, Owner at Blue Ribbon Dive Resort, responded to this review, May 18, 2012
Hi

Thanks for your review and your nice comments about our resort.

If I think you are who I think you are, I don't think you gave the diving here as much of a chance as you could of. Sabang isn't the nicest of beachs, and is a bit seedy, yet we are on Small Lalaguna beach, which is a lot better.

I don't think you did that many dives, and maybe we took you to our favorite (muck diving sites) so you might not of been impressed by the lack of corals, as we were muck diving for critters, seahorses and the like.

Maybe we should of asked you what you wanted to see, and could of taken you to some of the coral walls, Canyons or Hole in the Wall for example, which are our top coral dives, where you see the bigger fish and so much more coral. This was probably a mistake on our part. I hope that maybe one day you give Puerto Galera another chance, and also try Verde Island, which in my opinion is one of the best dive sites in the world, that I have been too.

Thank you for your stay in Blue Ribbon, and wish you the best.

Jon
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Reviewed May 5, 2012 via mobile

Great food ,amazing people , amazing food and totally amazing diving. Stayed for 1 week the dive staff and hotel staff are very friendly . Once again amazing will be coming back

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed May 1, 2012 via mobile

Friendly staff, comfortable rooms and great diving. Instructors were patient, very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Will be back!

Stayed April 2012
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Cairns
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

We came for a few days to show our kids PG, as my husband and I had been here many times in the 90's. Not knowing PG well anymore we asked some friends and checked out Tripadvisor for a family oriented place with good diving and good accomodation. Blue Ribbon fit the bill well. We stayed in the penthouse (me, husband, and 2 x teenage kids) - would recommend that or simply getting two bungalows. No frills, but very down to earth (both the place and the people) - would recommend for any family.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Manila
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

Just got back from another few days at Blue Ribbon...and the place just keeps getting better! I really, really like it here. The chillout seats at the front are a touch of genius and a great way to meet people - just sit there and relax and enjoy the view. The food is good and they are quite happy to tweak it to suit your taste. The staff are all very friendly and helpful...and funny! The rooms/cottages I have stayed in are all huge with tv, hot water, fridge, ac etc etc. What else..there's a gym (not much use to me lol)..oh and the swimming pool is just about finished!
Ha ha nearly forgot the diving! The dive centre is very well run. The kit is all in very good knick and is well maintained. It is efficient and very friendly. It is run with guest enjoyment and safety in mind - it has to be up there as about the top shop I've been to. The staff are experienced, helpful, approachable and fun and will bend over backwards to make sure you have a good time and are more than willing to go the extra mile and share their knowledge without even a hint of ego!
Cheers Jon, Baz et al.....once again!!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

I came here after reading trip advisor and it's great.
No frills but everything you need - and great value.
What impressed me the most was the diving - the instructors are enthusiastic and make sure you get the most out of every dive.

Food not the best in PG, but perfectly fine

Room Tip: they're making a pool at the back ( not too noisy though) so choose a room at the front
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

I've been here so many times now that it feels like a second home, so I'd forgotten to review it!!

Blue Ribbon is great value for money with newly renovated rooms that have everything important (a/c, tv, hot shower, fridge, safe for valuables, and even a balcony/terrace to hang out on for each room) It's not high-end luxury but is really comfortable, clean and has that cute 'beach hut' feel.
It is located a 5 minute walk AWAY from the town area, so retains a quiet feel while still being close to everything. The food is good with a wide ranging menu and you could lounge all day on the super-comfy sofa seats that face the beach. Staff are just amazing. Friendly, helpful and attentive.

The dive shop itself is probably the best I've visited, with really helpful, informative and nice staff and good, well-maintained Aqualung kit. They also don't take too many people on each dive which is really nice as it stops people banging into each other or obstructing vision and they can be more tailored to each diver. Just let the guys know what you wanna see/do and they will do everything they can to accommodate.

We regularly come down from Manila just to visit here, it's our little island paradise get-away with some awesome, awesome diving available without costing too much. Basically one of my favorite places to keep coming back to.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Blue Ribbon Dive Resort
Address: Small Lalaguna, Puerto Galera, Mindoro 5203, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 52 Hotels in Puerto Galera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Ribbon Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue Ribbon Dive Resort is located on Small Lalaguna Beach, Puerto Galera, Philippines. We have 14 Bungalows and rooms located around a tranquil garden, on the beach front. We have a gym and a small diver training pool. We have a 24 hour reception, and housekeeping is included in the room charge. ... more   less 
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