I stayed at Blue Ribbon for a couple weeks a few months ago, and am only now getting around to reviewing it. Better late than never, because this place truly deserves a great review.
From the beginning, Blue Ribbon felt like home. The hotel was comfortable, the staff friendly and smiling, and the diving spectacular.
There are a lot of nice hotels in the world. And the diving in Puerto Galera is (geographically anyway) the same no matter who you go with. But the staff made all the difference.
On land: the waitstaff was sparkly and fun, always on hand to help you, and when Maricel says she's "cute but not kind" you shouldn't believe her. And when Edz says she's no good at drawing pictures in chocolate on the tops of cappuccinos, you shouldn't believe her either. Everybody was so friendly and warm, and helpful. The management was also supercool, very accommodating, very dedicated.
At sea: the dive staff was great. Marco is an *amazing* dive master ... I can't imagine that many people know this piece of the sea better than he does. Honestly you could blindfold him, drop him off a boat, and the remove the blindfold at depth and he would immediately know where he was. He was also strong and capable, and a lot of fun. I'd dive with him anytime.
So that's that. Go there. Stay there. Dive there. It's all good.
- 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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