Amazing place to relax, scuba dive, snorkel out the front of the resort, or go island hopping. Highlights for my partner and I was the amazing view, the tranquility of the place, the friendliness of the staff, and last but not least the quality of the food served in the evenings (Stuffed crabs, moreton bay bugs, delicious fresh grouper, cod, crab soup etc. was all delicious). The snorkelling trip organised through the resort was also amazing, the coral is some of the best I have seen worldwide. The wreck diving was also world class.
It's important to note, this is a relatively small resort that currently does not have its own dive center nor hot water shower system just yet. These will come soon I am sure. My partner and I both do not mind the cold showers, and we managed to organize two excellent dive days through DiveCal, based in Coron. You can do 3 dives, lunch, all park fees and equipment included, as well as pick up to and from the Chindonan resort for 3000 pesos per person (speak to John on 09182852060). Alternatively, you can go for the faster, more personal, more experienced and better quality equipment from Sagat dive center priced at 2000 pesos per dive. Chindonan can organize this for you. It really depends on what your are looking for.
As for the island hopping day trips, there are suggested itineraries in the resort's Activities center but they can be customized to your liking. For us, the Conception snorkelling trip was awesome though the snorkelling and pristine beach was the highlight. I've traveled a fair bit and I can say the coral in some of these areas is stunning. The lunch and waterfall visit at Conception in our opinion were disappointing. The food at the Conception restaurant is ok, the waterfalls not so exciting. If we could do it again, we would remove the lunch and the waterfall. Instead spending more time at the beach and in the water, and pack a light picnic lunch from the Chindonan resort.
This place is amazing, we spent 6 nights there and it was perfect. I hope a retaining wall is soon built for the resort's rubbish which is burned periodically, or an old metal oil drum used as a bin/fireplace. The rubbish pile attracts the large lizards who end up dragging the rubbish in the nearby mangrove. I understand the local fishing village is also at fault, but I hate to see chip packets and plastic bags spoil the waters of this beautiful area. Otherwise nothing to fault. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chindonan Island Resort & Divecenter is placed in center of this paradise, own marine protected house-reef in front of the resort, and Chindonan Divecenter has a unique location toward diving at the Famous WWII Wrecks of Coron Bay. Restaurant & Bar on columns in the water and hammocks under palm trees – indulge for true leisure! Hillside DeLuxe Cottages, located at different levels in the scenic area facing Coron Bay. Rooms with large double-bed or two single and space for extra bed, bathroom and walk-in closet. Budget Huts made in native materials, with same beautiful view as the Cottages. All rooms are equipped with electric fans and the Resort has its own drinkable natural spring-water from all taps. ... more less
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