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Liquid Dumaguete
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Dauin
Certificate of Excellence
Kurrajong, Australia
1 review
“I'm going back!!”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

I just spent a two week holiday at Liquid. It surpassed all my expectations on every level. I did my Open water dive certificate and found the experience so amazing, thanks to the dive instructors Adam,Jim and Saila, that I went on to complete my advanced diver and nitrox courses. All the dive team and boat crew are so friendly, helpful and inspiring.....safety is a paramount concern and the whole diving experience, which I had initially been fairly nervous about, quickly became one of the best things I've ever done. Zoe and Tim have created a warm and friendly laid back atmosphere, I met amazing, like minded people. Being a lone traveller the concept of all eating in the evening together worked incredibly well. Everyone mixed and no one is ever left out..... at 45 I thought I'd be a bit of an 'oldie' but the age range was diverse and I met many wonderful new friends. The kitchen and wait staff were so friendly and obliging, nothing was too much trouble.....happy hour cocktails in the chill out area quickly became a must at the end of a days diving. Everyone happy to share stories, experiences, ideas and advice, winding down before a 3 course dinner which was always delicious! I am definitely returning!!! In fact I have already got a date to return next February to meet up with three lovely Norwegian girls that I met at Liquid.....you never know where you're going to meet amazing new friends...... Honestly, if you want an incredible Philippine dive holiday, whether you're a beginner or advanced diver .....go to Liquid....you won't regret it :D

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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LiquidDumaguete, Owner at Liquid Dumaguete, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thanks Ali for the lovely review. We are looking forward to the reunion next year and can't wait to see Neil & Sarah in April. So happy you took to diving like a fish and will be back for much more!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

From the minute you arrive you are made to feel welcome and a part of the family. Friendly place for single people of all ages and for families. Accommodation is clean and comfortable. It's wonderful to wake up in your chalet and see the sea 20 feet from your front door. Great resort for learning to dive or just chill out.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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LiquidDumaguete, Owner at Liquid Dumaguete, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thank you John for the lovely review. We look forward to your next visit and more memories to be made.
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

A small and friendly place where you want to stay forever!
We're a family of four and we all loved the place!
Fantastic owners and staff, always nice and helpful!
Best food in the Phillippines and everyone share table in the evening like a big family. The restaurant serve a three course 'menu of the night' but they happily adjust it for the kids.
Great dive instructors and lots of good divesites nearby.
Nice and clean but small bungalows but you'll anyway hang around the bar in the evening playing games or just talk with other hang arounds...
Next time we go to the Phillippines we'll do a reservation at Liquids before we get the flight tickets just to be sure to get a room!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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LiquidDumaguete, Owner at Liquid Dumaguete, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thanks Karrie for the lovely review. We are glad you and the family enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you all back here one day soon.
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We just left Liquid after a 6 night stay. This place is a find. Small, owner operated. They make you feel welcome even before you arrive. Zoe returns emails promptly with whatever info you request. We arrived after spending a week at a resort in Coron Bay that was literally 10x the cost. On every detail we preferred liquid.

We picked liquid because of excellent trip advisor ratings. The place is comfortable at every level. Cottages are charming. Was a bit worried about no AC but it was not a problem. Room had great window ventilation & with ceiling fan it was actually a bit cool a couple of nights. Food was excellent & cheap (less than $10 for dinner). Drinks were likewise inexpensive ($1 beer & sodas). Service was exceptional.

The diving operation is very well run. Low key but following all safety rules. Caters nicely to all levels from students to very experienced divers. My husband & I have been diving more than 40 years & we both agreed that this was one of the best if not the best dive operations we've visited. Apo reef is a bit less than an hour boat ride & has some gorgeous dive sites. Huge variety of fish & healthy reefs. Lots of shore accesible diving too. Dive masters and boat crew are very good. They strike a nice balance of being helpful but not overbearing.

Overall you need to go to this place - you won't regret it!

  • Stayed March 2013
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LiquidDumaguete, Owner at Liquid Dumaguete, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Hi Dorothy & Gordon, thank you both for the lovely review. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope you had a good time in Bohol and we look forward to seeing you both back here one day.
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

When I first book Liquid and inform my family regarding my choice, my mother and my sister-in-law is a bot worry about Liquid, especially they knew there is no air-condition. Even when we arrive Dumaguete and on the way to Liquid, they are still worry. But when we arrive, I think they are putting all the worry aside and start enjoying the special ambient of Liquid.
The staff of Liquid is quite friendly and could give you any help. The food they serve is good with reasonable price. The staff of restaurant also cares about your diving schedule. If you have a diving right at afternoon, they will not sell you alcohol even a bottle of beer, which I think it is a good practice.
Let's go back to air condition, after the first night good sleeping, my mother final is convinced that the room is really cool enough.
My brother received PADI OW in Liquid. The instructor Adam and Sala are excellent. They are highly flexible to adopted our schedule and complete OW cert. efficiently.
I also like to mention diving guild, Alan. He is quite skilled guide with patient and friendly attitude.
I would like highly recommend Liquid without any hesitation.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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LiquidDumaguete, Owner at Liquid Dumaguete, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Hi Charlie, thank you for your lovely review. We are very happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us here and we hope to see you all back one day soon. Maybe David can complete his advanced dive course with us next time.
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We have been here for nearly 21 days and each day has been more pleasant than the other. Zoe, Tim and the Liquid 'family' really make an effort to make this place so wonderful.

Location - Is fine, right next to the beach. To sit at the porch or on the restaurant and see the ocean and the nice garden is pristine. Cannot get enough of the view. It is only 20 minutes away from Dumaguete in a Pedicab or a Jeepney which is very well manageable. It is a plus that the resort is not closer to the dirty and noisy city.

Rooms - Where very clean and charming. Hot water from the 'hot mountain' supplies the room continuously, and it works. Bed is nice and comfy and there even is a shelf for your clothes and such. Not incredibly spacey but it fits the need of two persons very well.

Restaurant/Bar - Serves nice food and cheap drinks. You do not have to leave the resort to have dinner as a 3 course menu is served each day for cheap money. Breakfast and luch is very varied and hearty options are available. Perfect setup and delicious food.

Diving - The diving on Apo is nice and turtles plus seasnakes are almost always certain. It is very reachable by boat from the resort and only takes around an hour to get there. Dive and boat crew are very professional and helpful, which is fantastic.

Service - Is over the roof and in to the sky. Could not have asked for better people to spend the holiday with. The kitchen personal are so kind and alert, Zoe, Tim, Adam etc. are always there to help and give advice also if it isn't about diving. The Liquid Family is very kind and welcoming.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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LiquidDumaguete, Owner at Liquid Dumaguete, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Thanks Thomas & Registe for your lovely review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you both back here again someday. All the best, your Liquid Family.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We arrived at Liquid on the 31st of December, after booking our accommodation 6 months before. The staff were wonderful from the minute we arrived and even knew us by our first names our interaction on Facebook.

My wife, who was not a diver at the time was happy for me to have a diving holiday on our trip in the Philippines. While there ,Geraldine was coaxed by Adam, one of the Instructors to give it a go. Adam was very patient with his assistant Julia, Geraldine is now OW certified and loving diving. The smiles said it all.

I completed my Advanced certificate while at Liquid, with the very patient hands of Jim,another of the Instructors. Jim helped me so much through my course and explained the benefits of the teachings and as he would say, "adding tools to my belt."

The diving around the resort was fantastic, all different types of diving that you can experience, although, you go to Dumaguete to dive Apo Island and we were not let down,it is beautiful.

The staff at Liquid and the boat crews are lovely people, always smiling, always laughing and joking and always ready to help with anything.

Zoe and Tim have created a wonderful place, that is relaxing. You feel like you are with a big family and we met and made friends with wonderful people from around the world.
I have travelled a lot around the Philippines, and Dumaguete, Negros people are so warm and friendly.

We spent six weeks travelling in Asia, and we think our two weeks diving at Liquid was the highlight of our trip.

I would recommend Liquid to divers and non-divers.

We can't wait till we can return.

Thank you all at Liquid.

Geraldine and John.

  • Stayed January 2013
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LiquidDumaguete, Owner at Liquid Dumaguete, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
Hi Geraldine and John, thank you for the awesome review. Hope things are well with you and the family back in Australia. We are all looking forward to your next holiday with us, so keep us informed of your return dates:D See you soon
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Property: Liquid Dumaguete
Address: Km 12.5, Bulak, Dauin, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Negros Island > Negros Oriental > Dumaguete City > Dauin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Dauin
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Dauin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Liquid caters to the modern day traveler that can do without Television, mini bar or a private butler, but still wants a comfortable place to hang their hat. A budget PADI 5* IDC dive resort based in a quiet beach location 25 minutes from Dumaguete city. Scuba diving in the Philippines is amazing, explore it with our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort. Liquid Dive Dumaguete is your home away from home where you are part of the family. Affordable, comfortable modern facilities with a native twist set on a large beach front property with views of Apo and Siquijor Islands. Whether you are a flashpacker, backpacker or holidaymaker Liquid is the place for you. Talk to like minded travelers over family style dinners after a day of world class dives. Our team understand the need for comfort on a budget in a friendly relaxing atmosphere and that's exactly what we offer, after all we live here!! - eat, sleep, dive...live - it's that simple ... more   less 
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