We’re usually too lazy to write reviews of places we stayed, but we’ll gladly make an exception for this gem of a resort. We ended up staying twice as long as planned (10 days total) and there are plenty of reasons for that…
The Liquid Resort is rather new (was it 1.5 years?) and all buildings (Restaurant/Divecenter/Staff quarters/Owners house/Bungalows) in the resort have been build with native materials, mostly bamboo, from the skeleton down to the toilet paper holder. It’s very well thought through, everything is done with much love even for the small details. Thanks to the Hot Springs in the area there’s a natural hot shower in your rooms. All rooms a cleaned every day. In short: it’s one of the nicest, cleanest resorts you will find in that price range. Be sure to check out their monthly specials for an even better deal: http://www.liquiddumaguete.com/resort/special-offers/
Compared to other restaurants one might miss a huge menu with an abundance of choices at first. In the Liquid Resort, there is only a fixed breakfast menu (7am-9.30am), 6 lunch options that change every day (11:30am – 1:30pm) and a set 3-course meal for everyone who signs up at 7pm. We have to admit that we had our doubts about this but it only took a few meals to convince us not to go eat anywhere else during our stay. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is made out of fresh ingredients with fresh fish or meat and lots of veggies and salads. The 3-course meal at night is always a highlight, featuring dishes influenced by many different regions of the world, usually topped off with an incredible desert made by the owners’ mum, who also lives on the premises. She’s also responsible for the delicious cookies, cakes and muffins provided all day for snacks between the regular kitchen hours. Check out the attached pictures to see some of the treats you’re in for.
Like the resort, the dive center and the equipment used are very new. Since the dive center is integrated in the resort, you have everything you need for a dive just next to your bungalows. For courses (all levels from Open Water to Instructor courses are offered) the swimming pool in the center of the resort can be used. The diving itself is spectacular – on the Dauin shore you have a muck diving heaven (saw 4 ghost pipefish (ornate+leafy), frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, all kinds of nudibranchs, pipefish, lots of different juvenile reef fish as well as a wonderpuss and much more in just one single dive!) and on the day trip to Apo Island you get to dive on a huge unspoiled coral reef with pretty much guaranteed sightings of green sea- and hawkbill- turtles. Most of the time you will have your private guide with you, it’s also possible to do a 1on1 dive course with no extra charge! If you want to see what you’re getting into check out the Freestyle Divers Facebook page where a lot of current underwater pictures can be found: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152888396300486.1073741831.280259595485&type=3
The only downside we could think of would be the missing “white sandy beach”. On the Dauin coast, the beach is dark (because of the volcanic ground) and a little rocky (especially at low tide), making it hard sometimes to go for a quick swim in between dives. However, usually you’re here for the diving and not a beach holiday and there’s always the resort pool. Also, sandier stretches of beach are just a few minutes walking distance away.
Do yourself a favor and stay at the Liquid Dive Resort if you’re looking to dive in Dauin or Apo Island! But beware: you might end up staying a lot longer then you plan to ;-)
@Tim and Zoe and the Liquid Team:
Keep up the good work and we hope to see you again some day!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Liquid Dumaguete Dauin, Dumaguete City, Philippines