This is the lesser of two resorts I've visited in the Philippines. The resort is well established, and the food is very good regional cuisine and very flavorful. the layout of the resort is nice with a great spa and pool. The rooms are comfortable and well appointed. There isn't much of a house reef since the drop off is very steep. The dive boats are set up well and the staff handle the gear set up. Personally I'd rather set up my gear myself but that wasn't an option. The things that dampened my enthusiasm for this resort were 1. The staff Christmas party that involved about ten hours of ear splitting loud music with speakers that were almost as big as our room and the owners unwillingness to acknowledge that this was not ideal. We asked to be switched to a room away from the speakers that even my noise canceling headphones couldn't dampen, and even though there were empty rooms farther away from the party spot, we were not accommodated.
I would never go back. It almost ruined my vacation.
Minor things that were irritating - with an all inclusive package you can't even get water to drink. You have to pay even to fill your water bottle with potable water to brush your teeth with.
It's very hot there and important to stay hydrated. The dive staff were so-so compared to Kasai Village and other places we've been in the Carribbean and Indonesia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new, spacious resort is located in Dauin, 15 kms south of Dumaguete City on Negros Island. Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort is built from divers for divers and is under Swiss management. Real tropical atmosphere with lots of coconut palm trees and other plants. Directly on the nice sandy beach and with its large swimming pool, it's as well an ideal place for families.Perfekt for Divers.Sea-explorers-management 5 star. Familie rooms-sweets-delux-standart(aircon)and economy rooms and soon 14-luxus appartments have a look at vidahomes.Ph stay with us with a smile ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pura Vida Beach And Dive Resort
- Pura Vida Beach & Dive Hotel Dauin
- Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort Dauin, Dumaguete City, Philippines