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Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Dauin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 29, 2011

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.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

My mum is from Dumaguete and has a house there so have been to the Negros Oriental many times. This trip was the first time for my boyfriend to go to The Philippines with me so I wanted to book a nice resort to spend 2 nights before moving on to my mums house. On a previous trip to the philippines, an auntie had taken me to Pura Vida for the day and I loved it. I have been to a few of the resorts in Dauin but remember Pura Vida standing out so I decided to book there. I booked directly with them by enquiring via their website. Although corresppondance wasn't the most quickest- it was however definitly worth it. The place is beautiful, standard cottage native-style accommodation was stunning (but do reccomend going with air con as it gets very hot at night). The staff are all extremely friendly and helpful. We loved it there so much that we stayed a 3rd night. My boyfriend asked the resort to organize a special romantic dinner for our last night on the beach and they couldn't have made it more perfect (roses, paper lanterns surrounding our table, flowers scattered across the sand and the additional cost was only about £10 for all this). Only negative feedback is the food but food in the Philippines is generally either hit or miss so as long as your'e not a fussy foodie, you won't be too bothered. Still Pura Vida is highly reccomended... We'll be back!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Hannah F
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

We had a wonderful 7 nights at this very friendly resort. It was our first time in the Philippines and we will certainly be back.
We used Maldive Scuba tours to book the holiday and really recommend them. We flew with Emirates to Manila then used Philippine airlines for the internal flights.
We had a detached native style cottage in the gardens called starfish. It had air-conditioning and was just perfect for us. The balcony was great to sit and relax on and the gardens are so beautiful.
The food was fantastic. Lunch and dinner had an amazing menu to choose from. Every meal that we had was an absolute triumph. Lunch and dinner was served on the beach and you could ask for a specific table to be reserved for you on the beach. What a setting for a meal.
The reception was open 24 hours a day and there were always very helpful friendly staff on duty and nothing was to much trouble for them. They were always smiling and knew your name it made you feel part of a family.
The diving was great and under Lee's management . The whole operation was very efficient and very friendly with amazing dive masters. They not only showed you all the amazing creatures but made sure you dived with a smile and as they said if diving with Nitrox you had a longer smile.
The dive boats are well thought out with loo, coffee making faciities a sheltered area and purpose built storage for the air bottles.
I was fortunate to dive with Lee, Adelfa ,Michael and Joyboy all of whom were fantastic and patient when one had a blonde moment!!
When diving everyone helped with equipment and with getting you back on board. What an amazing dive experience with a variety of good dive sites. The hire equipment was in great condition.
One of the highlights for me was being able to dive at Apo island on two different days. What a dive site with so much to see and such beautiful corals and Marine life. While there island ladies came out to the dive boat to sell T shirts, dresses and sarongs at very reasonable prices.
While at Pura Vida we did a trip to the twin Lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao and also went to the Casaroro waterfall. What an amazing day out.
The lakes are very beautiful but the steps there in the rainy season are covered in moss and slippery so take care. The road to the lakes is very rough and not for the feint hearted but it is well worth the journey.The traffic is very colourful if a bit manic with colourful jeepneys and motorbike style tuc tucs.
The waterfall is spectacular so are the 335 steps down and back!! It is well worth the effort and if you like you can swim on the pool at the bottom of the waterfall.
A big thank you to all the staff who made our holiday so memorable while we were there.
This is a link to my Tripwow slide show of the resort and some underwater photos.:
http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-02ba-8c38-4b47?lm
I hope if you decide to go that you enjoy it as much as we did.

The only snag was that you had to pay for all drinks on full board including water.
We felt that water should have been part of the package.

Room Tip: The native style rooms with air-conditioning are good value and detached in a beautiful garden
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank swift-simba
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Stayed a week in this beautiful beach and dive resort. Amazing new family room with lots of space and close to the sea. The family friendly pool is great for a small children. Me and my wife went on several diving trips and the hotel provides a very friendly and reliable babysitter for a small fee. Diving is great and the muck diving is just amazing. Apo is a must and the pura vida housreef which offers a great amount of fish. We will be back for sure.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank divingisfunCebu
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

The wife and I live in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. When we want to go to the beach for a day of relaxation Pura Vida Resort is our 1st choice of over 30 or more beach resorts in the area. This resort is always outstandingly manicured, with swimming pool just a few meters from the waters edge and a beautiful maintained, wide sandy beach. The beach front bar has everything and is the place to meet and enjoy people from all over the world. Recommend reserving early a beach table for a lovely sunset, candlelight dinner from their exquisite prepared local and international menu. We always enjoy the friendly and courteous staff, and Chris and Juvie are to be commended for the overall management of this large resort. In Negros, this is the place to go for a day at the beach, or a short or extended stay in their large cottages. You will not be disappointed nor dissatisfied. Well Done! Bill and Kathy Best.

P.S. If you are a PADI diver or want to become one, this resort has the best training school, the latest and best equipment, modern dive boats, and choice diving areas.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank billbest_ph
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

First class resort. Clean comfortable rooms in a really beautiful setting. The included breakfast was first class and nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
The dive operation is slick but still manages to provide individual attention.
All in all if you are diving in Negros look no further.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank LincolnUKAllen
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Reviewed March 26, 2011

So we did a boat transfer from Sea Explorers’ other location in the area - Cabilao - and it had been very low key - one of the best dives there was actually on the way to Pura Vida in Dauin at Balicasag: awesome selection of fish and underwater topology. We arrived with slightly lowered expectations and were happy to have Pure Vida blow them away on several levels - great staff, hyper friendly and real - able to be themselves with the guests. The location was busy but not intrusively so, it’s well laid out, and the bar, with attached dining area, the dive center and a medium size pool all knit together well as focal points of the resort, all right on the beach. The Menu was quiet varied, some things were quite good, prawns and steak for example, and then there were a few dishes that were just quite awful “nice try but perhaps a little ambitious.” The massages in the spa were fine. The dive sites and schedule was very varied, generally a 1 to 2 or 1 to 4 dive master ratios, aside from the bid trips which was awesome. Locations are varied. I’d actually have liked more time here – a 7 day trip would work. Apparently a couple of the neighboring resorts have good restaurants too for a little variety, but we didn’t realize this until it was too late... would go back! Oh you must do the Apo island trip - if you hve time, it might be worth one night on Apo too. The market in Dauin is not worth the trip.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank DavidL3
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Address: Washington Road | District 3, Dauin, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6217, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Negros Island > Negros Oriental > Dumaguete City > Dauin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Dauin
#3 Spa Hotel in Dauin
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Dauin
#5 Romantic Hotel in Dauin
Price Range: $69 - $152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pura Vida Beach & Dive Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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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