Coral Dive & Adventure
Coral Dive & Adventure
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
We are a PADI Dive Resort and from our Zamboanguita base within the White Chocolate Hills Resort we are best placed to meet your Dumaguete diving needs. We conduct dives locally (Dauin / Zamboanguita) and at Apo Island. With our own professional team we can offer you PADI dive courses from Introductory Discover Scuba Diving up to professional Divemaster rating. Our own Bangka boat ensures we can cater for 15 divers at any one time for a day of adventure. Our boat comes equipped with a host of safety features including satellite phone, GPS and emergency oxygen. Ask us about our Dumaguete (Dauin, Zamboanguita and Apo Island) diving schedules as well as the accommodation options you can take advantage of.
Zamboanguita, Philippines
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Nicole K
Grand Junction, CO52 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
I have struggled with this review. The location for us was ideal. The staff that worked there was very kind, considerate and knowledgeable. We had some problems with our diving gear which they readily fixed. I would recommend planning to pay for the entire experience with cash. We had multiple issues trying to make a payment, since they do not have a credit card machine! Every other place we stayed at or scuba dived with , offered a credit card machine. The owner made me feel really bad and was aggressive on his texts. This became very stressful and took away from our experience. Having said that, I would’ve given the crew of four stars! Jake is wonderful
Written 4 May 2019
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Dear Nicole, Thank you for taking the time to present your version of events. Please allow me to present the facts - as was heavily discussed with you at the time as you seem to fail to acknowledge the real; situation. It is only fair that people are able to see both sides. It was you who opted to pay by Paypal which we gave you the details for. Your payment failed and as outlined by Paypal was owing to an issue on your own account, not ours (you do remember having to send Paypal your ID verification right?). We then gave you bank details so you could make a transfer but you opted to no do that too. So, in the end we then went to great lengths to run you to the city (using my own car and at our own expense) so you could attend an ATM. I remember also explaining to you that we are awaiting a card reader which should be with us at the end of May. Again, you seem to take a pleasure in pointing out the obvious when you already know it is in progress. To suggest that texts were aggressive is unfair as all i served to do was outline that we had done all we could to assist you, despite several insults aimed at our operation and your continued insistence that the Paypal problem was our side. To have someone clearly make insults and not expect a response is naive in the extreme. Yes, we serve customers and we will continue to do so but respect runs both ways.
Written 15 May 2019
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Nick Santos
9 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Dive shop was equipt with everything we needed. More important the crew (Jake, Rechel and Nicole)were very friendly, accomodating and patient. We havd a lot of fun going to , diving and returning from the sites. Mark and Maria you should be commended for your staff selection.
Written 25 February 2019
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Dear NSantos58 Thank you for your positive feedback of our dive operation. The team are thrilled that you had a fun time whilst with us. We wish you the very best of diving in the future and would love to see you again sometime. All the Team at Coral Dive.
Written 15 May 2019
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Luke L
Hong Kong, China58 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
My girlfriend and i did out open water course and i did a day trip to Apo island with 3 dives. Kit was great and the dives were fantastic, saw lots of coral, fish and turtles. staff were very friendly and helpful. food at this resort is very good too.
Written 23 February 2019
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Dear ktmlangie, Thank you for your kind words on your experience diving at Apo Island with us. It is a great pleasure to introduce people to such a beautiful dive location and we wish you all the very best for the future. Your custom is very much appreciated. Mark
Written 15 May 2019
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Paul B
Guangzhou, China7 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Professional, Indefatigable, Conscientious, and Knowledgeable. Three days, seven dives, including Apo Island and the Zamboanguita coast. The staff were incredibly attentive and went out of their way to make our diving and snorkeling unforgettable. I dove while my girlfriend, along with her sister and mother, did snorkeling. Although they don’t swim well, they were guided and attended the whole way, and had a blast! I had the best of diving experiences and will happily visit again! Thanks to Jake, Richard, Maria, and the whole team!
Written 9 February 2019
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Dear ChinaWalnuts, Our sincere thanks for your glowing feedback of our humble operation. The team are stoked that you had a pleasurable experience including meeting half a dozen Flamboyant Cuttlefish in Zamboanguita. To be able to have your girlfriend and family accompany you is always nice and something we endeavour to do where possible. We truly hope to see you again in the future. Stay safe and may you be blessed with many more great diving experiences. From the whole CDA Team.
Written 19 February 2019
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Aisle A
7 contributions
May 2018 • Family
They organize a day trip to Apo Island for snorkels and divers and Me and my partner and sister joined and I can say that we all did have an amazing time.
Me and my sister did the snorkling since I was pregnant and cant dive and we were able to swim with turtles and enjoy the beautiful island while my partner did 3 dives that he enjoyed aswell. Mark the shop owner was very accommodating along with his wife and crew which were very friendly and made us feel safe in the water.
Great team and I would highly recommend this place for diving and snorkeling.
Written 23 May 2018
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Dear Aisleen, Thank you so much for your positive view of our operation. It is true that we have a passion for what we do and like to strike a balance between maintaining standards without being over-bearing, ensuing all have a fun and safe time out. Looking forward to being able to show you more underwater in a few months time. Take Care Mark & Maria
Written 25 May 2018
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Kirsten O
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada6 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I spent two days diving with Coral Dive and Adventure, and had a great experience. The boat was very spacious, and the team was professional, but laid back allowing you to have a relaxing day. They took us to 3 incredible dive sites around Apo Island and I also did some dives closer to Dumaguete. I would definitely recommend them to anyone diving in the area. Especially with having an advanced certification, I felt like I had my own space to explore during the dive, but the dive master/ instructor was always there if I needed anything.
Written 22 May 2018
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Hello Kirsten, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and got to experience some beautiful dive sites with the team. Safe Travels and we hope to see you sometime in the future. Best Mark
Written 25 May 2018
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Tomáš B
21 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We had two great dive trips, one for night dive and second for Apo island diving, both was amazing, thank you guys again
Written 8 May 2018
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Dear Tomas, Thank you for your review of our business. We were so delighted to be able to show you the delights of diving in Zamboanguita and Apo Island. We sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Kind Regards Mark & Maria
Written 15 May 2018
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njmiles03
Seattle, WA6 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
I recently spent 3 weeks in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental for a scuba-oriented vacation. During late January & early February, 2018, I did a total of 27 dives with Mark, Maria & the team (Koykoy 1 & 2, Ritchel, & Anding) at Coral Dive & Adventure. My dives fell into 3 categories: PADI specialty certification training dives, local fun dives, & Apo Island dive days.

During my 3 weeks in Zambo, I had several days of fun dives. On these days, the crew took me to dive spots as far south as Tambobo Bay & as far north as Dauin. There are copious dive spots along this coastline, & I could have spent more days diving in the area without repeating dive sites. The area around Zamboanguita is largely characterized by sandy bottom with scattered coral structures, & has great muck, drift, & night diving. Too, there are a number of interesting artificial reefs created using a variety of substrates; some of these sites are really thriving, becoming homes to frogfish, scorpionfish, hermit crabs, nudibranchs, & the tons of vibrant tropical reef fish that exist in this part of the world.

Mark & the crew went out of their way to make my time with them a top shelf experience. On one day, the crew prepared raw fish for the customers using fish bought from a passing fisherman & chili-infused vinegar. You can imagine my pleasant surprise when I came up from a dive to find an awesome display of fresh needlefish ceviche awaiting me to snack on between dives.

While with Coral Dive, I took the night & drift dive specialty courses (PADI). My instructor, Nice, was a great balance between staying on task & discussing related topics: invasive species, research in the local marine ecosystem, etc. Great source of information & patience.
On our final night dive for the certification, Mark came out & gave us an introduction to night diving with blue lights. Using these blue lights rather than traditional torches, we saw the fluorescence of coral, anemones, & other species. Awesome, unique experience.

Apo Island Marine Sanctuary is an hour or 2 away (depending on surface conditions) from the dive shop. This is where you come to see epic coral gardens & huge sea turtles. Diving at Apo Island offers healthy, densely populated, multi-species coral communities that I could hover over & explore for days. And, having been a diver since 1987, I enjoyed my largest sea turtle sighting ever at Apo.

Coral Dive & Adventure provided me with awesome dives, specialty scuba skills, & friendly, individualized service, at a great price point. Not only would I return to dive with them again, but am actually planning my next dive vacation with them next year.
Written 28 March 2018
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Dear Nate Thank you for your positive feedback. I am thrilled you acknowledge the small touches and have to whole heartedly agree your comments regarding the diving opportunities available. The time it takes to get to Apo looks a little odd, as this is a 50minute trip right from the resort beach... point to point. We will show you again when you come back ;-) Safe diving buddy and again very well done on your MSD certification. Best Mark
Written 29 March 2018
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Bryan
Osoyoos, Canada80 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We booked a snorkelling trip with mark in the resort to Apo Island. The trip was amazing from start to finish aside from the sunburn I got
I would highly highly recommend this place. We were place on a less crowded boat and were taken with the people diving so it was a nice experience to see people diving and then still get to snorkel around.
Written 16 February 2018
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Dear Bryan, Your kind words are very warming. Thank you for taking the time to provide a review of our operation. It is great that you appreciated the additional boat and the smaller group on-board; we do try to plan in such a way to group people according to what we think will be comfortable. Maybe next time we can entice you into some dive gear and really get closer to the marine life...... Kind Regards Mark
Written 19 February 2018
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Darius
Warsaw, Poland29 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Hi,

STRONG recommendation to Coral Dive & Adventure! We spend couple Of hours during the trip to Apo Island. Great and well done organisation of trip. Safe and responsible team. They served super tasty lunch during our trip.
Snorkeling was amazing with our guide!! We saw 6 turtles and many many fishes!!
On our way back we had big waves, get wet at all :) it was great time with a lot Of fun! Captain did good job!!:)
Amazing time with Coral Dive & Adventure. We will come back for 100%!! :) You have to go with the team - it is better than normal turist trip to Apo Island. Yeah!!!!:)
Written 9 February 2018
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Dear Darius, Thank you so very much for your review. We are thrilled that you appreciate the extra touches we provide on our day trips. We were all blessed with an amazing encounter! Kind Regards Mark
Written 10 February 2018
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