Submarine Garden
Submarine Garden
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IanBanares
Santa Rosa, Philippines43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
If you are looking for white fine sand, a drinking spot, a beach nightlife with booze, a barefoot walk in the water and beach grill... This is not the place to be.

But! If you are a nature lover who loves to be one with fishes, who enjoys swimming through corals and seaweeds, who melts when strong sea breeze brushes through one's skin, and who falls in love with an uncrowded place - like it's your own rest house, topped with good guest service... THIS-IS-THE-PLACE-TO-BE!

That basically sums up our one-night vacation in this humble place.

But here are few more details of our stay:
- Php 3k for an a/c room good for 4 people. Yes, it is spacious, clean and well-equipped with necessary stuff (soaps, shampoo, towels, pillows, clothes rack and bed sheets)

- Php 4,500 for an a/c room good for 5-6 people.

- Both rooms are at beach-front.

- No corkage for snacks but not for bottle of wine and booze.

- Nope. You can't bring with you full meals because they have food package at P 1,200 for 4 meals per person. I must say, the food is not bad at all. It's complete with rice meal, drink and dessert. Meals served: Merienda, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch. You can always add another meal at P 200 if you will be extending your stay there or if you will come earlier than the check in time. And no need to bring gallon of water with you. Because they have unlimited supply of water and iced for all the guests.

- Snorkeling. Make sure you have your vest and snorkeling mask with you. So you could float your way through the corals at knee-deep water (as much as possible, avoid stepping on the corals. It's the fishes home don't forget!)

- Beach is not friendly to barefoot swimming, so bring your aqua shoes!

- Snorkeling is best done early in the morning, within 6am to 9am while water is calmer than at 9:30 am onwards.

- Bring your GO PRO! If you have one. :) Underwater adventure is a must capture!

- Customer/Guest Service. They are very accommodating, friendly, proactive and organized. Probably because the owners are friendly too.

- Bring bread with you as you snorkel through the waters.

- The whole trip, including gas, toll, snacks, wine, lomi food trip in Lipa cost us P7.5k, so that's 3,750k each per head.

- They are gradually improving the place so expect that prices might increase any time soon.

Yep! Definitely worth it! Either we have set our bars too low or the place is just awesome!

*****
Contact via VIBER: Lea Marasigan (0927 340 5757)
50% Down Payment via their PNB Account.
Yes, you can pencil bookmark your initial preferred stay.
Written April 28, 2016
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Dessa Tariman
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
My family went here last May for a day trip and we loved the place! The staff were very accomodating and helpful. There was one boy who showed us where most of the fishes are (near the raft floating). The food was also good and filling. :) The shower area is new. The CRs are clean and have tissue.

There's no wifi in the resort but that's okay for us. Mobile signal is good anyway.

Maybe they can add more electrical outlets where the day trip guests can charge their phones. I charged in the restaurant and just left my phone there. Good thing there were only two guest groups when we were there. Haha!

Overall, this is a really good resort. We would come back here and even recommend this place :)
Written July 3, 2015
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SBRam0s
Manila, Philippines51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
Our Lobo trip was truly enjoyable! The drive to Lobo was fantastic! The roads are all paved and the view was scenic and calming. When we got to Submarine Garden Resort, we were brought to their new beachfront duplex type rooms. I booked thru Lea Marasigan who was super accommodating! They dont have a website but they do have an FB page. The rooms were air-conditioned, spacious, and clean. The water from the bathroom gave off a foul odor which could be because of the sulfur or the tank? All you have to do is keep the water running for a bit and it'll be fine. Our family of 14 pax occupied all 4 rooms. They also have native cottages with a/c. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch which was pre-ordered / organized and had it served on the long table with tent just a few steps from our room. The view, the cool breeze and the food was great. To top it all off, we were the only ones at the resort! This is what's nice about Lobo, it is not as crowded as Laiya or other popular beach resorts in Batangas. So, if you are looking for a quiet place for you and your family then head on to Lobo. The beach front is rocky so dont go looking for white fine sand here. It is a marine sanctuary for a few meters from the shore you will see blue starfish and a lot more. The kids had a grand time spotting familiar species. Snorkeling gears are for rent for a reasonable price. The resort staff set up a bonfire for us and it was great way to cap the evening. The next day we rented two boats to snorkel in deeper waters and we were delighted to be brought to another Marine Sanctuary near the Malabrigo Lighthouse. Overall, Submarine Garden is not bad at all! The food is simple yet satisfying, the beach is beautiful but rocky so best to bring your aqua shoes. We were charged per person with heavy snack, dinner on day 1 then heavy breakfast and lunch before we checked out. The fee was quite reasonable. Meal choices are very limited so inform the resort beforehand if you have any dietary restrictions. The service is super! We will never forget how RJ their all-around help, would cater to the every need of the family with a smile!
Written June 9, 2015
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Peter John S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Business
Expensive for a not so good food. Walang ilaw sa beach sa gabi for night swimming. Swimming pool until 10pm only. Water taste weird. Super over priced bottled water and drinks. AC sometimes not working. Crew not approachable.
Written May 15, 2017
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Laura S
Paris, France7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
I didn´t lika this place, the food was way too expensive for what you get, I was hungry and therefore overcharged. Therefore they were triying to charge us for everything. The charge entrance for snorkling which is 250php i never paid so much for entering a resort, not worthy therefore, there was almost nothing to see there, very poor snorkling. I do not recommend this place at all, the beach is not beatifull, do not waste your time going there
Written May 7, 2017
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arihalos
Los Banos, Philippines116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
Me and the family were looking for a beach to go to during the Holy Week, away from the maddening crowds of Boracay, Subic, Laiya and what have you. So we decided to go off the beaten path in Lobo, Batangas.
We got caught up in the holiday traffic out of our province in Laguna but things got much better after getting to the STAR Tollway. In no time we got to Batangas city and relied on the mobile navigation app, Waze to find our way to the road leading to Lobo.
The road was long and winding, passing through the mountains straddling Batangas City and Taysan. For the most part there was no traffic, a great sign for us given the maddening crowds we encountered in years prior.
Finally we got to the town proper of Lobo. It’s a small, quaint town compared to the cities of Lipa, Batangas, Sto. Tomas and others. From the town center, we made our way along Malabrigo road to the light house. We passed a bridge being constructed and an elementary school and saw the signboard to the right side of the road (southward). Since the sun was still high up, we decided to take the side trip to the light house first for some sight seeing and picture taking.
The light house was a gem of a site. It dates back to the Spanish times as reflected in the architecture and was repainted by the care takers. I’ll write about it in another post.
After quite a few shots, we were off back to Submarine Garden.
The narrow road leading to the resort is partly paved, partly rough and winds through the hillside. It’s quite challenging to traverse, but the great thing is that this gem of a resort is so out of the way that the chances of getting into such a quandary are quite low.
After a few hundred meters, we arrived at the resort. There were a lot of trees so you park and walk under the canopy to protect you from the scorching sun. The staff were friendly and courteous and we were on our way to our table.
I was very surprised to find that our tables and benches were made of carved tree roots, instead of the usual bamboo, and they were protected from the elements by a sturdy canvass tent, under the canopy. From where we were, we could look out into the sea, with Isla Verde in full view, framed by Mt. Halcon in Mindoro in the distance.
There was a lot of sand but were the reef starts water meets the beach, so it would be a great idea to bring along booties or aqua shoes. I forgot to wear mine and got a slight cut on the rock.
This beach is so called the submarine garden precisely because of the reef, which resembles a garden underwater. We spotted quite a few blue starfish, the usual damselfish, wrasses, a few white clownfish, butterfly fishes, parrot fishes, a Moorish idol and a whole lot more. All of this was visible around 100 meters away from the shore. I’m sure that I would have seen so much more if I used a snorkel and divers mask instead of the swimmers goggles I used that day.
My son thoroughly enjoyed the inflatable raft that the owners put up. He made a few friends while they were bobbing through the waves as the tides shifted.
After two hours of swimming, we were beat. They discourage people from bringing in their own food, and cooking is not allowed. To make up, they offer meal packages complete with drinks and side dishes. We got a sandwich that came with iced tea and chips and the “pansit canton” (stir fried noodles) package that came with a pitcher of iced tea. We didn’t know that they had barbecue set meals, which we will try next time we return.
The great part was when we washed up. The owner has great taste. The tiles and bathroom fixtures were tastefully selected and matched. There was even an ample supply of tissue paper, a rarity in our country, unfortunately.
The best part is that Mr. Marasigan and his crew were so friendly and accommodating. They had a small store at the reception that sells reasonably priced toiletries, drinks and snacks. When I asked for a band aid, they gave me some from their first aid kit. So nice of them.
All in all, I’m glad that we sought out this place, away from all the crowds on what is normally the busiest day at the beach. Next time I’ll bring my dive equipment and a buddy to explore the Japanese submarine at the deep end of the sanctuary. This place is truly a sanctuary from the crazy crowds that descend on the beach come Holy Week in the Philippines.
Written April 3, 2015
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macasaetchris
Makati, Philippines545 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Family
Good

1. No entrance fee
2. Variety of soft and hard corals
3. You can see jacks, blue tang, parrotfish, pufferfish, sergeant fish, clown fish, giant clams, etc.
4. The place is protected by the local government of Lobo (No fishing zone)
5. Not crowded even on weekends
6. Great place for divers and snorkelers

Bad
1. Strong tidal current - Near Malabrigo lighthouse and Holidays beach resort. Avoid this area if possible. I lost my 2nd GoPro here :(
2. Limited hotels, inns & restaurants

Don't expect white powdery sand beach. Lobo is known as a pebble beach. If you want to swim and relax visit Laiya or Nasugbu.

Sample Itinerary:

Lobo - Morning (day tour)
Laiya - Afternoon

The road connecting Laiya to Lobo is now under construction.
Written February 26, 2017
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ROSENDO E
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
Went there with a family of 5 recently. The "resort" was pretty hard to find and easy to miss. Their markers and signages are too small and not too visible specially if you come on a private vehicle. We went on wrong roads twice and our car was scratched while backing up a one-lane road. The locals are not nice and unwelcoming of tourists. Bad omen.

When we finally found the "resort", the entrance looked like a gated farm complete with cattle feeding on grass. We had to manually open the gate ourselves. The caretaker was obviously unaware that we booked a room in the "resort" and initially looked irritated by the interference to his party. We had to pass through a rickety wooden bridge to reach the room. The concrete structure, destroyed by a storm, has yet to be restored.

Good thing though, the caretaker's wife had enough TLC left in her to spare us as she led us to our "room" which she prepared shortly after we arrived. The caretaker was unabashedly ordering the missus around, while at the same time expressing disdain for his employers lack of emphaty for his efforts to single-handedly manage and care for the "resort". My wife, polite as she is, just nodded her head in approval.

We had the "resort" all to ourselves, thats a good thing. The 3k per night room is large enough for a group of 5 but was too bare for comfort. The aircon was the only "amenity". The CR is old but the bidet still works. No exhaust fan though to drive the stink of poopoo time away. Signal is bad too. But hey, if you are for nature communing, and can shun tv and twitter for a night, this can probably work.

We arrived around noon and went for a dip at the beach around 2pm. There was trash in the water. You have to swim with floating wrappers of instant pancit canton, crackers, cigarette butts and other variety of common garbage. I dont know whose shoulders this responsibility ultimately falls on but the "resort" owner should at least make an effort to involve the community in keeping the beach clean. Lobo, Batangas is a rising beach town afterall. However, the morning swim was more pleasant. The night waves probably swept all the garbage ashore and all thats left are still and clear waters thats not too salty.

The "resort" leases a gas stove for P500/day so you can cook, unlike in other nearby places. The market is quite near.

Submarine Garden Resort 2 can only rent out 4 cottages, 2 of which are non-aircon. It is not yet a "resort" at this time, but it has potential to get there. Im sure give or take 3 to 5 years, it will be a viable resort in Lobo.

All in all, i had an average experience. Will probably return, but ill wait half a decade at least.
Written September 12, 2016
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Victoria K
Laguna Province, Philippines21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
Compared to all other beaches I went to this is the best place to snorkel where you don't need to go far from the shore. It is very easy to find fish, we even saw a tiny octopus in the shore. I really love underwater view, so that's why I decided to visit this place, but I don't have any idea it is that to reach it. the Road is unsafe and everything is being constructed, it is a one way road so we got caught up because we need to wait for the vehicles on the other lane to pass, the roads are stiff as well and curvy. I am not planning to go back to this place anytime soon. we went there for a day tour only, we didn't book a room, because I feel it is expensive for the place and not worth it. you cannot bring your own food as well, you have to eat theirs, well I can say that their food is also nice. My kid also enjoyed the pool. Me and my husband enjoyed snorkeling.
Written February 24, 2017
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EMOBLAST
Guangzhou, China27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
There is an added facility- new swimming pool 5 feet deep and a wading pool for kids. It is a relief for those afraid for kids to go to the waters because basically this is a snorkelling and diving resort. There is a great effort in improving the landscaping.
Food is still good with the famous local "tulingan" fish. Try bulanglang out of fresh local vegetables. 2 new aircon villas are also on the rise. It is very quiet and still my get-away place. The morning awakes you with very calm water and the rising sun is quite breath taking as the sunset.
Written December 15, 2015
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