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Dugong Dive Center

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| El Rio y Mar R, San Jose, Palawan Island, Philippines
+63 920 951 9100
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I only have words of appreciation for this dive center and I strongly recommend it to everyone and... read more

Reviewed October 18, 2017
Barcelona, Spain

It's been a while that I have visited DUGONG Dive Center and El Rio Y Mar and my comments are long... read more

Reviewed October 17, 2017
Manila, Philippines
via mobile
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Hello ! We are located in Northern Palawan. & yes, diving with us gives you the privilege of access to sites untouched by other dive operators. Our occasional exploration dives open up many options of spontaneous, pristine and safe reef/wall dives for you. Of course, we offer "normal" dives as well: With shore, boat, day & night dives, our commonly published dive sites include our House Reefs, Apo Reef, Japanese World War II Kyokuzan Maru Wreck, Diboyuyan and Dimipac Islands (both combined with eco-friendly Dugong Watching Tour). Diving trips to the Coron wrecks, Barracuda Lake, Siete Pecados, Apo reef safari etc. can also be arranged by us. Of course, we're definitely open for any suggestions of the location/types of dives that you would like to do with us.... So please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll see what can be done for you. As members of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, we have been actively protecting our waters for almost 2 decades...& together with our well trained, experienced and properly licensed crew, we ensure you get only the best. Dirk Fahrenbach, our CEO, have had experiences diving all over the world, and also ran dive operations in Germany, Maldives, Croatia-yet he still chose to settle down in Northern Palawan... it is up to you to come here & see for yourself the magic surrounding our waters. :) About the dugongs..: Join us on our Dugong Watching trip & get a chance watch those "little" mermaids in action. We have an average of 30 dugongs living in our bay. We have been working with international documentary crews, photographers, conservationists, biologists, etc. over the years & thus what we offer is a Dugong Eco-tourism programme.. Not to mention, there are special procedures to follow for this trip. Examples being quiet when approaching, no chasing, no touching & avoiding splashes when approaching the dugongs. We should actP "like a piece of driftwood," as Dirk would say. Do understand that we would not want to frighten the dugongs away, & we would like to contribute to their species learning that humans are not harmful to them. :) We have about 80+% success rate of dugong sightings with the help of our eagle-eyed crew. Also, we certainly have plentiful of wonderful experiences (documented on video, photographs or spoken orally) that we & our guests have had with the dugongs. However, it is only nature & natural(wild in their own natural environment & this is not a zoo nor an aquarium) that we cannot promise 100% sightings of dugongs... Often on our trips, we'd have bonuses of turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, tunas etc. Also, Our prices are fixed and certainly on par with our years of professionalism, training(eg. regular renewal of CPR training for crew), maintenance (equipment, boats, etc), logistics& dive service ... We pride ourselves in all these, thus if you have a problem with our prices, we are not sorry. :) We can, however, gladly refer you to other dive operators around mainland Coron/Busuanga. Last but not least, Drop us an email or ring us on the phone & we'll be there for you. Created by nature. Operated by environmentalists. Just for you.
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| El Rio y Mar R, San Jose, Palawan Island, Philippines
| El Rio y Mar R, San Jose, Palawan Island, Philippines
+63 920 951 9100
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

I only have words of appreciation for this dive center and I strongly recommend it to everyone and anyone who is thinking about diving in the Philippines specially if they are interested in the dugongs. They are a very professional and familiar center in their...More

Thank sophie1818bcn
Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

It's been a while that I have visited DUGONG Dive Center and El Rio Y Mar and my comments are long overdue. It's a magic place above and below the waves and when you spend all day in the field/water you need by the end...More

1  Thank GDPhotoAdventure
Reviewed October 17, 2017

The Resort is simple but very clean and best place to forget the digital world and day stress! The rooms are very comfortable and the food, drinks & service very nice. Both trips have been very good and we are sure that we are going...More

1  Thank Panos H
Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

Trip was good - collected from our hotel - cashew grove. Dugongs were incredible. Turtles were great. Problems - only people you can do it with as far as we could see and they've created a monopoly- 3500 per person and only goes if 5...More

2  Thank Ash12341234
Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

We really wanted to see dugongs and that's why we decided to take the bus from Coron to San Jose (the journey took us almost 6 hours at the end...) as we saw on the Internet that the Dugong Dive Center offered dive trips with...More

5  Thank v-reine
Reviewed August 19, 2017

Hey, I m so happy that i got the dugong off my check list, it was on it for a long time. on top of that i had a really good time time at the resort, and dive into the wrecks was pretty awesome. I...More

2  Thank Seb D
Reviewed August 13, 2017

Just spent a few days diving with these guys and had a great time. Professional, well run friendly shop with quality hire gear. Had a great day on the Dugong dive, given their location I would say they have upper hand over the other shops...More

Thank SteveOsborne63
Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

It's not the easiest tour to organise - even if you email Dirk ahead of time the tour will only go ahead on the day if 5 people commit so it's all a bit last minute. What complicates things even more is that they prefer...More

4  Thank MCCRLJS
Reviewed March 15, 2017

I did 2 days of diving with DDC over my 4 days in Coron. Before arriving, I'd expressed my desire to dive Apo Reef. The 1 day Apo Trip requires 4 divers, so it was not possible on my first day there, as I was...More

2  Thank MonsieurWaldo
Reviewed March 14, 2017

We saw 2 dugongs on first trip and 3 (including a baby dugong) on second trip. It was amazing to see those beautiful and elegant creatures. In addition, we saw lightening clams, jaw fish, big cuttlefish, octopus hidden inside corral, several kind of eels, barracuda,...More

3  Thank Yang X
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