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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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超級推薦👍Dugong Dive Watching

喜歡Dugong一定要來看看🐠 潛水店就在渡假村El Rio Y... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2018
Mycin M
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Excellent dives with Dugong dive center

We did 17 excellent dives with the Dugong Dive center and it was an excellent diving trip. The... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2018
MarieDV
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Hornsby, Australia
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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
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

喜歡Dugong一定要來看看🐠 潛水店就在渡假村El Rio Y Mar裡面 ,HouseReef碼頭酒吧100分 ,一定要預訂1500PHP機場酒店接送 ,除非你想游泳抵達飯店Check-in ,DugongWatchingTrip超療癒👍 記得去餐廳預約隔天船潛午餐便當 ,晚上碼頭酒吧滿天星斗跟微風~ Super Excellent~ 🐠

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

We did 17 excellent dives with the Dugong Dive center and it was an excellent diving trip. The dives are diversified : shipwrecks, walls, house reefs, coral gardens etc... The main highlight is the small stuffs such as nudibranches, ghost pipe fish, crabs, shrimps etc...also...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

This is a awesome trip. Dugong dive center have very good service, DM & crews are very friendly, we will come back to visit again.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

The Diving encharged a guide to take care of me all along my week in Busuanga. Despite my bad luck (camera and health problems) the few dives I had the opportunity to do were excellent. When you are so busy with a camera, it is...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

I was already in the resort for the second time. Unchanged i met a familiar atmosphere with very nice and helpful staff. The hotel area is fantastically located and the rooms are spacious and clean. Food was diverse and delicious. Dive center is well equipped...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Before getting to our resort, Menchie the manager of Dugong Dive Center sent us an sms that there was a dugong in the house reef. It had just arrived! There was indeed a dugong in the seagrass beds right in front of the resort. The...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Worst and misleading dive centre we ever experienced! They ask rediculous high prices and tell you you can do a 'One day dive trip with the Dugong', but actually its 1 dive and only for 30 minutes, in a very controlled area. After the dive...More

2  Thank RoxBjin
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DirkFahrenbach, Owner at Dugong Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hi Roxanne We are always happy to get comments that help us improving our services but in your case, how can you write this nonsense when you have not been diving with us? You received our price list with all explanations. I remember your calling...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Here is our experience with Dugong Dive Center. When we arrived in Coron we called them and asked how to get to their place. Dirk sent us an email but failed to inform that after the ride from Coron, the only way to get there...More

2  Thank Apocrifa77
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I had a chance to go on a day trip with this centre. While the reserve area is beautiful, I did not feel I receive a good service for my money. We had a go at diving with one Dugong, except that we didn’t dive...More

1  Thank Travelanddiscoverme
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DirkFahrenbach, Director of Sales at Dugong Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hi there, Since we don’t know your name and can’t remember any complaint, it is difficult for us to address the situation. The Dugongs as you mentioned are protected animals, the rules by the local authorities about time allowed in the water and guests per...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

It is a bit expensive compared to other diving in Coron town. But they pretty much are the only one to do the Dugong diving and day trip app reef. For the price they could include lunch like Coron town dive center do. But it's...More

1  Thank t3quil4
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