I came to Portulano with a group of friends from Manila. I have been to quite a few dive resorts along the coast in Anilao/Batangas and was expected Portulano to be similar. How wrong I was! Portulano is beautiful for divers and people looking for a retreat from the busy city. The rooms, common spaces and pool are decorated beautifully with comfortable chairs and hammocks dotted around to relax and chill on! The staff are friendly, helpful and on hand to help with any needs. Diving is beautiful in this area and on their house reef we saw many interesting corals and fish (including an electric clam!) I would highly recommend this resort, I cannot wait to return
The resort is for people who are looking to experience
a relaxing getaway while learning to master Diving.
Though I did not try my hand at diving and do not have
any experience at all, I can see that the resort comes
quite equipped for the basic necessities of diving.
From Manila, it took us about a 2-3 hour drive which makes
this place very convinient. We had to park our car on the other
side of the beach as riding the boat was the fastest way to
get to the resort.
The Boat while very capable of bringing us to and from the place
may not be for children but once you get across, the experience is
The Rooms here are beautiful even though there was no wifi and no tv,
the design and ambience was nice.
Though realisticaly, people should come here if they want to disconnect and relax.
The food was good, lightly salted and was filling. Though I wish
that there were more variations to the food and that they room service past 5pm.
The place has a Salt Water Dive Pool which is well maintained and is used to train.
A Game Room for those who wants to hang out though some of the games are no longer
well maintained i.e. Table Tennis and Billiards.
The Staff takes care of their guests, does their best to provide all the needs of everyone.
I think the place is good for Divers and Guests, Smart LTE Signal here is not very good but
Globe seems have better coverage here.
Our room was facing the bay. Excellent friendly staff. We snorkeled, swam, relaxed, read, played pool/table tennis, exercised in the morning, met people from different countries. Overall, great experience!
Not only was the diving surprisingly good but in all five dives we did my friend and I did not see a single other diver. The rooms are nice and comfortable though not luxurious. There is a small pool and several shaded hammocks and lounge chairs. The staff is friendly though one needs to ask to get your room cleaned or to get a fresh towel. When we arrived at the Portulano parking lot to catch the 10 minute boat ride to the resort the boat was not ready and we had to wait over 30 minutes. There are not facilities of any kind at the parking lot so it was not the most welcoming spot to wait. All in all Portulano is a quiet spot -particularly on weekdays when the weekend crowd from Manila is not there- and a good location to spend a few days diving.
My 9 year old & I had a fantastic few days here: relaxing, diving & chilling out in a superb location. Rooms are right on the shoreline with amazing views from the balcony, even from the bed we could hear & see the waves lapping on the deck. Rooms are basic in a "rustic" shabby chic Mediterranean villa design, some rooms have AC but the units are pretty noisy so leaving the balcony doors open is a cheaper option. Its only a small place which gets busier at weekends with the Manila divers but there are lots of chill out areas with hammocks so its easy to find somewhere to relax and watch the waves or the sunset. Dive team were great and took us on several action packed dives, we even saw a HUGE turtle on the house reef just while snorkelling ! Food is all inclusive, good & plentiful but relatively basic & quite Filipino. The salt water infinity pool which juts out over the sea is a spectacular place to avoid the heat with a beer & a book, already planning our next weekend trip :)