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... pool is placed in the middle. The food I had was good. My room I had was spacious and comfortable. The buildings here are...
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... so you will need to ask for it. The masseuse comes to your room at the arranged time, and let me tell you, for 400PHP per...
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... the other for our luggage, as well as the luggage rack. The room gets cool quickly, and you can turn down the air...
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Robinyy wrote a review Nov 2018
Wiesbaden, Germany351 contributions
After spending some nights in the hectic of Coron town I was more than happy to find this nice resort. It is located about half way between Coron town and the airport and it offeres a free shuttel to and from Coron town. The resort kindly sent its free shuttle after I gave them a call. The place was very tranquile, green and peaceful. A nice pool is placed in the middle. The food I had was good. My room I had was spacious and comfortable. The buildings here are not brand new but well maintained. All staff members I met were friendly and helpful The only disadvantage was the wifi which is only available at the restaurant and not on the rooms. Considering that the resort offers free pick ups and shuttle service to Coron town this is for me the place of choice.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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David E wrote a review Nov 2012
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My thoughts on Busuanga Island Paradise are summed up in the title of the review.
In tagalog, one would say, "nakamamanghang!" (Fantastic)

I want to preface my review by saying that when you travel to a country/place for the first time, please do your homework on what to expect at your destination BEFORE you leave home.
To me, this is just plain common sense,
Sadly, some of the minor gripes of reviewers have been unfairly given because the reviewer failed to do some basic homework.

Now to the review....

I had not been to the Philippines before, so went there because i wanted to go somewhere different. (i'd been to Thailand several times)
I'm not a fan of the big cities around the world, (Bangkok for example) particularly Asia, mainly because of the hustle/bustle/noise/pollution/poverty, but figured that i'd spend 2 days in Manila, (just so i could say i'd been there) and then, because i'd done my homework, i'd fly out to Busuanga and spend a week at BIP. (Busuanga Island Paradise)
Why did i settle on BIP ?
I chose BIP because i knew it was going to be peaceful & beautiful, as well as being relatively inexpensive, yet not too far away from a town should i need something.
I am so glad i chose BIP !
After just 2 hours of being at BIP, i was already thinking, "Gee, i have to come back here".

First off, it fully lived up to (and exceeded) my expectations of the place.

I had booked the 3 day 2 night island hopping package, and an extra 5 nights.
Included in that was mini bus transfers to/from the airport/resort.
On arrival at Busuanga Airport (i flew airphil express) I was greeted by the van driver, and taken to BIP.
It was a totally seamless transition from stepping off a plane at a foreign airport, to the accomodation.

On arrival at the resort, i was greeted with a welcome drink, and checking in was also very easy and relaxed.
In fact, right from that point of checking in, and indeed right to the point of checking out, i was totally consumed with the sense that i was being treated like a king, rather than the usual experience of big city hotels where you always feel like you're being treated like a number, and with a fake smile.
There is nothing at all "fake" about BIP.
Right from the get go, the staff were so genuinely friendly and caring, and their quiet/relaxed nature also put me at peace.

From 2 days in the hustle and bustle of Manila, to walking into BIP, was akin to going from 100kph to a dead stop !

As i was travelling alone, i had booked into a Casita. (see photo's)
Inside the Casita was 2 x double beds, a television (with free satellite), air con, bathroom etc.
The air con worked very well given the humidity outside, and the bed/s were very comfortable.

In fact, i slept better there than i do here at home !

The rooms are fully serviced each day.

Meals were not set meals as another reviewer suggested.
For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can choose from a menu which has a good selection of local and American dishes.
Personally, i like to eat what the locals eat when i'm in another country, so for breakfast i was generally having the Filipino breakfast (Beef Tapas).

When I was at the resort and not in town (Coron) or island hopping, I would have a chicken sandwich or similar for lunch.
At dinner, I tried various local dishes, including Chicken/Pork Adobo, and Beef Steak Filipino (marinated in Calamansi & Soy sauce, with garlic, onion, pepper).
I also had Pampangan Tocino which is to die for !!!

The food was absolutely superb (and plentiful), and could not fault it in any way.

After a day of shopping in Coron Town, or hopping the islands, it was so nice to return to the resort and have a terrific dinner, followed by a swim in the pool, followed by a few beers at the pool bar, followed by the best massage I have had anywhere in Asia ! (Or elsewhere for that matter)

The massage service isn’t widely advertised, so you will need to ask for it.
The masseuse comes to your room at the arranged time, and let me tell you, for 400PHP per hour (which is less than $10 AUD/USD) you will most likely have a massage more than once a day !!

My masseuse’s name was Melany, and she has the hands of a goddess !!

If you are a male guest at BIP, and want to avail yourself of a massage, please do so, but if you have any illusions that the massage will be anything other than a simple relaxation massage, then you are in the wrong place.
Other kind of massages may or may not be available in Coron Town, but at BIP, it is totally professional.

All the staff at BIP will show you the utmost in respect, so please afford them the same respect, and treat them as you would a family member.

I enjoyed everything about my stay at BIP, but specifically, I enjoyed going for long walks along the highway that runs past the front of the resort.
It’s not so much a highway, but more a country road.
Walking along this road gives you the perfect opportunity to see how the local villagers live and work.
Whilst out walking, it seemed that I (as a white man) was a bit of a novelty for them.
It must have been strange for them to see a white guy walking down the road past their houses, but they were really friendly, and always offered up a smile or a wave. (which I returned)
That kind of warmth and friendliness is synonymous with the Philippino people though.
Rural Philippino’s are much like Rural Thai’s.
They are so quiet, peaceful, and humble people.

One of the highlights of staying at BIP was the performance of a tribal music group called Tribu Calamianen.
I commented to the group after their gig that it was such a pleasure to listen to their music which was sung with meaning, as opposed to commercially churned out songs with lyrics.
I really enjoyed their performance, and their music was certainly infectious.
Their CD is available for purchase from reception / gift shop at the resort at 400PHP / $10.

Reviews such as these found on TA go a very long way in helping a person decide if a certain place is right for them, but the best advertisement for Busuanga Island Paradise that I saw, was the fact that other Philippino’s (generally from Manila) go there for a holiday !
Who knows better than a local right ?

When you take the free shuttle bus from the resort into Coron, be sure to walk up Mt Tapyas, and also visit that Coron Public Market and the Fish Market.

I can’t wait to go back to BIP, as it was simply heaven in paradise.

I would be only too happy to hear from anyone who is thinking of making a trip to Busuanga Island Paradise, and has specific questions.
I will do my best to answer any question you may have.

To Rina and all her staff, Maraming Salamat !!!!!
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Date of stay: October 2012Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: For a couple - Choose a "Casita". For a family or group, choose a "La Vista"
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drtherc4 wrote a review Sep 2018
San Francisco, California3 contributions
We recently stayed here for four days/three nights (Aug 2018). The entire experience was to die for. The roads around Busuanga are really bumpy, mostly due to rain. But once we go to the resort from the airport, everything just melted away. Jen, the front desk manager, checked us in, and went over our activities, which we booked as part of our all-inclusive package. I had chosen to dive three dives on one day, and my wife and I went on the city tour and the island hopping tour on the third day. There were only about 10 people in the resort the first and second day, and we had the place to ourselves the third day.
The rooms are spacious. Some of them are individual, and they have three buildings with four rooms each. We had the last one on the last building. It was comfortable, with two beds downstairs and one up in a loft. I only climbed the ladder to look at the loft, but it looks comfortable. We slept in one bed and used the other for our luggage, as well as the luggage rack. The room gets cool quickly, and you can turn down the air conditioner. I actually turned it off two nights. TV was good, but we were out and about most of the time.
Our meals were part of the plan, and all we needed to do was tell them any dietary restrictions and what time we wanted to eat. Food was excellent-the chef goes to market every day to choose the meals for meal-plan diners. There is an a la carte menu as well. We always had plenty to eat. The wait staff is always smiling and helpful. There's this huge root ball from a hundred year old tree that was knocked down by Typhoon Hiyan, which is the base of a table. The only issue with the outdoor dining was the attracted flies, but it's nature, you know? Food was simple, tasty, and hot. Desserts were fruit. The owner is from Pampanga, which is a region known for its great cooks.
All our activities were private. The van took us to town for our city tour, which included a natural salt water hot spring, and a hike up a tall hill (720 steps), and the rest of it was just a ride around town. The town seems kind of crowded, but at the same time it sprawls all around the south coast of the island. I believe that, had there been more people doing the same tour, we would have all been in the same van, but since there was just us, it was only us. I was booked to dive with Sea Dive Resort, which is a resort in its own rite, but didn't look very impressive. The dive boat and crew were excellent, and there were only myself and one other diver. We wanted to see corals and sea life, so we didn't do the wrecks. The third day, my wife and I did the island hopping tour, again, it was just the two of us. Again, I think that, had there been more of us doing the same tour, there would have been more on the boat, but we got such great service. The guide, Albert, from the resort, pulled my wife around the reefs as I snorkeled, a very nice touch. We were grateful for the crew and the guide from the resort.
I would say this is the best resort I saw on this island. All the places in town don't look so nice as this one. The owner takes pride in her grounds and the bungalows, and obviously takes care of her staff. The wifi doesn't work in the room, you have to be outside or in the dining pavilion.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Cla-Cla S wrote a review Jul 2014
Quezon City, Philippines9 contributions
Very peaceful and very relaxing place. The rooms are very spacious, bathroom is big and clean. One minus point are the bathroom windows without curtain that i freaked out while I was at the shower, there is a guy looking on while having a cigarette... The curtains in the room also are very thin, you don't even know where to dress up... But all in all, the place is GREAT... Plus the personnels are very honest, one literally ran to catch us to give back my husband's GoPro when he accidentally left it behind... I highly recommend this resort....
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Date of stay: June 2014
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Owen1984 wrote a review Mar 2019
sussex8 contributions
Lovely and quiet place to stay, the room was large and clean, the facilities are good. The staff were very helpful. The free shuttle to coron town was excellent. If you want a retreat away from coron town, stay here.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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