This is my ninth stay at Portulano==my friend and I keep coming back because Arnel and Carmella (owners and PADI certified dive instructors) treat their guests like family. The dive masters Elmer and Choy are very competent, and the facility is a wonderfult getaway from the city. Add the beautiful reefs, incredible location and marine life, and it equals a perfect holiday! Also,Great value for the money!
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!
This resort is very quaint. The resort is built around nature which makes you feel one with the water and the land. They make really good home baked breads. A bit pricey for diving but if you want to dive and lounge, this is a really good place to do that.
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.
The place is more rustic, rather than commercial like most resorts in Batangas. The owners, who are divers as well as artists are frequently there on weekends. Lots of place to hangout, lounge, and relax in. Sometimes you'd forget diving and you'd just want to lie down and relax. I love the long wooden tables they have, as they are great if you want to study, read, or sneak in a bit of work. Internet connection is also decent. The house reef is also great, with lots of opportunities for macro shots.