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North side of Anilao, Bauan, Luzon 4201 Philippines
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A boutique resort in the more quiet side of what is popularly known as Anilao, Batangas. Portulano Dive Resort provides snorkeling and scuba diving services to Anilao/Mabini, Bauan, Tingloy popular dive sites. Wake up to the gentle sound of the waves with rooms directly fronting the sea with a bedside view of the ocean. It's a great place for both divers, non-divers having lots of private space to lounge and relax. Design and architecture is inspired by mediterranean colors accented by local materials and artistry.
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sadscot wrote a review Jun 2019
Brisbane, Australia17 contributions5 helpful votes
Just a day trip for us this time, just to have a couple of dives and a nice lunch. as usual the crew there are outstanding and very helpful. The local reef is a nice gentle dive to finish off a wonderful day
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Date of stay: June 2019
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ElizabethVonDacey wrote a review Feb 2019
Stockholm, Sweden59 contributions33 helpful votes
The main goal was to get the kids PADI certified and to refresh my own skills. But wow did I get so much more. While this is certainly a diver's paradise resort (great set up for gear and camera care) it was just as valuable and enjoyable for the non-diver in our group. Snorkling at the house reef and opportunities to use other water -related fun equipment (though, in fairness, no one did during our 3 days - too busy being non busy reading, lounging, napping). The best was the care we received from the staff. The dive staff were helpful and knowledgeable. Elmer was a fantastic spotter, even of tiny creatures like nudi brancs and skeleton shrimp. Daisy helped us with every concern. All meals offered a good selection that all of us could enjoy. The best were the shakes we could
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Response from diveaddiction, Owner at Portulano Dive Resort
Responded 11 Apr 2019
Thank you for your response, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you also for understanding the limitations of being in a secluded area, water pressure being one of them. In our area getting & ensuring a good supply of water is complicated enough logistically and is top priority and part of conserving the water supply not just for ourselves but the villages nearby affects water pressure.
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pnutbrown wrote a review Feb 2019
Bristol, United Kingdom23 contributions14 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: February 2019
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beaubo wrote a review Dec 2018
Cleveland Ohio USA329 contributions215 helpful votes
I booked a last minute getaway from Manila, literally last minute, like I was already on the 3 hr bus ride who U sttarted contacting dive resorts. Portulano respondd promptly. The resort is vertically bult into a hill so there is a lot of up and down steps, especially being on the top floor. But the room was a great value for te money and the view was stunning. The service was gracious and my dive guide Toi was well-versed wit the dive sites. I only was there 2 nights and the meals were fine, but they really never inched into delicious threshold. If I had to stay there much beyong a couple of nights, I think I would have been a bit stifled by the lack of menu choices, and the only other option being a boat ridde to the village. So, to be clear, the food was more than
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from diveaddiction, Owner at Portulano Dive Resort
Responded 11 Apr 2019
Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your stay. With regards to our food, many of our guests give us very good reviews on the food we serve. Perhaps the comparison to a 5 star hotel spread causes disappointment in terms of menu choices or even menu style. Our food style is not commercialised at all. DELICIOUS is also subjective, we do not make our food very savory, nor salty but use minimal seasoning and avoid MSG altogether. We have freshly baked wheat bread, homemade jams, brick oven baked & roasted porquettas, chicken, pasta and more, we only use fresh tomatoes for our sauces, no canned products and also use fresh herbs straight from our herb garden. We believe healthy choices, using fresh ingredients and bringing out the flavor of the meats and seafood we use. We find that savory, tasty meals wear us and our guests out and where food is too seasoned and flavored, the tendency is to get tired of it. Mild natural flavors, fresh and healthy is our style. We are also constantly looking to add to our menu, and from this feedback we will look again into which selections we can change for the better. But our spread is simple featuring: salads, seafood, poulty, meat, soup, pasta/rice and dessert, we also cater to vegetarians and gluten free requests. Giving a wider spread will have to increase prices beyond what guests normally find comfortable specially for long stays. Presenting extra choices at extra cost is an option. The lack of menu choices is also tied into the price range. The price you pay for a larger spread is at least 3 times what you pay in our place, our buffet meals cost only USD 13, just a little more of what you would pay for in an IN and OUT burger place so with the kind of fresh and handmade selection you get, it is very good. Comparing it to a 5 star hotel spread which costs about at least 30-40USD would be quite unfair in that sense, same thing with a good sumptuous dinner in the Makati area which costs about the same on a plated meal.
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Whandforth wrote a review Jul 2018
Dunnellon, Florida299 contributions70 helpful votes
To get to this resort, you must arrive by boat, which is about 15 mins from the end of the road. Getting to the resort was a piece of cake. We got there and Daisy assigned us to a bottom floor rood. Very nice room but soon it was obvious that the AC would not handle the room size. So without a hiccup they moved my son and I up to a second floor with new AC. The room was excellent, but the mattress pad was a little thin for me with my back. There is no TV or internet. Also this is not the kind of place for beach goers. This is strictly a dive resort. They have a shop for rentals. I always bring my own stuff. My old dive master from Coron worked there now and we went for an afternoon dive right away. Great dive masters there. Nothing big or plush about the dive boat.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Response from diveaddiction, Owner at Portulano Dive Resort
Responded 14 Jul 2018
Thanks for your feedback, the AC in the room you first stayed in is due for replacement and upgrade during the off season: August 2018, same with the mattresses. Just a note that the resort is not strictly just for divers, but a great place for skin divers, snorkelers, paddle boarders and kayaks, where there is abundant marine life to discover. But yes, not for your typical beach experience where there is a sandy beach you can wade in.
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Pandazzzzzz wrote a review Mar 2018
Philippines6 contributions2 helpful votes
Experience 3.5/5 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. Location 3/5 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 worth it. Room 4/5 The Rooms here are beautiful even though there was no wifi and no tv, the design and ambience was nice. Though
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Ljsholiday wrote a review Mar 2018
Bangkok, Thailand243 contributions62 helpful votes
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There is chilling , private and comfortable place. We got good service from staffs both on land and on boat. They very nice and helpful A lot of fantastic dive site around here especially muck dive. I would like to recommend to stay and dive with Portulano dive resort
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Response from diveaddiction, Owner at Portulano Dive Resort
Responded 11 Apr 2019
Thank you LJ, we are glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Bel H wrote a review Feb 2018
Makati, Philippines129 contributions61 helpful votes
I was recommended this resort by friends and can't speak highly enough of it. Amazing setting and amenities - so comfortable and gorgeous. The rooms overlooking the ocean are blissful. Has a family feel - the staff and owners are so lovely and welcoming. In terms of diving - the facilities and staff are excellent, and very safety-focused. The local reefs within minutes of the resort are great and very diverse. A little paradise within reach of Manila - I come here regularly.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Thomas V wrote a review Jan 2018
Waipahu, Hawaii211 contributions61 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Maria Monet C wrote a review Jan 2018
Emeryville, California32 contributions16 helpful votes
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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!
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Date of stay: January 2018
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PhilippinesLuzonCalabarzon RegionBatangas ProvinceBauan
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