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Chindonan Dive Resort is placed in center of this paradise, own marine protected house-reef in front of the resort, and Chindonan Divecenter has a unique location towards diving the Famous WWII Wrecks of Coron Bay. Restaurant & Bar on columns in the water and hammocks under palm trees – indulge for true leisure. Hillside DeLuxe Cottages with aircon, located at different levels in the scenic area facing Coron Bay. Rooms with large double-bed or two single and space for extra bed, bathroom and walk-in closet. Superior Rooms with same beautiful view as the Cottages with movable electric fans. All rooms has their own private bathroom and the Resort has its own drinkable natural spring-water from all taps.
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Lilly wrote a review May 2022
6 contributions1 helpful vote
If diving the world famous WWII wrecks of Coron is important to you, Chindonan Dive Resort is the perfect spot. We have been traveling throughout the Philippines for 3 weeks and this was our favorite stop. Owner Pierre and Dive Master/Instructor Matt run a top notch, safe, eco-conscious resort. Matt and Pierre ensured our safe transport from Coron port to Chindonan (40 mins by private speed boat) despite our delayed ferry. Matt gave us multiple options for diving the area and together we decided that completing our advanced padi cert would allow us the most flexibility. Matt is an extremely experienced dive instructor, well beyond what we have encountered at other dive resorts around the world. The dive equipment at Chindonan is in excellent condition. We stayed 2 nights and did 6 dives visiting 5 of the magnificent wrecks. Matt and the dive boat captains are highly knowledgeable of the area. The wrecks are complicated dives, but we felt safe and were enthralled throughout. Seeing the war ships is a life changing experience. We highly recommend staying in a room with AC as it’s quite hot in May. Our bed was comfy and the room was spacious. Although there is no hot water we enjoyed warm if not hot showers each afternoon in our room after diving as the pipes are warmed by the sun. You can even safely drink the tap and shower water as it’s sourced from a spring on the island. Tea and coffee are available all day and the food was yummy and fresh. We had delicious sandwiches with home made bread for breakfast on the dive boat each morning and a filling dinner of fresh fish, salad, veggies and soup. Pierre cares about the environment and the happiness and safety of his guests. Caesar made us feel like VIPs. We would and hope to return to Chindonan in years to come to dive again and enjoy the company of great people. It’s not a luxury resort but a great dive resort with all you need to enjoy a Coron.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Mark C wrote a review Apr 2022
Graeagle, California173 contributions104 helpful votes
Since I heard of some folks complaining, let me first tell you what Chindonan isn't... it's not a high-end luxury resort. Don't expect amenities such as hot showers, 24-hour electricity, a full-service spa, high-speed internet, and all that. The rooms are spacious but spartan, the aircon struggles to keep you cool. Chindonan is an eco-outpost on a remote island, made for divers and the more adventurous seeking quiet and tranquility amidst natural beauty. If just reviewing the rooms, facilties, and amenities though, I'd rate it a "3". But Chindonan is very much the people. Per P, the dreamer/owner/builder who brought us this place is truly delighted that you chose to come and cares that you have the best stay possible. Matt HM is the dive instructor/dive shop manager who can take you where you never thought you'd go, build your confidence, doing it all with safety foremost in his mind. Chindonan is in a prime location on Coron Bay and it's famous WWII shipwreck diving; the local reefs are worth a visit too. I wish I could remember the names of all the rest of the staff but you are always greeted with a smile, anything they can do for you they will. Again, always with that genuine warm smile. On a scale of 0 to 5, the people rate a "7". My thanks also to the chef(s). Your visit includes a made-to-order breakfast and buffet dinner. The dinner buffet wasn't lavish but always tasty and healthy, typically two entrees, vegetables, salad, soup and dessert. For most of our stay there were only four guests, including us, so any more than this would be wasteful. Averaging a "3" and a "7" we get "5", and that's my rating for Chindonan. Thank you Per, Matt, and the rest of the staff for a wonderful adventure. We're glad you survived the pandemic and we hope to be back soon!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Per Sigbjørn Pedersen, General Manager at Chindonan Dive Resort
Responded 7 May 2022
Hi Mark, Thanks so much for your kind review. We are so happy that you both enjoyed your stay with us and for your friendship. The staff are all very grateful for your kind words about the people that make up the resort team. We would be delighted to see you both again and enjoy more diving and good conversation together. Stay safe and be in touch, Kind regards Chindonan Dive Resort
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staogal wrote a review Apr 2022
Chicago, Illinois32 contributions8 helpful votes
The location of this resort is amazing. It's away from the noise of Coron Town, you'll get gorgeous views of sunrise and sunset, and it's less than a 10 minute boat ride to some of the best shipwreck diving in the Phils. We got the wrecks all to ourselves most days because they're located so close to the resort. Matt, our dive guide, is an expert at navigating through the shipwrecks. There aren't many dive guides left in Coron (since COVID happened) who can say that now...it was a treat full of trust and fun to have someone like Matt guide us safely through the wrecks! THANK YOU MATT In terms of dive gear- they just bought a whole new set of Cressi wetsuits among other things so you can be sure your rental dive gear is fresh and good to go! The staff there are sooo lovely and wonderful. They kept our rooms clean and neat. Thank you for the cold beers and delicious food- SARAP! The resident loving dog, Caesar, greeted us upon arrival by boat. He was the cherry on top of our great experience. What a treat it was to truly getaway from it all. You have to make a trip to Chindonan!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Per Sigbjørn Pedersen, General Manager at Chindonan Dive Resort
Responded 7 May 2022
Hi Stephanie Thanks so much for your kind words and feedback. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the diving was awesome. It means a lot to us to hear that staying with us on our remote Island was a treat and getaway. 😊 Stay in touch with us and we would be delighted to see you again in the future. Very best Chindonan Dive Resort
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dan_martland wrote a review Feb 2020
St Merryn, United Kingdom37 contributions41 helpful votes
Great staff and owners, Awesome location, really good food, cold beer, Professional dive advice and guiding to some incredible locations. Everything you would hope for in a beautiful location. Do make the effort to go here.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Simon G wrote a review Feb 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom17 contributions3 helpful votes
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Could not recommend this place enough Beautiful room Lovely staff friendly always a smile of their faces accommodating Peaceful and quiet Great for snorkelling as we where not divers just gutted we didn’t have a longer stay Brilliant stay We loved it
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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DJo wrote a review Jan 2020
54 contributions38 helpful votes
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My wife and I booked a dive package for an 8 night stay at Chindonan Dive resort, In October and November 2019. This was our first experience scuba diving in the Philippines. Between the team at the resort, our awesome dive instructors and the dives sites we had a great time. The resort: We had complimentary transfers to and from the airport, including a speed boat to Chindonan Island. We were met and welcomed by dive instructors, Kenneth, Matt and Sean. As guests you are very well looked after and due to the size of the resort being small (18 guests max) the arrival felt personalised and genuine. The food: I requested vegetarian food, and almost every dinner was different and objectively delicious. The quality of food was consistently good and the team behind the cooking were great. Breakfast and dinner was included with our package. Lunch and drinks were the only extra cost. The villa's: Are all a short walk from the restaurant the centre for socialising, eating, drinking and hoping on and off boats. The villas are large, clean and comfortable and have A/C. Due to the remote location, an eco friendly approach to Chindonan's operation is adopted, helping to keep the island clean and untouched. The island has its own spring water which is clean to drink, and supplies all water for showering and drinking. Our experience: We were diving at the end of the wet season so we felt like we had the island to ourselves. We both did over 15 dives each whilst we were there, the majority upon all of the wrecks available. We visited Baracuda Lake, diving to about 36m in unique thermo and hydro climb conditions, a truly weird and wonderful experience. The wreck dives were sequentially harder so we ended with a mind blowing 40m enriched air penetrative wreck dive at the end. The diving in general was of very good quality, dive times were as planned and ranged between 36 min to 60mins (site and dive plan dependent) and we dived the house reef for about 1.2hrs solo. Visibility varied depending on what you were doing and the wet season effected visibility on occasions due to blooming plankton, the big however is that with the deep wreck diving it gets pretty dark so you need torches and when penetrating wrecks visibility isn’t an issue as there is generally not much current moving through them, at least when we were there. I would say that Chindonan is a must if you are keen on wrecking diving. All the equipment and boats were well maintained, giving a sense of assurance. We booked a package and ended up purchasing a handful of extras, a few more fun dives and extra certification. Due to the proximity most of the dives were accessed by single trips on a small boat and we would head back to the resort on all surface intervals to either relax or get some food. Sean and Matt the instructors were on all of our dives and due to wet season it was one on one for over 60% of our dives. Both very interesting and experienced people bringing invaluable insights and learning for both of us, we had such fun diving with them, every day we honed our skills and left the resort with further knowledge, better techniques and importantly some great memories. Lastly, we have been certified divers for about 5 years and both my wife and I felt that this trip was a turning point for us in terms of solidifying current techniques and learning new ones, realising we are now divers for life. Subsequently we have purchased dive computers and have just joined a club so we can dive all year round. As scuba divers exploring the globe its always hard to know where to go next, wading through so many different shops or resorts wondering whether you'll get a good deal or a good experience. We are all of course different and expect different things, but in the 5 years of diving this has been one of the best overall experiences and would recommend Chindonan to start or continue wreck diving and to also see some pristine reefs as well. We will certainly return. Good job team Chindonan!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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DXB15 wrote a review Jan 2020
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam60 contributions27 helpful votes
Our American family of 4 had a wonderful time here and loved the conservation efforts of the resort. Not only did the staff go out of their way to tailor what each family member want, they also believed in being a steward the environment, and treating their local staff with respect, honor, and dignity. The "sacrifice" of cool showers, limited Wifi, and no electricity for 6 hours in the daytime hours was well worth the authenticity of the resort, and was what we expected when visiting such a pristine environment. Our two teens had a wonderful time playing with Caesar the lovable dog, and Ken, the Danish manager of the resort, was clearly devoted to making our stay a safe and memorable family vacation. Sean was a fantastic dive master and I appreciated the trust they and confidence they placed in each our 11 dives. The rooms were basic but nice and clean, with a spacious layout.... but I don't think anyone comes here to hang out in their rooms, as this is truly a special place that makes you want to engage with the nature surrounding the resort. Thanks to everyone at the resort that made this one of our favorite pristine hidden gems in the Philippines
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Bhara2 wrote a review Dec 2019
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Just few days back , visited this resort all the way from Dubai. The location is bit far from the main island, almost took 30 -45 minutes by boat to reach the resort. Once you reach the resort , you will get a warm welcome, with a drink and friendly tour of the place. Do not forget to inform in advance to the resort regarding your flight literary , the van from USU Coron airport and the subsequent ferry was waiting for us already , hence no problem faced in getting to and from the airport. The dinner was good , mostly non-veg , hence vegans will find it a bit tough. The room looks like in the middle of jungle. The sea right in front of resort is brimming with fishes and all sort of corals. The food was reasonably priced and credit card was accepted , so no issues there. The Diving instructor Shaun was fantastic , and the property as a whole was good. The only few niggles that we had is that , the power is not 24x7 , it has timings , within which power isn't available , the wifi is only at the front end restaurant , no wifi in rooms. The accommodation provided is not your standard typical room, we had just table fans to help ourselves , there was no hot water for some reason and i would like a little more frequent cleaning done , as the room smells bad , just after a day. If you are able to overcome certain niggles and discomfort , i feel this is a quiet little place tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of city life. The night view of stars from the pier , with a beer in hand , is just awesome.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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GUK01 wrote a review Nov 2019
Manila, Philippines16 contributions11 helpful votes
Had a fantastic stay , and rested well. If you want to getaway from all the hustle and bustle, this is a good option . Very quiet and beautiful setting . The snorkelling around the resort is very good and can easily be accessed by kayak Dive centre equipment and boats are new and good quality. Matt is an excellent dive master and we have done very good wreck dive and reef dives
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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TriToby wrote a review Nov 2019
Tannum Sands, Australia30 contributions3 helpful votes
I booked directly with the resort via their website and email responses were quick and prompt. Pick up at airport and transfer by van and speedboat to the resort were all included and organised by the resort. We had an aircon room with a fantastic view. There are not a lot of rooms, so it is quiet. Room was spacious with a balcony and ensuite. Cold water shower only, not a lot of pressure in the shower but enough to get clean. Rooms and facilities are super clean. Western breakfast and buffet dinner was included. Dinner included a soup, 2 meats, 2 veg , 2 salads and dessert every night and was delicious. The staff at the resort was so friendly and helpful. Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling on the housereef and diving are all available. They go out of their way to work out a plan that suits you. We loved kayaking to a nearby reef to snorkel and pulling the kayak and SUP with us - a first for us. We didn't bother with any island hopping tours as we wanted to get away from it all and this is definitely it. I would recommend this place to anyone that needs peace and quiet and love water activities
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Date of stay: November 2019
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US$107 - US$147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesMimaropaPalawan ProvincePalawan IslandCulionChindonan Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chindonan Dive Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Chindonan Dive Resort?
Nearby attractions include Sunken Japanese Wrecks (4.3 km), Culion Museum and Archives (5.2 km), and Immaculate Conception Church (5.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Chindonan Dive Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Chindonan Dive Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Chindonan Dive Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Chindonan Dive Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Chindonan Dive Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.
Does Chindonan Dive Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.