Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron

Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron

National Highway, Puerto Del Sol Bay, Busuanga Town, Busuanga Island 5316 Philippines
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Spectacular Oceanfront Resort, Dive Center & Marina, in Puerto Del Sol Bay, Coron, on Busuanga Island, Palawan. The cottage suites are contemporary native design - all have ocean or river views. The resort is like an island surrounded by undisturbed tropical forested hillsides and white sand islands. For tranquility, sun, ocean, beaches and a pristine marine environment this place and area is hard to beat.....Also: Horseback riding, kayaking, waterfalls, jet skis, island hopping, fishing etc
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A F wrote a review May 2011
Manchester, United Kingdom647 contributions98 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family with a teen and young boy stayed at Puerto del Sol for 8 days 7 nights. Our stay have been very good although it could have been better in many ways.

Coron/Busuanga is a part of Philippines that does not have many hotels and resorts to choose from. That can be a good point because development can ruin the beauty of nature and over development strips away the real beauty and character of the islands. The down side though is that not so many choices and not enough reviews to base holiday research and planning from. Oh well, we are prepared to have bits of surprises, hopefully good surprises.

Surprise, surprise! We were awed by the beautiful views of Puerto del sol Bay from where the cottages are perched on.

I have many good words to share about Puerto del sol. However, let me first write down the not so good points to get it out of the way.

1. Be warned- very steep steps from reception to rooms to restaurants to pier area/ dive center. After a few days we found a less steep short cut behind our cottage to reception. Overall, good for the very fit and wanting to be fit. Not recommended if you suffer from any form of difficulty in walking.

2. There is absolutely nothing else within walking or short ride distance from the resort. No shops, Pharmacy, eating places etc... Be sure to pack whatever you need for duration of stay. Bring little snacks for your kids or yourself that does not need refrigerating or ask kitchen to refrigerate for you.

3. The only eating place is the resort's restaurant. By the end of 1 week, we have ordered everything in the menu. You pay for all drinks including water as there are no complimentary water in the room. If you can bring several bottles with you if you mind paying 5x price of bottled water.

4. If you are going on a dive or island tour and would like to have your meal ready; pre order. We evenn pre order our breakfast for early starts (9 am) as there were 5 of us. Still took more tha 1 hr.

5. If you are an avid diver and the reason for your holiday is diving, I suggets the live board diving package with discovery divers. $100 per day including meals and some dives. Then stay a couple of days at the reort to unwind.

6. Organise you activity with Luke from the dive centre. He's the only one who can make things happen and it can still be hit and miss. Be prepared. It can be costly to do all the water activities. It'll set you back P500 just to sit on the boat accompanying someone diving.

Our daughter is an avid diver, our son is as interested as anything to dive. Luke from discovery divers was great with them. Hubby and I even ventured into discovery lessons too. We snorkelled our first wreck- awesome! We have seen lovely islands, clouds, stars, clear water, rainbow and many more sceneries as if it has just came out of God's canvass.

Our kids made friends with Gunter''s children (he own discovery dive centre) and enjoyed a chat with him and lovely Laura.

We dabbled into fishing and a horse trek to Concepcion where a small hidden water falls is located. The kids kayak several times and played with the very passive dogs in the resort.

The staff are helpful and friendly, Mayet, Lhin lhin, Divine, Marivic. Clarisa, Noel and all the rest whose names we can't remember now.

The price asked by Puerto del sol is not inexpensive, P5,600 per night for famly cottage.
Airport trasfer is P2,500 one way (P5,000 return)
typical breakfast is P200
typical meal is P250
san mig is P70
water P50 per sml bottle

After 8 days our food and drinks incidental totaled more than our accommodation
our diving and water activities abou P25,000.

I personally think this resort promising. If the management presses on improving details like customer service, staff training, having someone looking after guests then perhaps, it can justify the prices it currently command. They do not have to lower their prices, just take what they have to offer to better level.

We wll try stay in other resorts closer to Coron town next time and make a comparison. Overall, teh beauty of the islands in Busuanga and Coron are breathtakingly similar. The difference wll have to lie on what the resort has to offer, attention to details and organisation.
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Date of stay: April 2011
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Ask for an extra fan.
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Shawn O wrote a review Jan 2017
Canberra, Australia5 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 9 days and left disappointed. The staff are very friendly but the lack of a normal pool (sea water green isn't inviting), flickering strobe lights (off) in the bedroom, aircon that frequently shuts off/on, no cold beer or mugs, and being charged for transport to the resort on arrival without prior notification makes this a paradise needing someone to take accountability and professionalism. At every turn you'd hear an excuses like incorrect orders from the restaurant or a simple request to fix a fault. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a tirade! This resort has a remarkable view and the potential to be a paradise resort but they need to lessen the excuses and make deliverables on anemities/service. Sorry Myra.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Chrissy I wrote a review Dec 2011
Cainta, Philippines13 contributions49 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hands down, Puerto Del Sol is a superb resort. The views are fantastic from anywhere in the resort, the cottages are nice and comfy, the staff is accommodating, and the food deserves a two thumbs-up. The restaurant is quite a hike to get to from the cottages, though, but it's good exercise especially before and after a filling, delicious Puerto Del Sol meal. As a dog lover, I also enjoyed playing with the friendly dogs in the resort.

However, on our last day there, all the great things we've experienced at the resort were overshadowed by our shuttle back to the airport, which was rented from Puerto Del Sol at PhP3,000. Imagine the horror my husband and I felt when we witnessed our own van run over a poor black dog - in the middle of the day! Our driver slowed down a bit - meaning he actually saw the dog about to cross (he couldn't have missed it, as we were surrounded by plains) - but then stepped on the gas again, probably hoping to scare off the poor thing. We felt two bumps, so we definitely ran over the dog. I regret looking back, though, as the sight of that dog lying on the ground still breaks my heart.

Why didn't he just step on the breaks altogether? We should've seen it coming, though, with his reckless driving. We have a dog back home whom we really love, so I was trying hard to hold back my tears of anger and sadness during the rest of trip. The thought that someone probably owned that dog made me feel worse. The driver was trying to defend himself and made futile apologies to my husband, but then what could we do? He was that kind of reckless driver (with plate number BEE-856).

Of course, what happened to us on the last day wasn't the resort's fault. It was just that traumatizing that despite how great our experience was at the resort, it didn't matter anymore. Whether they like it or not, the people they hire and the services that they acquire reflect on their resort. Puerto Del Sol shouldn't tolerate such negligent treatment of animals, considering that the resort has a couple of wonderful dogs that I'm pretty sure the owners love as well.
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Date of stay: December 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Robert T wrote a review May 2017
Cebu City, Philippines6 contributions14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I am sorry to say, but there isn't much to like here. We are well-travelled and seldom have issues when travelling, but this isn't paradise. For a start, it's overpriced. Most of the rooms are fan-cooled, but don't expect to feel anything from the ceiling fan. The rooms are mosquito infested and I got bit by something that itched for weeks after.

The pool was green at first, since it's filled with sea-water. After a day or two, it was drained and left empty for apparently no reason. It took a day to fill. NOT acceptable when you are paying for a pool.

Need wifi? Forget it. There is absolutely none. Well, you can just connect to the mobile data, right. Nope. There is none.

When it comes to activities, don't expect anything reasonably priced. Everything costs 100% more than it should. I know because I live in the Philippines. The food in the restaurant is not good. Service charge and VAT is added to everything, including the trips and van rental. The resort is fueled by pure greed.

Do yourself a favour and go across the bay. Rooms are cheaper. There is Globe wifi. The pool is actually clean. The food is better and cheaper. There is absolutely no reason to go to this resort.
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Date of stay: April 2017
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Just don't come here.
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Newkiwis wrote a review Jul 2015
Dunedin7 contributions13 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to this place due to vicinity of the scuba diving centre. The location is beautiful, the rooms and restaurant well done and mostly clean, lovely views.There is no hot water for showering which was unexpected .
I was overall disappointed. We had pre booked meals, which was a mistake. The food was overall good, but we waited very long. The food once it arrived was often at most lukewarm. We preordered our lunch (what and when to eat in detail) to ensure we have some time between the morning and afternoon dives, but this did not change the fact that we had to wait on average an hour. Asking for quicker preparation etc. did not lead to any change.
We ended up with telling the staff that we are back (at the time we had told them in the morning) and that we would like to eat (what we had ordered in the morning) and that we would like to have it so we can digest before the afternoon dive.
Day after day...
In the end we had a shower, got changed and had a rest which as we learnt was the time for the (simple but good) lunch to be prepared. Same for breakfast and in the evening - long waits.
I am vegetarian which was precooked and reconfirmed on arrival. There was usually not a lot of choice but something decent.
One evening there was NO option of any kind for vegetarian dinner. I asked for fish as an alternative - not an option either. So we had to leave the rest for dinner 5 min with a boat way at AL Fargo.
We ordered a water taxi for a specific time - no one came. We reiterated x2 the need for a water taxi (walking up to reception) then were brought across (approx 45 min later).
There we found: Friendly staff who greeted is with name after being there once, had everything which was on the me nut and we had a lovely evening.
They also had everything we got only occasionally (like: sorry no diet coke today, no coffee (!) today - PERHAPS tomorrow....). Wait-time for water taxi back (0 minutes - the staff was waiting for us.) Hard to belief - this is the cheaper resort of the two!

The conversation with the "manager" was futile.
I have not really come across that type of arrogance that often. It was clear that there is no interest to change anything.
It seemed that the interest or reason the exist for the resort are the weekenders / boaties from Manila having dinner and drinks who seemed to be the true purpose of the place.

I will not come here again even though the scuba diving was amazing - there are much better places to stay around int he bay.
If you come to this resort you have to be aware that there are no inland surroundings (hiking, culture etc.) as such - water is the true (and great) attraction.
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Date of stay: April 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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David L wrote a review Apr 2018
Bangkok, Thailand52 contributions61 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is a series of small chalet type buildings strung a long thin finger of hilly land that pokes out into an inlet. If you want peace and seclusion this is ideal. The small bar/restaurant provides a great view over the inlet, which is on 3 sides, and it is a very calming place to sit day or night.
The chalet/villas are lovely traditional looking structures; inside they are not huge, but comfortable with mosquito net surrounding the 4 poster.

Food in the restaurant is good, especially the grilled catch of the day, “Grilled talakitok”.
Coron is about 50 mins away. Easy to get there either by a private van from reception or jump on the local bus, which I found a good experience, but don’t expect it to be of the latest design.

If you want a relaxing place to stay in a serene location this is it.

Things to be aware of:
The rooms are, by Coron standards, at the top end of the price range, but there are some “standard” items missing, which one would expect to find.
No kettle in the room.
NO HOT WATER for the shower!

I booked on booking.com. The advert says the hotel has WiFi. It doesn’t in any meaningful sense.
Well, there is a router in the reception area, but it doesn’t connect to anything. There is a very weak mobile phone signal, if you stand outside of reception and point your phone at a far off hill.

If you want to escape the www. then you’re in the right place. However, it would be more honest for the hotel to drop the claim it has WiFi.

That said, I would definitely go again for a short stay. It is a very good place to chill.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Marishaan wrote a review Mar 2015
Zengcheng, China92 contributions69 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This place would be OK, if you knew exactly what you will be getting! We didn't know...

We stayed here for 5 nights recently with our two young boys (one aged 5 and the other 2). We booked though a travel website, paid in advance and that was the end of it.

When we arrived, we were put in a room with no AC, and no hot water. Again, this might be OK for some people, but for us with two young children, this was a nightmare. At no point during our booking, was it made clear that we would end up in a room with no AC or hot water. I would like to add that the water is ice cold, not even room temp. Our boys were crying in the shower each night.

The houses with no AC is not sealed off to the outside, so you get an array of bugs, mosquitos ants, termites, spiders, lizzards etc. All our snacks for the boys were invaded by ants within minutes. This means that you can't even take a drink or leftover food from the restaurant back to the room as anywhere that you will put it, will leave it for the ants who will be over it within seconds.

We learnt that there are some houses with hot water and aircon. Again, this was not clear when we made our booking. Those were full when we were there (obviously), but it should be open and transparent that you will be getting certain things and not what you might think you will get. We were moved to one of the more 'upmarket' houses for two nights (very kindly), and it was what we would have booked and paid for, had we known there would be a difference.

The restaurant is average. The menu is good, but more often than not, they don't have the food available. The first night we arrived, they had no pizzas and no fish!! Throughout the course of our stay, we were often met with this. Ordering became a case of 'What do you have today?" and not even looking at the menu. The remote location also doesn't allow you to venture out to find food elsewhere as this is the only place to eat within miles.

Puerto Del Sol only take cash - again, this is not made clear when you book. Even though our accommodation was paid for in full before our arrival, we had to pay cash for our food and drinks. There is no ATM around, we had to pay 2500 pesos for a van to take us an hour to Coron town to find ant ATM and another 2500 pesos to take us back, just so that we could pay our bill. Fine if you were prepared, but it this is not made clear, it is a costly mistake.

The swimming pool is a disgrace! Upon our arrival it was half empty and filthy. We complained about it - the next morning, the pool was full, but still dirty. Our kids did swim in it, as there is little else to do, but it is not at all what you see in the pictures of this place online. The pool is mostly used for scuba training, and not for sunbathing and swimming.

There are also lots of stairs with rough edges. Not great for small children or older people.

I have to make it clear that this is NOT A BEACH HOLIDAY as there is no beach on site!!! If you want to go to the beach, you would pay in the region of 3000 pesos to take a boat for the day to an island (which is great, we did that twice), but again, an expense that you might not be prepared for.

On the positive side, the views from this place is breathtaking, sunsets and sunrises are great. Each house comes with a small patio (not all of them) with a hammock. Once we put the kids to bed, my husband and I sat and admired the views. The staff here do the best they can with what they have. They are helpful and friendly. The trips we had arranged for us by the hotel were well-organised and enjoyable.

To note, airport pick up and drop off is not free. This again will be 2500 pesos each way. On the website they advertise that they have free wifi - THIS IS NOT THE CASE. There is no wifi at the hotel and no mobile phone reception.

Overall, for us, this was not the right place as we did not get what we were expecting. Having said that, this could be the perfect place for some who do not might the cold showers, ants and often limited menu. The diving here is supposed to be good. If you are prepared to spend the extra money on trips to get away and fill your time - go for it.
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Date of stay: February 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Make sure you ask for what you want as some rooms do not have hot water or ac. All the rooms have...
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Czarina C wrote a review Jan 2015
Fitzroy, Australia28 contributions47 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently stayed with my family here. There's only one good thing about this place - the views. The staff were courteous but that's a given in any hotel/accomodation. And there it stops. The downside? Heaps:
1. Absolutely nothing to do. The swimming pool was dirty and there is no beach to swim in.
2. It's an hour from town (22kms from the airport) and everything else. You travel through dirt and bad roads. And you'll need to book ahead for a van. There's no room for spontaneity here. It costs $60 (P2,500) one way to town! To give one an idea, the town to airport (20 kms as well) is only $4 (P150). And everywhere from A-Z within town is only 20 cents (P10).
3. There is no hot shower. I don't mind having no TV, but a hot shower is basic.
4. No credit card facilities. I understand coron is isolated but if you charge $130 a night(P5,600) you'd think you should have credit card facilities. We initially booked for 6 nights so they expected us to carry $780? Plus...cash basis for the restaurant? Go figure. AND there is no safe.
5. The manager is somewhat helpful IF she is on site. If one needs her, staff walks off for a long while to get her. It is frustrating.
6. Food is overpriced. But you don't have a choice because there is nowhere else to eat. Breakfast For the 5 of us cost $50 when we only ordered a bowl of oatmeal and a coffee each. In town, we spent $17 for 5 full breakfasts.
In short, if you want to pay 3x more of everything compared to Coron town then you stay here.
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Date of stay: January 2015
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Steve F wrote a review Feb 2016
Boat of Garten, United Kingdom106 contributions64 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
There are good things about this resort so lets start with those:
The rooms are large, airy and comfortable. The bed is firm (foam matress on a solid base), and given its location, its very peaceful. Its an hour+ from Busuanga airport, and we were charged 2500PHP for the van each way. This was large enough for 2 families with 4 divers and 3 children.The food is tasty and there is a pretty good selection.
The diving is well run and efficient - with knowledgable divemasters and guides, together with Gunther, making this side of the operation run very well.
Overall, the staff do their best.
Ok, now the downsides:
Maybe this is a bit too quiet - there are no advertised activities, other than the diving - no trips listed, no one saying let me call you a trike to take you there, so do your research beforehand to know where to ask to go (as there are plenty of great sandy 'desert' islands etc within a 30min boat trip). Don't expect pool service - you'll have to walk up the 30 or so stairs to the restaurant and hopefully find someone to ask for drinks - mealtimes this is ok, but outside of this be prepared to wait...Ah, the pool - its fed from the sea so is salt water - which is fine and is done in many other places, however, despite it looking clean in many resort pictures no one skimmed the leaves (well, I did in the end), and no one had de-slimed the pool bottom in quite a while - again, I did to stop the kids slipping too much. There is NO beach (despite suggestive pictures on the resort website so leave the kids buckets and spades at home).
Whilst the food is good it is generally overpriced for the area; this certainly applies to fruit juices and drinks in general. Expect to be running at ~4000PHP/day for 2 adults and 1 child for 3 meals and a few drinks. This is about twice to three times what you'll pay a short trike ride away in Concepion where there are 3 restaurants, who are attentive. Food is cooked to order which means you may have to wait, and wait, and wait - sometimes we waited an hour. The bill runs for a day and we found several errors both in addition on the total and what we have had delivered (ordered but had never shown up).
Diving, whilst well organised, is maybe a bit too mechanical for experienced divers - we made it clear we had dived the wrecks before but still got the standard tours - zoom zoom and no real time to stop and explore.
Don't expect wifi of any real useable quality, nor expect any phone coverage except for the bush just outside reception where you may be lucky! So, be prepared to clear your bill in cash upon departure - oh yes, the nearest cash machines are in Coron town, 2500PHP and an hour away, or try to get paypal to work and don't forget to add 4% 'surcharge' - that is if you can use the resort laptop to add a new device to paypal and receive your authorisation sms......
Overall what this place lacks is senior management - operationally the place is quite well run (rooms cleaned etc etc) but it lacks the attention to service that exists elsewhere in Coron (certainly in the newer hotels in town and other resorts) where they will approach you and ask if there is anything they can get you, any information you'd like etc.
Is this a resort? - no, this is a series of nice rooms attached to a dive centre.......
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Date of stay: February 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: there are lots of steps here - ask for a room near the restaurant (eg manta) to save climbing...
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Carlos_Vagamundos wrote a review Jul 2012
58 contributions11 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
With more than 300 dives in my dive log (well, the mental, I lost the physical one long ago), but minimal experience diving wrecks, nor the speciality of wreck diving, I was a little bit scared of diving the famous wrecks of Busuanga.

I could not miss the opportunity, partly because the place is one of the most beautiful in Philippines, Pearl Bay or Puerto del Sol Bay in Busuanga, Palawan, and especially because I was going to dive with one of the foremost experts in the area, Gunter Bernert, who has spent 25 years diving the wrecks of Busuanga.

With the comfort of knowing I was in good hands, l arrived to Puerto del Sol resort, where Gunter has his dive center, D'Divers.

The resort spreads on a hill, with reception at the top, while the rooms, restaurant, dive center and swimming pools, staggered down the slopes of the hill.

The design of the resort is very original and unique, with an spectacular view of the bay from anywhere in my room, even from the bathroom.

Outside the room I had a small covered outdoor pavilion and a hammock.The vegetation, wild and tropical flowers, is beautiful.

The resort location is highly strategic if you are there to dive the Japanese wrecks, is only 2 minutes by boat to the wreck of the tanker "Okikawa Maru" at the entrance of the bay, just 5 minutes to the Japanese warship "Akitsushima", and 8 minutes from other wrecks of the Japanese fleet sunk in 1944 by the American aviation.
 
Some of the wrecks are extraordinary dive sites, accessible to divers not specialised, like me, because they are at a maximum depth of 40 meters and average depths of 20-30 meters. Some even get very close to water surface and you can snorkel on a wreck!

With most ships apierced by bombs, hull fractures and corrosion, there are many entry points of light and no sense of claustrophobia. Both the exterior and interior of the wrecks are a real treasure in itself, since in all these years they have hosted both soft and hard corals, anémomas, gorgonians, and big schools of fish swimming in its huge warehouses and offices.

The boat decks are full of very beautiful nudibranchs, lionfish and scorpion fish, plus turtles, tuna, barracuda, and so on.

They say that sometimes visibility is poor, but in the four days I spent diving was more than acceptable,

Each day we left around 9 am in the boat, ready for 2 or 3 dives, as being so close to some wrecks sometimes we returned to eat at the resort. Other days we ate at the boat the food we ordered the night before or during breakfast at the restaurant.

On every dive I felt like we were in a science fiction movie Abyss type, armed with our powerful flashlights walking the halls of wrecks up and down to different decks and through narrow passages.

Sometimes you had to turn or twist yourself to allow air cylinders not stumble or gauge not get stuck, controlling very closely the flapping to avoid sand up and reduced visibility, and looking in the dive computer dive time and depth to avoid having to deco (overtime safety stop to remove nitrogen from the blood).

My initial fears were quickly forgotten thanks to the highly experienced Markus Gunter, a German divemaster and instructor who speaks perfect Tagalog. I can say I've become a great fan of wreck diving, and I even dared to do night dives in the "Okikawa Maru" and the "Akitsushima".

If you come to Puerto del Sol resort for partying and tropical beaches you are at the wrong place. It is quite remote, in fact they had to build the road to reach it, about 90 minutes from the airport and Coron Town. Most customers are mainly there to dive, and the resort does not have beach but a very nice pool to the sea.

There's only mobile and wifi coverage in reception, but this is a place where you really want to get away from everything. What you eat in the restaurant is great in quality and variety, the sunsets are absolutely spectacular and the staff is very attentive and friendly.

The resort's owner, Mike, is a very calm and relaxed English, which has bought much of the land of the bay, but not to speculate, but to keep the calm sorroundings and not filled with hotels and resorts, now there are only two, the Puerto del Sol and Alfaro, and they are building a third one.
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Date of stay: April 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Some of the rooms have external pavillon with stunning views of the harbour, ask for one
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Shelly M wrote a tip Jan 2018
Binan City, Philippines6 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you choose to stay in a fan cottage, choose River Cottage which is cooler and closer to the restaurant"
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Veronique W wrote a tip Jan 2018
Doha, Qatar58 contributions45 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"We never slept there!"
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legspatto wrote a tip Jun 2017
Adelaide, Australia10 contributions8 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"lot of steps involved in getting from rooms near reception. ask for a room half way between reception and restaurnat"
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Robert T wrote a tip May 2017
Cebu City, Philippines6 contributions14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just don't come here."
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rvs314159 wrote a tip Feb 2016
rvs31415939 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Request a beach front bungalow"
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PRICE RANGE
₱6,637 - ₱7,569 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesMimaropaPalawan ProvinceBusuanga IslandBusuanga Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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PUERTO DEL SOL RESORT HOTEL AND DIVE CENTER CORON - Reviews & Price Comparison (Busuanga Town, Philippines) - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron
Which popular attractions are close to Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron?
Nearby attractions include Pass Island (7.5 km), North Cay (2.8 km), and Concepcion Falls (3.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ann & Mike's Bar & Restaurant, Tupi Barbers Cafe, and Zatara's Tropical Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron have airport transportation?
Yes, Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Puerto Del Sol Resort Hotel and Dive Center Coron have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the bay view available here.
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