This is a first-class facility. Just thinking about our time there makes me smile!
Getting there:- We travelled through Tagbilaran (aka Panglao) airport. The resort driver was there waiting with a nameplate and a smile even though our flight arrived late. As others will have said, it's over 2 hours to the resort, but gives time to get used to the Philippine countryside and sights, and as you might expect the van has aircon. My wife gave me a worried look as we drove down a dirt track on the last part of the voyage, but soon I saw her break into a smile as we came through the doors.
The resort:- Fantastic layout of bungalows around a pool, and as it's well away from the road there's absolutely no noise (to be fair the road isn't busy). The team were waiting for us as we arrived and made us so welcome. We felt as if we belonged there within hours!
They have also put some thought into mosquito avoidance, as I only ever saw 2 mossies in the week. Food was always varied, mouthwatering and hard to resist after a dive.
The diving:- You won't see big stuff so go elsewhere if you're looking for pelagics. This is macro central. Don't do what I did by bringing a GoPro...
Water temp during our time was 26 deg C, I had a 5mm full suit and was fine, others were cold with similar (but mainly older) suits. The resort does have hire suits.
The local guides knew their stuff, picking out critters so small I wonder how they find them buried in the sand (thanks Larry). I have to say my favourite were the frogfish! The resort boats are excellent, and have a great idea with straps hanging from the outriggers for divers to grab on surfacing (imagine bus or train loops hanging down). Plenty of potable water and food on the boats too.
The staff:- Peter oversaw everything like a zen master. He anticipated everything (including birthdays!) and we soon realised everything had been anticipated and we would be fully looked after. We can't thank all the staff enough for their support, from the kitchen staff to the drivers and dive staff who gave us smiles everyday.
Would we go back? Well, my wife is a non-diver but given the trips around the island which the staff can arrange, there's more than enough if we ever get bored with the peace and serenity of this great place. We do intend to go back!