The setting is magical, the short stretch of beach is sugar sand, the reef right in
front of the resort is wonderful for snorkeling (lots of fish and some nice corals) and the staff is always friendly and helpful. Although there was no air conditioning, our beachfront bungalow had good cross-ventilation and was always a comfortable temperature. There was electricity 24/7, although internet was inconsistent. My husband enjoyed getting up just prior to sunrise each morning when internet was excellent. He would sit at a picnic table near the beach and sometimes the night watchman would bring him a cup of coffee. :) The food at this resort was the most consistently good food we had during our month-long stay in the Philippines: there were always large platters of a wide variety of perfectly ripe mangos, delicious regional bananas, watermelon, pineapple and grapes (I love fresh fruit in the tropics!). Breakfast was delicious with eggs, meats, fruit, juice, brewed coffee and bread. Lunch and dinner offered at least two creative vegetarian dishes (pumpkin and green beans cooked in coconut milk, eggplant, salads, squash soups, etc.). There were always at least one or two meat dishes for both lunch and dinner: delicious chicken, pork, fish or crab. We tried drinking the de-salinated water, but didn't really care for it, so we purchased several bottles of purified water each day. Around lunch time it is fun to go behind the kitchen and watch the monkeys. We hired a private boat to take us to nearby Coral Gardens (you can kayak there on your own, if you prefer) where the snorkeling was the best of our entire trip. We also kayaked into the hidden hot spring in the mangrove...that was quite fabulous! In the evening, it is fun to have cocktails (loved the fresh mango daqueris!) at the charming Rock Bar and meet some of the other guests from all over the world. We are not divers, but the divers we spoke with were very happy with their experiences and enjoyed the wreck diving in the area. Don't miss climbing the short, but very steep, steps through the cave to the look-out. I only have three small complaints: I would have enjoyed cushioned lounge chairs (there weren't really any comfortable places to stretch out...the only chaises lounges available were hard and uncomfortable, and although there are quite a few hammocks, they weren't comfortable). There was no hot water, making showers after snorkeling rather chilly, and although shampoo and soap are provided, there was no hair conditioner. Minor inconveniences compared with the beauty, charm, good food and friendly, very helpful staff. We were there for a week and were sad to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sangat Island Dive Resort is also a nature preserve with a 300m long white sand beach, native style accomodations, a diving facility with instructors and dive boats. Visitors can dive a number of nearby ship wrecks; Several Japanese warships and merchant vessels were sunk in Coron bay very close to Sangat Island during World War II. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sangat Island Reserve Palawan
- Sangat Island Reserve Hotel Palawan