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Sangat Island Dive Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sangat Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 18, 2017

Simply perfect secluded resort for those travelers who want to get off the beaten path. Diving, jet skiing, snorkeling, hiking, monkeys, fresh mango, awesome staff - what else could you want? We didn't want to leave.

Stayed: December 2016, traveled as a couple
Thank Jackie B
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Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

I feel so guilty about submitting this review late as this is a resort in Palawan not to be missed, especially if you dive.
My wife and I stayed here in November 2015 and had a fantastic 5 days. I took an Open Water course and my wife enjoyed the sundrenched beach.
There is no aircon in the rooms and the WiFi was rubbish. However this is a great resort.
The location is amazing, the food very very good and the hospitality excellent.
Did I mention the diving? Superb and reasonably priced. I found the wreck diving a bit daunting but was given my own instructor for the reefs etc.
Last year we stayed in a "luxury" resort in Palawan and we both wished we had chosen Sangat again. In fact having stayed now in most of the so called better resorts in Palawan, this little dive resort easily holds its own and in many ways is better!
No surprises where we will be booking again later this year!
A special hello to Jo Jo, the Welsh speaking German and to Luke and Will as well as all of the team behind the scenes. You may not remember us now but we remember and cherish our time there and will be back.
Highly ,highly recommended!
Sam & Welma x

Stayed: December 2015, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Sam-Wel04
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Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

This place is fantastic and far exceeded my expectations. The villas have been redone beautifully. There are large front decks and nice clean splinter free tile flooring. The bathrooms are simple but nice, clean and spacious. To my surprise the power was kept running all day long. They provide two powerful auxiliary fans which keep the rooms nice and comfortable even on 30 degree days. Eliasa? Was wonderful throughout the whole visit helping us get settled in and answering any of our questions or concerns with a smile. Laundry service was nice and affordable at 150php per kg. The food was absolutely fantastic and way over the top. They either really upped their game recently or these negative reviews about the food are just from people with an ax to grind. Lack of air conditioning and hot water was a non issue and mosquitoes were not bad. I got bit twice in 4 days without any bug repellent. Brian the bartender was fantastic as was the female bartender(Jen?). The woman running the rental and souvenir shop was very nice and accommodating as well. Surprisingly, Drinks at the bar were very affordable- similar to coron town prices. The beach was absolutely beautiful. The sand is as fine as powdered sugar and it is swept daily by employees for garbage and driftwood. The snorkeling right off the beach isn't fantastic but certainly worth putzing around when you have some time to kill. You can see a few corals, anemones, clownfish, coral banded butterfly fish, small reef angel fish, lunar wrasses, and other various small reef fish. Although their island hopping trips are a little more expensive than coron town(exclusive island duh!), the staff is very accommodating and not looking to wring everyone dry of their money. They offer to split the cost in half for a half day or they will arrange with other people interested in the trip to split the bill with you. We will certainly be back next year for an even longer visit.

Stayed: July 2017, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Mike M
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Reviewed July 19, 2017

This resort has a family-run feel. We stayed 5 days at the season's tail end - when we left, there was only another hut occupied.
The good stuff: communication in advance was outstanding. Commute from Coron to the resort and back was included in the daily rate and was a breeze (car from the airport to the town, then speedboat to the island). The huts were recently remodeled. The food is homestyle - simple but uniformly fresh and good. Laundry is billed by weight so it's very cheap. The one-on-one intro and follow-up scuba diving sessions with Will were very enjoyable and memorable. I loved the cocktails and bar music selection, the easygoing feel of family-run place with few rules other than a set eating schedule (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, buffer, always at the same time every day).
The snorkeling in the resort's front is good enough. Of note: we saw a creepy jawfish that will continue to haunt our nights for a while. Our 9-year old loved the Coron island tour that we booked, especially the tour guide Ray. Our fast ferry to El Nido was cancelled so we stayed an extra night. The resort was very accommodating and did not bill us the resulting back-and-forth to Busuanga.
The not so good stuff: no A/C in the huts means lots of mosquito bites early in the rainy season, despite several layers of mosquito nets. The resort was building up during our stay, with workers sometimes idling by our hammocks. Customers studiously ignore each other, all from either Europe or other Asian countries. Almost all of them smoked, which really sucked for us. The food is typically gone within 20 minutes so we have to be exactly on time for each meal. Finally, the snorkeling was much better in El Nido although the scuba diving was great.
In summary, we'd give 9 out of 10 due to the discomfort (mosquitos and smoking) and the construction & construction workers.
Would come back without reserve.

  • Stayed: June 2017, traveled with family
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3  Thank Mathieu G
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Reviewed July 17, 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful, small resort on a secluded island. After arriving at Busuanga Airport, you are transported to a boat which takes you the last 20 minutes to Sangat Island. The accommodations are huts on stilts and are eco-friendly....and on the beach!

I came here to get my open water dive license and the staff were very friendly and professional. There are amazing reefs around the island and also 11 World War 2 wrecks. It was an incredible experience and the instruction was exceptional - thank you, Will!

There are 3 meals and other snacks a day, with a good variety of meat, fish and fruit. There are also 2 bars, with the one on the small island with a walkway across a perfect place to have drinks before dinner.

I cannot say enough to recommend Sangat Island and hope to be able to make it back there soon!

Stayed: May 2017, traveled solo
Thank Martin Y
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Address: Sangat Island, Coron, Busuanga Island 5316, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Busuanga Island > Coron > Sangat Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sangat Island
Price Range: ₱13,197 - ₱16,290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sangat Island Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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
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