My wife and I had a wonderful, memorable experience at Salaya Beach Houses. We stayed there for 9 nights in early Nov. 2022, as part of a group of 13 experienced scuba divers, most of whom we’ve traveled with before. We had never been to the Philippines before, but many in our group had visited the country before and I’d say that everyone in the group had a great time. We loved our time there. The resort is not large (it’s maximum capacity is around 28 people) but it’s very beautiful and clean, truly one of the nicest looking resorts we saw on the Dauin coast. The accommodations were spacious and very comfortable, and the food was just fantastic (we had an all-inclusive plan). The menu had so many great items that we didn’t have enough days to try everything! But the best thing about the Salaya Beach Houses is the people - the operators, Carol and Marc, and all the wonderful staff. We were treated so well, and time and again the staff went out of their way to accommodate us, such as Carol wrangling oatmeal for us even though it wasn’t on the menu, and the staff erecting a canopy everyday so that my wife and I could eat lunch outdoors on the beautiful lawn and in the shade. We loved our early evenings by the pool, getting the mocktail of the day from the bar and just relaxing before dinner. All of the Staff were so kind and friendly, and after 10 days with them many of them felt like family to us - certainly some became friends that we really hated to leave.
The dive operation at Salaya Beach Houses is excellent. The dive staff worked very hard and we had a great time on the dive boats (the snacks for the dive intervals were fantastic: fresh mango, watermelon, and pineapple everyday, and usually some fresh baked treats; Carol has some great recipes!) The diving itself was easy, with very warm water (84-85F degrees), and we saw a lot of the cool marine critters that the Philippines is known for. The visibility while muck diving was actually pretty good, and we highly recommend diving at Apo Island, which has beautiful reefs and great visibility.
Salary Beach Houses is a beautiful, peaceful, and friendly place that gave us wonderful memories. We hope we’ll be lucky enough to visit again.