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“Great Experience, Friendly Accommodating Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Scandi Divers

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Scandi Divers
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Puerto Galera
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“Great Experience, Friendly Accommodating Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2012 via mobile

I booked 4 nights at Scandi Divers in late October 2012. The staff was friendly and helpful in showing us around and finding things to do. Their diving staff is also great as I thoroughly enjoyed diving there (the equipment is modern and up to date).
I booked the deluxe room which comes with a decent size flat screen and DVD player. The food at the restaurant was pretty good (nothing overly exceptional though). To sum up, Pardon the pun, but I would recommend them without reservation.

Stayed October 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

I stayed here for 4 days in August 2012. I can rate this place as 5 stars as the service level and friendliness of the staff is excellent. Every time I walked by the said hello and asked if I needed anything. The housekeeper would ask me if I needed the room serviced and the front desk people would ask if I needed food or a boat ride somewhere.

I went diving twice and the ease of diving is incredible. The dive master – Terry (an Australian or New Zealand fellow) – is extremely professional and thorough with his dive planning and explanation of what we will do and how to do it. The boat comes to the front of the hotel and we are diving in about 10 or 15 minutes. Safety was never in question as everything is double checked. The boat has a crew of 3 or 4 people who help you in every aspect – from getting on the boat to taking your dive equipment on and off the boat. Bring your own equipment or use theirs.

The dives were simple yet very enjoyable. We typically dove to about 60 or 70 feet – which was ok with me- and saw some wrecks and lots of sea life including a large sea grass turtle.

Between Scandi Divers and their sister resort Campbells they offer rooms from the budget to higher end. My room was a budget room as I was alone and just wanted to dive and chill out. My room at Scandi Dive was a basic queen size with a tv and air conditioning. Always on hot water and a stocked mini-bar fridge made life easier. The drinks inside the bar were not overpriced and restocked daily. Some rooms have safes and flat screens and some are more basic.

My room came with a free breakfast and it was a Great western type breakfast. I had the Scan Breakfast and was very happy with it. They also offer a full menu of various types of foods and have barbeques and other events regularly.

The resort is in La Laguna and I read a comment that it is a hike from Seebang. YES it is a 10 or so minute walk from there but part of the beauty of Scandi Dive and Campbells resorts are they are away from the noise and crowds. Peace and Quiet are positive attributes of their location. Away from the party crowds.

I have nothing negative to say about Scandi Dive or Campbells. Both are grade A resorts and both are managed by Terry – and he does a great job.

I came and left at a bad time – in the middle of two storms – otherwise I would have stayed another 3 or 4 days. The island is a nice place to visit as well. I rented a motor scooter and saw much of it.

I will return on my next vacation. JEFF

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012

I stayed in a standard room, which is good for budget travellers(approx.2000peso), and if you want more space and pay a little extra, you can stay upstairs overlooking the bay.
You have the flexibility to move to other rooms nextdoor at Campbells Resort, as they are under same ownership, incase you want a cheaper room(approx.1000peso), or just enjoy a change of experiencing your stay.
Regarding diving the resort facilitates all you need at the doorstep, and is an excellent location for novice divers. The bay offers diving for beginners and can be done from shore.
The management has a great philosophy of servicing the clients, identifying the importance of making your stay enjoyable, and it is a perfect location to holiday away from the crowded Sabang.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

Been here before, and will come back again. Great diving and the staff are realy nice. They arranged a trip for Verde island on very short notice, and the diving there is magnificent. In fact all the dive spots are great and in short distance.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

We spend 6 nights here for our divetrip during CNY. We had the premium room, which was in good clean shape. Comfy bed, ok shower, enough space for all your luggage. Quiet nights! They clean your room every day, if you want them to. There is wifi available, but no reception in the hotelroom, only in restaurant. Also, sometimes the electricity had a blow out, but I guess you'd get that problem in more Phil. places.

Staff is very friendly and helpful. We dived with scandidivers too, the groups weren't too big and the schedule and plans were very flexible. Everything was relaxed. Also, great spot if you want to do some snorkelling. Step outside the hotel in the sea and you already see some great coral and fish. They can also take you to nearby snorkelspots.

Big La Laguna beach is the most prettiest and quietest beach of all three (small la laguna beach and sabang) and therefore nice to get some sun. Sabang is only a 15 min. walk, so plenty of restaurants available.

We decided to treat ourselves with the vip-airport transport service, which was very convenient.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Beijing, Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

We had a magic time at this place. Clean nice and quite big rooms -ALOT of value for the money you pay.
Extra big thanks to the staff who were superservice, helpful and happy!
The diving was fantastic and the snorkeling beautiful :-)

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

Okay Divers,

This is a place to add to your list! My wife and I just returned from 10 days at this resort and simply could not be any happier. This is a fairly remote location, but with easy access! Fly into Manila, hop on a "tour" type Bus, transfer to a boat and you are there in about 3 hours. From there just relax and let a friendly, efficient, local staff take care of everything for you.

When was the last time you went on a Dive Vacation and the operator asked you when you wanted to dive? We picked the time and the number of dives we wanted to do each day!! Water was 79 degrees F on every dive and Viz was in the 50 to 60 foot range. Nice slow drift dives, Wall dives, Muck dives? You ask, they take you! No dive time limits, you have air, you keep diving! All dives are within a few minutes of the Resort, after the dive you are back at the Resort for a relaxed surface interval. Again, you pick the time for the next dive! If you are into Macro Photography, move this place to the top of your list!!

The Resort has been around for awhile, so don't expect "new". What it is, is clean and very comfortable. A/C worked great, but was not needed many of the days we were there. Showers have endless hot water! As long as the water is running, it's Hot! Lots of room to move around too. There is a Bar and eating area down stairs by the dive shop and another up stairs, called The Sky Bar. Open airy, plenty of sun or shade. Music, TV or a game of Pool, just relax and enjoy. Stand at the railing and look down at the local kids playing on the boats and in the sand and water. Laughter fills the air and smiles abound!

David, your Host, hails from Washington State and shows his home town loyalties by serving Starbucks coffee! Good food with a varied menu, great soups and complete Bar. Happy hour daily from 5 to 7 and the Bar bill at the end of your stay will not send shock waves through your wallet!

If you take a group here you will not be disappointed, there is something for everyone!

Don't take this review lightly, I'm hard to please, I'm a PADI Instructor and my wife is a Divemaster. We do Dive travel with 2 dive shops, one in California and one in Kona Hawaii.

This is a place I will return to, with a group, or just to experience it all again myself.

Dates of our stay were November 30 thru December 10.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Scandi Divers
Address: Big La Laguna Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines (Formerly Scandinavian Divers)
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Region: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Puerto Galera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Scandi Divers 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beach Resort Hotel and Dive Center with Waterfront and Poolside rooms. We also feature small Beach Cottages and 1 to 3 bedroom Waterfront Suites. 2 beachside restaurants serving Starbucks coffee. PADI and NAUI dive instruction ... more   less 
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