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“Affordable Diving - check! Accommodating Crew - check! Professional Services - check!”
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Tina's Reef Divers
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Tina's Reef Divers
Reviewed 28 March 2014

Out boat arrived at Tina's just as the sun was setting. We did not have prior contact, so we shopped around for rooms and dive services up and down the coast before finally landing at Tina's.

As we walked up to the entrance, it was getting late and dark but we were warmly greeted by the staff and all our silly concerns about rates, dive schedules and gear were answered.

We were looking for a bargain room, and we were offered one 20 feet away from the restaurant, and 30 feet away from the shop.

They have working WiFi around the restaurant in addition to the kitchen and bathroom in our cozy room. The staff would check in on us every once in a while as we walk past them. It's really safe to say everyone I met on our stay was friendly and that made our dive vacation sweet and fun.

Since they operated dives in small groups, we were always given the options of where we want to dive, and sometimes, even when to dive! The crew were knowledgable, informative and safety-oriented.

10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Tina’s place is actually located on the quiet site of Sabang. After having stayed there 2 years back at the same time of the year, I tried it this time around also as it was nice and convenient to dive and stay at reasonable costs. My goal last time and this time is to go Verde Island for diving.
After the first night my wife and I went diving for the morning dive with my wife and we were planning to take a 2 to 3 dives a day during our stay. After the first dive, I insisted with the Dive Master to confirm that we would have the possibility to go Verde Island. His answer finally was clear, there will be no Verde Island tour and he asked us to go to check other dive centre’s for that trip. So between the first and the second dives, we walked to find another dive centre. We ended up very close to Tina’s at a location called Sabang-inn newly owned by a French underwater photographer and he promised to organise a trip to Verde Island. By talking with him, we found the contact and the feeling more professional and we decided to change dive centre.
When we went to pick our equipment the supposed owner of Tina’s place followed us and asked us to leave the room very aggressively despite the fact that we were planning to stay as announced for 4 nights. Of course this means have our meals etc… at this very same place. A men joined the discussion and even more aggressively told us to take our stuff and go. After many discussions where actually excuses where completely contradictory I understood that they were just offended because we decided to go and dive at another Dive centre. Of course upfront, we never signed up for any package or so but just wanted to be enjoying our holidays like it happened 2 years ago.
I am a professional of services and hospitality and I believe that these people with whom I have been diving 2 years ago and who did not even had a proper boat and engine have now got an arrogant attitude that I have never seem before and that I would have never expected from the nice Philippino people. The people in this country are welcoming, discrete and nice but apart from Tina’s.
I find such an attitude just inacceptable and very unprofessional and they actually lied on a few things. So I would recommend to avoid this place that I have been recommended to a few people since I was there last!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Tina's is a wonderful place to spend your vacation.I have been coming to Sabang for more than 25 years and have stayed at many places but for the last about 10 times I have stayed at at Tina's and would not go anywhere else now. Tina's is the last place on the east end of the beach and probably the quietest as the main pathway runs at the edge of the beach and therefore you have very few people passing late at night. In most of the rooms you can lie in bed with the windows open and listen to the waves on the beach. This is a homely family run place and everyone is very friendly honest, and helpful. It is not 5 star but then it is not 5 star prices. The restaurant has good food which is usually served quickly and is reasonably priced which can be served to your Veranda if you prefer.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ron H
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Reviewed 12 March 2014
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  • Stayed: March 2014
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Address: Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
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Ranked #6 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Galera
Number of rooms: 8
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