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“The perfect place for snorkeling and diving.”

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Chindonan Dive Resort
Reviewed 14 March 2011

A very intimate and beautiful resort in a private and quiet location approximately one hour by boat from Coron. Highly recommendable for people who like nature and a peaceful environment. The owners and the staff are most helpful and very friendly. The food is delicious. The milk shakes are super. Thank you Per for showing me the sea horses just five meter out from the pier. If you look for TV and karaoke look elsewhere. But if you want to be close to nature you have come to the right place.
Excellent diving nearby, both reefs and wrecks.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

It was a very pleasant surprise. From the moment we were met at the post in Busuanga till the day we left. We were treated with such warmth and hospitality that had a personal touch. This is not what I had expected, it was far better. If you want a place like the Shangrilah resort, then this is not the place. It you want to relax, and just get away from it all. Then Chindonan is the place. I came for the diving, which did not disappoint. The strategic location of the island to a majority of the major wrecks is perfect. The dive center is in partership with Sangat island's dive center. The ease of accomodating me needs and those of my dive party made things seem effortless. I was only able to dive on 3 of the wrecks. Which means I will be making it back to Chindonan to for a longer stay the next time around. The owners and staff are the best at taking care of their guests. The resort keeps things relaxed and personal, no glits and glamour, just the blessings of nature all around you. The phrase " I've died and gone to heaven" comes to mind. The bay fronting the resort is one of the few places one can spot: sea horses. The house reef is perfect, and a great place for a morning swim.
Don't change a thing, I like it the way it is,

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank mjmboogie
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Reviewed 8 March 2011

The location of the place was spectacular and amazing, quiet, and beautiful. The food was very good and the staff always had smiles on their faces. However, we were disappointed with our stay. We had the worst sleeps of our lives at this place. The rooms were big and clean but one electric fan to cool off the room at night was not enough to have good night sleep and for the amount of money we paid for! We never had the chance to open our glass doors as our room did not have a screen door to keep the bugs off at night, some units have them. We also witnessed the owners getting mad at the staff, which we thought was unprofessional and disrespectful! The water pressure was poor and the hot water was non existent the whole time we were there!Over-all, we were disappointed with our stay. We felt that we did not get our money's worth from this resort and disappointed.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Yycmnldude
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Management response:Responded 10 March 2011

Comment from owner
We are very surprised towards this review and simply do not recognize guests / visitors, who have also chosen to be totally anonymous member of TripAdvisor? If we had some dates around their period of stay, etc. it could possible help us a little – maybe not, since we do not recognize the shortcomings mentioned in the review - which of course we had responded to whether it was true - Besides, we never advertise with hot water or pledged it as - something not fit together here and comments on our website luckily says something completely different!
It should be a requirement that members at TripAdvisor should make themselves visible or at least mention dates of their stay – not only the month and year.
Sincerely, Lona Hauberg, owner of Chindonan Island Resort & Divecenter.

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Reviewed 17 January 2011

My partner and I stayed at Chindonan resort for 4 nights in Jan 2011.
The first thing I would like to mention is that the owners, as has been mentioned in previous reviews, go absolutely out of their way to make you feel at home, relaxed, and to make sure you have a great experience at their resort. They truly made our stay and never let us forget that we were on holiday and made sure that we were taken care of in every regard. We have been travelling around southeast asia for several weeks, staying in everything from the top 5 star hotel in Bangkok to a great resort in Koh samui and the top hotel in Boracay, but this place was hands down the highlight of our trip.

The owner himself came and picked us up from Coron on a beautiful little banka boat, the resort staff were all out on the pier waiting for us when we pulled up and the service from the staf was absolutely impeccable from the beginning to the end of our stay.
The rooms are large and spacious, big bathroom, walk in closet, with a deck overlooking the most amazing view of the water and majestic cliffs of the island opposite.

All you have to do to see a multitude of fish and coral is walk to the end of the pier, hop in the water and swim around!

The food was delicious, bacon and eggs and fruit for brekkie and a selection of seafood, european food and salads for dinner which is different every night. It was especially good for me as I do not eat a lot of seafood, as there was always plenty of options to ensure I was satisfied at dinner time.

Oh and the mango shakes are out of this world! seriously try them.

The tours that we did through the resort meant that we had our own private boat and tour guides to take us around all the sights. and were very affordable. We were able to set our own time table, and the owners were very helpful in telling us what spots to go and see. I had done a lot of research before going to the area, so I didnt miss any of the sights, but I needn't have, as the owners were able to tell us every great spot - and more! - that there was to view in the island and surrounding areas.
Plus since the resort is quite small you have a very personal experience and really feel like it's your own personal place.
All in all this place was amazing. Every morning we woke up and felt like we were in our own perfect paradise. If you want a guaranteed magical holiday in the Philippines you really have to visit here!!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Nicolamh
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Reviewed 6 January 2011

I have been at the Chindonan Island Resort with my friends over Christmas 2010. The beauty of it starts already by being picked up with a boat in Coron and pass by beautiful little Islands. At arrival on Chindonan Lona and Per were waiting for us with fresh drinks and a very warm welcome from them and the team. Lona would show us the rooms and the resort and in the afternoon we went for snorkelling with Per and he would show us the seahorses, fishes and beautiful corals just 10meters away from the beach! Every evening Amanda would spoil us with a great dinner in a very nice ambience.
Also the Resort offers trips to other Island witch is a very nice idea to be able to see the area around aswell. As I'm not a diver I cannot say much about it but what I hear from other guests at the bar (great Cocktails BTW) it must be fantastic. One thing that would make this place even better is offering massages. I do recommend Chindonan Island and will be going there again myself.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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2  Thank BL_Alma
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Reviewed 2 January 2011

We enjoyed our 5 days on Chindonan Island. The owners were most helpful in making our stay most enjoyable. We will recommend this resort to our friends.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank davejupp
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Reviewed 20 December 2010

fantastic place-nice staff-frendly ovners-great cottage-good dinner- and maybe the greatest snorkling place on earth, 5m from the pier you can play with seahorses.

not the greatest place to be in bat weather- we were so unlucky to be there, when 2 supertyfon hit ph-and the rain just felt down on us for 5 out of 7 days.

all at all- fantastic place in palawan

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank TommyGudkov
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Address: | Coron Bay, Palawan Island 5315, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > Culion > Chindonan Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chindonan Island
Price Range: £87 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Chindonan Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chindonan Island Resort & Divecenter is placed in center of this paradise, own marine protected house-reef in front of the resort, and Chindonan Divecenter has a unique location toward diving at the Famous WWII Wrecks of Coron Bay. Restaurant & Bar on columns in the water and hammocks under palm trees – indulge for true leisure! Hillside DeLuxe Cottages, located at different levels in the scenic area facing Coron Bay. Rooms with large double-bed or two single and space for extra bed, bathroom and walk-in closet. Budget Huts made in native materials, with same beautiful view as the Cottages. All rooms are equipped with electric fans and the Resort has its own drinkable natural spring-water from all taps. ... more   less 
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