What makes Liquid stand out of the crawd of millions of dive shops in the Philippines is definitely Zeo's instant response to queries and request. Zeo and Tim are the super friendly and responsive owners. I was choosing among different locations the Phil by contacting dive shops of different areas: Dumaguette, Anilao, PG. A lot of them ended up in vain and irresponsive, but Zeo was the one who would reply you within 24hours and reponded to all concerns and queries. This was what caught my attention and would like to try them out.
Arrived there early in the morning by a red-eye flight. The dive shop was located by the duin coast, which can only be reach by arranged van. The ride to the resort was bumpy and rough, which was the only downside. But we were immediately impressed by the nice simple bamboo huts with beach front sea view once we get to the resort, which gave us the sense of nature that we longed for. I was arranged for my first dive right after the flight at 9am. I was not into Muck diving until I have experienced it here in dumaguete. The diversity and richness of bizarre creatures have completely blown my mind off. Ornate Gost Pipefish, Robust Ghost Pipefish, Flying Gunard, Snake Eel, Moray, Sting Rays, Nudis, and of course my Favorite, FLAMBOYANT CUTTLEFISH, and I did not only see 1, I met a family of 3 at one time at malaplad north. I basically spent half of my dive following them and observing their bizarre movement and vibrant color changing. I knew that I already have a wonderful trip at that specific moment. In fact, dumaguete has so much more to offer, Sea Snake, Sea Turtle, Schools of Barracuda were something that I didnt expect to see before this trip on muck diving. Dwarf Cuttlefish and diver's long time favorite FROGFISH, I've met a handful of them throughout the trip : ). Diving here is insanely fun and you would be surprised everytime you hop in the water. I was attacked by big Triggerfish and Mantis. 12 dives in 3 days. Insane fun and no 1 dive disappointment. Apo Island was great.
Ok, let's go back to the dive shop itself, nice well maintained gears, great dive master Alf and dive instructors Jim and Yanick, helpful and friendly staffs, Nes, Lovely, and the boatmans, amazingly funny and helpful owners, Zeo and Tim who played Wii and drinking games with their guests and make them feel like home (mostly get them drunk), and of course, their lovely children. And even though you can barely get out to the city for a dinner or lunch as the dive shop is kinda remote, you would never have to worry about food as Liquid has a good chef who makes good food. I can still taste the SMORES : P
Afterall, a very nice and simple dive shop which make simplicity to perfection. Zeo was amazing in a way to offer us a low-season budget deal, which allowed us to have a fabulous holiday with 5 star hospitality and services at reasonable good deal.
Thanks Zeo and Tim. U are amazing, keep up the good work ; )
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Liquid caters to the modern day traveler that can do without Television, mini bar or a private butler, but still wants a comfortable place to hang their hat. A budget PADI 5* IDC dive resort based in a quiet beach location 25 minutes from Dumaguete city. Scuba diving in the Philippines is amazing, explore it with our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort. Liquid Dive Dumaguete is your home away from home where you are part of the family. Affordable, comfortable modern facilities with a native twist set on a large beach front property with views of Apo and Siquijor Islands. Whether you are a flashpacker, backpacker or holidaymaker Liquid is the place for you. Talk to like minded travelers over family style dinners after a day of world class dives. Our team understand the need for comfort on a budget in a friendly relaxing atmosphere and that's exactly what we offer, after all we live here!! - eat, sleep, dive...live - it's that simple ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Liquid Dumaguete Philippines/Dauin, Dumaguete City