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“Wonderful Hospitality in a beautiful setting” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Discovery Island Resort and Dive Center
Ranked #12 of 20 Hotels in Coron
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“Wonderful Hospitality in a beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2010

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights with another couple. It is about a 10minute boat ride to a small island near Coron town. The boats will take you to and from town whenever you would like. The host/manager Christina is very down to earth, helpful, and nice. The bungalows are set on a hillside with a very short walk. They are spacious. No a/c but fans help and much cooler at night than staying in the city. The meals are included in the rate and all delicious with the dinners buffet style but very gourmet!!
Apparently the hotel is soon to be bought up by another group of people. We did not know if the name would change. THE ONE COMPLAINT we had was the diving. After diving with SeaDive Resort for 4 days this was a big let down!! I don't believe the same dive people are going with the sale of this place but not sure. They are going to be at the other Discovery Diver Resort (Puerto Del Sol). There were no torches provided on the boat at all besides what the guides had for diving in an oil tanker!! Very dangerous, but guide wouldn't admit so. We were told there would be "enough light". A blindfold would have provided more light than be in a widowless ship w/o a flashlight. My BCD had no depth gauge, yet the others read vastly different depths regardless and my old BCD and regulator they rented made rumbly sounds on the dives. All equipment was sub par. Not to mention one extremely know-it-all Swiss dive guide who loved the sound of his own voice.
So 5 star for the accommodations 1star for the diving.
5star for the suggestion for island hopping, especially to Malcapulya island; an hours boat trip from Coron. Saw some great sealife diving along the reef there.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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kathydeee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2009

I loved diving with Discovery! They went out of their way to make sure I had a great time. I was impressed with their guides knowledge and safety awareness. The new resort should be amazing but the older resort is also quite peaceful and a good value for the price. Thanks!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2009

Great chill-out place. Relaxing and friendly. My friend & I enjoyed every min of our stay there. Both of us did a course with Discovery Divers and we both enjoyed it very much. Wreck diving there is an awesome experience. Highly recommended. It's a place that I'd definitely keep going back!!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2009

Discovery Divers is located on it's own island about a 10 minute boat ride from Coron town. The setting is very peaceful and being able to see the stars at night and the glowing plankton is a real privilege. Note that the island is surrounded by mangroves and probably not swimmable.

Gunther and Christina were excellent hosts. Available to greet us and organise our day in the morning and happy to chat with us after dinner. The meals were very good utilizing local ingredients and having a nice home-cooked feel. There is one sitting for dinner which encourages guests to mingle.

The rooms are simple nipa huts and adequate although not suitable for neat freaks. Beds were reasonably comfortable, mosquito nets practical and towels/linen were washed frequently but the rooms are a little dark. Being on an island means that the water and electricity supply is not the best. We did encounter blackouts and the running water did stop. Also note that insects do get into the room although the mosquito net will protect you at night. I suppose this is all part and parcel of living on island time.

The last problem we encountered was mechanical problems with the dive boat meant we missed a day of diving. Also disappointing at the time swimming Lake Cayangan and sitting on Beach 91 made up for this.

Overall I would recommend Discovery Divers as it has a serenity and friendliness that I haven't experienced in many places.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2009

Coron Bay is known for the many Japanese war ships that sank on the same day in 1944 after a US-air raid. These ships are amazing - some were 150+ meters long !! The visibility is quite challenging, though, and the currents are VERY strong. These dives are definitely not for beginners. However, during the low-season (June, July, August), DD are willing to basically do whatever the guests want - one to three dives per day ... including making sure that you don't dive the same wreck (or the same part of the wreck) twice, heading over to Cathedral Cave (which owner Gunther discovered!!) and the amazing Barracuda Lake, where there is brilliant halocline and thermocline (up to +40C).
The resort on Decanituan Island is very relaxed - and the manager Christina will accompany guests in whatever they are looking forward to doing (hanging out, drinking awesome mix-drinks - including the «Apologizer» - ask for it!!, heading for dinner in Coron Town on the mainland, and eating!). Vegetarians will have to endure having meat on their plates, though ... but they do try to accomodate by loading up the vegetables for you. You will also meet the huge python - and if you stay long enough or at the right time of the month, you can watch her catch a chicken!
All in all - VERY cool spot. Much better than anything in Coron Town - you are away from the chickens and noise - and you feel as though you have your own special island resort.
Beware, though - there are many dogs on the island ... and on the grounds ... and even in the lounge areas ... so if you're not a dog person, not a good idea to go here. But I am sure that they would be willing to accomodate travellers!!! :)

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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Antwerp
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2009

We stayed there almost one week and had a wonderfull time.
Good staff, excellent location just outside the town.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2009

My husband and I ,and 10 of our friends made a return trip to this tropical island. We first travelled there 4 years ago and enjoyed first class diving . One of our party has done lots of wreck diving all over the world including Truk Lagoon and he said this trip and the wrecks was very comparable.
The journey to Discovery Island is a long one but ,so worth it. It's very cathartic to get to a place with no light pollution , no noise pollution , just natural things. Yes there were creatures but it was so natural and we were the visitors not them!!
We made our own entertainment both times , playing old fashioned games like charades . I was lucky to have my birthday whilst there , the staff went to amazing lengths to ensure the party was a huge success. The food is fantastic both on and off the boat.
I love the Philippines

  • Stayed April 2009
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Property: Discovery Island Resort and Dive Center
Address: Dicanituan Island | Barangay 5, Coron, Busuanga Island 5316, Philippines
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Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Busuanga Island > Coron
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Coron
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Discovery Island Resort and Dive Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Back to 100% after Typhoon Haiyan. An Island resort and dive center on its own island just 5 minutes from Coron Town. Tranquil location with individual rustic cottages and modern lodge rooms. All rooms en-suite. Warm hospitality and good food. Ideal for island hoppers and divers. Private Coron Island Tours operated from the resort to show you the best and most beautiful spots that Coron has to offer at your own pace. With one of the most experienced dive centers in Coron, come dive Corons wrecks, lakes or coral reefs with Discovery Divers from our resort. Kayaking, seafaris around Calamianes Islands are also available. ... more   less 
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