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“Every day was better than the day before - what a great vacation with Discovery!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Discovery Island Resort and Dive Center
Ranked #12 of 20 Hotels in Coron
Beijing, China
1 review
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“Every day was better than the day before - what a great vacation with Discovery!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2011

We've spent a week in January 2011 with Discovery, and it was everything we hoped for! We went there to celebrate our 5 years anniversary and got engaged there :)

The location is great, you're on your own little island, relaxing and beautiful, but a short 10 minutes boat ride from town, which makes Discovery very convenient as well.

The staff really made the difference. They made us feel at home, helped us make our schedule with great suggestions and locations, good cooking in the resort and on other locations while island hoping. We were picked up from the airport and taken by boat from town to the resort. The rooms are not the newest you can get, but they give a nice relaxed feeling. You get good value for money, the staff and environment gives you the added value. btw - there are no hot water on the island, but it's so hot anyway, you don't need it. Look at the sunset over the bay from the terrace, you'll feel all worm inside ;)

If you're a diver, Coron is one of the best places we've dived at around the world. Amazing spots and unique dive settings makes this area a divers' heaven. Discovery has good equipment, and work with very good instructors.

You can always go to town for dinner and drinks, and come back with the boat later, but don't miss out on sitting with the resort guests and staff at the end of the day for beers!

We had a great time, and were sad to leave and go back to the Beijing concrete jungle, but we know we now have a home in Coron :)

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2011

We really enjoyed our stay. The staff is really friendly and helpful, helping you out but not forcing you for anything or trying to cheat you. The place is at only 5-10 min boat ride from town and offera great sea view and cosy, calm environment that you can not find in town. The food is also good. They do not propose it on a daily base but you can ask to get a fish BBQ. Worth it!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2011

Nothing to complain about really.
Staff are unbelievably friendly. Reesa is a gem. Alan and Little Mama, the owners, are great fun. Gin and Tonics are great.
The food is fantastic, unbelievable what they can make in such an islolated spot. That being said, Coron town is only a 5 minute boat ride away.
The Diving coordinator, Marcel, is a beauty. He's very good. The shipwrecks are amazing.
They have a nice walk around the island, but don't be surprised at all the trash (I'm assuming from the tide bringing it in).
Don't forget to go to the hot spring in Coron town... well worth it for a relaxing evening.
Enjoy!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2011

Me and two friends stayed with Discovery for about a week in Feb 2011. The resort itself is set on a small island about 10 minute boat ride from, Coron. The location means that it's easy to go to and back from the town. The resort has it's own boats that make the trip regularly and the staff will give you a contact number to arrange boats if you want to stay out late (after 10pm).

The three of us stayed in two rooms in a block to the side of the resort and both rooms were clean, large (could have slept 3 easily in one room) and quiet. The rooms are fairly basic with bed, fan and seperate bathroom areas but really you don't need more then that. Our rooms also had wireless internet connection when available (see below) - not sure if this extends to all the rooms though. We had a nice balcony view from the rooms over the bay area

The resort has a communal bar / restaurant area as you get off the boat that serves simple and tasty food and drinks. Every meal we had (including the diving lunches) was well cooked and filling - it's not a 5* restaurant but it was more then adequate.

The resort has limited power supply - 6pm to about 10am everyday. The wireless internet runs only during this time. This wasn't an issue at all for our group as we spent every day out and about diving or island hopping and we're basically only there when the power was on anyway.

The resort does not have hot water. Again this wasn't a big issue as the weather is so hot anyway that a cold shower (twice a day!) was very refreshing.

The really nice thing about this place is all the staff. Allan, Little Mama, Riza and the rest of the girls do everything possible to go out of their way to make sure every guest is looked after and catered for. Can't speak highly enough of them, they made our trip very enjoyable and relaxing!

The place isn't big, which is quite good, and our group found it easy to meet and socialize with others in the resort. We like the odd drink or two and the resort staff were happy to point (sometimes lead) us in the right direction.

We did our 3 days of diving and 1 day of island hopping through the resort and their partners Discovery Divers. The diving equipment, while not new, is well maintained. Andy, Marcel and the other DMs were very professional and helpful ensuring proper dive briefings and equipment checks were done prior to the dives. During the diving they were always very attentive and careful to look after everyone in our group. It was also nice that the size of the diving groups were limited to no more then about 5 or 6 - some of the other dive operations we saw were diving with over 10 people managed with a single DM.

Diving through the wrecks was amazing and the DMs made sure that the technical level of the divers matched the difficulty level of the dives. The reef diving in Coron is not very good - stick with the wrecks and maybe Barracuda Lake for something different.

The diving boats are well equipped with toilets, kitchen area and plenty of space of people to move about and lounge around in.

We also organized a day of island hopping through the resort. It was a much needed day of relaxation. The boat was about 2,000 pesos but we split this between 5 people. There's a few places to choose from on the itinerary allowing you to plan your own type of day. The boatmen cooked up some delicious fresh tuna fish for lunch (an additional cost).


Highly recommend this place for both living and diving if you're looking to stay in Coron!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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seattle
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2011

As some reviewers have said, the food was poor and you had no choice, you got what was served!! my wife and I travelled around SE Asia for 6 months and 2 1/2 of those in the Philippines and this was one of the worst resorts we stayed in. The location itself was good but the rooms were not clean, maintained, or in one case barely standing as subsidence had made it split in the middle. Water went off at night and the food was advertised as delicious, sorry but that was a downright lie. I went there for the diving which was great but to stay on that island and pay easily double the town resorts was too much as the facilities were just not up to scratch as they were in the middle of an ownership change (e.g.desert was some canned fruit!!, with lots of fresh fruit at the market!).

I was born and raised in the hotel business, have worked in them for many years and run charter sailing yachts professionally so consider I have an experienced opinion in this field and I say again that for value for money, this was a low point in the Philippines. We stayed at several island resorts dotted around the Philippines within the same budget and this one was definitely bottom of the list, pity as the area is very pretty with great diving.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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flipSwitzerland, Owner at Discovery Island Resort and Dive Center, responded to this review, 31 March 2011
The writer is correct - at the time of the stay - March 2010 - ownership was changing. We now have 8 new rooms, a new kitchen, two new service boats (24 hours if required) and a warm and friendly service with some good food too. Unfortunately this review was posted 11 months after the stay. The more recent reviews should reflect the improvements implemented by the new management.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2011

My wife and I went to this resort just as the new owners were getting to grips with the place, and what a great job they were doing. It was obviously pretty basic, but they did a great job making our stay enjoyable. The food was great. I understand they have developed the place quite a bit since we were there - we must go back sometime in the future.

We enjoyed it because - it was a getaway from 5 Star pampered service of the city and regular hum drum life. That said, as far as we were concerned we were treated like 10 Star guests and it was a wrench to leave. We wanted to stay longer, but we had a schedule to meet to join the rat race again.

We didn't do any tank diving on the trip, but others staying at the resort seemed well satisfied with what was on offer. We did however book a tour on the resorts banker. It was amazing - it felt like we had all the time in the world - a picnic on an island, snorkelling, swimming, meandering in all sorts of inlets and returning to the resort while enjoying a fantastic sunset. To finish off, a banquet of an evening meal.

The new owners (sorry, can't remember their names) really made an effort to ensure we were comfortable and enjoyed ourselves - you can't ask for any more than that.

We loved it!!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Hannover, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2011

We stayed in the resort in december 2010. We didn´t know what to expect and booked the resort via text message (a traveller in the philipinnes should really think about buying a phil sim card, everything is working there via text message and it is working quite well and cheap). We were travelling around with our 1,5 year old daughter and the best stay we had was in the discovery divers resort.
The resort contains 6 cozy huts in the middle of the forrest and a bigger house with two floors and 8 rooms (if I remember right) all with bathroom and fan. You can also order AC. From the balconies you have a nice view over the small bay. There is no hot water (but honestly who needs hot water when the outside temp is about 30°C?). It´s simple but clean. The banca (small boat) ride is just 10 min to Coron.
Some people wrote about animals at or in the rooms. We didn´t have anything in our room but on our balcony we had some geckos and tukos (which is good to keep smaller and annoying animals away). Anyway the resort is located between mangroves and rainforrest, so of course there are animals!
The food was excellent, we loved the fresh fish and our daughter loved the pasta! The restaurant and bar is small but nice. The trips you can book are very good. The staff will make nearly everything possible and listen to your needs. My husband was wreck diving and was so impressed. I was snorkelling and the boat crew made everthing possible that the divers and the snorkellers have a good time. Thats very rare, I made the experience that as a snorkeler your are just an annoying subjoinder on a diving boat and with a kid you seem like a worst case scenario for all but here we had a real good time!!! Thanks Luke!
And one more word to the staff... they are all so friendly and great. Our daughter was so welcomed, everybody was playing with her and kept an extra eye on her. We felt so safe and welcomed! We were really sad when we had to leave. We will try to come back so time and see them all again!

So I can recommend that resort to everybody who likes to have good dives and snorkelling trips and who is at least a little adventurous. It´s nothing for first class travellers who used to stay in big hotelchains. It´s more for travellers who like to get some contact and a nice and relaxing time.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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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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