Seadive resorts is a well-known hotel/restaurant/dive shop in the wreck diving capital of the Philippines, Coron. They do it all at what appears to be a bargain price. However, you pay. Here’s how.
Dives are relatively expensive (1400 php) and since wrecks are dark places, you probably need a light – aha! You can have one… for 400 pesos, making this officially one of the most expensive dives in the country.
Service is poor, almost unacceptable. The restaurant staff seems both blind and deaf and very, very, very slow. The dive shop gear sizing experience was nearly rude and they failed to put my gear on board the boat. When I pointed this out to one of the divemasters, he said I should double check their work – astounding!
At the end of the day, remember to ask for a towel. They don’t think to provide this basic necessity. Also, if you ask that your laundry be done, don’t count on it. The load I dropped off in the morning was untouched by the evening.
And don’t forget to check your bill. Everything is done on a chit system. When I went to check out, I was initially charged for an extra 4 dives (someone else’s) and a few extras that I never got.
The only game in town, in some ways. You can stay other places, dive other places, but you can't do both except here.
Based on Superferry's sailaway package, we are expecting a good accomodation at village lodge. But we are greatly disappointed!!! First, our room doesn't have its own bathroom. Second, our arrival is not properly coordinated to the manager, Anna. She even held giving us breakfast while she still have to confirm our accomodation. Third, bathroom has no hot water. Fourth, there are no lights along the corridor leading to the bathroom. Fifth, aircon won't start at once for some reasons that I don't care to know....well, I can go on with more reasons of my dissatisfaction..but I have to give credit to whom it is due...the staff! Even though they are not that friendly, is quite ok. After trying to have some small talk with them, they can be more friendly.
Good food and lots of it. On the arranged tours, their packed lunch is bountiful. Merienda is also included. Ah, Coke tastes so great after snorkelling while resting on the boat. Quantity is very ok but quality is not. Their 'tinola' is no better than superferry's. But the taste is generally ok if you have no other choices.
If you are in Coron for island hopping and diving, then you stay in your room only to sleep. I took a fan room which was good enough although there was no window to the outside, which was unlucky as the inn is on the water's edge. But get out of your room, go to the rooftop where you can see a nice view of the bay.
Reasonable rate, friendly staff but limited number of rooms so book early. Downstairs is one of the more presentable restaurants, but then there are not many other choices.
In a remote place it was a pleasant suprize to get free, wireless internet connection at the restaurant. Great for connecting and bragging to your friends.
600 pesos for a room with 2 beds good for 3 persons, 150/head for succeeding additional occupants, they will provide extra bed to be laid on the floor, if you are six, you will have to pay 1,050, with free supply of hot water and coffee daily, with rechargable lamps on standby as blackout is frequent in coron at the time of our visit, it's located a kilometer or two away from the town center, tricycle is 8 pesos per head
Aside from comfortable room, Village Lodge offers delicious food. Their chef is really one of the best. You can actually buy some food in the market and have them cooked there for P50.
The room we got was P850/night. It has double bed, aircon, TV and a bathroom with hot/cold shower.
It's along the highway so it's not difficult to commute. It's near the market but it's still up to you if you want to walk or ride a tricycle.
Great food, nice staff, homey ambience and comfortable room.
This is the structure and there are 10 of it in the island.
It has great view, raw, unspoiled almost untouched
An experience you dont meet everyday. Great for family bonding, superb on privacy, nature at is its best, clean and unpoluted, corteous and friendly staff, get it while its still there.
The place offers nature appreciation stay. It has its own hotspring reachable by free-issued kayaks. A memorable trek into its marked forest and a boat that is always available on call.
If you are the Manila tourist who expect chrome and glasses, then the place is not for you as all (almost) amenities are locally made and electricity is available from 6pm to 6am.
This resort does not have night life. Being there is!!
Very private, very local (theme), very calm and well maintained
The Resort is also very close to most Shipwreck Sites.
If you want and need some peace and quiet...divelink is definitely the place to stay.
The resort is located in a separate island from Coron town proper. They do have their own boat which could get you, free of charge, to and from the town proper.
To get to the resort from Busuanga airport, you get the jeepney from the airport to the town and get the banca to the resort. In our case, we joined a couple (who were also staying in the resort) who have arranged transfers with the resort.
We were given fresh buko juice when we got to the resort and shown to our rooms after a few minutes.
We stayed in one of their fan rooms, part of a big cottage, located on a hill with a view of the beach. The room was spacious, bed was huge although the mattress was not that good. We had our own toilet and shower, but at the time, no hot water. The room was cleaned every day and we didn't see any insects, except of course, the usual mosquitos...Only downside is, the walls are thin and you could hear people talking.
We had our meals in the resort. There is a menu for breakfast and lunch time. Although in the evening, we were served buffet.
The resort don't have electricity from 9 am till 5 pm. But we didn't have any problems with that because we were out island hopping most of the time anyway, which the resort has arranged. The whole day island hopping trip included lunch as well..we had our lunch in our banca with a spectacular view. I think we were lucky because we stayed in each island longer than other bancas did, we were provided with kayaks and snorkels and of course we had food an drinks on board!
The resort has its own pool, bar, videoke room and massive dining room. The staff were very friendly and helpful. One of the staff, robert, even accompanied us to coron town, took us to tapyas and maquinit hot spring. Their bancas are on call anytime you want to go to town proper so there was no problem if you want to eat out in town.
This resort is set amidst a tropical garden on the hill of Coron about 15 mins from the pier. The garden is nice (not spectacular) with hammocks, garden chairs, artifacts and fountains. (Sometime during our stay there I saw some beautiful exotic birds visiting the garden. ) The resort offers comfortable but cheap accommodations. You can choose between "fan" and air-conditioned cottages or bungalows. I really liked the snug bungalow where we stayed for it has a spacious and cozy bathroom with a high ceiling. A part of the roof is made of fiberglass so the warm sunshine can come in. (I've been to many, even more pricey resorts in the Phils. but I must say that Kokosnuss has one of the nicest bathrooms I've ever seen). Another thing I liked about the bungalows there is that they're tucked away, so you have privacy.
At night you will hear the sound of insects which are similar to crickets. I don't know what they are for it was the first time I heard that sound. You might even see monitor lizards at or hear them in your room. We saw two in the bathroom and I got scared, but I was told they're pretty harmless. (Anyway, they leave during the day.)
We went there on a 3d/2n package that costs $77 per person (as of Oct '06) which already includes all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and an island-hopping tour in Coron Island. The food is good and the serving is big. I thought I'd be disappointed with the meals since they come with the package, but I was wrong. Lunch and dinner meals include a soup, salad, main course and dessert. Drinks however, are not included and they are a bit expensive too. A 500ml bottle of water costs 40 bucks. But on the whole, I think this resort is really good value for your money.
We checked out the other accommodations in the area. An interesting resort that we saw was Sea Dive which has a great view of Coron bay and the islands. It is situated near the pier and the market and there are many stores nearby. Their restaurant is very nice, breezy and relaxing. They also have excellent diving equipment. Their rooms and bathrooms, however, are not as nice as in Kokosnuss. If you are after convenience or want a place with a view of the sea, I would recommend Sea Dive. But if you're looking for comfort, privacy, peace and quiet, then Kokosnuss is the best place for you.
When we reached the Pier of Coron, someone was already there waiting to pick us up. They had a huge banner right in front of them so it was not that hard to miss them. The girl who picked us up then led us to a huge tricycle (these are motorcycles with huge attachments to them which can accommodate like 6 people, 3 if you have lots of baggage). It is a fairly short ride (roughly 10 - 15 minutes) from the pier to the resort. The place is really clean however the swimming pool was disappointing. It turned out to be a wading pool for the owner's German Sheperd. Notwithstanding, the people who ran the place were friendly and the food included in the package was actually great. There are only a number of rooms though with airconditioning on it but generally speaking the place was clean and well maintained. Although I stayed in the room with no A/C, it wasn't that bad since my friends who occupied the room with AC wasn't working well. Haha!
They have tour packages but you can opt out of it if you'll just go and talk to the nice ladies there and ask them if you can just make your own itinerary.
The resort is not a beachfront hotel since basically if you want to reach the nice beaches, you still have to ride a boat. But its really a quiet place, near the market and the pier so its not much of a hassle if you're going to stay here.
The service is very good from the personnel that pick up at the airport, the Matta's, up to the boatman..
Food is great, they always offers really fresh seafoods, for its lunch basket and buffet dinners.
The resort offers cottage type accommodation, aircon and non airconditioned. All are named after a fruit bearing trees found on the resort.
Basic amenities available on the cottages, no TV and no telephone. There is a beautiful pool near the restaurant.
Owned and managed by Gunther, it's a nice place to relax after an exhausting dive. Situated on an island, you get a breathtaking view of the sea. There are no lonely afternoons, since the resort offer various activities for it's guests. There are kayaks and canoes that you could use to navigate the island. At night, you could hang out by the beach and drink an ice cold san mig light. I don't know if I was just lucky but the stars seemed to blanket my summer sky.
Cottages and Bungalows in the traditional Philippiones style!
The cosiest bathroom in the Phils!!! A nice garden!
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