The dive shops are all over the coast/beach. Too many to list here and the diving is better than most diving in Thailand. There are only 3 small wrecks but a nice drift dive with some shark holes and tons of fish. Good reef action too and the night diving is spectacular when all the underwater freaks come out.
The portions in this place are huge. And it's cheap enough that you wont feel compelled to force yourself to finish everything on the plate. The main entree will be generous as well as all of the side dishes.
They also have a all-u-can-eat buffett at night where you pick out whatever you want and you can cook it yourself on the grill or they'll cook it for you.
The restaurant is located on the second floor of the building and is a large open-air deck that overlooks the bay and had excellent air circulation. The table are perfectly sized so no-one is crammed for tabletop space and are also spaced around the deck to allow plenty of walkway.
Favorite Dish: Steak dishes.
Any steak dish of theirs is going to be an excellent thick cut of meat. They also cook it to your order to perfection. I like a medium-rare level that's a little more on the rare side.....and they made it the most succulent and tender dish I have ever tasted.
Sabang Disco (the first disco on the left coming from the main road into town) has too many girls who cheat customers. I got cheated, my friend got cheated and my hotel security guard also said girls from there often cause problems. The other discos seem fine. Just Sabang Disco seems to cause problems.
Due to the continual corruption, ferries are still being overloaded to maximize profits at the expense of the passenger's lives. I have traveled to Puerto Galera (Sabang) from Batangus countless times and had many a scary trip!!!
This distance of more than 30 kilometers is one of the most dangerous in the country. Between the two islands there are conflicting currents and whirlpools. The local ferries are only made of triplex (plywood), bamboo and fishing line. The owners of these numerous companies do not exercise adequate maintenance so you are ALWAYS at risk, even during favourable weather!
Last boat that sunk: http://www.gmanews.tv/video/42175/Survivors-of-M/B-Commando-6-recall-sea-tragedy ...
The safest ferry is Montenegro shipping lines (also for cargo) It takes a little longer than the plywood boats but at least if the sea becomes rough, you get there in tact.
If you are ever on a small local ferry and you think it's going to sink, get to the aft with a life jacket. Never put the life jacket on until you have left the boat. If you are already wearing a life jacket and the boat sinks, you will become trapped in the roof and drown!
There are already enough risks for the adventuring traveler just visiting the Philippines.
Don't become a statistic! Feedback always welcome.
There are only 4 regular roads in Sabang. The bbeachfront, one paralleling the beach (with all the bars on it), one running from the beach up to the top of the hill, and the last one is halfway up the hill.
These last 2 roads are not the safest places to be walking after 0200 in the morning. You will see drunk people and small gangs of youths on their motorbikes. They might not directly 'rob' a person but it's common for them to surround a lone tourist late in the evening and 'ask' for money. These areas are not well lit at all.
The other roads are generally safe because they are also the locations of all the tourist accomodation and the bars/24 hours stores and are well lit.
Luggage and bags:
No 'huge' suitcases...not easy to move these badboys around Sabang.
Not a biggie but it wouldn't hurt to wrap your clothing/items inside of waterproof or trash bags inside of your luggage. Twice on the same trip, I saw people's luggage hit the water since Sabang doesn't have any piers. You unload where the boat runs aground. That means you'll be getting your feet wet, most likely.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: SHIRTS: Please bring your loose shirts! You can puchase any other item of clothing you can think of, and in any size----but NOT SHIRTS! The only shirts I could find in the entire town were all tourist prints that said either Puerto Galera or Sabang. Even for these the sizes were waaay off. The XXXL came to a Western/Euro Small.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There's a pharmacy nearby but they don't seem to have much specialized meds. Soap and tooth paste are very limited in selection...careful...most of their soap bars are 'skin whitening' for the local girls. Everything else can be purchsed locally for very little.
Photo Equipment: rechargeable digital camera that has a multivolt (120~230V) recharging cord. (Outlets are the 2-slotted parallel American type but run 220V.) Also a laptop or other means of storing your pix if your memory card fills up. There IS a shop in town that will take your cell phone pictures and print/store/DVD/or otherwise process them however you want so presumably they can offer other digital services but I cannot speculate on what those might be, (or the prices).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No usable beach in Sabang....I don't recommend walking barefoot on the little sand that there is.