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Sangat Island Dive Resort

Hotel category
3 Star
Rooms
21
Wellness/Spa
NO
Internet
FREE
PADI dive center
Onsite
House reef
YES

Resort Highlights

  • Sangat Island Dive Resort is an eco-conscious resort set against coconut palms
  • Located on a 300 meter stretch of white sandy beachfront
  • Off-the-grid for electricity, generating its own via solar power
  • Great location for wreck diving, with 11 WWII wrecks minutes from shore
  • Most dive sites are very close to the resort

Resort Description

Sangat Island Dive Resort is set on a 300 meter stretch of pure white sand beachfront, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and majestic coconut palms.

Just minutes from your accommodation you'll find 11 historically-important WWI Japanese shipwrecks, in among the rainbows of aquatic life that fill the clear tropical waters.

This resort offers rustic, native-style accommodation on the southwestern cusp of Sangat Island and can accommodate guests with amenities including western-styled bathrooms, ceiling fans, 220-volt electrical outlets and more.

Ideal for eco-conscious travelers, Sangat Island Dive Resort is totally off the public electricity grid and is fully independent when it comes to electricity and water supply. The resort is the only one in the Philippines that is 100% powered by solar energy and uses diesel-powered generators only during cloudy days.

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BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

CONFIRMATION

If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 100% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking

Cancellation fee

  • 10% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 30 days prior to arrival
  • 25% will be charged if you cancel between 30 and 14 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior to arrival
  • 75% will be charged if you cancel less than 7 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Sangat Island Dive Resort

Best dive sites in Palawan

Tubbataha Reef – This is a major highlight of diving in Palawan and not be missed. Tubbataha Reef offers dramatic underwater terrain and awe inspiring marine biodiversity including 600 fish species, 360 coral species and 11 shark species. Look out for resident reef sharks, turtles and manta rays. Mares Rock – Located at the mouth of Puerto Princesa Bay, this sloping reef site drops down to 34 metres / 112 feet and is a must for underwater photographers and macro aficionados. Critter highlights here include octopus, crustaceans, nudibranch and interesting bottom dwellers. If you prefer ‘big fish’, tuna, turtles, barracuda and jack fish are also spotted here. Cuttlefish Shawl – This relatively shallow site has a max depth 20 metres / 66 feet and is home to sea turtles, angelfish, barracuda, and of course cuttlefish – which are often seen here in numbers. Other marine life highlights include passing reef sharks, schools of fusiliers and occasional dugongs which are spotted in the bay. Morazan Maru – Located in Coron, in Palawan’s north, this passenger cargo vessel was built in 1907 and later commandeered for WWI by the British. She was later captured by the Japanese who utilised her in WWII. At just under 100 metres / 330 feet, the cargo holds are empty but the steel boilers in the engine room are still intact. The large cargo holds and engine room make this a suitable wreck for newly certified or experienced PADI Wreck Divers. Dilumacad Tunnel – Located in El Nido, in Palawan’s north, this 35 metre / 115 foot long tunnel was discovered in the early 1990’s. Starting at 12 metres / 40 feet, with a memorial plate at the entrance, the tunnel has a sandy bottom and several ceiling holes. The tunnel gradually narrows towards the exit. It’s a stunning dive for experienced divers.

What to see

Around Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron Island, expect healthy coral reef awash with the different colors of reef fish like angelfish, parrotfish, surgeonfish, pufferfish, groupers and schools of lunar fusilier and yellowtail snapper. Sandy bottoms often reveal bluespotted ribbontail rays and blacktip sharks patrol the reefs. Green sea turtles are also frequent visitors and lookout for other critters like eels, nudibranch and crabs.

Out at Tubbataha Reef, be astounded by the rich marine biodiversity of the area. Whale sharks are often seen cruising by the reef and manta rays come to visit cleaning stations. The stronger the currents, the more large creatures you are likely to see. Sharks like grey reef sharks and whitetip sharks are common and if you are very lucky, you might see a tiger shark or a hammerhead shark. Otherwise, keep your eyes to the blue for the likes of eagle rays and game fish like mackerel, trevally and tuna. From the surface, whales and dolphins have been spotted.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Sangat Island Dive Resort is located near well-preserved Japanese WWII wrecks
  • Dive center was re-built in 2018, now offering state-of-the-art facilities
  • Various reefs accessible for different levels of experience
  • Year-round water temperatures ranging from 28 to 30 degrees
  • Great visibility - between seven and 30 meters

Description

Sangat Island Dive Resort offers a comprehensive on-site dive facility, re-built in 2018 and ready to serve your needs.

The resort is an ideal location for technical and wreck diving. Since the majority of neighboring wrecks have settled at a depth of 25 to 40 meters, most are still in quite good condition and penetrations are possible – indeed, encouraged – for experienced technical and wreck divers.

Reef diving is also very good, providing delicate habitats for countless varieties of coral, coloured tropical fish, lobster, crab, seahorses, turtles and a large number of pelagic species including tuna, barracuda and spanish mackerel.

The house reef itself is an officially recognized and protected marine sanctuary and originates one to three meters from the surface and slopes to a maximum depth of 18 to 28 meters. Dive destinations located close to the open ocean waters and land-locked bodies of water have the best visibility.

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Boat Diver

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Filling Station
  • Rebreather Friendly

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Camera Room
  • Beach Front
  • Housereef
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Filipino

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Island Hopping
  • Cultural Excursions
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Book Swap/Library
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Pool / Snooker

Food and drink

  • Private Dining
  • Beer And Wine
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Buffet
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness

  • Fitness Center
  • Massage Services

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • External Guests Allowed
  • Us Power Sockets
  • Power Socket Adapters

Entertainment and family

  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Gbp)
  • Cash (Aud)
  • Cash (Nzd)
  • Cash (Thb)

Good for...

  • Solo Travellers

Conservation/Environment

  • Marine Conservation Program

How to get there

Arrival

  • Most visitors arrive by international flight into Manila Airport. You can also fly into Clark International Airport and Mactan–Cebu International Airport.
  • You then need to get to Sangat
  • By plane: You fly into Busuanga (Coron) Airport in Palawan on a domestic flight from Manila
  • By boat: There's an overnight ferry from Manila to Coron – the closest ferry terminal to Sangat – taking a total of 16 hours. Costs can vary based on travel season, amenities and other factors and itineraries do change: check before booking and make sure you book a reputable operator
  • The resort will pick you up from the airport or the ferry terminal and will be waiting for you there
  • From the airport it's a 30 minute overland trip to the dock and then a 20 minute boat ride
  • From the ferry terminal to the resort it's a 45 minute boat ride

Departure

  • The resort will take you back to the airport or the ferry terminal for your onward travel arrangements

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