I just got back from the perfect six days in Puerto Galera at Blue Ribbon. I found it through these reviews on TA and they were on the money. All my diving experience has been in the Caribbean, and this blew that away. All my vacations lately have been at fancy resorts, with the kids, girlfriend, etc – this was at a comfortable, laid back, simple garden lodge and it was perfect. The rooms are simple, so if you’re looking for couches and comfy chairs and, well, fancy anything, that’s not Blue Ribbon. This place is clean, charming, affordable, welcoming, chill, with a nicely varied menu at the restaurant, friendly staff, and quality live music every night (at least every night I was there). Whenever I did walk around this seemed like the place to be in Sabang (it definitely helps that it is not IN Sabang). A bargain, a find, and a gem.
A word about the diving. First, the divemasters are all excellent, professional, and careful. That’s a great thing for anyone who’s not a total pro. I got my advanced cert for only around $200 extra, and learned some underwater photography techniques. Second, ask questions about the sites – they pride themselves on a variety of types of dives, and there are. There’s muck diving, funky wrecks, a big wreck (great but it’s deep), drifts, dives spitting distance from moored boats, floating bars, and town, and, best of all for me, amazingly prolific coral reef habitats a little away but still close with more fish than I’ve ever seen. But ask. The muck diving, for example, isn’t for everyone, you need patience while passing over lots of sand looking for a funny looking somethingorother – or a sea horse. Me, I was a little bored with that, and worried, until a guest told me about Hole in the Wall, and a couple of others – completely different and lit up my week. Make the dive shop tell you what your choices are, and they will.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Ribbon Dive Resort is located on Small Lalaguna Beach, Puerto Galera, Philippines. We have 14 Bungalows and rooms located around a tranquil garden, on the beach front. We have a gym and a small diver training pool. We have a 24 hour reception, and housekeeping is included in the room charge. ... more less
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