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Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort
Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort
Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort
Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort
Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort
Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort
Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort

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7.5

Very good

153 reviews

153 reviews

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8

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Popular landmarks
Nacpan Beach 86.3 km
Seven Commandos Beach 104.1 km
Las Cabanas Beach 106.0 km
Puerto Princesa Underground River 224.2 km
Ugong Rock 238.3 km
Nearby landmarks
Popototan - work placement 190 m
Popototan Island 950 m
Cockfighting Arena 1.8 km
Galoc Island 2.3 km
Mangenguey Island 2.8 km
Napula Island 3.7 km
Backpackers Camp Site 4.0 km
South Cay Island 4.0 km
Depelengued Island 4.0 km
North Cay Island 5.3 km

Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort

Barangay Maglambay, Popototan Island, Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines, 5317 - See map

Conveniently situated in the Busuanga part of Palawan, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. Rated with 4 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and fitness center on-site.

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Highlights

Airport transport

Private beach

Balcony/terrace

Bar

Garden

Wellness
Everything you need for a rejuvenating retreat for both body and spirit.
Spa & Beauty
Massage
Spa
Eco & Adventure
Canoeing
Hiking
Workout and Leisure
Exercise area

Facilities

Transport to airport

Shuttle service

BBQ facilities

Exercise area

Spa

Private beach

Game room

Restaurants

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Palawan every 33 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money7.3
Location rating8.0
Nearest airportFrancisco B. Reyes Airport (USU)
Distance to airport30.4 km

Rooms available at Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort

Very good
Room comfort & quality

8

Sea View Room with Terrace
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 queen bed or 1 single bed
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Bay View Room
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Partial sea view
  • 1 double bed
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Garden View Rooms
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 queen bed or 1 single bed
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Sea View Family Room
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 2 single beds and 1 queen b...
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Sea View Deluxe with balcony
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  • Room size: 55 m²/592 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 single bed and 1 king bed
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Sea View Beach Cottage
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
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Garden View Beach Cottage
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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
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Sea View Family Beach Cottage
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
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Room Assigned on Arrival
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    Deluxe Cottage Room With Sea View With Beach View
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      Frequently asked questions

      What time is check-in and check-out at Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort?

      Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee.

      How do I get to Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort?

      Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 2500 PHP. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the resort.

      What are my dining options at Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort?

      Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

      What is the closest airport to Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort?

      The closest airport to Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort is Francisco B. Reyes Airport, 30.3 km away.

      What restaurants are nearby Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort?

      Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort’s neighborhood is Busuanga which includes popular restaurants such as laura's garden.

      What are popular attractions near Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort?

      Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort’s location in the Busuanga neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Cockfighting Arena, Salvacion Plaza and Salvacion Catholic Church.

      What popular beaches are close to Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort?

      Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort’s Busuanga neighborhood also includes Calombuyan beach and Ocam Ocam Beach.

      What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort?

      Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort is located within Busuanga, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Backpackers Camp Site, Taiei Maru and Mount Nalabujan.

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      Overall rating:

      7.5

      Very good
      153 reviews
      Cleanliness
      7.6
      Facilities
      6.7
      Location
      8.0
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      Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort

      Maximize your Palawan adventure with a stay at Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort.
      Travelers are guaranteed to have a hassle-free stay with all the amenities and services provided by Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort. To help pre-arrange your arrival and departure, airport transfer services can be booked before you even check in. Your explorations of Palawan can be assisted with the shuttle services available here. The resort's tours can even help you book tickets and reservations for entertainment and explorations.
      Wear your favorite outfits again and again thanks to the laundry service offered at Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort. The resort's room service will make staying in a great choice.
      Rooms at Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort are designed with the guest in mind. To enhance your stay, some rooms at the resort come with linen service. The specially-designed rooms at Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort offer a layout option like a balcony or terrace. You can stay fresh and clean with towels provided in some guest bathrooms.


      Dining and things to do

      Throughout your stay, choose from a variety of delicious dining options at the resort. Once there, be sure to check out bar for some in-house nighttime fun. The resort even has in-house cooking amenities such as BBQ facilities for its most selective guests.
      Whether you're looking for an adventure or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort has a range of activities that will meet your needs. While you're there, be sure to take advantage of the exclusive access to the resort's private beach. Warm up at the end of the day with a visit to the massage and spa. With the resort's fitness facility, you can either get in your daily workout, or just sweat out your jet lag.
      Stay wet and wild with fun family water activities like fishing, snorkeling, non-motorized water sports, motorized water sports and diving. You won't need to go far to play some water sports, with the convenience of watersports equipment rentals and canoes provided. Test your skills! Get competitive with your travel group or other guests, at the resort's dart board and hiking trails. No need to go anywhere after dinner -- play with friends or family at the library and games room.
      You can find a perfect memento of your trip, or grab some simple travel supplies at the souvenir shops.


      Reasons to stay here

      Spend less here on rooms than you would at 81% of other accommodations in the city.
      Verified reviews for this resort's food and dining options score it better than 92% of accommodations in the city.
      This accommodation beats more than 88% of competition in the city on room comfort.

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      Amenities and facilities
      Good
      Facilities

      6.7

      Most talked about facilities

      Beach

      7 mentions

      Food & Dining

      5 mentions

      View

      2 mentions

      Breakfast

      1 mention

      Languages spoken

      • English
      • Danish
      • Filipino
      • Polish
      • Russian
      • Swedish

      Internet access

      • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

      Things to do, ways to relax

      • Billiards
      • Canoeing
      • Dart board
      • Diving
      • Exercise area
      • Fishing
      • Game room
      • Garden
      • Hiking
      • Massage
      • Private beach
      • Snorkeling
      • Spa
      • Tours
      • Watersport equipment rentals
      • Water sports (motorized)
      • Water sports (non-motorized)

      Dining, drinking, and snacking

      • Bar
      • BBQ facilities
      • Restaurants
      • Room service

      Services and conveniences

      • Elevator
      • Gift/souvenir shop
      • Laundry service
      • Library
      • Smoking area

      For the kids

      • Babysitting service
      • Family room
      • Playground
      • Swimming pool [kids]

      Access

      • Pets allowed

      Getting around

      • Shuttle service
      • Transport to airport

      Available in all rooms

      • Balcony/terrace
      • Complimentary drinking water
      • Fan
      • Linens
      • Mosquito net
      • Non-smoking
      • Seating area
      • Shower
      Location
      Barangay Maglambay, Popototan Island, Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines, 5317
      Excellent
      Location

      8

      Airports

      • Francisco B. Reyes Airport (USU)
        30.4 km
      • El Nido Airport (ENI)
        99.8 km

      Hospital or clinic

      • Bogtong Rural Health Station
        14.5 km
      What's nearby

      Popular landmarks

      • Nacpan Beach
        86.3 km
      • Seven Commandos Beach
        104.1 km
      • Las Cabanas Beach
        106.0 km
      • Puerto Princesa Underground River
        224.2 km
      • Ugong Rock
        238.3 km

      Nearby landmarks

      • Popototan - work placement
        190 m
      • Popototan Island
        950 m
      • Cockfighting Arena
        1.8 km
      • Galoc Island
        2.3 km
      • Mangenguey Island
        2.8 km
      • Napula Island
        3.7 km
      • Backpackers Camp Site
        4.0 km
      • South Cay Island
        4.0 km
      • Depelengued Island
        4.0 km
      • North Cay Island
        5.3 km
      Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
      Property policies
      Children and extra beds

      Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

      All children are welcome.

      Children 0-4 year(s)
      Stay for free if using existing bedding.
      If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
      Guests 5 years and older are considered as adults
      Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
      Others
      • The property provides a roundtrip airport transfer and pickup services from Coron Town and other nearby Islands.
      • Please inform the property about your flight details 3 day(s) before arrival or when the booking is made.
      • The transfer rates are as follow:
        - Daylight Transfer (until 05:30 PM): PHP 2500 per one-way per car (maximum of 10 guests)
        - Night Navigation Transfer (from 05:30 PM): PHP 3000 per one-way per car (maximum of 10 guests)

        The fees will be split amongst guests, depending on the number of guests requesting for the transfer service at that time.
      • Children under 5 years old stay for free if using existing bedding.
      • Children 5 years and over are considered as adults.
      • Children under 5 years old will be charged for extra bedding.
      • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
      Some helpful facts

      Check-in/Check-out

      • Check-in from14:00
      • Check-out until12:00
      • Reception open until00:00

      Getting around

      • Airport transfer fee2500 PHP
      • Travel time to airport (minutes)90

      Extras

      • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 USD

      The property

      • Non-smoking rooms/floorsyes
      • Number of bars/lounges1
      • Number of floors1
      • Number of restaurants1
      • Number of rooms 20
      • Room voltage220
      • Year property opened2005
      • Most recent renovation2014

      Reviews of Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort from real guests

      Provided by verified guests of Agoda
      7.5
      /
      10
      Cleanliness7.6
      Facilities6.7
      Location8.0
      Room comfort and quality8.0
      Service7.5
      Value for money7.3
      High score for Palawan
      Rating
      9+ Exceptional (34)
      8-9 Excellent (27)
      7-8 Very Good (27)
      6-7 Good (20)
      <6 Below Expectation (31)
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      Mar - May (33)
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      Dec - Feb (68)
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      9.3
      Exceptional
      Simon from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Stayed 4 nights in March 2012

      Highly Recommended Island Resort”

      Fantastic Dive Instructor, Great Centre & World Class Dive Sites

      My partner and I stayed at the Coral Bay Resort for four nights in early March 2012. We decided to go to this resort as we wanted to do some diving on our trip around Palawan, but also enjoy relaxing on an island resort. We planned on only spending part of our stay at this resort diving but it was soo good that we ended up spending the majority of our stay diving. During our stay we completed our Advanced Open Water dive course in addition to some recreational dives. The diving on the wrecks is absolutely amazing and the dive centre is extremely professional. The dive instructor Steve is an extremely good instructor and has a real passion for his job. The resort is picturesque and the rooms are locally built beach huts with small balconies. The rooms are generally very clean. The water is tepid (not hot and not cold) which is generally very pleasant to shower/wash in due to the high temperatures outside. The electricity for the resort is supplied by a generator (which we couldn't hear at all - so it is definitely quiet) and it runs from 6 pm to 6 am. Although there is 24 hour wifi access nearby the main office but the connection speeds are quite slow. The staff are generally very friendly, responsive and helpful. The owners were also very friendly. The food is served in a buffet style for all meals, but is freshly cooked and very good quality (much better than some considerably more expensive resorts that we stayed at). The menu is generally a mixture of Philippine and European dishes and there a good amount of variety each day. This resort provides a fantastic alternative to staying in the cramped, busy and generally not that pleasant town of Coron. Even if you are not into diving the resort also offers other activities such as island hopping, trekking, kayaking and snorkelling. Although if you are even considering trying diving or learning to dive then this is a fantastic place to go with easy access to some world class wreck dive sites.

      Reviewed March 21, 2012

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      8.3
      Excellent
      Martina from Italy
      Group
      Stayed 3 nights in February 2012

      Off the beaten paths, simple and charming resort”

      Charming rooms and amazing diving!

      my friend and i stayed at the coral bay dive and beach hotel in early february 2012. i decided to go there as coron is one of the new hot destinations in the philippines, less than one hour away from manila (where i now live), and has amazing wreck diving. i wanted to combine diving with some "surface" adventures, but we ultimately ended up spending the majority of our time diving. the day before flying back, we kayaked just off the resort beach and it was amazing. apparently you can see dugong (sea cows) frequently just around the corner from the resort, in the afternoon. we did not, because we went late, but other guests did. i think there are other attractions (island hopping, trekking), but if you are not into diving and staying for more than three days, i would probably suggest to stay on the main island (busuanga or coron) so that you have more places to explore. the hotel is simple but very charming. rooms are bush huts with hammock hanging outside. they are clean but without hot water. electricity runs at night between 6 pm and 6 am. the absence of air-con makes the adjustment to the hot temperature easy (there are fans in the rooms). my american [hint: air-con dependency] friend did not complain :d the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. they first checked us in in a regular room above the dive shop. i went to the reception and politely said that i booked a luxury room so the room i got was not what i expected. i was given a larger more comfortable room (in a cottage) in no time. i could really appreciate that. food in european and filipino. bread (real non-sweet european bread) is baked every day. i stayed only three days, and the variety over that time frame was good. you can always get one meat and one fish dish. this was helpful because the friend who was with me does not like fish. steve, the dive instructor is a delight. if you want to make a person happy, bring him mark and spencer milk chocolate digestives!

      Reviewed March 05, 2012

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Priscila from Australia
      Family with young children
      Sea View Family Room
      Stayed 6 nights in December 2015

      Quiet Paradise!”

      Location is amazing, with it's own house coral reef. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Peaceful in the middle of nature.

      We had an amazing time at Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort. The communication with the resort even months before our arrival was prompt and professional. Pick up from the airport is a good option as they will take you directly to the resort (50 min by van, then another hour by boat). We were welcomed by the manager with drinks and showed to our bungalows. The bungalows are simple, yet with good taste, comfortable beds, mosquito nets, and a decent bathroom. There is not electricity during the day, which was fine with us as we did want a relaxing holiday. The resort's staff were super friendly, accommodating to our requests and made all the arrangements for our island hopping tour plus a kayak day. My husband did diving through the Dive center and was really pleased with the instructor's professionalism, good quality equipment and just the beautiful spot to dive. We were with a group of two other families with young kids and they had an amazing time. The kids can play by the beach, swim in the shallow pool-like waters by the resort and still enjoy some snorkeling by the corals. We stayed 6 nights and had a wonderful time. If you want a relaxing place, beautiful exuberant nature and sea life, this is a great place to go. Food wise, you are a bit limited in the choices since you depend on the only restaurant in the resort and it can take some time for the food to come. However, the staff was really friendly and tried their best to accommodate us. Highly recommend Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort.

      Reviewed January 02, 2016

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      7.7
      Very good
      Abigail from United States
      Solo traveler
      Sea View Room with Terrace
      Stayed 3 nights in March 2014

      Perfect getaway ”

      Serene location, picturesque, friendly staff

      I stayed at Coral Bay Beach and Diver Resort for 4 days and 3 nights in early March 2014. The resort is located in the idyllic Popototan Island and quite far off from the main Coron town. Warning: if you are looking for an island resort with an active night scene and five star/urban amenities (AC, hot shower, pool, spa, gym), go to Boracay/stay in Coron town/ or other high end resorts in Coron/Busuanga Islands. Coral Bay is a simple, serene well maintained resort with basic amenities. The island runs on a generator so the power is off between 6AM to 6PM. Wifi is available at the reception and dining areas, albeit limited - this didn't bother me at all as I chose to stay at the resort to relax and stay off the grid for a few days. Mobile reception for Smart telecom is limited to none - Typhoon Haiyan knocked off the Smart cellular tower in the island. All villas at Coral bay come with a hammock in the deck, for best views, pick the waterfront villas. The waterfront villas are about $65 to $75 USD a night - at Coral bay you get to see views that comes with a hefty tag price in other places in a reasonable, cost effective rate. Coral bay has its own house reef - its about 200 meters from the reception area. The water is crystal clear with rich and plentiful marine life. The dive center is well equipped. The owner, divemasters and the rest of the staff (office management, kitchen, housekeeping) are friendly, welcoming, and helpful.The resort has private boats for island hopping and has a speed boat for private transfer to and from the airport. The price for the speed boat transfer is a bit steep ($55 USD) but worth every penny as this gets you to the mainland in half hour as compared to the free, regular boat transfer that can take more than 2 hours. I highly recommend Coral bay and would stay here again. This is a little gem in paradise!

      Reviewed March 19, 2014

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      9.0
      Exceptional
      Justin from Canada
      Couple
      Stayed 3 nights in April 2012

      Great place, super relaxing time spent at resort.”

      Beach front, great staff and service, beautiful location, attention to detail visible throughout resort.

      My girlfriend and I arrived at the Coral Bay Resort near the end of our trip in the Philippines and it was exactly what we were looking for. We spent our days relaxing on the beach right near our room and went swimming in the very warm and beautiful beach. The staff at the hotel were extremely attentive and were always close by if we needed anything. We really can't say enough about how great the staff were, they epitomize Philippino hospitality and attentiveness. Probably the highlight of our trip though was the incredible snorkelling which we did each day. There was an amazing coral right in front of the resort and the amount of sea life was stunning. Better than what we saw in Hawaii, best ever. We didn't get a chance to take advantage of any of the day adventure trips such as snorkelling just because we only wanted to relax and chill which we did. Lastly, the 3 meals provided were top notch and we could eat as much as we wanted. Great place for couples if you are looking for a romantic getaway in an amazing location with stunning views.

      Reviewed May 04, 2012

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      9.3
      Exceptional
      Tara from New Zealand
      Couple
      Stayed 2 nights in May 2012

      Fantastic!”

      Beautiful place, lovely people, good food and a great dive shop!

      Wonderful place. The current managers, Claudia and her husband, will go the extra mile for you - for example they helped my boyfriend organise a surprise birthday cake for me. All the staff are lovely. The setting is fabulous. It's very peaceful and romantic there. We did two discover scuba dives in the bay and I think it would be a great place to get your PADI, especially if you're like me and a little nervous or prone to seasickness - the bay is very sheltered, calm and tranquil. Steve the dive-master is great, a really nice guy and extremely capable. The reef and small (modern, not from WW2) wreck in the bay really are some of the best features of the place - you can go snorkeling whenever you like, for as long as you like. As others have pointed out, it's not luxurious, Coral bay is more natural and relaxing, so if that's your thing I highly recommend it!

      Reviewed May 29, 2012

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      9.7
      Exceptional
      Stephanie from Australia
      Couple
      Stayed 2 nights in November 2012

      Stunning resort, amazing location”

      The food was amazing! And the remote location is unbeatable

      We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Coral Bay. We stayed four nights and wished we were staying longer. The couple who own the place are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are large and beautifully decorated, mosquito nets provided (although we barely needed them) and you get your own balcony and hammock. Being located on an island on the beach there is amazing snorkelling, diving and other activities you can do. The bar was a bit pricy - but then again they would have to get everything delivered from the main island so it is not unreasonable. The power is only on 6pm-6am but this is not a problem because during the day you are out and about and the sea breeze is cooling :) Wi-fi is fast and always available. We had the best time and would love to return.

      Reviewed November 28, 2012

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Adir from Israel
      Couple
      Stayed 2 nights in February 2012

      one word: wow!”

      The rooms, the design, the food and the amazing stuff

      me and my wife staid at the resort during our honeymoon in philippines. the place is located on an island (40 mins by van and another 40 mins by boat) far from coron town. the place is amazingly designed to integrate with the surrounding nature. the stuff was very nice and helpful and always had time for us, if needed something. our deal included three meals a day, and the food was excellent (big breakfast), in addition to that, you can order food and extras from the bar. we stayed at a deluxe room with a sea view and a fan. the room was made of bamboo with bamboo furniture, exactly how we expected to find in a tropical island resort (much better then the new western resorts which popped like mushrooms after the rain in thailand islands). the room had a big window facing to a balcony with a big bamboo hammock in front of the sea, which was excellent because we had nice sea breeze during the night. electricity is running from 6pm to 6am which is nice, but you don't actually need it. we didn't even used the wifi at all (they have it, but only near the reception). we scuba dived in there house reef, which was nice (but not more then that). the diving equipment was in a very good condition (most of it is new). i can write much more, but i will summarize the review by saying that the best thing about the place is that i can't wait to go back there.

      Reviewed April 24, 2012

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      9.0
      Exceptional
      John from Australia
      Couple
      Stayed 7 nights in October 2013

      Genuine coral island experience”

      Location, food, environment.

      This is a genuine coral island experience. If you are after a natural isolated diving resort with great training, and access to the best wreck diving in the Philippines, then this is it! If you prefer club med, then please read the resort conditions carefully to avoid disappointment! This is a remote site, with only water access, one of its attractions! We loved it and will certainly be going back soon.

      Reviewed November 01, 2013

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Lawrance from Malaysia
      Couple
      Stayed 3 nights in December 2015

      Remote and quiet heaven”

      Friendly, remote and peaceful

      The resort is a great place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of a city or town. The resort is located at a remote island and only this resort in the island. However, there is still enough to do if you want some activities. Great hikes on the island to have a brilliant sunset/sun rise view and to other parts of even more remote beaches. You can also scuba dive or snorkel nearby the resort - which you can swim to. It has a beautiful coral site. You can also walk/hike 45 mins to a village and greeted by extremely friendly villagers (a must do if you are staying at this resort). We received warm greetings upon our arrival by one of the owner. It feels like I arrived in Fantasy Island! He explained about the facilities on the resort and set our expectations right. No power after 6am, no air-cond, no hot water, wifi connections not stable and it may take about 30-45 mins to get your dinner after you order. Although these sound like a downside, I actually didn't mind any of them. It is very breezy at the resort so it's cool enough without aircond and it didn't feel uncomfortable at all in the room. Food is better than I expected and I am not surprised having to wait long for food especially when the resort is full during the New Year eve holiday. Wifi connection is unstable but I expected this being in a remote island - connection is much better on the hills or north part of the island facing South China Sea. Overall I enjoyed my stay but if you are looking for a place with air-cond, shops, wifi and convenience, you may as well stay in town.

      Reviewed January 03, 2016

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Scott from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Sea View Room with Terrace
      Stayed 3 nights in January 2012

      Great Location, Poor Service”

      Location, Food, Snorkelling

      Transfer - We arrived at the airport at around 9, and were met by a woman who informed us that we would have to wait until 10.45pm for another couple arriving before we could be transfered to the resort. Since we had got up a 5am to catch the 8am flight from Manila so as to make the most of our time at the resort, we resented being ask to wait for the next flight to arrive. Had we known we would of caught the 10am flight and got more sleep! A 2 hour wait at Busuanga airport was not how we had imagined our holiday starting, and were somewhat annoyed that the resort was putting its own interest ahead of its customers. Walk/Hiking - Walk on the island very poorly signposted. The trail (which is not very clear at times) divides into 2 paths at several points with no indication which to take. General information/service - When we arrived and through the duration of our stay very little information was given regarding the resorts services/facilities. One notable exception however was the diving instructor who was very helpful and informative when we inquired about diving.

      Reviewed January 28, 2012

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Craig from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Sea View Room with Terrace
      Stayed 3 nights in November 2012

      Best resort ever”

      great food, service, diving and scenery

      this was probably the best resort we have stay at. from the moment you made the booking to the moment the boat took you back to coron, you were well looked after. the danish owners were very welcoming and helped in every way they could. the food provided was of an excellent standard. the diving services available were of a high standard and the instructors were very accomodating. less that 50m from the resort there is a wonderful reef which is superb for both diving and snorkling. in fact this reef was in the best condition of any we saw in the philipines. the resort is very eco-friendly with generator power running from 6pm-6am. there is very little else on the island except for a small village about 1km away around the cove.

      Reviewed November 12, 2012

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Melissa from Philippines
      Solo traveler
      Bay View Room
      Stayed 3 nights in March 2016

      A silent resort”

      Coral Bay describes itself as a silent resort - one of the few left in the world. It is in an island 1 hour away from Coron and quite peaceful. No noisy videoke bars, no water sports activities involving machines and no loud people. Unfortunately due to its remote location some facilities which we normally expect from a resort are unavailable. Electricity is turned on only from 6pm-6am and an hour midday. There are no air conditioned rooms and the water supply is not very strong. Despite this it was a great vacation especially since we were aware of these facts when we booked the stay. The staff (especially Sheryl and Lucy) are very warm and accommodating!

      Reviewed March 12, 2016

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Roman from Switzerland
      Couple
      Stayed 7 nights in November 2011

      Hidden Paradise”

      Resorts own Coral Reef! Absolutely Quiet. Lovely Staff.

      we loved the location. popototan island is a good 1h drive and 1h boat journey away from coron. it's absolutely quiet, no speed boats, no karaoke, no nothing. perfect for relaxation. the dives were great, we did our first wreck dives ever and we loved it. the owners and the staff are very friendly. there's always plenty of food at the buffet. a lot of meat, delicious fish and potatoes/rice. the best thing in our opinion is the resorts own house coral reef, just off the boat pier! you can go snorkling or diving without any planing when ever you want! we even saw a sea turtle, a water snake, box fishes, lion fishes, barracudas and many other fascinating animals in this reef. we will hopefully return one day!

      Reviewed December 03, 2011

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      8.3
      Excellent
      Ziya from Turkey
      Couple
      Stayed 2 nights in February 2013

      One of the most untouched spots of coron area”

      Underwater life, quietness, food

      It's a very quiet island resort with rich offerings. Rooms were really nice. Staff was friendly. Due to time limitation we were only able to make discovery diving around resort area. Was more than enough, saw couple of lion fish, baby sharks etc. Open buffet breakfast, lunch snd dinner is maybe the most tasty amd fresh food you can find in Coron area. It's impossible to be bored on the island, resort offers FOC kayaks, pool, chess, dart activities. The only cons is the long transportation time to the island. Shortest transportation from corom town or air port to the resort takes around one and a half hour(45 minutes shuttle bus and 45 mintes boat ride) Due to transportation limitations it took 3 hours for us to arrive the island ( we were obliged to go to the airport first to pick up another guest and boat delayed around 20 minutes). But for our return the owners were helpful enough to arrange transportation to Coron town only for me and my wife. Make sure that you stay iat least 3 days so you can enjoy it fully.

      Reviewed February 15, 2013

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Brendan from South Africa
      Couple
      Stayed 5 nights in February 2012

      Simply outstanding!”

      Small resort on private island; amazing!

      so many good things to say! location is outstanding, as is the accomodation - your bed is literally metres from clean and warm tropical ocean. the room itself was very comfortable. the 3 buffet meals daily - simply superb. the dive centre is great too, and the instructor steve is very friendly and knowledgeable about the main diving attractions in the area - the ww2 wrecks. divemaster gerald is great too. they arrange transfers from the airport or coron town as required. overall, the best accomodation i've experienced in the phillipines.

      Reviewed March 12, 2012

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      9.2
      Exceptional
      Barend from Netherlands
      Couple
      Stayed 1 night in February 2016

      Wonderful”

      Excellent location with house coral reef with superb snorkling. Professional and sympathetic dive master. Cottages are spacious and comfortable, even with aircon.

      Reviewed February 27, 2016

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      5.3
      Marco from Australia
      Couple
      Stayed 5 nights in May 2013

      Nice location, shame about the food + activities”

      Coral reef, warm water, quiet serenity

      The Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort is located in a remote west island in Palawan, about 2.5 hours by boat from Coron Town. It's in a gorgeous natural setting, and wonderfully peaceful. It's the type of place you go to snorkel in the coral, go diving, visit local islands, and generally relax in the tranquility. Unfortunately the resort is spoiled by the quite ordinary food, the low level of service, and the lack of activities. It would have been nice to be offered a morning fishing cruise to the West Philippines (or South China) sea, to catch something fresh for the barbeque, to have a guided snorkel session to explain what all the lovely corel and beautiful fish were, have some music about the place, have a regular clothes washing service, or even just have staff come to you to offer you a drink, rather than to have to constantly visit the bar. None of this was on offer, the place felt no so much a like a resort but just a hotel on a beach. Also the beach huts were on a beach with mangroves; which you couldn't actually walk onto, meaning the only way in the water was via the pier. In short: beautiful location, but the staff need to lift their game.

      Reviewed June 03, 2013

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      9.3
      Exceptional
      John from United States
      Family with teens
      Stayed 4 nights in July 2013

      perfect solitude and terrific coral reef”

      isolation from city noises, access coral reef, beautiful island location

      Our stay at Coral Bay was wonderful. No city/town noise or pollution, helpful staff, delicious food, beautiful surroundings.

      Reviewed August 13, 2013

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      9.3
      Exceptional
      Omer from Turkey
      Family with young children
      Stayed 4 nights in April 2013

      it is paradise”

      bungolows, canoos and beach

      This is a fantastic hotel where you can live the survivor feeling. Take the rekayaks and go to the other islands close to the hotel.The diving teacher Steven is a very friendly and helpful guy.You can also go to diving lessons with him as the area is a diving paradise.

      Reviewed May 07, 2013

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