Saturday, 26 August 2017

Resort Review: Philpan Diving Resort (Mabini, Batangas)

Date of Stay: August 26-27, 2017

RATING (Scale of 1 to 10)
Location: ******
Rooms: ******
Condition and Cleanliness: ******
Staff Performance: *****
Room Comfort: *****
Food and Beverage: ******
Other Amenities: *****
Value for Money: *****

Philpan Diving Resort

The family-owned Philpan Diving Resort has airconditioned rooms with private bath, sitting area and cable TV (it can accommodate up to 4 persons).  

It also has a restaurant, bar, picnic cottages, videoke and barbecue pits. Internet access (wi-fi) is available in public areas. Their beachfront is stony though, which I think is common in this area. From the circumferential road, it is a steep drive down to the beachside dive resort.

Dive shop
Picnic cottages
Operating since 1989, it has a dive shop and offers packages suitable for both novice and experienced divers that includes boat ride to the dive site, one tank with air, belt with weights, certified dive guide, cottage room, full board accommodations and free use of the resort facilities. It also offers massage, snorkeling, kayaking and motorized boat tours to Sombrero Island or Maricaban Island (Tingloy).

Beachfront picnic cottages

The resort is also the usual jump-off point of mountain climbers to Mt. Gulugod Baboy, a popular hiking destination in Anilao. Measuring about 525 MASL, with only a 2/9 difficulty level, it is an ideal minor climb. They offer packages that include guides and picnic lunch at the top.
Check out "Anilao's Gulugud Baboy"

Sea kayaking

Philpan Diving Resort: 1 Seiran St., Brgy. Ligaya, Mabini, Batangas. Mobile numbers: (0928) 464-9067 and (0906) 494-7874. Japan tel: (+81) 9055519358. Coordinates: 13.7282595, 120.8848214. Admission: PhP150 per person. Picnic cottage rental: PhP500. Packed food and drinks are allowed.

How to Get There:
By Bus: From EDSA (Cubao, Kamuning area) or Buendia-LRT (Taft), take Batangas/Pier-bound bus (Jam, Jac Liner, ALPS) and get off at Batangas City Grand Terminal (Balagtas, Batangas City). Travel time from Manila is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.Here, you can get an Anilao/Mabini-bound jeepney.  Tell the driver that you're going to Philpan Dive Resort. He will drop you off at an intersection where tricycles going to Philpan are available.

By Car: From Manila, take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), from Nichols or C-5 entry, and drive all the way to Calamba Exit, then enter Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR). Drive its entire length until you reach Batangas City. From Batangas City, you will pass by Bauan before you get to Mabini.