If someone let me suggest good places for diving, I would recommend Sabang Beach. Simply because of its large area coral reef, ideal for first and experienced divers. Beside, there are also many good restaurants and resorts for relaxing and enjoy.
There are around 30 places good for diving, most of them near Sabang beach.
I am first diver, however, I always want to try some new things. Since I had snorkeling to see whaleshark in Donsol last time, I plan to try diving.
This weekend, I went to Sabang beach in Putero Galera island. I have introduced this island in previous post, since I already visited White beach and Coco beach before.
The route to Sabang beach is similar to White beach: firstly, taking a bus from JAM Liner to Batangas pier; secondly, taking a boat from Batangas pier to Sanbang.
Many resorts in Sabang.
This time, I have already booked a room in Montani Beach Resort. When I checked in, the reception said there is no available room for me, they felt very sorry for me, they arranged to transfer me to the Seashore Beach Resort, refunded me the price difference and offered me free breakfast. They are very kind and the food is very delicious. I will live there if I go to Sabang next time and recommend Montani Beach Resort to you.
Fun in Sabang:
In Sabang, many diving shops you can choose, since it’s famous for diving. Near Seashore Beach Resort, there is a diving shop which run by a Russian guy. He is very nice, and offered me 2200 peso for the first experience diving.
I was taken a picture in the diving shop before diving.
The guide and me have a training in swimming pool before we diving.
After adapting in the swimming pool with full gear for around 40 minutes, we went to the sea and had a fun dive. Unfortunately, I don’t have a GoPro, and didn’t capture the amazing scenario under the sea. I will definitely take one next time.
If you are afraid to diving in the sea, you can choose Snorkeling. Just put a mask on your face and hold the boat bar, you can easily see the sea world.
Except diving, there are many nice places you can enjoy, and you will never feel boring there. In Sabang, you can drink and chat with people all over the world in different kinds of bars.
Living in Sabang:
In Sabang, there are many hotels and resorts. I had been to Sabang beach two times, and lived in Manarra Sea View Resort and Seashore Beach Resort separately.
In Manarra Sea View Resort, there is very nice sea view and you can enjoy relaxing time while drinking beer in the big balcony. The utility in the room is new and comfortable. However, the price of the resorts and food is a little pricey, and charge around 20% fee when you dining in the resort.
In the second time, I was transferred to Seashore Beach Resort, the room had a smell because of renovation I think, but the price is not expensive. I like the big sofa in the balcony, in the afternoon, I slept very in the sofa in the big rainfall outside.
Dining in Sabang:
In Sabang, there are many good restaurants. I chose “The Verandah Restaurant” and “Papa Fred’s Steakhouse” based on the ranking from TripAdvisor.
“The Versandah Restaurant” is a little distance from Sabang beach, around 10 minutes walking. In the restaurants, there are home made pasta, pizza, cake you can choose. I like the filippino food “Pork Sisg” and home made cake.
“Papa Fred’s Steakhouse” is famous for the steak, the steak and source here is very amazing. YOU must have a try when you are in Sabang.
By the way, “Manarra Sea View Resort” offered me free breakfast for the room issues I mentioned above. I would like to give them an advertisement. The breakfast I choose is 240 peso, it’s very good and worth it. The staff here are very nice, I will choose to live here next time.
Something I Want to Comment in the End
In Batangas pier, many poor people, especially kids, were begging for money from tourists. And many times, they were back for empty handed. The world is in a great disparity, the governments print money whenever they want; rich people are enjoying cheap money and growing their wealth very easily; while the poor people were hard to get money, when they got some penny, these money was already devalued quickly. They can not afford to go to school, get education, have the modern life. We can not change the world rules, however, we can try our best to provide some help to make the world a little better every time.