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Dive Review of Coco Grove Beach Resort in
Philippines

Coco Grove Beach Resort : "Coco Grove Beach Resort", Jun, 2016,

by John C Crossley, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9134.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Many Filipinos still fear Siquijor Island because it used to be known as an island of evil spirits and quack doctors. None of that seems true to me and in fact, I found the Coco Grove Beach Resort to be a really excellent resort for a family that wants more than just diving. It's a beautiful resort nestled in the palm trees along about 200 or more yards of sandy beach front. There are three large pools, each with a poolside bar, and three restaurants, with a large variety of well-prepared choices. Each night there is a theme special plus live entertainment at one or another of the restaurants. One night grilled "local lobster" was on the menu and that turned out to be 10 inch mantis shrimp with a tail tasting as good or better than Maine lobster.

Coco Grove has a wide variety of nice rooms in its main hotel and numerous bungalows, each with easy access to beach pools, restaurants and recreation attractions. In addition to diving, they have a gym, game room, massage center, playground equipment, sand volleyball court, trampoline, and free kayaks. They also offer a variety of island tours.

The diving conditions when I was there in June were really easy; 84 degree water with little or no wind, currents, or waves. This would be a good place for beginner divers to gain safe experience. For experienced divers though, it's not high adventure diving. The Coco Grove side of the island has nice hard corals, some macro critters, and typical reef fish. It doesn't have numerous macro critters that nearby Dumaguete has, its just very pleasant beginner and intermediate diving with 80 feet or more visibility. For divers who want higher level diving, the Coco Grove dive boats can get to Apo Island in about 1.5 hours but it costs about $35 extra. During other times of the year, the dive boats go to the other side of the island, but I don't know if that is more interesting dive sites or not. The eek I was there in June they needed only one of their four V hull boats (with shade) and we never had more than three divers. The dive guides, especially Nog Nog were skilled critter finders. There are nice coral gardens right off the beach 50 yards for easy snorkeling.

Overall, Coco Grove was a beautiful resort with very reasonable prices, great service, and easy comfortable diving.
Websites Coco Grove Beach Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Truck, Yap, Palau, Bali, Lembeh, Hawaii, Florida, Red Sea, Soloman Islands, PNG, Caymans, Bonaire, BVI, Philippines and others
Closest Airport Dumaguete Getting There Fly to Dumaguete from Manila or Cebu then take a fast ferry to Siquijor

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Flexible with limits for experienced divers. Most dives an hour or more.[Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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