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Dive Review of Takatuka Lodge in
Philippines/Sipalay, Negros

Takatuka Lodge: "Good--an excellent blend of ambiance, good diving and a great beach", Apr, 2018,

by Alan Willis, ON, Canada (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10775.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Sipalay area doesn't have quite the world class diving to be found in some of the better known Visayan destinations like Dumaguete or Moalboal, but this is a great place to relax as part of a diving tour of the Philippines. It's an unspoiled, Shangri-La location on Sugar Beach near Sipalay on the west coast of Negros, with the feel of a remote, Robinson Crusoe island--not really an island but it has to be reached by banca. No cars, no noise, a great beach with very few tourists.

It's a small resort, very laid back, with friendly Swiss ownership and management. What's unique is the clever and creative design of the (unumbered) rooms, each different and each based on a nostalic 1970s rock theme.

The diving is easy--little current and not very deep. The corals seemed healthy with plenty of fish. There's a picturesque shallow wreck (Julian's Wreck) they visit all the time, and also a wreck at 40 m. which I haven't done on either of my visits. It's all boat dives, with fairly short rides. The dive guides at the resort were a European couple, a Scot and a German, very friendly and competent.

Websites Takatuka Lodge   [same]

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Philippines, Egypt, Sudan, Bonaire, Roatan, Yap, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Cuba
Closest Airport Dumaguete or Bacolod Getting There Lots of flights to either airport (Dumaguete and Bacalod are about the same distance but in opposite directions), but from there you need a taxi to get to the resort (about 3 hours driving), and the last leg is by boat courtesy of the resort. They will also arrange the car.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 27-29°C / 81-84°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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