Shown below are a number of comments made by previous guests and friends of Sangat Island Dive Resort. Also shown is a star rating which indictes each guest's overall experience of our facilities and activities.
If you have been a guest of Sangat Island Dive Resort, you may click here you to post your thoughts and experiences of your stay.
|France / May 13, 2013|
|We had fantastic days in Sangat, I had to admit that it was better than expected : freediving, deepwatersoloing, coconut-tree climbing. And of course monkey watching.|
Special thoughts to staff members : Jennifer and Jojo.
|Mongolia / February 4, 2013|
|Julie and I had an incredible experience, not just the fantastic diving but the wonderful hospitality of all the island team. We are already planning a return visit, something that is usually taboo in our travelling philosophy. Andy has an amazing artists eye for what will work and should be proud of what he has achieved here. And yes, JoJo, incredibly, does have a sense of humour! One word of warning, though, taking the Sangat Island Iced Tea Challenge is not a game for the underprepared. Cheers!|
|Tim & Liz Saville|
|United Kingdom / January 8, 2013|
|We came with an open mind and low to middle expectations. What we received was a first class welcome and five star treatment. Andy and his team on Sangat Island have got it exactly right. We don't normally go back to the same place, but I think on this occasion we just might have to. Our trip was just over a week on the island, we could have easily managed a week more.|
|United States / December 4, 2012|
|Sangat is a beautiful tropical, unspoiled island. It is just as nice (and less spoiled) than some islands in the Caribbean, South Pacific or Hawaii. The staff was very friendly and hospitable and the food was excellent. But this is a nature reserve - don't expect golf courses and swimming pools (who needs that, anyway). The coral reef and marine life are absolutely beautiful.|
|Eloise from Netherlands|
|Netherlands / October 25, 2012|
|A great place on a beautiful island. Highly recommended if you like a private island experience, and who doesn't!|
Thanks for the lovely break to all the staff.
|Italy / October 9, 2012|
|Excellent place. Very good food. Friendly enviroment. Professional diving. |
1 suggestion: Hot water shower.
Congrat to Andy for the great achievement!
|Helga Lenschow , W.R. Rickassel|
|Germany / September 29, 2012|
|We spent 10 lovely days there and our expectation was fullfilled .There was a wonderfull landscape phantastic nature . We had a very good time with snorkeling ,and it was a great experience diving with Jojo Lorenz , the Watersports Manager.|
We enjoyed the meals and the perfect and individual service of the very friendly staff.
|Singapore / August 30, 2012|
|Best kept secret island in the Philippines! |
The perfect mix of sun, private beach, stunning marine life, spooky wrecks, psycho night dives, quiet sleep, fine food, fun staff and a great host!
Thank you Andy & crew! We'll see you again!
|United Kingdom / August 14, 2012|
|Thank you so much to everyone on Sangat for an amazing few days. In particular Jennifer, Vanessa, Jam, Andy and Jojo. It was great fun and you made us feel so welcome.Kayaking and snorkelling was amazing - so much fun to discover the coral gardens and hot springs. The beach is beautiful as is the Island in general. |
Food - excellent. Accommodation - excellent. Company - Excellent. Thank you.
|United Kingdom / July 31, 2012|
|Excellent will come again.|
|Philippines / July 17, 2012|
|Dear Mr. Pownall, Ro-Anne, Jennifer and Jojo,|
My husband, Greg and I as well as Judge Farrales and her grandson, Ikko enjoyed our stay in your beautiful paradise resort! The gourmet food is something we always look forward to at meal time! The selection is always exciting and the taste simply delicious! Your staff in the dining area are friendly and very professional. Our room by the beach lure us to sleep every time. Jojo, your dive master is very accommodating. Shadow and Anina are definitely added treats!
Thank you very much.
Your resort is a place we will higly recommend to friends and relatives here and around the world!
student of Judge Farrales
Checked in: July 12, 2012
Checked out: July 14, 2012
|Australia / July 4, 2012|
|Three times I have stayed at Sangat Island,2010,2011 and now recently returned from another incredible visit to this Island Paradise.Again I enjoyed delicious meals,very comfortable accommodation and great diving.It was a pleasure being there.Rhoanne,Jenny,Amy,Brian,Jamille,Vanessa,Maria,Annalyn and Ann were all fantastic to be around making my stay there fun filled and enjoyable.Andy thanks for also making me feel part of the family.Jojo,Ebing,Calory,David,Richard,Bitoy and Amy, thanks for the great diving it was a pleasure diving with you all.It was sad to leave,looking forward to seeing you again soon.Luv to all at Sangat Island.Tony.|
|United Kingdom / June 6, 2012|
|We took our family to Sangat for Easter and many many thanks to Andy for all the emails in reply to our many questions and queries. A great big thank you for arranging the internal flights and overnight accommodation for us all. We were very grateful for all the help with the grandchildren i.e. nappies and cots etc it made things so easy for everyone. |
Our three grandchildren age 7, 3, and 18month had an amazing holiday and really enjoyed all the sea sun sand and the dogs.
Two of our party completed their open water with Jo Jo and had a fantastic time and are now keen to dive again.
We really enjoyed our boat safari and got to see some truly amazing places with a great crew who looked after us with great food too.
If you have a chance do have the massages they are amazing and so relaxing.
Thank you to everyone for helping all of our family to have such an amazing holiday in such a great location and with such a friendly team to look after you.
|Russian Fed. / May 6, 2012|
|10 April 2012. Heaven on earth exists! This is a "Sangat island Dive Resort". Virgin, virgin nature: golden beaches, cliffs, mangrove forests, blue sea. Excellent service, friendly staff, well organized diving. All this against a background of bamboo huts, roofed with palm leaves (by the way in these huts bathroom with shower and toilet) Food is simple, but quite decent, and includes the European and local cuisine, buffet style. Paradise, and I'm glad I have been there.|
|Finland / April 5, 2012|
|We spent Christmas 2011 at Sangat Island. Except the website info We did not know what to expect of the resort . |
Everything; accommondation, food, bar, surroundings was just perfect. And super service! We did our OWD certificates in JoJo's professional guidance and yes, we got bitten by "diving bug".
We can strongly recommend the resort even if one is not yet a diver.
We wish Andy, JoJo and the whole team on the island all the best. We will meet again. BR
|United Kingdom / March 18, 2012|
|My partner and I rented the Robinson Crusoe cottage for the month of February. We'd looked everywhere on the internet for something like it and there really was nothing comparable in terms of privacy and beauty. The cottage is on Kalitang beach, a stunning sweep of white sand, under the vertiginous jungled mountain that towers over the island. Every night we fell asleep to the gentle sounds of the monkeys, and the mornings were brought by a cacophony of tropical birds and a flash of red as the sun rose. |
The cottage is simple and comfortable, tucked behind a casuarina tree, embedded in the fringes of the jungle that reaches down to the beach front. The kitchen consists of a two ring gas hob, a large fridge freezer and all the equipment you would need to prepare simple meals. We cooked mostly fish, either frying them, or building a fire on the beach and using the grill they made for us (we'd imagined that they might buy one from town, instead of which a freshly soldered one appeared the next day).
The main room is floored with dark spilt bamboo cane, making it easy to brush the inevitable sand between the slim gaps in the wood. It has two large windows facing each other, covered with netting - we left them open all the time for the relief of the occasional breezes. There is a large double door that leads to the veranda - we would lye in bed in the morning with them both wide open and take in the view of the sea and Coron Island far off in the distance - we called this 'widescreen'.
We had two hammocks that we strung between the palms in the shade by the edge of the beach. I spent most of my time there, either reading or struggling with a tapestry.
We mustn't omit the all important inverter that kept Ben's laptop charged; he was writing a book and I was just reading them, lots of them. Everything was run on solar power - we had a problem with the inverter in the beginning but it was quickly sorted out by the wonderful electrician at Sangat.
The water around the beach is home to so many stunning tropical fish and carpeted with the most beautiful coral. We saw two sting rays disappearing into the deep, but only saw the local turtle from the speed boat. Not a ten minute paddle around the corner is a sunken Japanese gun boat that is only two meters under the surface.
The bathroom is a tiled room with a cold shower (there really is no need for hot water there), a toilet which you flush with a bucket of water, and a sink. The water is provided from a large tank hidden in the jungle. We had this topped up once when we had almost run out.
The cottage is provided with a kayak. We would paddle around to the main resort - a journey that would take about twenty minutes. Some nights the water was too choppy to paddle home, in which case we would be bundled into a speed boat and taken home.
Once a week a cruise ship would dock in the bay and in the morning a handful of guests would come to the beach for a couple of hours. We didn't mind, especially as the ship's owner, a chatty man who seemed to be dressed as a pirate, would bring us beer and bananas.
Any problem that we had was quickly answered by the attentive staff - all we had to do was send a text and our problem was solved. We ordered our food in the same way, or occasionally I would get the boat to Coron Town and go to the wonderful market there.
We treated ourselves occasionally to meals at the resort and it was always a nice break from preparing our own food. I had my birthday dinner there and the staff prepared us a special candlelit table by the beach and had made me a delicious cake. The food was of a high standard, always some beautiful fish, tasty beef and lots of vegetables which I knew to be hard to come by and rather expensive from my shopping trips to Coron Town.
Gem, the lovely, kind hearted masseuse of Sangat not only soothed my aching muscles (their only exertion being the paddling admittedly), but she took us to visit Culion, her home town. It was especially interesting to visit this fascinating ex-Leper colony with a resident. We took a tricycle deep into the island, the only problem being the loss of my sandals from the back of it - the scenery was too stunning for me to notice their escape.
There is so much to say about our time there but I mustn't go on. It will will stay with us forever and when the number 35 bus gets stuck in the quagmire of traffic at Elephant and Castle, I close my eyes and hear the low barking of the monkeys, and watch again the fish eagles flying low over the still water at sunset.
Thank you to all at Sangat for what was an extra special adventure and which must be the most relaxing holiday on earth.
|China / March 10, 2012|
|had a nice stay in Sangat during CNY holiday; amazing place which is really peace and private, excellent service; we had a good time with the hot spring also, highly recommended; the diving is just perfect, becoz the wrecks are so close that we can just go there after a nice relax breakfast and all the other boats would arrive after we finished one tank!|
|Australia / March 9, 2012|
|Our family spent a few days on Sangat Island. The view from our bungalow was spectacular. Pure tropical paradise. Spent a great day kayaking and snorkelling on Coron Island, Went wreck diving - our first time - quite amazing.|
Staff were very friendly and reliable.
The only negative was our stay was too short.
|United States / December 24, 2011|
|We had the best 4 days ever with Jojo, Luke & others on Sangat. We met great new friends, had an amazing experience and above all relaxed and enjoyed 'island time." Your resort rocks and hope to see you all again soon. Thanks for everything!|
|United Kingdom / December 7, 2011|
|I thought that I had died and gone to heaven. This was the perfect Paradise Island. From the initial greeting of coconuts and food to the fantastic diving and the silence at night with star studded skies it is truly one of the most beautiful places I have been to. We came for the diving and were given a great time by JoJo and Caloy; both knew how to look after our group and offer us the diving we wanted to experience. Inside some of those wrecks for 30 minutes was amazing. Our best day was the trip to dive at Black Island finishing off with a dip in the hot springs with a cold beer. Magic.I just loved everything about the whole holiday. It was a sad day when we had to leave but we are thinking of returning one day - hopefully not too far in the future!|
|Hong Kong / December 5, 2011|
|Quiet beautiful accomodations. Amazing surroundings. Geat beaches within a shot boat ride and the best staff at a hotel/resort i've ever seen. We went with a party of 40 and they new our names by the 2nd day. Well done.|
|Paul & Mignon Dickinson|
|UAE / December 1, 2011|
|When you go on a holiday, the three main things you are looking for, is to relax, to stay in comfortable surrounding, and to experience something new. Sangat Island certainly provide all of these. The island itself is beautiful and relaxing, and the dive trips operating from there are certainly some of the best I have had. The lodgings were quaint, and the three buffet meals a day were superb, well received, and 5 star.|
Thanks Andy for showing us around the island and the villa, and thanks to your team for taking good care of us. Thanks Jo for the excellent wreck diving and local knowledge. Definitely we will be coming again next year.
|Roy & Desi Gutteridge|
|Canada / November 28, 2011|
|This was our third holiday at Sangat Island Reserve. Great People, Great Diving, Great Location, Pristine! Will be back again, health permitting. Thanks to All. Best Regards, Roy & Desi.|
|Philippines / November 24, 2011|
|Perfect place in this beautiful part of Palawan (one of my favorite spots in the Philippines). My second time at Sangat and definitely not my last. This time stayed in their truly secluded Lambingan Villa with private beach and great snorkeling just on your doorstep. Great diving of the wrecks and day excursion to Coron Island with snorkeling and swimming in Kayangan lake, Twin Lagoon and Seven Islets. Best hidden secret! Bungalows are native style with veranda's. Food in buffet style was excellent and the bar is the ideal meeting point. Small resort so people mingle easily which makes it very friendly and relaxed. Great staff where it shows that they like to work at Sangat! The dive instructors Giorgio and Luma are definitely an added value! We will be back. Salamat po, Jean and Marion|
|New Zealand / November 9, 2011|
I would just like to say thank you for all your help. My friend and I were blown away by the birthday set up. Thank you all so much for the effort.
You have such a wonderful staff. Everyone was accommodating, friendly and very caring that I have managed to leave your island with a light heart and new friends.
Take care and I will definitely go back to your island.
|Germany / October 14, 2011|
Dear Sangat Team
Thanks again for everything! There is no better place for a honeymoon!!! We had a great time and it was for sure not the last time! Hope to see you guys, soon!!!
|Philippines / September 11, 2011|
|My boyfriend and I just absolutely love this place! We will be sure to return again and again and will always book the Lambingan Villa. It's the very place to just relax, lose all sense of time and responsibilities, and basically de-stress. The place is beautiful, just nature at your very doorstep. The staff is absolutely wonderful, always all smiles and will take care of everything for you. The guests are very friendly and it's just like one big family. We had quite a bad experience with the airline on our return flight, but Andy and his staff just went above and beyond the call of duty to help us out, for which we are extremely grateful. You just won't find another resort like this! My best to Andy, Ruby, Roan and the rest of the amazing staff! We'll see you again for sure! :)|
|Sarah and Colin Newman|
|United Kingdom / August 31, 2011|
|Thank you for an amazing holiday in your magical island paradise. The icing on the cake was the Robinson Crusoe like Villa. What an experience to be able to have our own hideaway and beach. It was paradise. we especially enjoyed the last day and the special cruise and beach meal that you arranged to celebrate Colin's Birthday. It really made his day.We both have magical memories and I have very fond moments of all the amazing dives. The wrecks, reefs and Barracuda lake as well as the night dives were a real highlight for me. Please thank all your staff who are always smiling and nothing is to much trouble for them. Thank you for sharing your Island Paradise with us. We look forward to our next visit. From sarah and Colin|
|Lieve Jerger & Capt Morgan|
|Belgium / August 28, 2011|
|You have made Sangat into a beautiful place, and gave us beautiful memories we will never forget. Island hopping around Coron and Culion for two weeks was indeed a dream vacation and sleeping at Sangat was the icing on the cake. Hope to do it again in this lifetime! Thanks for your hospitality, Andy! (www.copperlace.com)|
|Jurriaan & Camela Leijder|
|Netherlands / August 17, 2011|
Ages ago....... Hope all is well over there?
We are doing great here in Holland. On our way for a 3 week holiday in the South of France.
Just wanted to say that your (new) website looks really great; everything is getting more and more professional.
Please say hi to all. We think of you guys a lot :-)
Jurriaan and Camela
|Geoff & Denise Whittaker|
|United Kingdom / June 1, 2011|
|Sangat cannot be compared to hotels with all mod cons but in its own class of resort i.e.Robinson Crusoe type experience with excelent catering superb diving and staff that could not be more helpful and friendly this resort in our view deserves a four star rating. Some things will be improved as time goes by but for now we say Andy dont change anything.|
|Anne et Erwan LE NY|
|France / May 8, 2011|
|Thank you for these wonderful holidays ! These were the best we ever had ! Thank you to all the staff for their kindness and friendliness. Our stay was like a "taste of paradise" and our only wish now is to go back to Sangat one day !|
|Doy and Rio Tan|
|Philippines / April 21, 2011|
|It's my second visit and first for my wife. Beautiful place, great service. The staff were all very friendly and very attentive to our needs. We got a hilltop/treetop chalet which is right on the cliff. Literally there were monkeys on our toilet window. How wild and close to nature can you get? If they bother you, just make a dog barking sound. The monkeys don't like 'Shadow', Sangat Resort's resident guard dog. Kudos to Andy and his crew for making Sangat island the way it is. =D|
|Canada / April 2, 2011|
We had an amazing time. Staying in the Villa was the right call. Everything was first class from dining to diving. Your team truly understands their roles.
A special thanks to Bert for taking an absolute rookie diver and introducing him to the sport in the best possible way. I went on to get my Advanced OW during the remainder of our stay in the Philippines. I'm hooked.
I've recommended your resort to Calgary based Adventures in Scuba. If they're smart they'll investigate.
Thanks again and kindest regards.
|charvie Joy Aguilar|
|Philippines / March 22, 2011|
|Germany / March 15, 2011|
|Hello Andy, dear Sangat Team, |
thank you all so much for your splendid hospitality.
We where wondering from where you kidnapped the 5-star Chef, since the food was terrific.
It was definitely worth the price staying a few days at the Villa. To have an own beach and absolute privacy with the peace and quiet there gave us lots of relaxation.
Your staff was always very smiley so we just had to feel good.
Sent Jojo our love and thank him and his team for the fantastic diving through all the holes at the wrecks.
We most probably come to see you again and we definitely recommend your private little island to those who deserve it.
Lots of love from Sommi & Francisco
|Mark and Clare Weaver|
|United Kingdom / March 1, 2011|
|We spent 11 nights at Sangat from 13th - 24th Feb. 9 days diving and 19 dives, all the big wrecks, Barracuda Lake and the house reef. Had a fantastic time. A very big thank you to all the resort staff and all the dive center staff and boat drivers for making this a 1st class experience.|
Hopefully we will get the chance to come back before too long.
Mark and Clare Weaver
|France / February 18, 2011|
|Excellent spot pour faire de la plong?e ?pave dans des conditions fantastiques ! Accueil habituel philippin avec sourire et gentillesse, nourriture top, quelque chose de Robinson sur ce petit resort isol?... Nous reviendrons c'est certain !|
Guide de plong?e professionnel
|Judy Margate/Jason Dugan/Liza Ruiz/Chona Dela Cruz|
|United States / February 15, 2011|
|Hi Andy and Crew. We had an outstanding time, as always. Your resort lived up to our expectations and then some. Don-don was a blast. Great pleasure to meet fellow vacationers--Marina, Francis and the 2 girls. Looking forward to our next trip.|
|China / February 8, 2011|
|We spent one week at the sangat diving resort with the family enjoying the beautifull landscape, the amazing accomodation with a bugalo on the beach and the friendlyness of the staff. Diving on the wreck with professional team is a very unique experience. Our youngest son realized his first dive with enthusiasm under the safe Don s leadership.|
I has been really nice holidays.
|Gerry und Jacqueline|
|Switzerland / January 14, 2011|
|Danke f?r die super 3 Wochen bei Euch auf dieser sch?nen Insel. Und danke an Jojo und seine Helfer f?r die tollen Tauchg?nge. Danke an die K?che, welche uns immer wieder verw?hnt hat. Es war einfach nur Fantastisch. Sangat ist eine Reise wert und wir k?nnen es nur empfehlen. Gruss an alle.|
|Marina Gijzen,Francis, Solange and Lili-Anna Morin|
|Canada / January 6, 2011|
|Hi Andy and crew,|
Wow, what a beautiful place to stay!
You have a wonderful group of people working there and the food is delicious.
We enjoyed our day tours, island hopping and snorkeling and loved Discover Scuba (thanks Bing!).
Don, you were so kind and funny with our daughters.
A special thank you, Andy, for making a life saving phone call.
We recommend your resort to everyone!
|Norway / January 6, 2011|
|We really enjoyed our stay in Sangat, the set up of the beach cottages are very good. The island is as good as it gets, nice beach, plenty of reef and marine life. Kayaking to either side of the island is very rewarding with the reefs, especially on calm seas. The water is so clear. Diving staff is very helpful, there are dives every 2 hours, so you can join when you like. The dive sites are first class diving, reef or wreck. Diving highlites: a sea snake, giant spotted puffin fish and lionfish.|
The staff are friendly and have good energy, adding to the good ambience. The food is tasty with awesome seafood in the buffet.
We travelled two weeks in Palawan /Dec 2010 and Sangat was the best resort we stayed at. I would definitely come back again.
|France / December 21, 2010|
|what a wonderful stay. Reality was even better than what we expected from the photos. it is a marvelous place to stay, we look forward to coming back and I keep watching photos of this fantastic souvenir. thank you to all the lovely people. congratulations for keeping this island such a nice place to stay. Marcel and Patricia and Marcel|
|Ben & Tatiana Humphreys|
|United Kingdom / December 12, 2010|
|Hi Andy, Jojo, Brian and all the lovely people from Sangat Island Resort who made our stay on the island so enjoyable, relaxing and unforgettable. We?re very sorry for the delay in our feedback but time just flies in the other part of the world. Thank you so much for everything, we had an amazing honeymoon and we?re so pleased we chose to stay in your resort. Sangat is definitely one of the most beautiful islands in the world; a truly exotic place where we had a fantastic 11 days in September 2010. It has absolutely everything that a tropical island is meant to have ? lush vegetation, jungles full of wildlife, turquoise lagoons, and even more ? Lambingan Villa, amazing dive sites, and even its own hot springs! We were absolutely delighted to stay in the Lambingan Villa, and we would definitely recommend it to everyone who has a chance to stay there. By paying a bit more you get your very own piece of island, with amazing private beach and a shower built in the rock! What a great idea! The food was very tasty; we especially enjoyed the meals with lobsters and king prawns :)) and to mention once again about diving; the wrecks were amazing, we loved the underwater cathedral; also the reefs are very beautiful, with lots of healthy soft and hard corals. We?re especially grateful to our diving instructor Jojo. It was our first experience with wrecks and diving with him was pleasure. We are looking forward to coming back and seeing you all again soon! Ben & Tatiana|
|Peter & Carolyn Gibson|
|United Kingdom / December 12, 2010|
|What a wonderful holiday ! And whether a diver or non-diver, there is something for everyone. The resort is beautifully located blending in with the natural surroundings and extremely well presented. The only problem we had was that our stay was too short.....!|
|United States / November 7, 2010|
|Fantastic service and gorgeous views. The island is a bit secluded so the atmosphere was really relaxing. The food was great, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. Would definitely come back!|
|Australia / October 8, 2010|
|To Andy,Jojo & all the wonderful professional staff at Sangat Island.Thank You for making my September 2010 stay at your beautifull island one I will never forget.It was a pleasure visiting you & allowing me to share in your beautiful location.Warm water diving,Wrecks,reef & the Cave.Comfortable accommodation & delicious food.The staff were always friendly, helpful & caring,Highly professional as was Jojo,knowledgable of the dive locations wrecks,reefs & cave.Jojo was a please diving with & certainly the best to date as a dive manager.I also enjoyed the after dinner drinks at the bar,the shared company was great.Of the previous dive locations I've visited Sangat is the BEST.It was a pleasure & great experience.Hope to see you again soon.Tony.|
|Italy / September 20, 2010|
|Ethiopia / September 17, 2010|
|We had a fantastic trip. Beautiful location, super close to the dive sites. The food was absolutely fantastic. The staff was very friendly. Hats off to Andy. He's done a superb job. We hope to come back in the future.|
|Jordan / September 10, 2010|
|Gorgeous Island! Me and my boyfriend spend a whole week in this resort doing diving and we both in love in this Island resort. We're definitely going to visit again sometime next year. Definitely recommended this resort to all the divers who want to enjoy the wreck diving in Philippine. Its really amazing Islands resort to visit for your vacation trip. :)|
|United Kingdom / September 6, 2010|
|We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - great diving with Jojo, and a very welcoming team in the resort. Some of the best food I've ever come across in a dive place! Many thanks.|
|Netherlands / August 15, 2010|
|Stayed for the second time this year in Sangat Resort, this time with my family. The location, the resort and the friendlyness of the complete staff combined with the excellent wreck dives under guidance of JoJo made this again 5 days not to forget. Its paradise on earth|
|Norway / August 12, 2010|
|We had a fantastic stay at the Lambingan Villa! The resort had a fantastic atmosphere and the food was way above any expectations! We spent many hours at the friendly and sociable bar getting to know other guests and staff..... And Jojo opened our eyes to the fantastic world of diving and thanks to his relaxed teaching and attitude we even got our open water dive licence! Our kids enjoyed it just as much - and we will be back!!!|
|Magnus & Jenni Swadding|
|Sweden / August 2, 2010|
|Spent approx. 1 week at Sangat dive resort. The stay were very pleasant because of the nice staff and the tremendous good food. The resort is not crowded even if it is fully booked. We enjoyed the huts, the restaurant, bar, poolroom, staff and of course the divecenter with the great guides. A special thanks to JoJo who opened our eyes for wrecks. A great stay, we will be back....for sure. SK?L!|
|Tobias and Melissa Imminger|
|Germany / May 29, 2010|
|Hi Andy, JoJo and the Sangat-Team,|
now it's about 8 months we were at sangat. We are still thinking about the lovely holidays, we had at your resort. A beautiful place where you can relax, feel like in paradise and have first class dives. Thank you for the amazing time, we spent on your island.
Und an JoJo: Dank nochmals f?r das erstklassige Tauchen und die Organisation auf dem Felsen! Am Montag haben wir nun geheiratet und ?berlegen uns, dann im n?chsten Jahr wieder zu euch zu kommen. Pass auf dich auf!
Tobi und Melissa
|Stefanie & Raffael Huber|
|Switzerland / May 18, 2010|
|We had a wonderful time (as no-divers) at sangat and even when we decided to stay longer, and this was at easter high season so spontaneously not possible, the staff & andy helped us out to find another great place to stay and even brought us there by their own yacht....|
thanks again for everything
|Eleonora B Eppers|
|Denmark / May 16, 2010|
|Just returned from a way too short stay at Sangat Island Resort - everything was great, but its the diving that stands out as being spectacular - amazing wrecks despite limited visibility during my time there! I have to come back for more wreck exploration asap! Thanks to especially Jojo + Andreas for great underwater (and over water) experiences ;o) See you again!|
|Dr. Jun Raymundo|
|Philippines / May 13, 2010|
|My family & I had one of our best bonding moments during our stay at Sangat Island Dive Resort.It was truly unforgettable that we always talk of getting back to that paradise of a place.Again our thanks to Mr.Andy Pownall & wife Edith.Hope to see you guys agaln...soon|
|Philippines / May 13, 2010|
|Im glad to have contacted Sangat Island Reserve that coincide with our first visit to Coron back in 2007.|
I keep coming back to Coron largely due to fond memories provided by this resort as well as their accomodating staff.
Sangat Island Resort surely compliment the many wonderful places that one can visit in Coron.
|Hong Kong / April 7, 2010|
|Just a quick word to say thanks to you and all the team for a great stay. We were all very happy and hope to come back soon. The diving was of course spectacular - we will definitely recommend Sangat to friends!|
|Nomel, Leah, Gabby Payomo and Friends|
|Canada / April 6, 2010|
|We stayed in Sangat last May 2008, ten of us family and friends. We enjoyed our stay, the food, our activities and the staff. To the staff; "Thank you for baking the cake on Nomel's bday!" and thank you for taking care of us. We love to come back there again in your paradise Andy!|
Take care and God bless!
|Denmark / March 31, 2010|
|We all had a great, great time. The kids are still talking about the hot springs, corals, the nasty jelly fish (unfortunate incident) and the Banca rides.|
My best compliments to Andy & staff, everything is well run.
We hope we can return one day.
|Brad and Natalie Prior|
|Australia / March 30, 2010|
|We loved every second of Sangat. We want to keep it a secret but can't stop telling everyone about the island! |
Thank you so much for the memories and the best honeymoon ever !!!
|John & Suzanne|
|United Kingdom / March 4, 2010|
|A little piece of heaven. We wanted to finish our first trip to Palawan in style, and we weren't disappointed. Sangat, underwater and above water 'ticked' all our boxes. The resort is well run by attentive, exceptionally friendly and efficient staff and of course the dogs! The cottages are clean and comfortable, and the standard alot higher than our other experiences. The food was excellent; varied, fresh and plentiful. This is a resort where you can do as little or as much as you like at your own pace. Snorkeling and diving were both excellent, made even more pleasureable by JoJo and his team :O) A special 'Thank you' to our 'Sunshine'|
We'll be back!
|Philippines / March 1, 2010|
|Absolutely a place to visit!!! Beautiful surroundings. The sea, the beach, the view, the resort is just perfect. Great food and oh sooo friendly staff. The place certainly didn't disappoint us. We were well taken cared of ... will definitely go back there again!|
|United Kingdom / February 28, 2010|
|We had a great time with you, really friendly people, good food and great diving.|
|Riyad Ramedi & Rami Nemer|
|Lebanon / February 18, 2010|
|Even though we spent only one day there, I will always remember that heaven on earth. Great atmosphere, great beach and good snorkelling. Watching the monkeys in the early morning was interesting. Cottages are marvellous and food was yummy. We were welcomed by a happy staff and a real coconut to drink. Andy was kind enough to offer us visiting Culion where we spent 2 hours walking in the streets of this beatiful small island town. Thank you for keeping this small piece of paradise as natural as possible for the next generations.|
|Hong Kong / February 17, 2010|
|A pure little paradise!|
Second stay in Sangat, and the same happyness to be part of it.
Secluded, quiet, peaceful, beautiful place with great wreck'sdives, colourful snorkeling in front of your bungalow, amazing blue sea and starry skies, succulent food, and not the least delightful people.
Andy, Elsie, Jojo and all the staff are like a big happy family.
We love Sangat resort and will be back soon for sure.
|Philippines / February 11, 2010|
|Sleep was great!|
Food was very good!
Very hospitable staffs.
i never felt so relaxed, i think it's because i was literally in an island paradise.
Monkeys will get your food! (eat at the dining area):)
They have this 2 adorable & friendly dogs called anina and shadow.
Im planning to bring my parents over within the year.
|Riz and Clay|
|Philippines / January 31, 2010|
|Our stay in Sangat Island was full of enriching and wonderful experiences that made it a very special visit! It was there that we completed our last two training dives on the WWII shipwrecks, which certified us as open water divers--and that wouldn't have been possible if not for our kind and very patient instructor, Jojo. He was very considerate and taught us well. |
There were other people there who were so kind to us during our stay on the island--Luma, the Visayan cook, who prepared fantastic meals, Elsie with her smile and humor, Brian the cool bartender, and the resort owner, Andy. They were all very accommodating, warm and friendly. Andy and everyone on the staff made us feel welcome and comfortable.
Aside from diving, we had a great time snorkeling and an awesome jet-ski tour. Caloy, our jet-ski guide, won?t forget us as he had the time of his life witnessing Riz's "spectacular" jet-ski driving skills ;-). He was a fun and skillful guide. We explored the mangrove forests along with several other great sights.
Sangat Island is a wonderful experience. The Lambingan villa and private beach, in fact the entire resort setting, are truly unique. We had fun traversing the hanging bridge, and kayaking back and forth. There are many reasons why Sangat Island will remain very special in our hearts. We have many fond memories of our stay there and hope to return someday.
Clay & Rizzy
|United States / January 19, 2010|
|Absolute paradise! Amazing diving, staff, food, and just an all around good time. It's so secluded, and when you're there it just feels like you could stay there forever and relax on the beach. Everyone that works there is extremely nice and honorable. I've never felt so at ease anywhere else. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!|
|United States / January 18, 2010|
|My stay at Sangat was the best vacation I have ever had. It was perfect; from the location, the activities, the lodging, and especially the staff. My 7 days on the island would not be the same without the friendly, fun, and big-hearted staff. Luma, the chef cooked great meals and was a pleasure to talk to every night. Brian, the bar tender, was very funny and entertaining. He definitely gives Sangat Island a fun personality. Annalynn, the bartender was lovely and gracious when she beats me in pool. JoJo, Elsie, and Bing were wonder dive masters who are also a pleasure to hang out with. Ro-anne, the hostess, was very informative and made sure everything went smoothly. The rest of the staff always had a smile on their faces and made me feel like I was family. |
I will definitely come back in the future and will refer all my friends and family to this beautiful resort.
|United States / January 17, 2010|
|We had a lovely time at Sangat, once again. We really did enjoy ourselves and wonder why we didn't stay longer.|
The two storey villa we stayed in on the private beach was an amazing experience. We've stayed in some of the best and most luxurious hotels in the world and can honestly say it was the nicest place we have ever lodged at!
To add, the chef is amazing. You are serving your best food yet!
Will be back for more wreck diving.
|Mexico / January 13, 2010|
|We had the fortune to be there during Christmas week. We have dive plenty around SE Asia, and this is the best diving vacation we have had. The reason? Everything. The resort is great with a beautiful and quiet setting. Andy and his staff have done a great job building and maintaining Sangat, congratulations. Jojo is a great diving instructor and took great care of us, along with Elsie, and the rest of the diving staff. Just awesome diving not only the wrecks, but some reefs as well. All of which are within a 15 min. ride from the resort. We had the fortune that our kids were able to spend time with Andy's girls and Jojo's daughter as well as other kids related to the staff. What a great bunch of kids, very very courteous, with beautiful smiles, just a happy bunch. Trully appreciate that they have become good friends with our kids.|
The food, wow! Trully of a 5 star restaurant, fresh and super delicious! Another blessing for us is that we got to have lechon three times! But the seafood was also to die for. Of course, we gained some weight, but well worth it. Just a great for all of us. We can't wait to get back to Sangat and do more exploration of the islands and wrecks. Finally, the dive safari was also unique, our own yacht with our own cook, the best cook and now good friend. Luma won our hearts right away, and our taste buds just couldn't resist her food. What a great service exploring further and only the four of us with our guide. Highly recommend it. Just wish we had turned on the AC at night in the boat as we did not get much of a breeze during the night. But it did not matter, we loved the trip. Thank you Andy for an unforgettable vacation, amongst the top for us. We look forward to coming back in the near future. Cheers
|France / January 4, 2010|
|a great unspoilt and beautiful small size resort to chill out and learn everything on scubadiving with Bing, Joe Joe and Elsie, patient and thorough guides to our first steps into scuba diving. you will dive to spot unparalled reefs everywhere,with stunning shipwrecks. we loved the eco friendly bungalows, the food, the billiard-pool, plenty good drinks at the bar and very friendly atmosphere. One will shortly feel more belonging to a community than a client of a standard resort.|
Actually, i am just nervous the word spreads out too fast about this pristine island and surroundings area, so hussh!!
kudos all around
|United States / December 28, 2009|
|Sangat is simply one of the most beautiful Island Resorts around. There is only one resort on Sangat Island and it feels like one has returned to Paradise. The setting and views absolutely cannot be beat. The bungalows are comfortable, and the food is good (and I am picky). I have done a lot of diving and the wreck diving here is unique in my experience. It is not for the inexperienced and it is vastly preferable to be nitrox certified since the dives are relatively deep and square. The dives are often penetration dives that spend quiet a lot of time in the interior of the ships. Passages are occassionally narrow and dark. The dive team, however, is very competent and quickly puts one completely at ease. Also, one should be aware that Sangat Island is at least half an hour closer to the wrecks than any location in Coron Town. If you come to Sangat, you will not be disappointed.|
|Niek & Abby|
|Netherlands / December 24, 2009|
|Sangat was a true Paradise, everything we hoped for when we booked our stay there: small, intimate resort, not ridiculously luxurious, ecologically conscious (it feels like a park almost), great food and plenty ice cold beers. There was enough to do to feel quite busy relaxing and diving. The service was excellent, but not in your face, which is a great balance. |
Speaking of the diving: this is the perfect place for wreck diving. Imagine 180 meter wrecks at 50 to 130 feet depths (we entered one wreck at 95 feet through the pitch black hole of the prop shaft - adrenaline anyone?), schools of jacks, large Spanish mackerel, beautiful lion fish, more scorpion fish and nudibranch than you can imagine, healthy reefs, and good visibility. The diving was spectacular.
Overall, I hope to have the opportunity to return one day. For now I recommend Sangat to everyone else.
|Lee and Sherly Fisher|
|United States / December 23, 2009|
|We stayed here at this paradise in Sept 08, We will be back to rekindle times with Andy and Elsie and make new friends then.|
|Switzerland / December 18, 2009|
|Exellent place to chill out. Nice beach, nice staff, very close from the wreks. We really enjoy this place and the food was excellent.|
A good place to stay for your holidays
|UAE / December 18, 2009|
|Thanks for a fantastic time on Sangat, it was a holiday to remember i have to say and i will be back for sure. You have an amazing place there and its is a perfect balance of solitude if you want it, a selection of activities if you want them and just enough people to have a good evening sat around the bar. The exclusivity of the resort is also just right with it being to much hassle for alot of people to be bothered with to get there and priced right to make it affordable but not too cheap that any tom dick and harry can stay there. Its perfect just the way it is. I have made alot of people jeleous over here on my return and hope to bring back a bunch of about 6 or 8 next time. |
|Switzerland / December 17, 2009|
|Dear Andi. Firtst I have to say thank you for your kindness and help me with the bone cracker:-) It was a fantastic time to stay at your ressort and I had a lot of fun. Even to remember to our short boat trip with you to the other island. I hope, once a day I will come back to your lovely ressort. There are to more things to say,...1. The cook is fantastic, 2. you are still a young men:-)|
|Philippines / December 13, 2009|
|Unspoiled diving paradise just waiting to be discovered with excellent and sumptuous home cooked meals! Bar prices are reasonable and thank goodness they have good selections of wines and they have proper wine glasses! |
All staff are wonderful and ever helpful and always smiling. Will return for sure to commune with nature and will learn to dive that will be at Sangat Island dive island.
Happy holidays to all!
|France / December 11, 2009|
|Sangat island is definetely a pure paradise|
nice beach and coral reef , good food,relax atmosphere ,smiling staff and magnificient dive sites with the japanese wrecks !
resort not to miss in Philipines !
|Ulrich Kr?ll & Eva Mlynkova|
|Germany / December 5, 2009|
late but still we want to sign in your guest book. Returned safely back to Moscow and business got us back in the meantime. The weather here make our memories and pictures look a bit "unreal" even... - It has been a wonderful stay on Sangat. Even for non-divers like us a place to hide away and calm down, simply relax in paradise and forget the world out there. The food is absolutely phantastic (no exaggeration) and I hope your cook get's a salary rise (don't cut that this part out when posting in your guest book). The bar is well equiped and every drink got approved.
Take care out there and I wish you always nice guests who appreciate the nature and place out there, regards to Georgo!
ULLI & EVA
|Australia / November 30, 2009|
|Sensational weekend guys, diving and the "Special" guided tour on the jetski- a true paradise, a trip doesn't get any better than this....add me ;-) salamat po|
|Atty. Luis C. A.Sillano|
|Philippines / November 7, 2009|
|Sangat is paradise on earth. You commune with nature amidst lush foliage and environmental preservation. You will completely be transported to what nature can best offer-- surrounded by clear blue waters, monkey, hornbills, hotspring,etc. At the same time there is history in shipwreck diving. Its truly amazing that there is still such a place here on earth as beautiful as Sangat. Not to mention that it is the safest place in the philippines for there are virtually no typhoons, earthquakes and other natural calamities. The is almost nil natural calamities. Keep the place nice and beautiful.|
|Roy & Desi Gutteridge|
|Canada / November 1, 2009|
Just arrived home safe & sound. Hope your were able to get Shadow's stitches out without any problems. Most of the puppies were looking better by the time we left, were you able to find homes for them? Some of the hospital staff in Culion were looking for pups.
Also I want to thank you for how well we were taking care of at Sangat Island Reserve ,The location was beautiful the staff were great, the food was superb and the diving was out of this world and health permitting will be looking forward to coming back again.
Regards Roy & Desi
|United States / October 30, 2009|
We were disappointed that we didn't have the opportunity to meet you and tell you in person how great a time we had during our stay on Sangat Island. The staff, facilities and accommodations were all wonderful and we enjoyed every minute of our stay.
We are beginner divers, and were able to complete our 5th through 10th dive with Ebing as our very patient guide and with JoeJoe and Elsie always there giving us encouragement and support.
What was especially nice was that our inexperience was never an issue, everyone was very helpful and we learned a lot and now feel we are better divers because of it.
So thank you for building such a great team and helping to make our stay in Palawan so enjoyable.
|Carweena Juan with Simon Robinson|
|Philippines / October 5, 2009|
|We had a beautiful time in your resort, my boyfriend was so impressed, it's one of those places where you wanted to go back and experience everything all over again.|
Nice food (the closest thing I had to "lutong bahay"), very accomodating staff, from the boatman to the kitchen cook.
An awsome beach and snorkeling in the coral garden was like swimming inside a natural aquarium, I was lucky enough to see some dolphins playing around.
My regards to Anina and Shadow.
Carweena Juan and Simon Robinson
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
|Denmark / October 1, 2009|
|Still, 5 years after visiting Sangat Island, I can?t forget the lovely island.|
Me and my wife up every morning 6.00. 2 cups of coffee from the restaurant and our morning swim, surrounded by colorful fish.
Walking back to our hut, meeting big varans and naughty monkeys. Relaxing in the sound of the rolling sea.
I wish I will be back some day.
|Ryan, Noreen plus Anika and Isobel Dollisen|
|Philippines / September 27, 2009|
I'm still here in the Island, yet I'm signing now in your guestbook!!
Great food! Great place. Great Vacation
|Susanne de Letter|
|Netherlands / September 22, 2009|
|Just want to send a quick email that I had a lovely stay in the resort. Nice food, nice people and great diving. Even if you are a single lady traveller like me it's a great place to stay.|
Hope it stopped raining? That the dogs are ok and that you didn't have any exciting night dives with angry pearl fishers anymore.
Say hi to Jo Jo and who knows maybe you see me back one day
Thanks Susanne de Letter
Amsterdam the Netherlands
|United Kingdom / September 21, 2009|
|A quick note to say a big thank you for looking after me so well while I was on Sangat. You run a really tight ship there and, while many resorts start like that, few manage to keep it up so well.|
Phenomenally good diving. I've just come off the phone to the editor of DIVE Magazine in the UK who is now champing at the bit to get hold of the article about Sangat.
So please send my best wishes to Jo Jo, Elsie and your staff and I'll keep you posted as to when the article will come out.
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