(Far East - Philippines )
*Based on Hillside Cottages (7nights full board),transfers, 6 dive package
If you want a secluded diving holiday in the Philippines that brings mind blowing wreck diving and sumptuous reef diving to your doorstep then look no further. The tiny island of Sangat lies on the north of Coron Bay in Palawan and is your gateway to a Philippines diving adventure like no other. Forget the Japanese fleet of Truk Lagoon! The aquamarine waters around Sangat are the resting place for no less than 11 World War 2 warships, sub chasers and supports vessels from the Japanese Imperial fleet. Like their sister ships, the wrecks are covered from bow to stern in corals and home to the myriad of fish that characterise Philippines diving. This is the creme de la creme of scuba diving holidays without a doubt!
The Sangat resort has been welcoming divers and non divers alike for over 15 years. In this time they have lovingly built more than just a hotel. Pick from the charming beachside or hillside cottages or splurge on the individual Hilltop Chalet or Lambingan Villa for the utmost intimacy and private slice of paradise. The Bungalow suites are spacious and built with families or groups in mind. There are only 15 rooms across the entire resort and all are offered on a full board basis. The restaurant prides itself on the wide range of tasty fresh meals prepared by their chef each day including freshly caught seafood. At the end of the day, relax at the fully licensed Island Bar with fellow guests exchanging stories about yet another perfect day.
The Wrecks Between the Battle of the Philippine Sea (19-20 June 1944) and the Battle of Leyte Gulf (23-26 Oct 1944) the Japanese fleet was moved for safety from Manila Bay to Coron Bay which was thought to be a safer anchorage. However the US Navy were aware of the fleet's movements and on the 24th of September began what was at the time the longest air raid sortie ever mounted. The Akitsushima and Okikawa Maru were the first ships to be attacked and despite their armaments, were no match for the air forces. The Olympia Maru was the next target. In rapid succession the Japanese vessels were sunk, with the Kyokuzan Maru being the last to sink. Today these wrecks lie smothered in corals at depths that range from recreational to technical, a permanent testament to the men that lost their lives that fateful day. Whilst some have suffered significant damage in the sinking, the wealth of artefacts that can still be seen, especially inside, is quite incredible.
Divers will instantly be drawn to the many varied wreck and reef dives. The wreck diving is incredible. The famous Okikawa Maru and Irako Maru wrecks are a must see but do not over look the equally impressive other wrecks, most within a short boat ride. Dive on lavish coral gardens of Dynamite Point reef or speeding drift at Calumbuyan reef. The bio diversity is never ending and wreck or reef, diver or snorkeler, you can find grouper, tuna, lion fish and snapper. Sea snakes wiggle along the reef top. Follow the guide to see the miniscule macro life, brightly coloured nudibranchs, rare crustaceans and sea horses. Take a trip to the Barracuda lake to warm yourself on a dive in geothermal waters. Or spend a rest day touring the bay from the kayaks. At Sangat you can do as much... or as little... as you like. Book your dream diving holiday to the Philippines today and escape to another world.
- Rooms: 15
- Fridge: No
- Room safe: No
- A/C: Yes
- Pools: 0
- Restaurants: 1
Dive Centre Facts
- Dive Centre: On site
- Dive Courses: PADI
- House Reef: Yes
- Boat Diving: Yes
- Shore Diving: Yes
- Nitrox: Yes
- Tech Friendly: Yes
- Season: All year
- Air Temp: 23 - 29 C
- Water Temp: 27 - 29 C
- Visibility: 15 - 30m
- Airport: 15Km
Few scuba divers realise that Truk is not the only place you can dive with Japanese war wrecks. Sangat, located in the Philippines, has plenty of coral smothered wrecks to dive, far from the crowds of other divers. This is a wreck diving holiday like no other. See the anti aircraft guns, cranes, warships and sub chasers all in one historical journey into the region's past. There are reef dives as well that will suit all experience levels with an abundance of bright corals and vibrant marine life. There are deep water penetrations to be made as well as caves to explore. This is a Philippines diving holiday at it's most secluded with the breath taking backdrop of the Calamian Islands to complete a magical recipe.
Sangat dive resort have been diving these waters for over 15 years and know every ripple and drop off, every engine room and hold penetration. The centre was completely refitted in 2008 to bring it up to the standards of today's discerning diver. As a PADI and SDI facility, the diligent instructors can teach courses for all levels including kid's courses (aged 8+). A wreck or deep diver specialty are well worth taking whilst staying here. The wrecks lend themselves well to nitrox, technical and rebreather dives. Sangat dive centre can custom blend the right mix for you as well as teach technical courses so you can take your diving even deeper!
- PADI & SDI training
- Open & closed circuit diving
- Seldom dived wreck dives
- Reef dives for all levels
- Boat, shore or kayak dives
There are 3 main types of diving on offer at Sangat dive resort. The house reef and Coral Gardens can be dived from shore. For a dive with a difference, why not grab one of the centre's kayaks are paddle out to your next descent point. The majority of dive sites, including the formidable wreck dives, are reached by boat. The go fast boats are kitted out for divers and designed to speed you along to your chosen site as quickly as possibly. Groups are limited to 4 or 8 divers. The larger outriggers are traditional banka boats and can take up to 16 divers - perfect if you are diving with friends of your club. No matter how you get there though, the experienced dive guides will lead your through those hard to find nooks and crannies.
Diving Rates & Prices
If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Sangat Island Dive Resort.
- 1 days diving from: £53 (2 dives, 12ltr tanks and weights)
- 3 days diving from: £160 (2 dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)
- 5 days diving from: £267 (2 dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)
Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from: Price on request
- PADI open water course from: Price on request
- PADI advanced course from: Price on request
- Nitrox Specialty from: Price on request
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): £21 (per day paid locally)
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.
Sangat Island - Excellent destination, first class dive team there. Huts in resort were a little basic in terms of accommodation quality, but food and facilities were good. Graham
Just to let you know that we had the most FANTASTIC holiday on Sangat Island. It was one of the most beautiful and restful places that I have been to, and would recommend it to anyone. The diving was excellent and the water a lovely 29. Wrecks, hot springs, wild monkeys, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, enough food to make you really fat, delicious cocktails, a beach that was like silk to walk on and only the sound of the sea. Aaaaahhhhhh. Sue Roberts
Recently returning from spending 19 days at Sangat Island, it is difficult to put into words of how wonderful Sangat is compared to other holiday destinations. 'No news, no shoes' and the feeling of being like Robinson Crusoe is a very true description. The food is absolutely wonderful with a choice of meat and fish dishes every meal. The Staff are so courteous and helpful and will do almost anything to make your holiday memorable. DIVING - my husband thinks this is the best including the privilege of seeing a Whale Shark 2 days running. Whatever the Philippine Government is doing to stop dynamite fishing seems to be working as the reefs and wrecks are full of life and an abundance of nudi-branches and small fish are there to see or photograph as you wish. One place we would both willingly return, hopefully next year even though we are both Senior Citizens. Denise & Geoff
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From time to time the resort and dive centre hosts a unique one off dive event. These will focus on a specific area of diving, covering a wide range of topics from underwater photography, technical diving, explore wrecks or conservation themed.
These special events are a brilliant way to learn from the accompanying experts (often a famous face!), improve your knowledge, develop new dive skills and of course, get to dive some of the most exciting destinations out there.
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We are also able to offer some discounts on specific dates if available - Those will show in red
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