About Sangat Island Dive Resort
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Philippines is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK. Although composed of 7,107 islands (7,108 at low tide), with a total coastline longer than that of the USA, most of the population of the Philippines lives on just 11 islands. Most travellers will enter the Philippines through Manila (MNL) or Cebu (CEB) airports. The reefs are spectacular in the Philippines, with plenty of fish list buzzing around. Moalboal, Bohol and Puerto Galera are all super locations for reef divers. Snorkel with whalesharks in Oslob. Thresher sharks have made Malapascua famous whilst Sangat is wreck heaven. Love macro? Make a beeline for Anilao or Dumaguete. The selection of critters rivals anything you could find in Indonesia.
Weather and Climate
The dry season in the Philippines runs from December to April, making it a popular time for divers. May and November are transitional months with air temperatures climbing. June to September is the wet season, as the weather becomes stormier. The Philippines dive resorts are typically well sheltered from the worst, but you can expect to experience rain showers.
As standard, our holidays to Philippines are quoted with London departures. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for the Philippines include Cathay Pacific (40kgs hold allowance), Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Etiad. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to the Philippines, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from the Philippines. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration.
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
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Preparing to fly
You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
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What happens when I arrive?
On arrival in your Philippines destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in the Philippines and run frequently. Manila airport is a large airport with several terminals. If you have to move between terminals, please allow between 30 and 60mins to allow for local traffic. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Hand baggage limits can be strictly enforced on domestic flights. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.
At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. On leaving the Philippines there is an airport tax of 750 PHP which must be paid in cash.
Included in your holiday
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
Plugs and electricity
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
Deposits and Balances
Ways to pay
We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
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.