The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands (only 2000 are inhabited), each one offering a rich biodiversity ranging from tropical rain forests, mangroves, and coral reefs to mountain ranges, wonderful beaches, beautiful islands and a diverse range of flora and fauna.
The local dialect is Bisayan, the national language is Tagalog but the language of commerce and tourism is English. Most Filipinos have fair english & you can expect to communicate fully in English with almost everyone during your stay.
Filipinos are warm & welcoming & generally very informal. Filipinos may often seem quite liberal in nature but they do maintain a cultural conservatism. Filipinos are generally deferential to older senior members of society & this can include tourists. The Asian concept of ‘saving face” also applies in the Philippines so its best to try & resolve disputes in mutually respectful manner, especially if they have a public dimension.
The local currency is the Peso. Most of our customer now use ATMs to make withdrawals. In Dumaguete, ATMs are everywhere & many accept VISA & Cirrus cards fom overseas. Traveler’s Cheques are less popular & are hard to cash in. In the Resort we accept VISA/Mastercard cards.
Its always hot and sunny – except when its wet and cloudy! The summer months can see occasional prolonged rainfall or seasonal downpours.
In the Philippines it is all year around warm and the temperature range from 27C to 33C. Shorts and T-shirts are going to work for day and night. A rain jacket can be useful all year around. We offer a laundry service at our Resort
Internet is available in our Resort and we offer our stay in guests free WiFi. Please be advised that the internet is not fast like in west Countries.
The Philippines has a tradition with alcohol which is very in line with Western countries. Local beers and spirits are widely consumed & socialising over beer or rum is al part of local culture. Filipino food is somewhat the victim of its colonial past. Fried chicken sits easily alongside fresh coconut curry as a national favourite. Fast food is everywhere to find but fried food is even more popular. The Philippines is a world leader in rice production & no Filipino meal is complete without it. We offer in our Restaurant international and Asian cuisine.
The name of the Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas, Filipinas) is a truncated form of The Philippine Islands. King Philip II of Spain named it in the 16th century. More information can be found in many historical books.
The information history of the Philippines is believed to have begun with the arrival of the first humans using rafts or boats at least 67,000 years ago as the 2007 discovery of Callao Man suggested. Negrito groups first inhabited the isles. Groups of Austronesians later migrated to the islands.
You will be issued with a 30 day tourist visa on arrival in the Philippines. Visa can be extended in 2 months batches at any local Immigration office around the country. The nearest immigration office from our Resort is in Dumaguete and the extension of the visa takes ca. 30 min and you can pick it it up after 2 days.
Located south of Dumaguete in the province of Negros Oriental you will find us in Siaton. We have a number of hidden and undiscovered dive sites with a mixture of soft corals and fantastic macro sites. Our own house reef known locally a Panaon is a fantastic mix corals and sandy macro areas. Exploding with life for an amazing night dive.