Welcome to Isla de Dios
Price is for 8 persons (Extra persons more than 8 at $95 per night)
Easter and Xmas US $1,850 per night and Min 5 nights
OH MY GOD are the words most commonly heard as guests arrive at Isla de Dios. Absolute privacy, magnificent beach, private chef/butler, housekeeper, boatman and gardener all are par of the course at our beautiful rustic beachfront hideaway. Situated just 40 minute drive from Coron airport (4 flights daily from Manila) and a further 10 minute private boat ride from the mainland (Decabobo village). Alternative routes might eb used depending on season/weather.
Relax with a fresh coconut, a cold beer or a cocktail of choice on the beach with no one else in sight. Our beach is privately owned and is for your exclusive use only. Our staff although they may not be ex Hyatt trained, work tirelessly to ensure you enjoy your holiday.
We have 3 beautifully appointed double bedrooms with ensuites plus a HUGE mezzanine bedroom upstairs with 5 single beds and another double bed to accommodate up to 7 extra adults or children. In all we can accommodate very comfortable up to 13 people - maybe a few extra kids on request.
Our friendly staff are on hand to prepare 3 meals a day plus snacks in between. A typical days meals would start with fresh organic fruit, cereal, eggs, toast and condiments. Lunch is usually fresh salads, chicken, breads and more fruit – with fresh coconut juice to wash it down. Afternoon tea is usually served Oceanside to compliment happy hour drinks while our team prepare a lush dinner of freshly caught seafood, assorted meats, vegetables, rice and some traditional Filipino favourites. Other menus include, pasta, beach bbq, Thai feast or Balinese buffet.
Our price is all inclusive accommodation, all taxes, transfers and meals. All beverages including beer are at your own expense and can be bought at a very reasonable price. BYO spirits duty free is advisable.
Our air-conditioned van will pick you up from the airport and bring you to our mainland wharf where our boatman will bring you the short 10 minute boatride across to Isla de Dios where you will be greeted with a big smile and a complimentary welcome drink. All of our friendly staff speak English and have great knowledge of the local area.
This is NOT Necker Island and the owner is NOT Richard Branson. This is a family holiday home most of the year that we share with others when we are not using it to help offset the huge expense of having it. Please be realistic and understand what your booking. This is a castaway island experience situated in the last frontier of the Philippines and sometimes a sense of humour is required. You might ask for banana bread and be given banana on toast. That's an example. Expect coconuts and sandy feet, NOT marble bathrooms and 5 star USA style service.
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Things to do…
While the most common pastime is relaxing and taking in the breathtaking beauty, there are options to get active. We have complimentary use of inflatable kayak, snorkeling equipment plus volleyball, beach basketball and badminton. There are several recommended tours we can arrange visiting other islands and secret coves none of which cost more than a few dollars per person. Coron is famous for being one of the best diving spots in the world so diving is also also possible to arrange including a dive on one of the many shipwrecks in Coron Bay. During World War II, twelve Japanese ships containing military supplies were said to be anchored in Coron Bay, and when the US Navy launched an air attack, the ships sank went the way of Davy Jones's locker. The ships were later discovered near the island, lying on the sea floor 32 feet to 141 feet deep. The areas where these ships were found now are famous diving expedition spots around Coron. This dive company is just a few minute boat ride from Isla de dios and provide diving service to our guests www.dugongdivecenter.com
Following are the most popular diving attractions:
Shore-entry. Depth 3-17 m. This meandering reef features different species of tunicates, sponges, sea stars and sea cucumbers. An aggregation of giant clams (Tridacna spp., mostly endangered) is located at 12 m.
Ship Wreck “Kyokuzan Maru”
30 minutes by banca. Max. depth 35m. This Japanese freighter measures about 152m long and lies almost upright. The main structures remain intact. It carries in one of its holds a car and truck. This wreck provides shelter to batfishes and substrate for the ubiquitous bivalves. Fusiliers, trevallies, barracudas and rays are occasionally seen.
15 minutes by banca. Depth 3-28 m. Stony corals of magnificent formation. Mantas, blacktip and whitetip sharks are sporadically sighted. On several occasions, a whale shark was seen passing.
Apo Reef Natural Park
3 hours by banca. Depth >50m. Very dramatic drop-offs down to about 400m. The steep walls are well covered with corals, sponges, tunicates, nudibranchs and slugs. The coral formation at the plateau is magnificent. Green and hawksbill turtles, and a multitude of fish including damselfish, butterflyfish, batfish, surgeonfish, snappers, fusiliers and trevallies are common.
10 shipwrecks you can explore: Black Island Wreck, Taiei Maru, Akitsushima, Gunboat, Kyokuzan Maru , Kogyo Maru, Irako, Mamya Maru, Tangat Wreck, East Tangat Wreck.
Coron Island Barracuda Lake
Off Coron Island . Depth > 40m. This freshwater lake is surrounded by limestone cliffs and served by a hot spring. The water temperature ranges from 27-40 0C. The transition between the layers of cold water and hot water is abrupt. The interface is sometimes visible. There are numerous shells on the bottom, shrimps on the walls and some rabbitfish in the shallow area. The above-water environment is equally fascinating.
Tara Islands with 7 new dive sites, great spots for micro life and soft corals.
A full day excursion along the coast to the feeding grounds of about 20 resident dugongs.
Irako Refrigeration Ship – Possibly the best shipwreck dive in the Philippines. It has the best visibility of all wrecks in Coron because it is still mostly intact. There are also interesting species making the wreck their home. For expert divers, deep penetration through the engine room is also possible.
Taiei Maru – Located in Busuanga Island, this freighter tanker is the biggest ship wreck in Coron. There are hard corals, turtles, sea snakes and different species of fish including scorpion and trumpet fish.
Kogyo Maru – The Kogyo Maru was a Japanese freighter carrying building material supplies when it sank. The ship is still intact and the engine parts are still complete. There are hard and soft corals everywhere and divers will have close contact with barracuda swimming by – although, of course, it is advised not to get too close with that contact, given that they are barracuda.
Akitsushima - The Akitsushima was a seaplane carrier. It lies on her port side between the Culion and Busuanga Islands. The ship is almost broken into two parts but the crane for lifting seaplanes is still intact. There are barracudas, yellow fin tunas and batfishes in the wreck.
Olympia Maru – The Olympia Maru is a Japanese freighter located in Coron Bay near Tangat Island. There are many schools of fishes like banana fish, bat fish, puffer fish, scorpions and crocodile fish.
Okikawa Maru – Found in Busuanga Island, this is yet another contender for the title of best wreck dive in the Philippines. The whole ship is covered with exquisite corals, and a variety of marine life can be found in the surroundings. For experienced divers, penetration can be done through various rooms of the ship.
Kyokuzan Maru – The Kyokuzan Maru is a Japanese freighter found in the Northeast part of Busuanga Island. The ship is still intact. With many corals surrounding the wreck, it provides a good diving experience. There are also different species of fish around. Experienced divers may penetrate the wreck and find cars and trucks in the cargo room.
The Coron Bay in Palawan truly offers many great underwater adventure. The many sunken wrecks of Coron make for a good diving experience not only for expert divers but most especially for novice divers.