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Angelo The Explorer shares his Scandi Experience

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Travel blogger, Angelo The Explorer shares his travel experience at Scandi Divers Resort, when he joined us in beautiful Puerto Galera to get his PADI Open Water Diver certification, and enjoy some of the incredible diving and Scandi hospitality.

Below are some excerpts from his blog, and you can read the full article here

We arrived at Scandi Divers Resort just before lunch time. It was generally a good trip and the weather was good and I couldn’t wait to start and learn how to scuba dive. Checking in was very easy and in a few minutes, they already led us to our amazing beachfront room.

Big Lalaguna Beach, home of Scandi Divers Resort
Big Lalaguna Beach, home of Scandi Divers Resort


Three Bedroom Oceanfront Suite

As we opened the door, it felt like a home away from home! It was so spacious and felt really elegant. I think this is the biggest room that they have. We have our own living room area with comfortable sofas, flat screen tv, home theater videos and and it’s also air conditioned.

One of my favorite parts was the large private terrace that is exclusively for our room. Waking up with that view was really something else and my favorite place to just relax and watch the day go by.

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Terrace of the 3 bedroom suite

Scandi Divers Skyview Restaurant and Bar

If you are looking for a place to eat along Sabang or Big La Laguna, no need to go far as you have a fine dining restaurant right at Scandi Divers. For guests, you get a complimentary Continental Breakfast of home-made breads, fruits, butter and jam.

During our stay here in Sabang, we only went to White Beach once to say hello to friends, but most of the time, this was our favorite place to hang out at night because aside from the food being excellent, it was a great place to chill and just relax.

I don’t know why but I always felt I was starving after every dive, good thing that the serving of food here are big enough to fully satisfy your craving for good food. Here are some of the meals that you could try when at Scandi Divers. To be honest, I forgot the prices of each but they normally average from Php 200.00 – Php 500.00 per meal. The food prices are quite competitive but the quality and the amount of serving of their food is commendable!

PADI Open Water Diver Course

One of the main reasons why we stayed at Scandi Divers was to learn Scuba Diving and in the end get an Open Water Diving Course Certification. Upon arriving, I met up with my Scuba Instructor Marlon Daliposa who was to teach me everything I needed to learn for the whole 3 day course. I was really excited to do this and at the same quite scared, but I knew I was in good hands because the staff here were really helpful.

PADI E-Learning

Normally, as part of the certification, scuba divers spend long days reading a book before they do their actual dive. But there are also some people who are so busy with their schedule just like me and couldn’t fit much time or additional days into my dive. Good thing that there is PADI E-Learning which was so convenient that I could read and take assessment anywhere and anytime. So I had been reading the modules for an entire week and when I arrived at the Dive Center, all we needed was to review and recall the valuable information I’d read from the PADI E-Learning Modules. It’s so good!

After a sumptuous meal at Scandi Divers restaurant, I went straight to the dive center and Marlon and I started the course by learning how to put an air tank on my BCD [Bouyancy Control Device] and explaining to me everything in detail and how each of the component plays a big role specially when you are underwater.

After a hectic first session, next day was even more exciting as we were going on a real dive at one of the many dive sites in Puerto Galera. I was excited for this, I thought I would be happy just by snorkeling around but I now find Scuba Diving more enjoyable.

In the span of 3 days, we did a total of 4 open water dives in some of the well known Puerto Galera dive sites. The first 2 dives were near the coral gardens and around the giant clams. It was a famous snorkeling area as well specially for tourists coming from White Beach. It was a pity I didn’t bring my GoPro action camera during those dives as we saw such amazing marine life and beautiful coral. It was really amazing!


This was taken during our last and final dive just across from Sabang port Puerto Galera. I didn’t know that 18 meters down there, you would find a few wrecks and the amount of fishes around there was incredible. They were not shy and they were huge. I enjoyed it when the fish swam by so calmly. I also found a large sea snake close to the wreck. I used to freak out, but not anymore now as I realized that they are gentle creatures as long as you don’t mess with them.

After 3 days, my PADI Open Water Course ended with flying colors! I would like to thank my Dive Instructor Marlon Daliposa, for all the knowledge he imparted to me and the safety practices I needed to know before and after the dive. Thank you also to all the staff of Scandi Dive Center who were also very friendly and professional.

With so many resorts in Sabang Puerto Galera, we made the right choice to stay at Scandi Divers Dive Resort. The staff were amazing and very accommodating. The resort is very clean and the restaurant serves really good food. And it was located in Big La Laguna where you can relax on the white sand beach.

Read the full article here

Creature Feature: The Mimic Octopus

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Have you ever seen a Mimic Octopus? Masters of disguise who frequent our dive sites here in the Philippines.

Come dive with us and you might just be lucky enough to spot one!

The mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) is an Indo-Pacific species of octopus capable of impersonating other local species. They are notable for being able to change their skin color and texture in order to blend in with their environment, such as algae-encrusted rock and nearby coral through pigment sacs known as chromatophores. The mimic octopus possesses chromatophores as well as the unique behaviour of taking shape of various objects and animals. The mimic octopus is the only currently known marine animal to be able to mimic such a wide variety of animals. Many animals can imitate a different species to avoid or intimidate predators, but the mimic octopus is the only one that can imitate as diverse a range of forms in order to elude predators.

Source: Wikipedia

Underwater Photography Workshops

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We are delighted to announce that now you can improve your underwater photography skills at Scandi Divers Resort’s photo workshops, created to help new photographers learn this beautiful art.

Please contact us for more information, or speak to the friendly staff at the front desk.

Well done to our latest PADI Open Water Students

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A big congratulations to newly qualified PADI Open Water Divers – Yi Hai Tian, Jin Wang and Hou Jing Cao. Trained by Scandi Divers Resort instructor Momo Deng

Welcome to the underwater world! We hope to see you again soon.

Farewell to Poul V and Family!

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Very nice to have you with us, Poul R Voice and your family. Congratulations on your PADI Open Water Diver certfication and thank you for a great evening at the Sky Bar!

Well Done to Our Open Water Divers

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Congratulations to Gerry, Gerry and Chris for completing their PADI Open Water Diver course, with Scandi Divers Resort instructor Conan Fagan.

Here are the boys on their last Open Water Certification dive at Sabang Wrecks.

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SERIOUS Scuba Diving Student!

Congratulations and kudos to Alon Gilboa from the USA, for nailing his PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, and Nitrox courses all in one go!  Courses conducted by Scandi Divers Resort resident instructor Conan Fagan and Divemaster candidate Terry Hudson.

Very well done Alon! See you next week for Divemaster and Instructor courses? 😉

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Would you like to learn how to Scuba Dive?

Have a look at all the great PADI Scuba Diving courses Scandi Divers Resort has to offer. We can train anyone, from beginners to career divers!

Congratulations to Open Water Diver Student He Jun Sun

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Very well done to He Jun Sun from Shanghai, China, for successfully completing his PADI Open Water Diver course with Scandi Divers Resort resident Scuba instructor Conan Fagan, and Divemaster candidate Terry Hudson.

Want to learn how to scuba dive?

Have a look at all the great PADI Scuba Courses available at Scandi Divers Resort!