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Palaka Siargao Dive Center

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| Purok 1, General Luna, Mindanao 08419, Philippines
+63 918 626 2303
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No refund for dives I didn't take

I visited the Palaka Dive Center in May to get certified for scuba diving. I did the PADI dive... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
williams3377
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New York City, New York
I had a great dive experience

The gear I rented was in perfect condition and the boat we took as we went diving was comfortable... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Juancho34
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Palaka Siargao Dive Center is the only international scuba diving and freediving school on Siargao Island. We are teaching all PADI diving courses and all AIDA Freediving courses in 4 languages, from beginner to professional levels. From local and shallow dive sites for beginners, to the famous and amazing Blue Cathedral for experienced divers and freedivers, they are many dive sites to discover. All our instructors are highly qualified by internatonal federations as PADI and AIDA, and all are covered by a professional insurance. We are located in General Luna, Siargao Island, Philippines. We are happy to welcome you and to show you the underwater world in Siargao Island surroundings, including Philippine Sea and Pacific Ocean. Our speed boat equiped with GPS/sonder, radio, life jackets and cooler will bring you to the best dive sites in few minutes. Mabuhay! Welcome!
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| Purok 1, General Luna, Mindanao 08419, Philippines
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Palaka Dive Center in May to get certified for scuba diving. I did the PADI dive homework, and when I showed up for the first session I expected it to be in a pool. Ben said that the pool was green and...More

5  Thank williams3377
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The gear I rented was in perfect condition and the boat we took as we went diving was comfortable and cool. Our divemaster Damian was not only easy to get along with but he knew a lot about the dive sites and gave me more...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Even though I had booked 2 days in advance full payment was needed to confirm the booking. The first dive at Daku hills was fine although not a lot of sea life, my guide, sorry I don't know her name she never introduced herself, did...More

3  Thank Glynis_gm2013
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mamamouchi21, Propriétaire at Palaka Siargao Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2018

Dear Glynis, I am very sorry about your bad experience with Nadia [-] (ex co manager/instructor). She have been fired few weeks ago, as soon as I realize the unprofessional work she was doing, her and her boyfriend also Co manager, Ben [-]. They have...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Sadly, Palaka is the only dive operator in Siargao so it is not particular with quality of service. We were not told that their tanks can only accommodate yoke connectors despite pre-booking our dives 3 months in advance. We told them we will bring our...More

1  Thank E T
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mamamouchi21, Propriétaire at Palaka Siargao Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2018

Dear E T, I am Damien, the owner of the Palaka Dive Center. I feel very, very sorry for your bad experience in our dive center. Ben and Nadia, the ex co managers have been fired few weeks ago, as soon as I realize the...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

Attained my Open Water certification here on April 2018. Nadia was patient, kind, and very helpful during my training. Staff is awesome and they have some great grub at the restaurant housed in the dive center.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Unfortunately I can not recommend this dive center at all. I booked 2 Fun Dives with this Dive Center. First of all the full payment of the dives needed to be done in cash at the day of the reservation. It was not checked if...More

5  Thank Barneyw33d
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mamamouchi21, Propriétaire at Palaka Siargao Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Dear Barneyw33d, I am Damien, the owner of Palaka Dive Center. I read your post few days ago, and I was shocked! The 2 co managers have been fired just after reading your post and having confirmation of your bad experience with us. I am...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Natacha is great. She helped me feel comfortable and make my dive easy. All the staffs at Palaka were accomodating and helpful.More

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Steve N, Manager at Palaka Siargao Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Hi Allan! Thank you for your nice review! Congratulation again on your Scuba Diver Certification! Natacha had pleasure to teach you this course, and we hope to see you again at Palaka to show you some more nice dive spots! We hope the future will...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We had an amazing instructor at Palaka, called Julla. Do not let her age fool you, for her experience in scuba diving and her ability to teach others will amaze you. The rest of the team, Natasha, Steve & Chris, are not to be missed....More

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Thank andreasdc2015
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Steve N, Manager at Palaka Siargao Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Hi Andreas! Thank you for choosing Palaka Dive Center and for your nice review! It was a pleasure to have you and Zuzanna for a few days with us, and are very happy if you enjoyed your Open Water Course! We wish you some amazing...More

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Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

We went on a diving trip with Palaka team and after 2 dives we were starving! They recommended their burgers and we gave it a try. It took sometime for the food to arrive (mga 25 mins) but it was worth it! Big portion, great...More

Thank MariaGonzalesLuv34
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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend this dive shop! My instructor Martin was just amazing! Very professional, flexible, did not want to rush anything (letting me to absorb all the information), double-checking if I understood the most important parts and also super funny! I had amazing time during...More

Thank Eva A
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Response from JimiRocknroll | Reviewed this property |
Around 2000 per dive, minimum 2 dives. Diving, for now, no special, other spot to be discover... plenty. Not bad though, sonif unreally want to dive, still can. If u are lucky with the weather u can ask for bli cathedral... More
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