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Reviewed 9 November 2011

If you want to take some time off work/ school and diving is your kind of sport, then take a trip to Anilao, Batangas where there is an abundance of reefs to explore. And while you're there, check-in at Balai. The food is great with various choices and all complementing one another. In addition to that, the staff are friendly and the ambiance will soothe your hard-worked senses.

Balai is a must-stay after a day's recreational dive. They have a house reef for a quick entry (for beginners and those that can't wait).

Room Tip: You have to go down a flight of stairs to reach the shore. Thus, to reach your rooms, you have to climb. If you are the type of traveler who exhausts yourself at the end of the day (or can barely stand after a good meal), it might be best to choose rooms at the lower level. But if you want a better view and you always have the drive to reach your room no matter what, then the extra flight of stairs will do you good. Also, the currents are sometimes strong, so make sure to have a buddy or a divemaster with you.
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank shanta_laura
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

Awesome inclusive buffet meals makes your stay all worth it! Wooden rooms are cozy and clean but could be tidier. There are insects in the bathroom roof sometimes from trees outside. Excellent service from friendly staff and divemasters. Location is central to diving spots but an hour from the Anilao pier main road.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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3  Thank VanceC
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Reviewed 30 November 2010

Nothing beats Balai Anilao and Laiya. I miss diving there with Lito and Mona. I miss the good food and drinks. Now, the waters here in the U.S. is too cold. If you guys wanna dive there, try to get in touch with Mel and Casty of Sea-cid. They're damn good dive instructors. They certified me few years back.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with friends
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5  Thank lcale
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Reviewed 29 August 2010

Great service and food but very shabby rooms and the beach is awful. Rough sand, filthy water, very few activities, snorkelling on the nearby reefs was very disappointing. It may be better in Winter (we stayed in Summer) and may be acceptable to Manila residents fleeing the noise, dirt, crowds and pollution for a weekend. I'm an expat having lived in Phils for a long time and would recommend flying to Panglao instead as the journey time is equivalent and the experience will be better.

  • Stayed: July 2010
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4  Thank Greg C
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Reviewed 26 May 2010

Reservation is easy with a Manila number you can call.
Going to Laiya is a breeze, compared to 2 years ago, when the roads were rough. Travel time is about 2.5 hours from Manila.
Staff - courteous and friendly.
Food - the buffet is yummy. Their tuna sashimi has not gone through refrigeration and is very fresh. The desert, mango cream something, is to die for. The dinning room on the second floor has a very nice view of the beach. The tall sampaloc trees are very lovely.
Beach - although the sand is not powdery, the water is clean and nice.
Rooms - cramped, air con too small to keep you cool. The beds are made of bamboo and the beddings are basic, minimum, more of the low end. They have these towel hangers that are made of twigs that stick out and could be dangerous as they stick out and you could bump your head or chest on them if you're not careful. Lights are too dim for reading.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank aprildreamer
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