Stayed at Amphibi-Ko for a week in mid-January 2011 based on some positive feedback I read on Travelblog.org. Ground floor room was 1,200 Peso/ Nite ($28 US) Hotel sits on a 20-foot wide pier jutting out into the bay. Large Filipino families live on either side of the hotel. It gets pretty noisy between the crying kids, the hogs and the roosters all going off at the same time. Take a room as high up in the hotel as you can.
Room is small, rattan-walled. Has TV, A/C and a fridge. No hot water. The problem is that there is no electricity on the island between 6 AM and 6 PM so the A/C cannot be used during the hottest part of the day. We thought this a quaint custom when we first arrived but after three days of sweating it out we were ready to scream. Cisterns are filled by electric pump so make sure you take a shower early as the water has a tendency to run out around 4 PM. We brought a camping shower with us. Available at Wal-Mart for $7. This thing was a life saver as we would fill it in the morning and leave it on the front porch to heat up. We also brought a portable DVD viewer which we charged at night so we could watch a movie during the day. WI-FI only available when the power is on. Family on our left held a cock fight every Sunday around noon. Very popular with the locals. The family on our right had a total of three hogs in a small pen directly behind our room. Very vociferous animals. Everybody on the island owns a rooster. When the power goes on at 6 PM you discover that pretty much everybody also owns a Karaoke machine.
Breakfast (included with room) consists of 1 egg, 2 rolls, 2 hot dogs and some of the weakest coffee I've ever drunk. Restaurant sits right on busy road. Very noisy and exhaust filled air. We bought some instant coffee and had the restaurant provide us with hot water. The restaurant specializes in Japanese food which means Sushi and Sashimi. We tried it once. That was enough. We took our meals at Lolo's up the street. Very good Filipino food. 150 Pesos feeds two.
Staff tries very hard. Inah is the general manager. Her English is passable. She spends a lot of her time pushing day trips and boat tickets. Nicole runs the restaurant as well as she/ he can. Ben is the all around fix-it guy. Very friendly. The hotel also has a boat which you can rent for 1,500 Peso a day. It's captained by Juan and Jun Jun. Very capable guys who provided us with the best day we spent on the island.
Hotel was under construction the entire time we were there. They're adding more rooms. Impossible to nap during the day as they were banging away from morning till evening. This hotel was not a great intro to the wonders of the Philippines.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We Are Your Premier Destination for Scuba Diving, Scuba Certification, and Wreck Diving in the Philippines AMPHIBIKO DIVE CENTER is a premium dive center offering a variety of scuba diving courses and guided dives. Experience the historical ship wrecks and amazing coral reefs! If you ever wanted to Scuba Diving in Philippines, know that we offer a huge variety of scuba diving options from our Coron Bay and Sangat island Philippines to suit every customer individually, whether you are an expert or total beginner. We are located at AMPHIBI-KO RESORT BRGY. POBLACION 5 NATIONAL HIGHWAY CORON PALAWAN which offers 15 newly renovated rooms and a fine dining SKY RESTAURANT opens from 7am - 9pm with the best japanese, chinese and filipino food in the area as well as the top relaxing view in the bay town while eating. We are a full service dive center and resort featuring Aqua Lung, Apeks and Suunto diving equipment. We have rental regulators, computers and can handle all your diving needs. We are a complete PADI 3 Star Dive Center and SDI , we offer most PADI and SDI courses to include Enriched Air NITROX, , daily fun dives, everything from Open Water up to and including Divemaster. We specialize in Wreck Diving and tailoring dives to diver needs. Come wreck Diving in Philippines with us today! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amphibi-Ko Hotel Coron
- Amphibi-Ko Coron, Palawan Island, Philippines