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Anilao vs PG for one month stay

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by GirlonFire, Nov 18, 2020.

  1. GirlonFire

    GirlonFire Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: California
    I am thinking of doing a dive master course and am leaning toward Anilao (Buceo Anilao) and PG (Scandi or El Galleon).
    I have visited each once and enjoyed both. I stayed at Blue Ribbon in Anilao and EG in PG.
    Any suggestions as to which area would be better all around to stay for a month? I enjoy macro but wonder if Buceo would be too isolated for an extended amount of time.
    When I was at El Galleon for a week, I did not leave the resort but having a commercial area nearby maybe nice.

    Time of year: April or May.
  2. dirtfarmer

    dirtfarmer Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northern California
    I've been to Buceo Anilao, but spending a month there would be a bit to long for me. I would tire of the same food for that long.
    StefinSB likes this.
  3. DiveTucson

    DiveTucson Dive Shop

    I would vote Scandi. It’s a title outside of the main PG area which is nice but it’s an easy walk if you want to go into town kind of the best of both worlds.
    D_Fresh likes this.
  4. GirlonFire

    GirlonFire Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: California
    Have you been? Any advice on rooms?
  5. DiveTucson

    DiveTucson Dive Shop

    I have spent a few weeks there. It totally depends on your budget. The more affordable rooms are nice but a little small. One of the perks though is they are close to the restaurant.

    The larger rooms can get pricey but are really nice but tend to be a little walk which got a little long depending on camera gear etc.

    The staff is awesome and food is really good. You can walk to PG or grab a moped ride from behind the resort. Also for DM training I think the conditions in PG are more varied than Anilao with much, reef, wrecks, current, etc.
  6. GirlonFire

    GirlonFire Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: California
    Did you stay in an original Scandi room or one at Campbell’s?
  7. DiveTucson

    DiveTucson Dive Shop

    I have stayed in both. The penthouse on the campbells side and a suite on the original Scandi side and a standard room on the Scandi side.

    The campbells rooms that are along the path by the water are pretty nice but I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of the options.
    GirlonFire likes this.
  8. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    I've dived both but if I were to be at one place for a month, I'd want better access to a town. Therefore PG would get my vote.
    Fastnail and GirlonFire like this.
  9. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Pacific Northwest, USA
    Asia Divers at El Galleon has a strong reputation for the quality of their training and Instructors. That would be a strong factor in my decision process for such an important certification. Food variety and quality for that length of time would also be a strong consideration.
    Searcaigh likes this.
  10. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Israel
    Another vote for Puerto Galera here, but unless you're already in the Philippines, are you sure that you'll be able to get in by April or May? Possibly if you're referring to 2022 timeframe...
    Fastnail likes this.

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