For those looking for a quiet base from which to dive the excellent muck and coral sites around Dauin and Dumaguete, look no further than Salaya Beach houses. Ideal for couples and solo travellers, this is a small resort with just 10 rooms and a beautiful infinity pool facing the ocean.
The beach houses are located around a well-manicured lawn and a lovely infinity pool with great views over the ocean. Each of the air-conditioned rooms is styled in a contemporary minimalist fashion with polished concrete, neutral tones and modern fully-equipped kitchens. The resulting atmosphere is one of relaxation and the spacious sitting area is ideal for reading a book or editing down the day’s photographs.
Dining is centralised around the main area where local produce is championed and fresh twists are put on Filipino classics. Guests also have the option to stock up on groceries and self-cater in their beach houses. The service is at a leisurely pace but thoughtful, warm and friendly, and the staff at Salaya are charming and eager to assist.
Safety is at the heart of the diving operation at Salaya and the resort manager is a keen diver and knowledgeable guide. 3 dives per day can be arranged as well as night dives for those who wish. Diving is from the resort’s comfortable bangka and all gear is loaded by the team. A full range of recreational and tech diving courses can be run at the resort, and nitrox is available for certified divers. Most of the 15 local dive sites are within a 15 minute boat ride from the resort, which also has a lovely muck house reef for those looking for some gentle shore diving. 3-tank day trips to nearby Apo Island are excellent for keen reef divers.
Beyond the Reef
Diving aside, Salaya is an excellent place in which to decompress, with daily yoga classes and a serene atmosphere. Many guests choose just to relax by the pool in their down time! For those looking for something a little more adventurous, borrow a mountain bike and head off on a winding trail through the jungle, or enjoy a zipline experience through the forest canopy. For something more sedate, we’d recommend taking out one of the resort’s stand up paddleboards to glide out over the house reef. Head off with a knowledgeable local guide to learn about the rich history and culture of the island.