As an avid scuba diver, I am accustomed to seeing the many underwater gems of the country’s ocean. I would spend hours doing multiple dives on a weekend. Despite the many rewards of seeing the beauty of the underwater world, it is still an exhausting activity. This is the reason why choosing dive resort is important for me. Truth is, I’m too old to not stay in a nice place.
When Beth (who is now based in Cambodia) were home and wanted to dive, I thought it was a good time to take up Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort‘s invitation. Situated on the shorelines of Anilao in Batangas, Eagle Point is an ideal jump-off place for divers, because of its close proximity to the many dive spots in Anilao with the Cathedral as house reef.
A Pleasant After-Diving Abode
Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort proved to be a perfect place to enjoy quality rest and relaxation time in between dives. We did not just come to dive, we also wanted to hang out and catch up. We were dive buddies for 10years and used to spend every weekend together. These days not so much.
Upon arrival, we’re immediately impressed by the airy vibe of the lobby which is highlighted by the teak colored floors and high roofed ceiling. The amiable staff immediately served us with refreshing welcome drinks while they promptly went through our check-in process.
As always, we were itching to go diving. But when the staff accompanying us opened the doors to our room, plans changed.
Eagle Point’s Terrace Hotel Deluxe Room revealed a spacious Mediterranean inspired theme that fused beautifully with some Filipino design concepts. Stepping inside, we’re impressed with the size of the room that could fit four guests comfortably.
All the amenities I look for in a resort were present such as; spacious rooms; big beds, wide screen TV, luggage racks, spacious closet, a work table. The en-suite toilet and bath featuring a separate shower room, came complete will toiletries.
My favorite part was the veranda where only a sliding glass door separated myself from the wonderful view of the sea. I stood out and stared at the blue sea while visualizing the kind of stellar sights that awaits me underwater.
Food Diving at Eagle’s Nest Bar and Restaurant
What’s the use of providing cozy and beautifully designed rooms if a resort doesn’t deliver on food. Fortunately, that’s not the case with Eagle Point’s Eagle’s Nest Bar and Restaurant. Serving an array of sumptuous local and international cuisines from breakfast, lunch and to dinner, I and my friends thoroughly enjoyed our bonding time over the meals we shared throughout the duration of our stay.
Adding fancy to the already charming ambiance of the restaurant, is its unique design, to which the manager explained to us as “meant to convey the look of a Samoan Lighthouse”. The same golden brown colors of the lobby expands to Eagle’s Nest which is also characterized by an elaborate crisscrossing patterns of timber columns on the ceiling. The accompanying wooden seats and tables also adds up to the stylish and olden appearance of the restaurant’s interior.
During our stay, we were able sample the Ala Carte menu. A number of house specialties such as Sinigang na Hipon, Pandan Chicken, Bulalo, Crispy Pata, Salmon with Bearnaise and Pork Adobo proved to be a hit to our taste buds. Most impressive is that they have a large menu offering so many different dishes, and everything we decided on, they’re all available!
Rooms and Food – Check.
Now let’s talk about Eagle Point’s other amenities.
Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort teems with amenities built to lavishly keep their guests occupied with different activities. Two swimming pools, an aviary, dive center, souvenir shop, game rooms, spa and boutique to go along with function rooms for special events, or corporate outings are all available. For the moneyed guests arriving in style, a helipad can be reserved for helicopters.
At Eagle Point, you don’t have to worry about DIY-ying youself to nearby island destinations because they already provide tours to Sepoc Island.
Diving, Island Hopping and Other Things to do
Even if you came here for Anilao’s underwater treasure, one mustn’t skip the white sandy beach of the pristine Sepoc Island. Sepoc Island, incidentally not actually an island, is part of Eagle Point Resort property and is probably the only decent white beach in this part of town. The resort provides a boat going to the Island for only 2,464 pesos – good for roundtrip. You can also have them organized a picnic lunch, as we did.
The cove appears isolated as it is bordered by limestone cliffs covered with lush vegetation. The expansive shoreline dishes a perfect setting for a relaxing beach bumming experience. We had a lunch picnic there and flew our drone.
For other optional activities and their rates (all in Philippine Pesos), please read below:
– Motorized boat to Sepoc beach 2,464.00/round trip
– Kayaking at 504.00/hour
– Mask and snorkel at 224.00/day use
– Intro dive at 3,360.00/person
– Banana boat at 1,500.00/5 person
– Glass Bottom Boat at 7,500.00/12 person
– Try scuba at 1,680.00/person
– Licensed divers – see rates at http://www.eaglepointresort.com.ph/divepackage
My favorite activity of course, is scuba diving. The waters of Anilao has an abundance of marine resources from colorful coral reefs to a myriad numbers of sea creatures from Nemo fishes to Sea turtles. Even after diving in the waters of Galapagos, Tubbataha, Maldives and other scuba divers’ heaven in on Earth, diving Anilao still holds a special place in my heart. Since this place has become the most convenient diving spot near Metro Manila.
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