The morning sun started to lazily crawl out from a slumber; so did I. In no time, I found myself propped on a mat, gazing upon the calm ocean before me. Today I decided to be one with the ocean – both in mind and body. Starting from a deep breath and a forward fold, my body flowed from a pose to another, in every beat of a faint swash from the ocean below. All the other thoughts ebbed away only leaving the flow in my mind. It is deep, it is weightless, it is free. Indeed, there are just same things under the same sky that feel different when done and thought of in front of the ocean. The silence in the room offered me the peace of mind that I’ve always yearned for. That day, I found it in that room at Bubblemaker Dive and Beach Resort.
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About Bubblemaker Dive and Beach Resort
Bubblemaker started as a humble dive shop. When their customers started to grow, Ma’am Jho Cinco, the owner of the resort together with another partner, decided to offer a small place for divers to stay. Eventually, it grew into a resort with more rooms accommodating and catering to more divers. Her sons, who are also licensed PADI divers, help her manage it. They would gladly assist as well the guests who would like to explore the underwater world.
The management envisions a resort that is known not only to local divers but also by the ones from other parts of the globe. Further, they’d also love to have and welcome guests who would just like to unwind and relax by the ocean.
Bubblemaker Dive and Beach Resort Room Rates
- Deluxe Double Room – Php 3,000.00
- Deluxe Double Room (Sea View) – Php 3,500.00
- Ocean Front Room with Balcony – Php 4,500.00
These standard rates are good for two persons. However, the rooms can accommodate up to three to four persons. Shall four guests decide to stay in these rooms, the others would have to pay an additional of Php 500.00 each.
The Dormitory or Shared Room – Php 1,000.00 per person
The dormitory or shared room can accommodate up to six persons. There are bunk beds with its own outlet, pin light and a small cabinet.
All of these rooms have its own toilet with hot and cold shower. The resort also provides basic toiletries such as bath towels, shampoo and conditioner.
How to Get There
1. From Cubao (around Kamias), Pasay (near MRT Taft Station) or Buendia (near LRT Gil Puyat Station), take a bus bound for Batangas City Grand Terminal. Fare ranges from Php 120.00 to Php 200.00 depending on the point of departure.
2. You may either alight at the terminal or at the Diversion Road. From the drop off point, take the jeepney to Mabini or Anilao Port. Get off at BDO.
3. Take a tricycle to Bubblemaker Resort. Fare is at around Php 50.00 per trip.
Where to Eat
The problem that we usually have every time we visit Anilao is that, we feel so lazy to cook or go elsewhere to eat after a tiring dive. Good thing, Bubblemaker Dive and Beach Resort has its own restaurant. During our visit, we enjoyed dining al fresco in their place. We had the all time favorite Filipino food such as chopseuy, crispy pork sinigang, pinakbet, liempo barbecue and silog for breakfast during our stay. Further, if you’re a drinking type, they have alcoholic beverages and chips available at their restaurant. Lastly, they have sandwiches and pasta in their menu, too!
The best thing about it? They got big serving, shorter time for preparation, mouthwatering food and approachable staff! Fret not. The prices of their food may overwhelm you but most of it are good for three to four persons. Their food ranges from Php 150.00 to Php 500.00. You can get fully satisfied for around Php 150.00 to Php 300.00 for a meal.
If you are a vegetarian, you wouldn’t have any problem with your food. They also serve dishes for those who are in that particular diet.
Things to Do
The resort is seated just in front of the beach. Thus, you can always get a dose of vitamin sea whenever you want to during your stay. It may not have a stunning beach but the surprise lies at the bottom of the sea. Kids can safely swim by the shore but be reminded that it’s a mix of sandy and pebbly beach. There are areas where the pebbles are slippery.
If you want to enjoy the great things that the underwater life has to offer yet you don’t dive, you may try snorkeling. Don’t worry if you were not able to bring any gear. The resort has a dive shop where you can rent one.
Anilao has some of the best dive sites in Batangas and it’s truly something that you shouldn’t miss. You may try freediving with a few friends to explore it. However, if you haven’t tried it and you’re interested, you may schedule for an introductory lesson with TRA Freediving. TRA Freediving is a freediving school currently based in the resort.
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If you wanna go deeper for a more gaudy, thriving and untouched underwater life, you may try SCUBA diving. Anilao wouldn’t be the birthplace of SCUBA diving in the country for nothing so you might as well see it for yourself, too. The resort offers PADI courses including Open Water Dive, Advanced Open Water Dive, Rescue Diver Deluxe and Digital Underwater Photography. See its rates below. Their Introductory Dive starts at Php 3,500.00.
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After a day full of water fun activities, the best way to end it is to watch the sunset on a kayak. The resort has kayaks for rent.
Anilao is just several minutes to an hour away to some of the best islands the province has. During our stay, we got a boat to ourselves and went on an island hopping tour for a day. If you’re also interested, make sure that you’ll inquire and arrange it with the management days prior to your trip for a less hassle trip.
Dining al fresco
Since the resort is just by the beach, dining is indeed ten times better! Imagine watching the calm waters as you enjoy a hearty breakfast in the morning and a gorgeous sunset as you have dinner.
The area where the resort is located is among the best spot to watch the sunset.
Water Activity Rates
Check each photo for the rates and details for SCUBA diving-related activities that the Bubblemaker Dive and Beach Resort offers.
Bubblemaker Dive Beach and Resort Contact Details
For inquiries and reservation, you may reach the management through the following:
Address: 082 San Joe Road, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas, 4202 Philippines
Email address: email@example.com
Facebook: Bubblemaker Dive and Beach Resort
Most of the resorts in the province of Batangas will start to operate once again starting May 1, 2021. In Mabini, the LGU requires the tourists to submit a 3-day valid negative RT-PCR or saliva COVID-19 test or a Barangay Health Certificate.
Overall, we had a really great stay at the Bubblemaker Dive and Beach Resort. The staff and the owner are welcoming and approachable, the rooms I stayed at was more than relaxing and the food was really good! This is the first and definitely not the last time that we’ll visit it. We opted to visit on weekdays since we would like to have the place to ourselves. “Working from Home” isn’t a problem at all because the resort has an established internet connection. Parking space, however, is limited. It could only accommodate up to four cars at a time. This may not be anything to worry about, though, as there’s a nearby pay parking outside the resort.
How about you? Have you tried staying in here or are you also looking forward to spend a weekend in here?