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Magic Island Dive Resort

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#2 of 8 special resorts in Moalboal
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Away from the masses, you'll have a wonderful stay in one of our ten cottages. Enjoy a great dinner in our restaurant or have a drink on our terrace with its magnificent view of Pescador Island.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Diving
Babysitting
Airport transportation
Parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Snorkeling
Couples massage
Foot massage
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Housekeeping
Safe
Bottled water
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Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
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Quiet
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English, French, Dutch, Filipino and 1 more
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Rob G wrote a review Apr 16
Chicago38 contributions15 helpful votes
We were at this same resort 10 years ago. Many majority of the staff are still there and make this resort a truly special place. Wonderful service and the staff is just great to interact with. The accommodations are soon to undergo a face-lift: 4 cabins being rebuilt and all getting bigger bathrooms with more counter space. We saw what the new bathrooms will look like come September 2024 and that will make these accommodations even better. Food was wonderful and you can pick from what's on the board for lunch and dinner, served family style, or order off the extensive menu is you choose. The grounds are lovely and the intimate nature of the resort (only 10 cabins) makes it and you feel special. The diving is good but still recovering from the typhoon of December 2021. You can see new life growing and there is still lots of beautiful soft coral. Lots of critters and the sardine experience is unique. All in all, the staff and the grounds make the resort excellent and the diving will continue to improve as growth happens.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The more interaction with staff, the more you learn they will do almost anything to try to make...
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Cees B wrote a review Feb 2024
Velsen, The Netherlands15 contributions4 helpful votes
It was a long journey to get to the resort, but it was worth all the time it took. Small resort but most friendly staff. The rooms are good, bathroom a little small, but they are planning to extend them. The food was excellent and the diving was well organized.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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DiverDeb wrote a review Jan 2024
Sechelt, Canada105 contributions55 helpful votes
Having stayed at Magic Oceans we had expectations for the sister resort. On arrival we were told " you just came from Magic Oceans so everything here is just the same". But it wasn't. Sometimes the water bottles were refilled, but not always and housekeeping never replenished the coffee packets in the cabin. We were expected to put our dive gear together (not really a problem) but also dismantle and clean everything at the end if the day's diving. Unusual, actually. The boats are cramped with no toilet and no room to move during the surface interval. 3+ hours can be a long haul without a toilet. Off loading the dive equipment from the boat consists of inflating the BC and tossing it overboard. Might be why we lost a weight pocket. There is a lovely cabana for massage (just make sure the curtains are closed before stripping down as it's right in front of the bar. Most disconcerting were the pedicures done in the bar! Snipping toenails next to people enjoying a cocktail is frankly rather gross. It's fair to say that we were disappointed. Here's hoping it was an "off week" and this is not the norm.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Cabins 7 & 8 are next to the parking area so quite noisy with arrivals and departures at all...
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Lester W wrote a review Nov 2023
Casa Grande, Arizona9 contributions1 helpful vote
Magic Island in Moalboal is a wonderful experience. It just takes a long time to get there! Be prepared for a lengthy transfer from the airport in Cebu City. That notwithstanding, the rewards of great service and excellent diving adventures are abundant. The cabins are clean and comfy. The dive team is helpful and supportive. Cheers!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: Be ready to slither out to the bangka at low tide . . .
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Joanna wrote a review May 2023
Melbourne, Australia126 contributions58 helpful votes
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This beautiful resort is a haven in amongst the chaos of Moalboal. The first two days we were staying at the resort the coast guard had declared a gail warning so we weren't allowed to go out on the boat. The resort organised a jeepney to take us to other shore dives in the area, this was great fun and allowed us to really see the mayhem that we were avoiding by staying at Magic Island! I normally find it hard to relax when on holidays but it is so peaceful here I was completely relaxed by day two. It is also very sheltered from the weather, even when the gail warning was in place the house reef was super calm. There were lots of bugs around - possibly due to flooding further inland at the time we were there - the huts have flywire over the windows but definitely bring some good repellant for dawn and dusk - the bar and meals area are all open air. The food was great and they catered to a variety of dietary requirements - however it would be best to let them know ahead of time if you will need gluten free bread or alternative milks etc. so they can make sure they have them in the kitchen. The bar is reasonably priced and they offer a variety of cocktails and mixed drinks plus standard wines and beers. I recommend the mango margarita! The meals were delicious - breakfast and lunch are ordered off a menu (you order your lunch at breakfast, to be served once you get back after the morning dives), dinner is a set menu with shared dishes but obviously variable to account for dietary requirements/preferences. I highly recommend the sweet and sour pork or fish, the sauce is incredible. The resort is gated and there is a 24/7 security guard which seems to be the norm here. Jamie, Manuel, Dennis and everyone in the dive shop were wonderful and helpful. We were surprised that on the first dive the guides were not asking how we were going on air - normally especially on the first dive the guides are sussing out air consumption. Luckily we are all pretty good on our air and the standard dive time of 60-65mins wasn't an issue. I hired gear; the BCD and regs I was given were brand new, the wetsuit was a small men's 2.5mm which was much too big in the torso so I was getting pretty chilly on the dives - luckily I had a warm sharkskin vest to wear underneath. They didn't have a huge range of wetsuits to hire so it would probably be best to bring your own - the water temp seemed to be around 26 degrees while we were there in February. Diving starts at a very civilised 8.30am (they will stagger the start times if there are multiple groups) so you can get up, enjoy the sunrise, have a coffee, enjoy your breakfast and lazily make your way down to the dive shop. Double dive in the morning, single dive in the afternoon and optional night dives including the Mandarin fish dive which was an amazing experience. I saw the largest sea turtles I have ever seen just snorkelling out the back of the resort and diving along the house reef. The dives here are all wall dives. We did the sardine ball dive, unfortunately vis was not great but it was still amazing to see. There's lots of awesome macro stuff to see including pygmy seahorses and little sexy shrimp, we also saw quite a few yellow-lipped kraits, ribbon eels, lionfish and lots of frogfish. The dives around Pescador Island were particularly noteworthy and the night dive just in the house reef was wonderful, there were seahorses just a few metres out from the dive shop and lots of little creepy crawlies to look at. Wifi was good and reliable around most of the resort. Other things to note: The huts have aircon, but at night I just opened all the slats to let the fresh breeze in which was perfectly comfortable. On very hot sunny days I would shut all the slats in the morning and put the air con on for a few hours in the afternoon just to cool the place down. The bathrooms are... cosy. If you're a larger person you may struggle to turn around in there! But the shower has a hot water system which you can adjust to the temperature you want and everything was clean and did what it needed to do. There's plenty of fresh drinking water available - you get your own bottle in the room which you can refill at various water coolers around the resort. There's not a lot to do at the resort if you're not a diver other than going out on the boat with the divers to snorkel, snorkelling straight out from the resort, lazing by the pool or getting a massage. The resort staff will happily organise a lift into town or wherever you'd like to go. Conching, Jaja and the other staff around the resort went out of their way to ensure a comfortable stay for all the guests, nothing was too much trouble. It was such a wonderful welcoming place where everybody remembered your name from day one. We had a fabulous relaxing time here and I would come back in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: The bus ride from the airport or ferry port is long - 3-5hours - and is not exactly relaxing or...
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Joel B wrote a review Jun 2022
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If you want a great vacation for diving you can't beat Magic Island. Great resort and dive experience. It is a small intimate experience. I have been diving since 1979 and haven't had a better experience. There were 12 of us traveling and diving together. I would highly recommend this experience.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Akın Y wrote a review Jul 2020
Istanbul, Türkiye33 contributions2 helpful votes
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very comfortable, clean rooms, delicious foods, well trained dive professionals. Everything is perfect. The pool gives your relax after the dives, but sure with a beer :) The personnel is always trying the best for the guest.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Room Tip: All bungalows are the same and perfect.
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yenercep wrote a review Feb 2020
Bodrum District, Türkiye23 contributions9 helpful votes
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I have been travelling and diving around the world for more than 10 yrs. I am a dive instructor trainer and dive center owner in Turkey. Magic Island Dive Resort was one of my best experiences! Manager Concheng, dive center manager Jamie, JaJa and all others were excellent. Kind, fun, helping and always around! They will take good care of you during your stay here... Excellent kitchen, clean rooms and very good room service. Nice pool, cosy bar and beautiful coral beach. Diving is also great here. Nice boat, top quality, good serviced equipment and great guides, Mavar, Dennis and Jason! Guys I hope to see you all again one day! Readers of this review: do not hasitate to book your reservation!!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Desiree Pullens, Owner at Magic Island Dive Resort
Responded May 4, 2020
Thank you so much for the great review. It was great to have you here and we would love to see you again.
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Tuckerman99 wrote a review Dec 2019
North Vancouver, Canada117 contributions38 helpful votes
We were on a trip organized by Snorkel Ventures. We had a great time at Magic Island. The staff were very friendly and knew everyone by first name in no time. The snorkelling was very good. Jamie and his dive team were excellent. The guides did a great job at pointing out various marine life for us. In particular we want to thank DeLoy who was especially helpful in the water with my wife Margo and I. The food was very good, the accommodation excellent, and we even had some great live music on our last night. Thanks again to all at Magic Island.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from MagicIslandTeam, Manager at Magic Island Dive Resort
Responded Feb 3, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind words, I will make sure the rest of the team gets to read this.
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david c wrote a review Dec 2019
Lyndonville, New York84 contributions10 helpful votes
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My buddy Pete and i spent 8 days at this resort in October. What a nice little gem in the middle of the Philippines! The staff was excellent, warm and friendly! Food was very good and plentiful. The dive master (Manny) was really good, very friendly and helpful. Head of dive operations not so much.... The owners were on hand and very friendly as well. Everyone makes you feel at home. Cottages small but clean and efficient. The reefs here were beautiful, healthy and FULL of life. The long boats took you out to very close reefs for diving. Very calm waters with less currents and easy diving. Lots of varieties of small fish. The day diving with the whale sharks was truly awesome and a once in a lifetime experience! Just fantastic.Took the rickshaw ride (very fast and adventurous) into town to the market to see the lovely locals. Overall a great experience!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Responded Feb 3, 2020
Thanks for the nice review, we are so happy you enjoyed your stay and I will make sure your comments get passed along to the rest of the team.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Magic Island Dive Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Magic Island Dive Resort?
Nearby attractions include Pescador Island (3.9 km), Kawasan Falls (7.4 km), and RJR Minigolf Moalboal (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Magic Island Dive Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Magic Island Dive Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Magic Island Dive Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Magic Island Dive Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Magic Island Dive Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Smooth Cafe Moalboal, Hungry Monkeys, and The Three Bears.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Magic Island Dive Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Magic Island Dive Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Magic Island Dive Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Magic Island Dive Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Dutch, and Filipino.
Does Magic Island Dive Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.