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KM 138 National Road, Canlumacad, Santander 6026 Philippines
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A secluded boutique resort by the sea -- the perfect place to relax, recharge and enjoy sounds of the lapping waves. We offer a quiet & spacious surrounding, comfortable rooms, tasty and healthy food, and great diving experience. Under French & Hong Kong management, we aspire to provide services of quality, comfort & efficiency. Our house coral reef has healthy flora & fauna, good for diving and snorkeling. In-house fully-equipped dive shop, instructors, dive boats & crew. Near Oslob whale shark watching and several waterfalls, our location is also a convenient transit point to Bohol, Siquior, Dumaguete and Moalboal.
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cjane99 wrote a review 2 Jan
Washington DC, District of Columbia58 contributions5 helpful votes
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We just got back from an incredible six-night dive vacation at Emoha! The diving itself was incredible. Jean Michel and Tony were wonderful dive guides-- they would show us interesting things if they found them (like a shrimp and gobi together or a sponge crab on a night dive) but were also cool to let us wander around and explore. They carried everything to the boat and handled setting up the gear and rinsing it each day. Dive groups were small-- sometimes it was just the two of us, and the most we had were a group of four. (You don't have to be a diver to stay at the resort, but we definitely recommend staying here if you do dive!) Things were very flexible and chill-- Jean Michel would stop by while we were relaxing in the lounge area at night and would check in about the next day's dives based on the weather and current conditions and our interests. The coral was very vibrant in the area and we even saw a couple of sharks and large turtles! Since the area was farther from the busier Moalboal areas it wasn't crowded at all. We never saw any other divers in the local reef area, and only saw one other group when we were diving Sumilon Island. Overall a 10/10 experience! The rest of the resort was also lovely! Lottie was amazing with communication with her prompt email responses when we contacted her to book a last-minute stay after our prior plans elsewhere got canceled. She helped explain how to get there-- you can fly to Dumaguete and be there in an hour or less by taking a ferry or you can fly to Cebu City and then have a four-hour drive using a car service that she will book for you. Everything is added on to your tab that you pay at the end, making things very easy and relaxing. This includes food, drink, dives, diving equipment, car service, and even a massage that she can book with a nearby massage therapist to do in your room or balcony with just an hour or two notice at a super reasonable price-- I highly recommend getting one! We enjoyed the included breakfasts and super reasonably priced lunches and dinners (we spent less than $300 total for two people for six nights of lunches, dinners, wine, and beer). You can let Lottie know ahead of time if you're going to want an early breakfast and you can also pre-order your dinner for later if you're hanging out on the couches with afternoon drinks-- just let her know what you'd like and at what time. We loved the spicy Korean Ramen soup and the pizza for lunch, and for dinner we recommend asking Lottie what she recommends for the night-- sometimes they will get in a new shipment of salad or fresh fish or have a special. She knows what they cook best! :) We enjoyed the coconut-sauce fish, the tuna, the desserts, and we got the side salad with sesame dressing each night. You can order a bottle of wine (also at a great price) and then if you don't drink all of it, they will label it with your room number so you can have more the next day. They also have beers in the fridge that you can take and add on to your room tab. The rooms were pretty and it was nice to have a balcony. The gardens are lovely, and there is a hammock in one of them that is great to relax in. The pool is pretty and there are areas to hang out around it (the beach area is stony rather than sandy but the pool area is very close to the water). We had rainy weather for the first half of our trip, but enjoyed a gorgeous sunset the last night! Overall we would absolutely recommend this resort, especially if you dive!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Eric Tuñacao wrote a review Apr 2022
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Stayed at Emoha Diving Resort last night (Apr 23-24, 2022) with my wife & kids and its definitely one of our best experiences. I’ll give it more than 5Stars with all honesty. This resort is no doubt one of Cebu’s best hidden gems for a number of reasons: 1. Owned by genuine & hospitable French-HK couple which are very hands on, we felt like VIPs during our stay. They are on top of the food & they spent time talking with us. 2. The resort is very private, quiet & exclusive with only 6 rooms. Just perfect for us as we are looking for a quick stress relieving get-away. The view of Negros Island & Tañon Strait is a Zen experience in itself. The water is calm & backdropped with majestic mountains. It seems so close that you can swim it. The sunset is so romantic. Despite being close to the port for Dumaguete, there is no noise & you cannot see passenger boats crossing. 3. It is a high-end resort at a low-cost price. We love the details. Kohler bath & toilet fixtures are used. Double glazed thick aluminum. Cogon reeds on ceiling, Outdoor furnitures by Metamorphose. Lounges from HK, terracota tiles for Dumaguete. My wife love the plates & utensils used. 4. For non-divers like us, the ambiance is a very welcoming environment. The Contemporary Filipino architecture of the resort is a stunner. I have been to other diving resorts in Mactan & Moalboal & all of them are just plain accomodations. Nothing special to it as they focus only on diving. 5. The food is absolutely amazing. Its a treat for both the eyes & tummy. Fish are freshly caught. Only the finest ingredients were used. Absolutely delicious & worth your bucks. Plus, Chef Girly spend time talking to us which we find very enjoyable. 6. Location-wise I would say that Emoha is perfectly nestled. Because most of Cebu’s diving resorts are conveniently located in Mactan & some in Moalboal, these areas are very crowded. Emoha gives you an exciting, unique & new experience in Santander. You can similarly experience what Moalboal divers has to offer because it is also along Tañon Strait but you have more because you are close to Dumaguete & Negros diving sites. Definitely we will be returning to this resort regularly as we love the people behind it, the whole resort amenities & our experiences. It feels like home.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Ivy wrote a review Nov 2021
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A hidden gem in Santander! I love the resort so much. Design and details are well-thought of. It is very clean, serene, bed is sooooo comfortable, pool is refreshing and clean, shower has strong pressure, tootbrush is made of bamboo and the bristles are soft ( which is unbelievable for a free toothbrush!) . And the sunset view? Just wow! The food? We enjoyed it so much! My friends and i couldn’t stop talking about it ♥️. Try the chocolate mousse and the wine too! And of course the owners! Thank you so much Lottie. We enjoyed our stay tremendously , if only we could stay longer.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Luca wrote a review Jun 2020
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Emoha is a beautiful & peaceful place. I have traveled almost the entire island of Cebu, and there is nothing like the area of Santander. Emoha made it extra special for me, I stayed there for 1,5 week and this was the first place after a long time traveling(8 months) That made me feel like home. Jean Michel & Lottie are the best!! We ate our dinners together with some nice jazz or blues music in the background, candle light and the beautiful sunset. Jean Michel & Lottie are so passionate about diving, i loved listening to them, the beautiful places the went to and where you as guest will go to. I have to come back some day to go diving with them because during lockdown sadly it was not possible. And the other activities as looking at the waterfalls;) I did go and went hiking up the mountain, from up there it’s an amazing view. So I’ll be back for the fun stuff;) Thank you so much for your hospitality, your kindness and friendship. Stay well and until next time we meet;) The best regards Luca
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Appelspijs wrote a review Jun 2020
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We spent 2 months at EMOHA during the Covid-19 crisis and enjoyed every moment! Very good food, great views, perfect snorkle/scuba dive spot and fantastic people! The resort is beautiful and eco-friendly. Lottie and Jean-Michel are terrific and helpful. We are certainly planning to go back!
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Date of stay: April 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Emmanuelle G wrote a review Apr 2020
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We stayed here more than 2 weeks and we had a fabulous time. The environment is absolutely peaceful. You get great sunsets every day by the sea. The owners Jean Michel and Lottie are really involved making sure their guests have everything they need and more! They have been so helpful while Cebu island was in lockdown and they truly took care of us as if we were family. The food also is very tasty and with lot of choices and the staff (morning shift and late shift) are very customer service oriented. The words would not even be enough to describe how amazing was our stay at Emoha. A big thanks to Jean-Michel, Lottie and the staff! We would definitely come back.
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Date of stay: April 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 16 Apr 2020
Hi Emma, so glad that you got home safe! Please take care, be cautious & stay healthy! Probably still a few months before this is over.
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Scott T wrote a review Feb 2020
Taipei, Taiwan14 contributions6 helpful votes
Emoha is a newer (1 year), small 6-room husband/wife-run boutique. Our family of 4 stayed in 1 of their 2 family rooms. With a split level, the kids stayed in the upstairs 2 single beds while we escaped downstairs in the double bed. The rooms and entire place, as well as the beach in front, are exceptionally clean and well-maintained. The staff all try hard and the owners are actively involved. We ran all activities (pickups/dropoffs/whalesharks/multiple treks) through Emoha and all very well organized with great drivers and guides. Yes, you do pay a little more going through your resort rather than 3rd parties elsewhere, but that is normal and convenience and quality are worth this for us as EMoha came through A+ on all excursions. We had our 2 kids do their first ocean dives and Emoha were excellent. They are divers and so patient with kids. From initial time in the pool to ensure they were truly ready for their 1st ocean dive to the ocean dive itself, Emoha were great. We saw many people come through and do Discovery dives and each time the same level of patience and passion were shown. Right in front is a great house reef to snorkel. We had some rough sea days which kept us around the pool and all other days we'd jump in and explore the corals. For a 6-room resort, the food was acceptable. Not going to get the same variety that you do at larger places, but what is available kept us eating at only Emoha for our 5 days. Do your dives with EMoha and stay here and enjoy.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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David M wrote a review Feb 2020
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This resort is something special, you can see the effort of the owners in every little detail. This is reflected in the rooms as they are super clean and they have unique furniture. Also the other areas like food, diving, transport are just well done. The owner even drove us 40 min to the ferry himself. Very kind people and just all in all recommendable!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Iannis P wrote a review Jan 2020
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam6 contributions2 helpful votes
tldr - If you come to Cebu, stay at Emoha Dive Resort We travelled to Oslob via ferry and then a quick 20 minute transfer to Emoha. We were greeted with friendly and caring staff, an immaculate room and a private slice of paradise on this beautiful island. It took all of an hour to feel like we were at home. Because the resort takes some time to travel to, the staff ensures that everything you will require is on-hand: travel and booking advice, honest and fair tour coordination, dive / snorkel equipment, water refill station, and a menu of fresh organic food options that delighted us every meal. If you are comfortable travelling to major attractions with a tour or by booking a motorbike (onsite rental), from here you can see every major attraction on the island and return home to relax and recharge. If not, you will be left wanting for nothing with a pool, healthy reef, sun beds, food and a stunning view from your room. The accommodation is beautiful, and we most appreciated the focus on environmental responsibility (glass bottle refill, no plastics, and organic ingredients). The communication and positivity from the staff was a warm welcome. If we return to Cebu we will stay here, and will be eager to suggest Emoha to anyone visiting the island. If we have constructive feedback to share, we suggest you don’t change anything. We wish everyone at Emoha continued success and happiness. Thank you for an amazing visit to Cebu.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Laura L wrote a review Jan 2020
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This place is such a find, WOW! It’s way cuter than the pictures and the owners, Jean and Lottie, live onsite and are incredible. It’s clear that they care about all their guests having the best time and they went above and beyond in multiple ways to show it: Lottie had a staff member go buy Christmas wrapping paper from the store to help me surprise my friends, and Jean gifted my friends scuba diving log books when he discovered they didn’t have any. Jean was our dive master and his calming, professional, and knowledgeable demeanor makes for the perfect instructor. Their gear is high quality, and new. Their boat staff is incredibly helpful and you will feel well prepared and taken care of. The rooms are super comfy with hot water, great water pressure and fluffy towels. The kitchen makes amazing meals and can accommodate any diet. Their house reef is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen for diving/ snorkeling with stunning pink and purple coral, tons of fish, and pretty star fish. The name, EMOHA, is “A Home” backwards, and Jean and Lottie did just that, they made us feel at home!! I highly recommend a stay here if you’re looking to dive, snorkel or just relax!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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US$103 - US$144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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PhilippinesVisayasCebu IslandSantander
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Nearby attractions include Our Lady's Garden (7.9 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Emoha Dive Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Emoha Dive Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Felice Ristorante Italiano, Belgian Bistro, and Breaktime Resto Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Emoha Dive Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Emoha Dive Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Emoha Dive Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Emoha Dive Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Silliman University (12.9 km) and Belfry (14.1 km).