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Hippocampus Beach Resort

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Hippocampus Beach Resort is centrally located on the main beach of Malapascua Island, Bounty Beach. Totaling 18 rooms with three different categories, including basic fan standard room, superior air conditioning rooms, and deluxe beachfront air conditioned rooms. It has a beachfront bar and restaurant with beer garden, tables on the beach, and bean bags for sunset happy hour. In house scuba diving school, Devocean Divers, and in house Kitesurfing school, Malapascua Kitesurfing.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Airport Transportation
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Public Wifi
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Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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Family Resort
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I stayed at the Hippocampus as part of a package with Devocean. This is a good option if you are diving as you can come and go easily from dives. Note that my friend stayed 5 mins away and used Devocean with ease, so if cost is an issue, there might be better options nearby.
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Response from hipporesort, Manager at Hippocampus Beach Resort
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi there! Thanks for your review and your constructive feedback! You say it is written for travelers, but it is also great for us owners to read to get your ideas and feedback on positive change in the resort. As for comparison of our pizza to Angelinas.... well, let's just say that they are an Italian Pizzeria and we are a beach resort with a mixed menu. Pizza is their specialty, so naturally their pizzas are very delicious! However, we still think our pizzas are yummy too -we apologize if yours was not :( We are continually working to improve our food here and always working with our kitchen and consultants to provide a better experience for our guests. We are making small adjustments almost every day, tweaking recipes here and there and trying to get it just right. We hope that next time you come back we can win you back :) As for the concrete paths or the rinse area in front of the rooms - this is a great feedback and something we started working on already! We don't want to put concrete paths everywhere because we want you to feel like you are on the beach, hence the sand. However, we WILL be installing a new rinse system for each room to make sure you can get that sand off before getting in the room! We hope you can come back to test it out next time and we invite you for a free cocktail to enjoy for giving us honest feedback and a great idea. Thanks and we hope to see you again! Hippo Team
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After meeting the dashingly handsome Canadian owner and manager I had to stay for his charming personality and militant Acouting. The cocktails were delicious with the best happy hour on the island using premium import alcohol instead of the local poison the other places
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Response from hipporesort, Manager at Hippocampus Beach Resort
Responded 4 Dec 2018
Thanks Roberto for your excellent review - and thanks for your binge drinking in our bar. I think you hold the record for highest tab ever accumulated! We never went through more Jagermeister than when you were here - you must be a hunter? Yes, our food specials are outrageously good and the good news is that they will be hitting the regular menu soon! See you next time, gangster!
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My girlfriend and I stayed here in October. It is located right next to a beach, and has loungers for bathing. The room was comfortable and spacious. The food is good, and to top it off you get free breakfast
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Response from hipporesort, Manager at Hippocampus Beach Resort
Responded 4 Dec 2018
Hey there! Thanks for the kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your stay! See you next time!
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This is where we stay for 2 days and room is clean, location is great, ambiance is peaceful because of near in bounty beach but all in all experience is great. They have mini bar and restaurant,you dont need to go anywhere. Just a little bit pricey on their drinks and food.
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Response from hipporesort, Manager at Hippocampus Beach Resort
Responded 18 Oct 2018
Hi there! Thanks for the great review about our rooms, location, ambiance, and the beach! We are sad to hear that you viewed our menu as too expensive - if you will compare us to other restaurants in the same location and same quality/service level, you will see we offer the same prices, but even better quality food and service :) We are actually one of (maybe the only) restaurants in the island who serve romaine lettuce, and not old iceburg lettuce. Our kitchen was overhauled in the last two years including a new menu from a very experienced chef and training our kitchen staff on different cooking methods. Our food is in the upper level of price on the island sure, but it's also in the upper level of quality and taste. We also offer buy one get one free cocktails using premium alcohol and ingredients from 4-7pm everyday which is unworldly prices for what you get. I know I would pay 15$ for a Mojito like that at home! ;) Anyhow, It's your preference where you choose to eat, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks and we hope to see you again!
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This a a very peacful and quiet resort for those travellers enjoy a relaxing holiday. Room is clean and tidy with balcony, however you need to prepare your toiletries as they provide soap only. It can be understandable for environmental protection and I support this. Food is
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Response from hipporesort, Manager at Hippocampus Beach Resort
Responded 18 Oct 2018
Thank you so much George! We are happy you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you back! Hippo Team
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Comfy bed non-aircon room!
plein de taches (certainement de l'huile de massage)
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View from veranda in beachfront. It appears further away because it is a panoramic photo.
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Veranda in beachfront
Hi there, it takes about 5 hours in total to come from the airport to Hippocampus on Malapascua. Malapascua is at the north tip of Cebu Island. It takes a little bit of time to reach Malapascua, but that is also what makes it so special and creates a vibe of "choosen ones" :) The best method is a private car/van from Cebu airport to Maya Port and then with a boat to Malapascua. It is faster and more comfortable than going by public transfer. We can arrange that easily for you - even with a private boat. Just write us a mail regarding your booking. Cheers and sunny greetings from Malapascua
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Hi there, fins should be OK... the dive shop uses open heel fins which means your front part of your foot slips in and an adjustable rubber strap goes behind your ankle. The only problem might be booties... not sure if they have a big enough size of bootie (water shoe) for you. Might be safer to bring your own booties... they should be about 2 inches above the ankle, to provide protection from the rubber strap. The dives are different every day. It is up to you what kind you would like to do. We have shallow reef dives, deeper reef dives, sunset and night dives, and deep dives. There are two deep dives with the sharks that you must have Advanced Open Water training or at least a Deep Adventure spec to do. Open Water divers are limited to 18M, but Advanced or Deep Adventure divers can dive to 30M. If you do not have this specialty, you can attain it here during one dive for a cost of around 3,500 php. Rash guards are always good to bring, the sun here is very hot. You can also wear it during diving which is more comfortable than the full body wetsuits. We have beach loungers and beach towels you can get and we will place it anywhere on the beach for you. We have American style outlets here so charging is not an issue. Any more questions, feel free to ask! See you soon
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Hi there - please send us an email from our website to arrange a private transfer. The price is 4,950 php each way for private car. Please also include in the email your flight details and whose name your reservation is under. Thanks! Lee
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"All our rooms were very similar."
"Upstairs you get big balcony."
"Select rooms which are inside rather staying near beach as during live music days your sleep can be disturbed."
"ocean view rooms are spacious, but can be noisy if you book on a night when the Live Band are playing.."
"A garden rooms are more quiet than beach view rooms"
US$51 - US$95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
hippocampus beach hotel malapascua island
PhilippinesVisayasCebu IslandMalapascua Island
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