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Review of Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort

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Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Malapascua Island
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“A new paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013 via mobile

World class customer service experience, I love the ambiance of thier bar and restaurant. Perfect get away from stress. The dive center improved a lot. The owner Cora was very accomodating. Guys you also try thier exotic SPA, really rejuvinates you after you request for a massage.Thank you so much Exotic team for making my long week a blast. Will surely be back for more next year. Kodus!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Went in Feb 2013 with 15 diving friends. Had a fantastic 10 day stay. Some of our group stayed for 14 days. Everyone loved the resort, the restaurant and the food. Accommodation is just as advertised, lovely rooms, spacious, clean and stylish.
Staff are helpful, friendly and professional.
Would certainly recommend and would happily return

Room Tip: Request a beach front room the views are fantastic!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

Exotic Malapascua island resort is a divers unspoiled paradise. This island thresher shark diving central and one of the only places on the planet to dive with them. Every day they offer a 5:00 am dive trip to Monad Shoal to see thresher sharks and manta rays. I took the Monad Shoal trip 3x and saw several large thresher sharks. You will need to set your alarm for 4:15 am as the dive boat leaves at 4:45am sharp to reach the dive site.
Exotic offers several day trips including El Gato island, Calanggaman island, Nunez Shoal, Dona Marilyn wreck and night diving to see the mandarin fish. I recommend all of the these dives sites! The selection and fresh ness of the food was beyond my expectation given the remote location. Due to difficulties getting here I was two day late and reception simply extended my stay, this was unexpected and greatly appreciated.
Getting here: Malapascua is a very remote location and requires a lot of time and patience to get here but it is worth it. You basically need to give yourself 2 days to get to Malapascua if you are coming from Manila. The domestic carriers delay and cancel flights quite often if the flights are not full. I had a 5am flight Manila to Cebu and it was cancelled, rescheduled to 9am then further delayed to 1pm and finally departed at 2:30pm and arrived in Cebu just before 4:00pm. Once you arrive in Cebu it takes 4+hours by taxi to get to Maya city then you take the ferry to Malapascua. The distance from Cebu to Maya is not very long but you are traveling on surface streets and going through small villages so it takes a long time. Getting to Malapascua is part of the ADVENTURE and this is why Malapascua is still paradise.
Malapascua is like the Maldives but without the posh 5 star infinity pools, tempurpedic beds and seaplanes that wisk you off in luxury to the island retreat. So if you are up for the adventure I strong suggest you add Malapascua to you bucket list.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

Very convenient for diving activities , combined with confortable housing and rich cuisine.
Get the "beachfront" rooms for best experience. Rooms backward are quiet but with poor view.
padi diving school inside the hotel.
The hotel provides also the boat to reach the island if contacted in advance.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Subang Jaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

A revisit after 2 years simply meant reliving the great time I had earlier, with a lot more additions and improvements. A new sports bar and improved dive centre have since been added which will be most welcomed by scuba divers. A PADI 5 star and Nat Geo centre, they have their own boats for dive trips and the new dive centre managers are bringing some new zing to the already great dive experience.

The restaurant now boasts a new menu which, at first glance, looks like a photo book. Having tried a good range of their offerings, I must say 'YES' to all their sumptuous food though my waist protests. The restaurant staff are attentive to their customers' needs and are quick attend to any needs (practical ones, of course). Just inform them if you have any special dietary needs and they will do their very best to accommodate.

The entire resort area is well maintained and kept clean daily. Security is also present 24/7, so safety is well assured. The rooms have been done up since my last visit and kept clean. However, time spent at this resort is best kept outdoors and not wasted in the rooms. The beach is simply awesome and the fishing villages with friendly locals surround this resort. All this also provides ample photographic opportunities.

Many thanks to Cora and her crew for the wonderful experience at this little slice of heaven on earth.

Room Tip: Wifi internet access is only available at the restaurant area.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

Nice resort, very quiet, very friendly staff, nice retaurant, with very wide menu, including Western dishes, local, Asian dishes, snacks, sandwiches, Burgers, Pizza/pasta...

Rooms are nice, comfortable, quiet, some even with a terrace...

Dive Center is highly professional: the young swedish couple taking care of it, Becca and Joa are highly qualified and experienced, very friendly, helpful, and extremely customer oriented service.

The standars they apply are amongst the highest on the business, as it should be: safety first!

They group of Divemasters and Instructors are just amazing: they have been on the place for years, and they could even find the smallest shrimps on a night dive if the lights failed! They have been around so they can show you every little fish you would never find: little cleaning shrimps, sea moths, lion fish, mantas, cuttelfish, thresher sharks on the early morning dive!, little octopuss, frog fishes, sea horses hidding in the corals, little nudis, mandarin fishes, and many more!

They have a special room to store/dry equipment, cleaning/rinsing area, complimentary coffee station, Nitrox area, store room for their equipment, teaching room, dive shop, all very nicely painted and decorated!

They have 4 big boats and 4 or 5 smaller boats for small groups, so you'll have enough to chose from, and enough room for everyone! The captains and the crew are very helpful and caring before and after the dives.

It's been in Malapascua for some time, and everybody knows what he's doing, which is nice!!

Highly recommended! I'll be back!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Stayed 2 nights at the Exotic Island Resort. Didnt dive, didnt swim. Just relaxed, ate, drank and enjoyed precious moments. The full fledged restaurant and bar has a wide selection from western and asian menus to cater to most tastes. Not fine dining but we were here for the whole rustic feel.

The boat that took us there from Cebu landed right at the doorstep of the resort and was such a sight to behold after the long 3 hour ride from the airport to the Jetty. The boat trip itself was a short 30-40 minutes.

Sunrise is real early here and by six the sun is above the horizon lending gleaming rays onto the sea and the beach. Moments are best at this time, not too hot and the salty wind in your face. What I loved most was the quietness of it all, no beach vendors to harass you and yet have all the full facilities at arms reach. Wifi is free but not quite reaching the rooms, but at the beach area was still okay.

Also indulged in a 2 hour massage at the expert hands of Susan and Wilma (?) as a precursor to a good night's sleep. Rooms were large and clean with working hot water. Water is clean but salty from the well.

The personal care of the owner shows through the Filipino hospitality of the staff at the resort who takes care of all your requirements.

Apparently the owner is developing a higher end sister resort in Kerikite Island and I can't wait to visit one day.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort
Address: 6013, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Malapascua Island
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Malapascua Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are thinking of diving or staying in Malapascua consider us your first choice. We have everything you need for a relaxing, exciting, enjoyable stay with first class facilities and service. Exotic is the pioneer dive resort on Malapascua. The first dive shop to open on the island in 1998, Exotic has grown over the years and is now the leading dive resort on the island, without compromising its original laid-back charm and outstanding service. Our continued expansion is a result of our customer’s loyalty and desire to revisit and share their Exotic experience with others. Why not come and see what brings people back to us year after year? ... more   less 
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