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Magic Island Dive Resort
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Evanston, Illinois
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Wish I could give higher rating or lower all other ratings I have done”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Any place I have reviewed before that I gave an excellent to should be downgraded. Magic Island is amazing. Diving is world class. Dive guides were terrific. Gourmet food was beyond plentiful and excellent. I would like to have Fred the chef cook for me all the time. The staff is beyond amazing. They are friendly and knew every person's name in our 18 person group by the end of the first day we were there. I can not say enough good things about Magic Island. Don't go anywhere else!

Room Tip: Sorry--no fitness center
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

I recently spent 10 days at Magic Island with a group of divers mostly from Chicago and we had a wonderful time. Our hosts, Desiree and Ari, were wonderful. The staff was extremely attentive to our every need and they all knew all our names by our second day. The rooms are clean and roomy. Everyone has a porch and the views are lovely.

The food was served family style was plentiful and delicious. The head of their dive operations, Jo was wonderful and always accommodating as were all the dive masters. Jo even dived with us a couple of times with her devil horn dive cap. I even did a dive with Desiree. We often got to choose dive sites that we wanted to go back to.

Just so you know Desiree and Ari don't greet you and disappear they're often mingling with their guests. Right now they're building a second resort so while they may not always be around their staff is so wonderful they don't need to be.

If you're expecting a 5 star luxury resort this isn't it. But true dive resorts rarely are and this is a true dive resort. I look forward to returning to the Philippines and check out the new place when it is finished in a couple of years.

Room Tip: The resort is basically cottages. There is one two story cottage, I stayed in the upper cottage. The...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Toronto
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

I just can't say enough about this resort. What a truly wonderful place to take your vacation. The diving is fantastic,the food is fresh, delicious and more then plentiful, but what sets this resort apart is the staff, who know you by your first name the minute that you set foot on the resort property. Weather permitting,dinner is often served ocean side......what a great way to wrap up your day...I will miss this so much. The entire property is 100% safe, clean and beautifully laid out and looks like a tropical paradise. If you're thinking about diving in the Philippines, stop looking and just go here!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

From the moment my husband and I arrived at the resort it was just lovely. The staff was incredible and yes they almost immediately know your name. The food is delicious with incredible variety. The bar staff make a variety of delicious tropical drinks. The diving is wonderful and the dive staff very attentive. We were a group of 18 divers with a variety of physical needs, food restrictions and personalities and the staff as well as owners met each and everyone.

Room Tip: The bungalows poolside are away from the bar area and quieter.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Overall Magic Island Dive Resort was pretty good and a fun experience.

Hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating.

Food was pretty good (not amazing but good). Communal meals take place at 7:30pm but you can request a private table for any time if you like.

Bungalows were very nice, very clean and reasonably priced. Would have been nice if drinking water was replenished daily in our room.

Dive guides were pretty good (some much better than others as some swam off at times). The largest dive group we had was 3 divers to one guide which was super nice. Nice dive centre with good equipment, boats and drying facilities.

Sardine dive was quite murky and not easy to see (obviously not the resorts fault). Also saw lots of turtles, frog fish, sea snakes, mandarin fish in corals, plane wreck, nudiebranches.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brighton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

Moalboal has great diving especially if you're into macro. The sardine run is special. The dive guides do a good job. The dive centre is spotless, faultless and run efficiently and safely by Jo and she knows the area well. In fact the whole resort is spotless and efficient, but It is expensive for Philippines. I missed not having a beach or anywhere to wander, sit and have a coffee/beer off resort. Feeling obliged to eat communally and at a set time did not suit me, but for divers on a short break wanting to chat and meet other divers it's perfect.

Room Tip: All rooms are the same layout (small bathrooms & small balconies) & none have proper sea vie...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Port Lincoln, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014

We loved our time at Magic Island resort. Having had to change locations because of the Typhoon, we were glad they could fit us in. A small 10 room resort, staff know your name from the time you arrive.
We had the set menu each night for 995Php pp where we had some delicious food. Things that we would not have tried if not for the set menu, and we are glad we did. Also being allergic to certain foods, they substituted other things so I could still have some delicious food.
Cocktails looking out over the water whilst the sun set was absolutely beautiful. The massage/spa out right on the water was also really great.
The dive shop is professionally run, and diving was good. The sardine dive was great! Some of the spots are a little lacking, but on the whole, quite good.
The downsides are that it is probably a little overpriced for the Philippines, the bathroom was a bit small, and it is quite out of the way, meaning you have to travel into Moalboal for any variety in restaurants. But it was still a fantastic stay, and we would definitely return.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Magic Island Dive Resort
Address: Tongo, Basdiot, Moalboal 6032, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Moalboal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Moalboal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Magic Island Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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Magic Island Dive Hotel Moalboal
Magic Island Dive Resort Moalboal, Philippines - Cebu Island

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