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“Quiet, friendly family resort with diving in small groups”

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Asian-Belgian Dive Resort
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“Quiet, friendly family resort with diving in small groups”
Reviewed 11 May 2012 via mobile

Before I write this review let me give a quick bit of background on White Beach/Moalboal. This place is off the beaten track, a place for adventurous travellers, not people used to 5* in the Caribbean. It's important to remember that when reading other reviews of all the hotels in the area.

This hotel is a small, friendly family place run by Daniel and his wife Lisa. All the staff are extremely welcoming and you are almost made to feel part of the family. If you don't like that type of thing then stay at one of the bigger 'resorts'.

Positives
- nice traditional cottages which are clean and well kept. You have a little balcony and a view of the ocean. Good shower with hot water. I considered it good value for money.
- good food and they try to provide enough variety including local fresh tuna when available which they cook over the BBQ (recommended!). Breakfast is nice - omelette and banana pancakes were delicious
- the management are very relaxed and can help with tricycles/taxis/trips to oslob.
- the diving is in small groups which I really like, not like some of the bigger boats we saw out on the water.
-lots of people were diving or swimming on the house reef out front which was good
- sheets and towels were changed when I requested - they don't seem to do it automatically if you are there for 3/4days, but frankly I prefer that - it is just a waste of time and energy when I wouldn't change my own sheets everyday
- I had a very good pedicure by a local lady Lisa uses -70PHP! She came to the hotel which was great
- free filtered water at all times. I saw another review that said this is an issue if you are late home and all the staff have gone to bed - just help yourself to a glass from the kitchen!

Other comments
- Daniels style of diving is very relaxed - if you are not comfortable/still a relative beginner then let him know beforehand
- If you want luxury and 5* service then don't stay here - the charm of this place is in its character and welcome.
- if you want to be in the centre of the action then stay in Panagsama - we took a tricycle one night for dinner (ate in Maya's Mexican - awesome) but its a good 20-25 minutes, which you don't want to be doing every night
- the reception is to manned 24hrs so if you are arriving after 9pm I would advise you to let them know so they can wait for you. The staff are local people with families who work long hours so of course they go home when everyone has gone to bed.

If I ever return to Moalboal then I will definitely stay with Daniel and Lisa again and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to like-minded laid back travellers. Thank you for a very peaceful and enjoyable few days!

Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Zottegem, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

If you're looking for a nice, quite and peaceful stay at Moalboal-Cebu don't look any further. We've got a very warm welcome by Daniel, Lisa and the staff. Service is at his top in this small family resort. Very nice and fresh food. We were staying there for 7 days in october 2011.
Nice dives at different dive spots. Long dive times (over 60 minutes). Pescador (Sardine balls, very big frogfishis, ...) only 45 minutes sailing from the resort. 10 minutes walking from White Beach. Close to Panagsawa. Daniel also organised trips (fishing, waterfalls, ...). Daniel and his staff made a lot of efforts to made us feel like home.
The rooms are basic, with all comfort (heated water every moment of the day or night) and 24/24 electricity. WiFi for free. Very nice view from the resort and lovely sunsets.
I was staying there with my wife who's not diving ... would we like to go back? Yes!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

It's a really nice p'ace especially if you want to dive. There you really have the feeling of "diving a la carte".
Nice for snorkellers also.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

We stayed at the Asia Belgian Resort in Nov 2011, Daniel (resort owner) and Albert were our instructors for our Advanced Open Water diving course, they were very concerned on our dive safety and attentive despite an incident were raised after one of our dive as the boatman didn't come to pick us up after our ascent that we floated an hour on the surface. Albert did his utmost effort professionally to calm and lead us to the nearest coast. We recommend this resort especially if you are diver, they provide a very accommodating and helpful services that you'll feel home away home. If you are looking for a five stars hotel, this is not suitable for you.

We didn't need to plan our dives by ourselves as Daniel did it for us. They maintain all gears in good conditions.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Singapore
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

Asian Belgian is a small and family run resort located near White Beach in Moalboal. Daniel and his staff make a lot of efforts to give us the best 6 nights of stay there. Diving is excellent with good viz and personal guidance from Daniel! I have 11 dives including 2 dives at the Sardine Balls of Pescador Island. Most of the time, I am the only diver along with Daniel for the dive. It is like a one-to-one personalize diving experience!!! I am also the only guest in the resort and I really got a lot of personalize service from the staffs!

The Food is delicious, fresh and healthy. The Mango and Banana juice are really awesome! Daniel also provided Free flow of iced drinking water too! Most often overlook as we Diver need to drink lots of water to keep us hydrated and away from DCS!!

The view from the resort is great with one of the most beautiful sunset! Free and quick wireless internet at the restaurant is also available. My Room is a bit empty but it is comfortable with heated water and a good cozy bed. The A/C keep running and never have problem for the 6 nights I am there. Thanks for the great stays there!!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

We had a great 3 day stay with Daniel and the staff. Everything was perfect, the diving, great welcome and food, beautiful scenery, the sea to ourselves and great weather. There are many different dive spots, the white beach is just a swim away. It's a perfect getaway for a few days for fun and relaxing.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 25 April 2011

We had a wonderful, 2-night stay at this resort and were instantly greeted with welcoming smiles by the friendly staff of Daniel, the Belgian resort diver-owner, as soon as we arrived. They made our short stay really pleasant and memorable. The rooms are spartan but are clean and the grounds are well-maintained. Adela and Manang Tely, gave us superb service and were just wonderful hosts, with warmth radiating through their smiles and greetings. Food was really tasty, albeit a bit pricey for such small portions (maybe it's because they cater mostly to foreign divers), but you wouldn't really mind if being served by such friendly, smiling staff who would engage you in good conversations and treat you with typical Cebuano hospitality, giving you personalized service. The mango jam is a must-try as well as their fried chicken and pork chops with this buttery and garlicky divine-tasting gravy! Daniel, who took us diving in their house reef, was a good and accommodating instructor. Since we are all beginners, he made sure that we know all the basics before he took us out to the sea and agreed to take us deeper as his main concern was our safety. He stayed with my son the whole time who loved him and had a pleasant experience with him in the sea, showing him things that a 9-year old would find amazing. Asian-Belgian has a colorful house reef you would enjoy whether you're diving or snorkeling. My sister was happy with Manong Mario, their Dive Master, who stayed with her the whole time and was very patient in guiding her underwater. The reef is at about 20-30 meters from the shore where you will find live corals and colorful reef fish. Water is crystal clear, with a sandy bottom. We're very happy with this trip and can recommend this resort for divers, adventure seekers, nature and beach lovers who are planning a trip to Moalboal - to dive in the house reef, in Pescador Island or visit Kawasan Falls which was truly a remarkable and one-of-a-kind experience to us.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Asian-Belgian Dive Resort
Address: Saavedra, Moalboal, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Moalboal
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Moalboal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Asian-Belgian Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small dive-resort plus restaurant at the sea front, next to White Beach. Amazing for diving & snorkeling. Kayaks are for free. Just relax, swim, dive, snorkel and enjoy your stay! ... more   less 
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