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“Great Place, Great Atmosphere and Geat Diving.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort

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Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bounty Beach, 6013, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Malapascua Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Great Place, Great Atmosphere and Geat Diving.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We (wife, 2 girls aged 8 and 12 and me) recently returned from a great 2 weeks at Ocean Vida. Great rooms right on the beach and excellent value food and drink.The weather was mostly fine with a few thunderstorms thrown in and it was all very laid back.
We could go off for a 5.00am dive with the threshers on Monad Shoal and be back for breakfast before the kids had even woken up. Threshers on most dives at Monad and an array of nudibranchs, pipefish, clowns, mandarins etc on the other sites. Favourite sites were Chocolate Island and Deep Rock which is just covered in soft coral.
All of the staff were fantastic but I owe special thanks to Tata for loaning me his camera when mine developed an electrical fault on the fourth day.
For diving, kicking back and chilling out this place is hard to beat.

Room Tip: Beach front room every time.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

It was a great experience. Awesome food. Friendly staff. Cool owner. Nice rooms. Perfect location. The owner is very nice and makes sure his guests are having a great time. Oh my and happy hour is truly happy hour! Awesome cocktails! I am surely coming back!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Just want to go back!!
The white sandy beach is perfect for the welcome, the rooms are very clean but prefer the one seafront... just for the view.
If you are a Diver, ask for Tata, is very kind and friendly. Knows everything and is very cool.
Food is awesome (Breackfast aswell) but the Beach bar and his happy hour could be "dangerous" if you want to have an early diving to see the sharks.
This was the highlight.. don't mis it even if it's 5AM in the morning
If you have a good feeling with the boat Crew and if it's possible, ask for the sunset ride... you won't forget it

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

As others have mentioned, it is amazing how quickly Ocean Vida recovered after the typhoon. (Unfortunately the little town inland has a long way to go and is definitely need of assistance.)

My husband and I stayed 3 nights and I wish that we could have stayed 3 weeks. The resort is lovely and the staff are very friendly and accommodating. Management and owner are out visible every day and extremely friendly and encourage feedback. Breakfasts were large buffet style with made to order eggs/omelets. Dining and bar area were lovely. You can sit in very comfy love seat like rataan bowls or bean bag chairs on the beach and have drinks, dinner & watch the sunset. Quiet, not frenetic or crowded like Alona. Just lovely!!!

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad room.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I was her only 3 months after the big Tyfon, so I was i little afraid how it lokking in the place was, but i can only say it is still the best place on Malapascua! whit nice and friendly staff, good management, nice rooms, a great restaurant, where is breakfast included in the room, and the breakfast is a must,it is verry verry good,
perfect location writ on the basch, Happy hour on cocktails and the right atmosphere
Friendly staff, good food.
there was only a small thing there was not working, and it was the internet in the rooms as promise, but it was working in the bar
A place i highly can recommend

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

In short this is a wonderful hotel on a incredible island.

Sadly Typhoon Yolanda hit Malapascua hard in Nov 2013 and it's taking time for the island to recover. Ocean Vida however has immediately repaired and is fully operational unlike a lot of neighbouring hotels which still appear derelict. Their speedy recovery efforts mean Ocean Vida seems to be the focal point for everything going on in Malapascua. If you don't stay here it's pretty likely you will either dive with the associated Dive shop or spend your evenings lounging on the beanbags on the beachfront having drinks/dinner wishing you had stayed here.

I took the Standard Fan (which actually had full aircon) just at the back of the beach front. Room was large, light and clean with very comfy bed. For SGD$80 / GBP40 odd per night I think this place is very good value - definitely the best place I stayed at in 12 nights around Cebu.

There may not be too much to do on Malapascua (unless you are a diver) but I really enjoyed just taking in the island vide, relaxing and took a day trip to Kalanggaman Island - which is stunning.

If you are going to visit Malapascua I can highly recommend Ocean Vida - and please say hi to the Manager Soren for me - he was very friendly and helpful.

5/5 for me.

Room Tip: 'Standard Fan' rooms actually have full aircon and are just back from the beach - a very goo...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I’ve been hearing good feedback about Ocean Vida. But you can never really say how wonderful it is until you’ve been there. So I’d like to share my experience. The moment my family and I arrived at Ocean Vida, we already loved the place so much. Why? Not only the resort was amazing, but the staff was warm, accommodating, personalized, and humorous. Cocktail at the beach bar chill out area, with cool beanbags on the sand, was so enticing that it hooked my attention. And of course white sand, which my son really loved.

We had the sea view deluxe room. The room was excellent, and equipped with well maintained and quality facilities and elegant furnishing. If you enjoy having some beer at a terrace with overlooking beach view, you would surely enjoy like I did.

Food at their restaurant was great. I tried their steak, and it was really tasty. I would recommend it. They have buffet breakfast, and it’s great too. They’ve got wide food selection, fresh fruits and juice, brewed coffee, and a lot more to choose from. Breakfast was relaxing as the restaurant has overlooking beach view. If talking about cold beer and cocktails, I loved their happy hour special at the chill out area. They offer great deals on cocktails.

Ocean Vida is a great place to relax, unwind, and chill out. Whether you are travelling alone, with spouse, with friends, or with family, it is perfect. I would like to say that Ocean Vida is a paradise.

Thanks to Sven and Fabienne who were so wonderful and accommodating, no wonder their staff treats their guests superbly.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bounty Beach, 6013, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Malapascua Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort is situated on Malapasua Islands beautiful Bounty Beach offering ocean views from almost anywhere in the resort.The newly renovated and beautifully decorated spacious rooms include air-conditioning, mini bar and balconies overlooking the sea or the beautiful garden. The resort also features a restaurant, beachside bar and a fully equipped PADI 5* IDC dive center, Sea Explorers. Free high-speed wifi internet is available throughout the resort. ... more   less 
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