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Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Malapascua Island
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“Fantastic resort, staff and diving...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed at Ocean Vida for five nights and four days of diving. It was one of the best diving trip experiences. Resort was well situated in the island, well maintained and very clean. We always felt relax during our entire stay because the staff was very friendly, accommodating and always smiling. The resort restaurant food was excellent so we had our meals there in our entire stay. The happy hour from 4:30-6:30 was wonderful, buy one drink and get the second for free. Diving with Sea Explorers was also terrific. They have the best DM guides, instructors and boat staff. We highly recommend Ocean Vida and Sea Explorers. We will come back again very soon. Eliel

Room Tip: We stayed in the first floor with the ocean view. It was excellent because I have a big camera and...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

The hotel is located right in the middle of Bounty beach. It has a very nice portion of beach for its guests, with sun loungers, single and double. They give you beach towels every day. Our room was the beachfront room, the view was the best we could have had! If you choose this type of room, please make sure they give you one on the first floor because if not, you will be bothered by all the vendors passing by.

The room was spacious and nice, with a big bed and a terrace with a sofa just for us. Also a lot of storage space for my husband's clothes (he loves getting all his clothes out of the luggage). The bathroom with a shower was ok, toileteries and towels just fine. There's also coffee and tea making facilities, which is very convenient.

Breakfast is ok, just basic, like a regular breakfast: coffee, tea, bread, butter, jam, some Asian food, fruit. Not much to remark about it. Service is good, always with a smile. There's a bar also, which serves good cocktails.

Several times we tried the restaurant and food was good.

Room Tip: I suggest you make sure to get a beachfront room on the first floor, so it's not easy to get bot...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

What a pleasure in this small island !! Difficult to reach arriving directly from Europe (30 hours from Switzerland) But it was really worth it.
Beautiful sand beach, very cordial and laughing staff but more importantly very service and customer oriented.
The rooms, bed and linen were extremely good. I would recommend to be on the first floor facing the sea.
The environment and the small village in the backyard were very nice to visit and walk through.
Food was very good and breakfast buffet with a wide variety of possibilities.

Room Tip: Any room on the first floor
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

We had a great stay at Ocean Vida. Resort manager greeted us on arrival and check-in was absolutely seamless. Breakfast is actually pretty decent by dive resorts' standards. Tap water kinda taste funny but that is a problem that i believe applies to the whole island due to the existing infrastructure. Beach is absolutely beautiful though options for swimming are pretty limited. We were not desperate to swim given that we are there scuba diving, spending lots of time in the water anyway. Snorkelling is possible during high tide.

Rooms are kept clean and fresh towels are provided daily. Do only arrange for one way transfer as an independent massage operator, manned by this lady called Judith, can help arrange your return transfer 30% cheaper than the resort. She can arrange for island tours too.

Room Tip: Garden rooms are good enough. Beach front rooms may have noise issues at night as they are closer to...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

Stayed a week @ Ocean Vida for a week:
+ Awesome view from the sea view room - ask for a room upstairs
+ Clean and well maintained room with great isolation
+ Nice and relaxed atmoshpere
+ Aweome cocktails @ the bar with daily happy hours
+ Food is just fine, Not a michelin star for sure but decent food
+ Convenient for divers to have the shop within the resort
+ They were actually staff cleaning the beach every morning

- Transportation failed on arrival : No one was waiting for me @ airport. However, the manager sincerely appologized and offered free food on arrival + free transportation.
- Sometimes a bit hard to find a beach chair - Haven't felt any pressure from local vendors though

Overall very positive stay - Will return

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

Here is my feedback.
Pros :
- very nice rooms, especially the one with sea views. Great balcony.
- good soundproofing between rooms.
- good service (clean rooms etc)
- great beach bar with happy hour and lounge music
- smiling employees
- great 1 hour in room massage for 500 php.
- free wifi, slow, but free !

Cons :
- too many boats parked outside the resort, less space for swimmers and people who just want to stay in the water without being too close of other tourists because the space between all these boats is limited.
- lot of garbage in the sea at a only a few meters from the shore, maybe they should hire someone to pick it up once in a while. (FYI lot of algae too, caused by pollution + heat ???)
- people coming from other resorts using the limited number of beach chairs reserved for the guests. There is a sign but it's really not respected and the employees don't seem to care.
- lot of people trying to sell us stuff when we are chilling at the resorts beach, or even on our balcony, really really annoying after a few days.
- restaurant food was so so yet pretty expensive, great and smiling service though.

We had a great stay at this hotel but we are not sure if we will come back if they don't fix the problems listed above, there is so many other islands to visit...
I think this resort is very focused on the divers (they have their own diving center and lot of boats) , not so much on the people who just came here to relax on the beach. I don't blame them but I wish I knew it before I decided to stay there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

I organized my trip to Malapascua based on reviews of Ocean Vida resort and wasn't let down. Sorren the manager made us feel welcome right from the moment our boat reached the beach. The place has a wonderfully relaxed vibe. The rooms are well sized and fitted with everything you need - although the bathrooms are a little dated. The staff are all super friendly an can help with all ur needs. They organized a fantastic massage for us in our air conditioned room and even did our laundry at really cheap rates. Make sure u plan ur Itinerary around the 4-6pm Happy hour. Sipping the delicious array of cocktails while relaxing on the beanbags and watching the sunset were a highlight each evening. Food was excellent too. Also ask at reception or with the boat transfer guy (forgot his name but super friendly guy) about the 3hr snorkeling trip around the island - it was great.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Additional Information about Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort

Property: Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort
Address: Bounty Beach, 6013, Philippines
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 12 Sea view and 8 garden view rooms. The rooms include air-conditioning, mini bar, safe, beach towels and balcony. The resort also features a restaurant, beach side bar and a fully equipped PADI 5* IDC dive center, Sea Explorers. Free high-speed WiFi internet is available throughout the resort. Guests can also join one free Yoga lesson every day and use the Gym in Buena Vida free of charge. We hope we can welcome you here in Malapascua one day. ... more   less 
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