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Little Mermaid Dive Resort
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Made the choice to dive here as they offered personal attention and were flexible with diving needs and interests. Luke (dive instructor) looked after us the whole time and we dived most days with another couple. The staff were friendly and good for a laugh together, and it was a good place to hang out and chat, drink coffee, look at the books on the creatures we had seen. After each dive during the trip back on the boat, Luke would go to speak individually with each diver about how the the dive was for them which was encouraging to me. For the night dive, they employed a local DM who could spot the mandarin fish and seahorses really well. Prices were good too, especially since they charged us the dive package prices.The only drawback of a smaller operation was not being able to go on a day trip if not many people sign up to go which made the trip economically not viable for the diveshop to run.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

I stayed for 2 night in this resort and I am very satisfied! The price are affordable compare to other places that offer the same quality of services. The food is correct and diversified. The prices are correct and similar to other places. I just regret I couldn't have some seed food when the see is just at twenty meter from the place. The rooms are perfect and you can accommodate according to your budget. I paid 1200 pesos a night (electricity comes separately so the price depends on your own consumption: fan, air con, hot shower, etc.). The bars is very nice and have WiFi any time. Congratulation to the friendly German owner who managed to bring back the place to a beautiful place despite the damages caused by Yolanda Typhoon in November 2013. I will come back for sure!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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1  Thank sylvain p
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

I stayed with this resort and I'm glad I did. Manfred, Roland and the rest of the team made my stay very welcoming and pleasant. The food is great and the room prices and diving rates are very competitive compared to other places. We stayed in a room near the dive shop which was perfect for the 5am dives to see the thresher sharks at Monad Shoal. Roland is a great dive instructor and attentive to the needs of divers and what they would like to see. I highly recommend staying and diving with this business which offers a more personalized service than bigger places like Thresher Shark Divers which had 58 divers this weekend compared to just the 2 of us at Little Mermaid.

Room Tip: Room 5 is right next to the dive shop but isn't noisy.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Steven F
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

I'm living here for a few months, since the typhoon the rebuild operation has been stunning.
Even during the typhoon the food was good, the restaurant is definitely one of the best on the island, I recommend the Fajitas!

The rooms are generous, have aircon, hot showers and great big beds, there's also storage and safe deposit boxes. Staff a friendly and helpful and also speak very good English, great because my local is rubbish.

The dive shop has the nicest rental gear I've seen, very clean and modern and the boats are good too.

This resort is great for solo, couples or families. The dive instructors are very experienced and relaxed,

I've heard people complaining of the cockerels / roosters being noisy, there are probably more roosters than people on the island, its Filipino lifestyle, and is unavoidable, so bring earplugs to malapascua if you are a light sleeper, of course take them out before you dive :-)

What are you waiting for, come dive on typhoon island

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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2  Thank scoobyphils
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

November 2013 we have dived with them and finished our Nitrox course. It was a great time!

Diveshop is run by really friendly team. Everyone is helpfull and very proffesional (special thanks to: Manfred, Ninett, Ting and Roland). They have different approach for leading bussines comparing to other diveshops on the island. They are not as big as others which gives them opportunity to get better relation with their customers. We felt really individual - small diving groups, comfortable and not crowded boat etc. They know how to create a great atmosphere while diving and spending time at their diveshop (and beach bar ;)). All of that gives feeling like you are in one diving family - with staff and other customers. You can really see different approach to diving business. It is not another 'big diveshop factory' where you'll be next anonymus diver.

Dive equipement is brand new and in very good condition. The same with the boat which has been recently renovated and in my opinion is one of the best on the island. Divemaster Ting is always finding cool stuff underwater and makes sure that you took best possible picture, made good movie etc.

Comparing to dozens diveshops with which I was diving in South-Easterna Asia and Central America it is one of the best!

And they have THE BEST PRICES on Malapascua Island comparing to quality!
Professional team (dives led by very good European and local divemasters/instructors), new equipement, boat, nice diveshop are GREAT VALUE comparing to price.

Moreover, they really care about people. On November 2013 island was badly affected by typhoon Hayian. Though we left island 1 day before it strikes, diveshop proposed us shelter for free (we stayed in different resort - only dived with Little Mermaid) in case we decide to stay this hard time on island. We know also that dive shop organized shelter in their concrete building for all their staff with their families and random divers/tourist staying this time on the island. It was really generous and may save some peoples lives that time.

We really recommend diving with Little Mermaid! If you plan to spend time on Malapascua - go straight to those guys.

Thanks to you for great time on island!

Mateusz & Julia

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Mateusz T
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

I visited them and it seemed a very professionally run German dive shop. The deciding factor is the price. They were charging 1200 pesos for one dive. whereas all other dive shops on the island are charging nearly 2000 pesos for a single dive. rip off island?

I found little mermaid dive resort run by malfred, a german expat, run very professionally. Which is the cheapest price on the island and what we should be paying. He was very very nice and spoke fluent English. Obviously little mermaid dive shop is also very professional and safety standards were very high. What you would expect from a german. All equipment was almost brand new.
To see the sharks you need to do a deep dive at 28 meters. If you don’t have a deep water certification please get it before you come. Little mermaid charged me 3000 pesos for a deep water adventure dive. Which was also the cheapest on the island.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank elmundoazul
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Spend the last five nights at the Little Mermaid Dive Resort. The rooms are of a high standard for the island and are very comfortable. Even the rooms without air con are fine in terms of heat - the fan provided is more than strong enough!

The staff at the resort are excellent, helpful and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend the Island hopping trip to Kalanggaman Island. It is one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen! The boat the resort uses to get there is also of a high standard so is definitely good compared to other options on the island.

Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Antonia B
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Additional Information about Little Mermaid Dive Resort

Address: Brgy. Logon, 6013, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Malapascua Island
Price Range: $35 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Little Mermaid Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Little Mermaid Dive Resort Malapascua Island, Philippines Diving, dive courses, PADI courses and more. Scuba diving in Malapascua Island, Cebu couldn't be easier than from Little Mermaid Dive Resort in Logon. Learn to dive in style, our hotel has everything to make your Malapascua holiday perfect. Malapascua Island is becoming known as one of the best places for Tresher Sharks diving, but we have more than just tresher sharks. Our resort is built on 15 meters out over to the beach and our dive boats, making diving access easy. The views in our restaurant during sunrise and sunset is spectacular and our hotel rooms are simply amazing. The normal gentle breeze makes a pleasant enviroment to have a cold drink while sharing your diving experience over dinner in our beachfront restaurant. Reception open 24/7 ... more   less 
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