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Cocobana Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Malapascua Island
Helsingborg, Sweden
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95 reviews
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“Great place directly at the beach”
Reviewed May 16, 2008

Cocobana Beach resort was our first real stop in the Philippines, except for one night near Cebu airport, and it was a very nice experience.

We were 2 families with totally 3 children, aged 3-6, who stayed in the newly built super-de-luxe villa at the Cocobana Beach Resort for 8 nights in the beginning of March 2008.

The villa has 2 stories and we had especially asked for the ground floor and it was great for the kids, who could run down to the beach in seconds.
The rooms are also equipped with tv, aircon. refrigerator and hot & cold water and very spacious, and we paid 2800 pesos per night incl. breakfast.

Cocobana is placed in the centre of Bounty Beach and they also have cheaper types of accomodation, like different kind of bungalows starting from 1200 pesos per night and another 2 story super-de-luxe villa which is not
facing the beach directly.

The food at Cocobana was good and reasonably cheap, but if you wish to have a cheaper meal, you can go to Ging-Ging, which is placed just behind Cocobana. The best food on the island might be served on a restaurant called Isla Bonita, also located behind Cocobana, but it took almost 1,5 hours to get the first course, and when you have 3 hungry small children, it's not really acceptable, so we only went there once.

The beaches are nice, but look out for the small corrals and the sea urchins (I stepped on one and I had to pee on my foot for a few days, and it actually helped).

The tourists on Malapascua, seem to be mostly divers and they all come to see the famous Thresher Shark, but it's OK just to enjoy the beaches, the sea and the sun, like we did.

It was our first trip to the Philuippines, but we have been many times to Thailand and in general, I think that the beaches are more or less the same, the food and the accommodation is somewhat more expensive in the Philippines, but the beer is much cheaper……….

  • Liked — The location directly on the beach and the villa we stayed in
  • Disliked — I don't have any complaints
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 11, 2007

I have to start this review by saying that Malapascua is not a 5* Island, but a great destination for divers. The Cocobana Beach Resort is perfectly placed in the middle of Bounty Beach and consists of 23 cottages some on the sea front and some behind. The cottages vary from basic rooms with a fan to superior rooms with a/c and satellite tv and everything in between.

The rooms are basic but clean, and a decent size with nice balconies that you can spend time just sitting on and watching the world go by. However, as we were there for the diving, we didn't spend much time in our room.

The hotel has a small bar and restaurant based in the centre of the hotel on the beach. The food is OK and the beer is cold. It is however worth remembering that Malapascua is quite a small island and that there are a number of other eating options that are all within a couple of minutes walk.

Being centrally placed means that there are a number of dive centres within a couple of minutes walk, all providing great diving at Gato Island and of course on Monad Shoal where if you are lucky you may get to see the Thresher Shark.

There are plenty of other places to stay on Malapascua. Cocobana is not the best, and from what we saw is not the worst. Personally, I think $50 per night for a sea view a/c cottage with breakfast is good value. There is cheaper, and there is more expensive.

Overall, the Cocobana gave us a really nice room to stay in, with great ocean views. We were only minutes away from a variety of restaurants and dive centres. From what I saw, if I went back this is where I would stay again as it fits in my 'value for money' category.

  • Liked — Central location
  • Disliked — Nothing really!
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cocobana Beach Resort
Address: Bounty Beach | Barangay Logon, Daan-Bantayan, PI-6013, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
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Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Malapascua Island
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Hotel Class:2 star — Cocobana Beach Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 348
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