I had told my bf about Talima resort whom I was recommended to check out. I never reached it 4 years ago during my first trip so we made sure to make a clean getaway from the city for some R+R. A short boat ride from Mactan, hop on a motor trike for about 10 minutes on an island full of local prosperities in the villages and people. When we arrived, there was only one other couple staying at the small resort and we can see the mountains of Cebu being rained on as we sat next to the ocean feeling the suns rays on our skin. The bungalows are just the right size, the food is a collection of American, Italian, and of course Filipino. We spent the evening talking with the owner who happened to be over for a getaway as well, telling him how much we loved the place. Talima overlooks Mactan and Cebu island, perfect place for a day trip, solo, and couples. Diving with Muki the dive master is highly recommended as well.
The following day we rented a motorbike from one of the employees to cruise around the island and to spend some time at the bird sanctuary on the other side of the island. Now, we're no bird watchers, and some may find the walk quite boring, but it's far from boring, it's beautiful, peaceful, quiet, and worth an hour of your time appreciating the landscape of light colored sands surrounding the rock steps leading to a bird watch lookout point. When we came back to the resort, we jumped into the pool to relax, had a nice lunch and went diving just off the reef from the resort. Pretty convenient to get your gear, hop on a boat for 5 minutes, drift dive a wall full of aquatic life, get picked up, 5 minutes later back at the resort. 5pm we booked massaged from a local woman who gave amazing massages, had another fantastic meal before going to sleep in our room.
The following morning, we took our time hanging out at the resort before jumping on a motorbike back to the pier and heading back to Mactan Island. Well worth the trip for anyone wanting to getaway with enough to keep you busy and decompress, a perfect combination.
For those who are looking to stay somewhere affordable and not get lost in the all riff raff of a massive resort, this is the place. Highly recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Talima Beach Villas and Dive Resort is located at Olango Island, Mactan, Cebu, Philippines. It offers air-conditioned contemporary designed rooms on a secluded and private coral rock cliff, which faces the 14 hectare Talima Fish Sanctuary, a paradise for divers and snorkelers. Talima Resort is a tropical hide away that offers you tranquility and privacy with a gorgeous ocean view and is best for couples, divers, snorkelers and people who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Some of its amenities include infinity swimming pool, beach cabanas and sun decks, and dive center. While staying here, you can visit some interesting places like fish sanctuary, bird sanctuary, and Hilutangan Channel reefs and marine sanctuaries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Talima Beach Villas And Dive Hotel Mactan Island