I recently escorted a dive group of 18 to Turtle Bay. We'd just finished a stay on a different island and while both stays were excellent, the two islands and resorts couldn't have been more different. Turtle Bay is fairly upscale as far as dive resorts go. Rooms and bathrooms are a nice size, the showers are large by any standard, there's plenty of hot water, and there's a soap and shampoo dispenser. The A/C works great. Rooms are nicely decorated. Rooms have mini refrigerators that are stocked, but of course, there is a charge for anything you take. There's also an electric kettle with coffee and tea, but there's a charge for that as well.
The resort has a fantastic pool and the group enjoyed hanging out there. Lots of fresh beach towels are available at the reception desk. There's a bar by the pool. It's best to keep your drink orders simple, such as beer or a mixed drink. I tried a pina colada, something I thought was easy, and what I got was a terrible coconut concoction that didn't resemble a pina colada.
There's also a very nice, new spa. One hour massages were about $30. There was somewhat of a language barrier with the masseuses and they double booked clients several times. That caused some folks to be temporarily unhappy, but they just chalked it up to "stuff happens".
The resort is fairly new, the grounds are immaculate, and the decor is very tasteful and upscale in the restaurant, lounge and spa.
The food was, in the opinion of the group, excellent. It's served buffet style. It was fresh, prepared daily, and a lot of care went into keeping the menu varied, diverse and interesting. One night they cooked an entire tuna (best tuna I've ever had and I usually don't like cooked tuna), and another there was an entire roast pig. There was a variety of Filipino food, Italian, Mediterannean, seafood, and Italian. There was a different soup every night. Typical of Filipino food, it was heavy on the starches.
Owners are on-site and are very hands-on. They insure that things run smoothly. Just as with any group, there are glitches, but they worked everything out efficiently and satisfactorily. Service is excellent and the staff works very hard to accommodate guests. They're happy to make suggestions and book excursions or call pedicabs.
Laundry service is available and cost about $5 for my husband and I to have a large load of clothes done. Water for your water bottles is free.
There was some initial confusion with the dive staff and the dive routine was not explained upon arrival, something we're used to, but I understand that it was because of a recent turnover in dive shop management. It didn't cause us to miss any dives, however, and once we learned the drill, it was all good. Dive boats are fairly small, but they're the standard sized boats used on Cebu. Our group of 18 had to be split up although we did go to the same dive sites. Dive masters were, for the most part, excellent, especially Rubin. He was fantastic at finding the smallest creatures, including many pygmy seahorses which are less than 1/2" in size. He accompanied us on our whale shark expedition and on our trek to the waterfall and made sure we were all taken care of and had a great time. On a negative note, although we were in no danger, we had a longer safety stop than usual after one 2nd dive of the day, One of the DM's, Ray, grabbed one of our diver's inflator hose while she was doing her safety stop at about 15' and inflated her BC causing her to bob to the surface. BIG NO NO!!
Turtle bay worked for our group, however, it might not be for everyone. If people are looking for a beach, a TV in the room, or an ocean view room, this might not be the best choice of resorts. Some of the rooms claim to be seaview, but they're not head-on facing the water. Although there are no blow dryers in the room, when I needed one I asked the reception desk and they loaned me one.
Overall, I would recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique family run hotel and dive resort with 27 well equipped air-conditioned rooms. Choice of villa room of 2-story hotel block. Set in landscaped tropical grounds giving onto the shore front. Reclaimed beach and great coral house reef. Easy access to over 20 dive sites. Restaurant serves buffet meals and a la carte snacks and meals. Food comes highly recommended by guests. Free Breakfast and Free WiFi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Bay Dive Hotel Moalboal
- Turtle Bay Dive Resort Moalboal, Cebu Island