My husband and I spent 8 days here in April this year as part of a longer Philippines dive holiday.
We were greeted by the reception staff by name which was a nice touch and given a grass necklace with a present inside (Bracelet for me and free drink for husband) whilst filling in the various forms we were offered a welcome drink which was similar to baileys but with more of a kick, once done we were shown around the resort and then shown to our rooms, we were in D8 which was a deluxe bungalow, this had a large veranda out front with chairs and table, the room itself was large with aircon, fan, minibar and desk.
The resort was very quiet whilst we were there with a maximum of 5 other couples at anyone time, the grounds were well maintained and the pool area is very nice, they were in the process of building a new dive centre so there was some noise but nothing particularly that disturbed. There’s no real beach at the resort and the local “White Beach” (which could be walked to in a couple of minutes along the shore at low tide or within ten minutes along the road at high tide) was ok but nothing special and in places not that clean. The restaurant did really nice food and there was plenty of it (the staff always asked if we wanted more) the only issue was that we had to order what we wanted for dinner that night whilst we had breakfast which was a little restrictive.
There’s a nice games rooms with a balcony above the bar / restaurant where we watched the sun go down with a drink on occasion, the games room itself had a pool table, darts, books, board games etc. The resort did have free wifi but it was very intermittent at times. All the staff were very nice although there were a few mix ups with food / drinks order but nothing major.
The dive centre at Dolphin House is quite small (although a new dive centre is being built currently) with only a few guides, they have two boats, a larger local style boat and a smaller speed boat. Most of the diving is done along the coastline (dive sites are 2 – 5 minutes away) with diving on Pescador island offered every couple of days whilst we were there (about 20 – 25 minutes in the speed boat) it may have been because the resort was quiet but it was often just the two of us and the guide diving and even when others joined us it was a maximum of four divers to a guide. Whilst the viz wasn’t the best and there wasn’t as much marine life as Dumagate (although Pescador island came pretty close) the diving was good, particularly the topography which is some of the best that I’ve ever seen.
I’d say that this was more of a resort with a dive centre than a dedicated dive resort, that said they did offer free nitrox which was a nice touch.
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- Also Known As:
- Dolphin House Hotel Moalboal
- Dolphin-House Resort-SPA-Diving Moalboal, Cebu Island