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Kasai Village Dive & Spa Resort
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Moalboal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 12, 2010

My husband and I had a wonderful week at Kasai Village dive lodge. There are only 13 rooms, 9 of them ocean-front, a beautiful free-form swimming pool, an open-air restaurant that feels like you're in a tree house, and a dive shop. The staff was so friendly and eager to make our stay comfortable.

The diving was superlative, made even better by the eager, knowledgeable dive master, Mike. He knew the reefs like his back yard and found all sorts of interesting -- and tiny-- critters for us to photograph. The rental equipment was in great shape.

The rooms are comfortable, clean and air conditioned, though they would have been even more comfortable if there were some comfy chairs to sit in while reading. No TV in the rooms, which was fine with us, but some folks might not like.

Internet connection is via wi-fi at the main office, which, in the hottest part of the year, was pretty uncomfortable, but the staff let me into the air conditioned "inner sanctum" a couple of evenings.

The food was delicious, plentiful, and beautifully presented. I definitely recommend you get full board, as the resort is about 20 minutes' drive down a narrow unpaved track to the nearest town, which didn't appear to offer many options for eating.

We had a great stay and wouldn't hesitate to go back if we were in that part of the world again.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights, very happy with our choice. The hotel is right on the water, no real beach but beautiful views and sunsets. We had a seaview room, with terrace, was fantastic. We did 6 dives while there, amazing! So many sea turtles! One person did the Open Water course, went really well, good instructor. Really nice huge pool for both dive instruction and relaxation. Bar/restaurant had delicious food and drinks, especially the shakes, lots of variety. Room itself was big, very clean. Free Wifi available at reception desk. Location is secluded from other resorts in the area, not a problem for us as we found no need to leave. Great staff as well! Would definitely go back!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 6, 2010

Just returned from a fabulous dive trip at Kasai Village and can't say enough about the experience. Knowledgeable, friendly, and professional dive guides and staff as well as superb and responsive restaurant with wide range of available cuisines [everything from local Filipino and other Asian specialties to Cordon Blue style offerings]. Management was extremely helpful in satisfying all my needs or solving problems [e.g., repaired my under water flashlight, thus saving the trip!] when anything came up. Hope to go back soon; I can heartily agree with their slogan, "come as a guest, leave as a friend." Well done, Michael!!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 14, 2010

God place and friendly people. Enjoyed every minute of the stay. It is a getaway and still not far from the village if you want some action.
Food was excellent and the staff afe very friendly and helpful. Good diving.

Can recomend anyone to go there.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank wanduta
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Reviewed January 14, 2010

I have marvelous staying at Kasai Village with a nice location directly by the sea. Not very much tourists in the area witch effects the prices in a good way, and a chance to see the filipinos lifestyle as it is. The food at Kasai was perfect and it was a real plesure to order the meals. All the staff was very friendly and the saying "leave as a friend" is a fact. The diving experience here is very good, with one of the worlds greatest coralreefs just outside the room a few steps in to the sea. Stunning seawiev from the balcony with a fantastic sunset. You can choose if its gonna be a very relaxing holiday or a action adventure with diving, djungeltrips and party thats ends up in the local famous disco "Pacitas", witch is in a walking distance. I can realy recomend this place, and we are planning to come back sometime.

  • Stayed: December 2009
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Reviewed January 14, 2010

"Come as a guest, leave as a friend" It's a slogan that really applies to Kasai Village. We was staying there for two weeks, and at that short time we become good friends with all of the staff at the resort, making it very sad to leave. We even spent time with them when they had there day off.
The resort, the diving, and not least the food is of absolute top class, and i will definitley come back here!

  • Stayed: December 2009
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1  Thank KalleLang
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Reviewed March 5, 2009

We are four experienced divers and this was our fourth trip to the Tropical Pacific; the others were Thailand/Andaman Sea, Yap/Palau, and Chuuk/Palau. We also travel frequently to the Caribbean. We are not young; our ages range from mid-fifties to early seventies. Our travel agent for this, and our other Tropical Pacific travel, was Ultimate Dive Travel. Once again, we were very satisfied with their service.

We were extremely pleased with Kasai Village Beach Resort (www.kasaivillage.com). Travel time was nearly 40 hours from our home in lower Alabama to Kasai Village: Pensacola to Atlanta (1 hour), Atlanta to San Francisco (5 hours), San Francisco to Manila (16 hours), Manila to Cebu (1.5 hours), and van from Cebu City to Tuble (2.5 hours), plus layovers between legs. (The Philippines is 14 hours ahead of Central Standard Time so we left on a Thursday and arrived on Saturday; coming home we left on Saturday evening and arrived home Sunday morning.) You can only imagine how wonderful it was to be greeted as we got out of the van with mango shakes, baggage assistance, and the question, “When do you want to go diving?” Our answer to that was as soon as we can eat some lunch and get our gear on. We were in the water within three hours of arriving.

Our first dive was a shore dive on the Kasai Wall (right in front of the resort). It’s a buoyed dive site that is used daily by other dive operators in the area. We were thrilled to find a beautiful wall with lots of nooks and crannies for wonderful creatures to hide. But the best part, especially for the photographers in our group, was the incredible coral on the top of the wall in about 16 feet of water so the lighting was perfect. We love the little fish and they were plentiful on the top of this and nearly every other dive site. Two of our group even saw Mandarinfish (later in the week).

Unlimited shore diving is part of the Kasai Village package. Only problem was that after three boat dives a day, a couple of us were too tired to consider tackling the shore dive. While the entry and exit are not difficult, there is quite a long walk through shallow (calm) water with rocks and coral that was a bit too much for a tired diver. I took my tropical booties and had to purchase boots with better soles after one look at that terrain. Luckily Kasai Village has a well-stocked dive shop.

Every dive was incredible and the dive staff (Carro, Andy, and Linn) were professional, competent, and fun. They transported our gear to the banca boat each morning and brought it in and cleaned it each afternoon. Carro and Linn had us in stitches with their fictional account of the sinking of the airplane at Copton Point. The story began with, “it was a dark and stormy night” and ended with Andy taking a dive off the side of the boat in an imitation of a sinking plane.

Diving from the banca boat was easier than I expected. The crew helped us gear up and we entered the water with a backroll or a giant stride. The boat had ropes strong along the outriggers so even when there was a lot of surface current we could easily wait for everyone to get in the water. A nice ladder made getting back on board easy. It was obvious that Captain Larry knew the sea and we felt very safe being in open water with him.

We couldn’t believe our good luck when we were told that every dive would be for sixty minutes and that there would be at least a sixty minute surface interval between dives. So even though we were diving three or four times a day, and sometimes to depths of 100 feet, we never came close to our “no decompression” limits. The other wonderful part of most dives was that after about fifty minutes on the wall, we came up over the top to the most amazing coral gardens in 15-20 feet of water. Every dive ended with this prolonged, relaxed, gorgeous safety stop. Water temperatures were consistently 82 degrees Fahrenheit. I get chilled easily but was very comfortable in my 3mm Pinnacle Elastaprene wetsuit with a 1mm hooded vest.

We, being the older couple, did a total of 19 dives; the first shore dive and 18 boat dives. Dives were generally drifts along a wall with gentle current and that wonderful safety stop on top of the wall. Several of the dives, Pescador East on the first day, Saavedra Marine Sanctuary, and Fish Feeding had stronger current and were “rough and tumble” for a while. We knew the current at Fish Feeding was ripping when Andy dove off the boat during the surface interval and had to hang onto the ropes strung across the outriggers to avoid being swept away. The photographers weren’t so happy, but I love current and really enjoyed the ride.

Divesites:
Kasai Wall (twice)
Pescador East (three times): saw a small (baby) white tip shark hiding on the shallow top of the wall; also saw a large white tip swimming quite deep
Pescador West (twice): saw the large white tip in this area as well
Pescador Cathedral
Saavedra Marine Sanctuary: giant sea fans
Fish Feeding: not really fish feeding, but a site where feeding has taken place in the past and fish crowd around when divers are in the water
Talisay Wall
Sampaquita Wall
Panagsama Reef
White Beach
Tuble Marine Sanctuary
Dolphin House (twice)
Copton Point: sunken (intentionally) airplane; the plane isn’t that great, but the sandy area around the plane has lots of coral bommies that we loved.
Tongo Point

The coral was pristine on most dives with lots of the smaller fish and critters that I love. We saw some of the largest, healthiest looking sea turtles that I have ever seen. We saw several ornate ghost pipefish and so many banded pipefish that we became as blasé about them as we are about sergeant majors. There are five types of anemonefish (false clown, tomato, pink, skunk, Clark’s) in this area and we saw them all on most dives.

Our one disappointment was that we did not see a whale shark. When we came up from our first dive on Pescador East, our boat captain reported that a captain waiting for divers on the other side of Pescador Island (Pescador West) saw a whale shark. We don’t know if the divers saw it or not.

The dive staging area was the best designed that I have ever seen. Each diver has a three foot section with two hanging rods, hangers for wetsuits and BCs, area for booties, etc. There are benches with rubberized coating for donning gear, many hoses for rinsing, and three rinse tanks: one for cameras, one for regulators and masks, and one for wetsuits, BCs, booties, fins, etc.

Kasai Village is truly as beautiful as the website pictures. The resort is quite new and in wonderful condition. The hospitality was wonderful, within hours of our arrival we were begin greeted by name by all the staff. The restaurant was very good and a nice variety of foods were served at each meal.

We’ve barely gotten over the jet lag from the trip home and are already trying to figure out a way to go back!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kasai Village Dive & Spa Resort

Address: Tuble, Moalboal 6032, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Moalboal
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Moalboal
Price Range: $123 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kasai Village Dive & Spa Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort is perfectly suited for diving and other water sporting activities. On exciting excursions with jungle trips, cave exploring, motorcycle riding in the mountains, hill walking to the waterfalls and hot springs and much more, you will get to know the diversity of the amazing Island of Cebu. Alternatively, Kasai Village Resort is equally suited for romantics and those who just want to relax. We believe that YOU deserve to have a great and relaxing vacation with your family or friends. The friendly and luxurious atmosphere of the resort gives you the chance to get away from the everyday stress and get into island time. We will make our best to give you the holiday you deserve and dream of. ... more   less 
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