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Quo Vadis Dive Resort
Ranked #1 of 26 Moalboal B&B and Inns
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

My wife and I got a room fronting the beach, it was room number 1 ... the a/c was a little bit small for the room but still ok, the comfort room was clogged though the staff were fast to fix the problem..the food was so-so, less the big black mosquitoes the accommodation was fair.
what made quo vadis very good was the dive master dodo and the dive instructor albert (both padi) their skills are excellent, specially the navigation skills and the ability to spot micro and macro species. I wont stay in other resort in moalboal except quo vadis.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We enjoyed our stay in Quo Vadis. It is a mid range "resort" in a backpacker town and offers decent facilities for the £25 per night we paid.
A big plus is the large pool with plenty of loungers and a sea view. There is also a pool bar but we never saw it in operation during our stay. Main bar by sea was however open. Rooms are great; large and clean with hot showers. Views from the majority of the cottages are however of the road through the hotel or dive centre, but then they are not advertised as "sea views" so that's fine; it just makes the pleasant cottage balconies a bit redundant!
Location is good; at the end of village and near nice restaurants. Slightly more upmarket than centre of town but still relaxed and backpacker-esque.
There is a restaurant on site and breakfast is good with eggs or pancakes. However give it a miss for dinner as food is bland compared to Chilis, Maya's or Last Filing Station.
One negative though was that resort had a lot of foot traffic. The road outside it is the hang out for trike drivers and there was a bit of construction work and so lots of people were walking around site. We had no problems, but we were extra cautious to hide valuables in room as the resort was pretty open and reception is at opposite end from the activity.

Finally, the staff were a bit inconsistent; dismissive some days and wonderfully helpful the others. I guess it just depends on the individual. We however found the dive centre staff consistently on point and enjoyed our two days diving here. Equipment is good and there are lots of people to help you with setting up, testing and carrying equipment. However as another review mentioned, groups are usually led by local DMs and the main focus was on safely guiding you, rather than highlighting marine life. As my partner is a DM, we loved that the resort was relaxed and so allowed us both to venture on our own, go down to greater depth and generally explore....More so than other shops on beach. So for experienced divers, the lack of formality is a plus but if you want to know more as to the biodiversity of area, then one of bigger dive shops in town may be better.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

We were there during the low season in Sep, but only the more expensive and spacious superior rooms were available as we wanted AC. They were divided by a road (width of a footpath) used by vehicles. No view whatsoever as they overlook the dive shop. Prices and interior are very much similar to nearby resorts with pools like Marcosas Cottages. The big selling point of this place is the seafront location, especially of its restaurants and chillout areas. And impressively fast wifi.Good value for what you pay for in this aspect.

Now for the diving. Firstly, the diving here is spectacular. However, the onsite dive operation, Visayas Divers, may not be your best bet, though it is the most convenient, of course. At first, we were curious why divers who joined us for a dive were never seen again on our boat, only to appear on other dive operators' boats for subsequent dives, though they were fellow resort guests. The mystery was finally solved when we spoke to them over a drink at the pool. Other than the usual price difference, more importantly, the dive experience was the determining factor. All the dive boats are similar for all the dive operators here as they are all local bancas of similar size, so it's not the hardware.

It's the software. To be fair, the resident DM (the brother of the resort owner) is a responsible, fellow. However, his definition of a dive guide is to ensure your safety. And nothing else. No argument with that, but we are not used to DMs who don't bother to show us critters and other marine life. At all. He'd just hover at a distance, check your gauges, and tell you when bottom time's up. Forget about personalised service as he'd be the only dive guide regardless of the number of divers.

If you wish to snorkel with the whalesharks at Oslob, do yourself a favour and DON'T book with the dive operator. Instead, just book a taxi or van, depending on your group size, and make all the arrangements at Oslob. No hassle at all. You'll pay at most a third of the PHP4200 snorkelling package we paid each (or even less if you opt for the dive package) for exactly the same experience. Ah yes, we ended up only snorkelling once with the whalesharks, though the package was for twice. We didn't quibble as 30 mins was actually enough time with the amazing creatures. Upon hindsight, it was probably our fault for not doing our homework by shopping around first, but we hope no one will fall into the same trap subsequently after reading this. You can read my separate review under Oslob Whaleshark-watching for more details.

In summary, stay here for the good location (seafront, near convenience store, restaurants and cafes) but choose another dive operator if you want to save a few bucks and a DM who shows you stuff.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

This place has Big clean rooms right on the beach. The pool is large and clean with a pool bar that will extend its hours if its busy. The restaurant overlooks the water and the service is good. The food is a bit hit and miss which is a shame because the rest of the resort is great. Dive staff are helpful and willing. All in all a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We went to Quo Vadis on a recommendation from a friend. First of all Moalboal especially the area where Quo Vadis is located caters more for divers than anything else. Don't expect a white sand beach there but one is located 10-15 minutes by motorbike/trike from Quo Vadis.

The rooms were clean and had AC and the resort is located in the quiet area of Moalboal which is a blessing at night and if you want to go out you only have a 10 minute walk to do. The wifi was really good which is rare in the Philippines and breakfast was included.

Staff was nothing but helpful and friendly.

The diving was sublime and the local staff very good.

Will definitely come back.

Room Tip: Get the rooms with the aircon as it can get warm if there is no breeze
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Quo Vadios Dive Resort for three nights. We stayed in a double room with AC. Our room was clean and comfortable. Wifi worked well. Snorkeling was available right off the beach. The hotel is in a quiet location. The staff was extremely friendly. We had mango pancakes every morning, which were quite tasty. We were especially enamored with our Dive-master, Doedoe (sp?). The diving was the best that we've ever done. There were turtles on every dive, many of them in the 4-5 feet long. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We booked this resort hotel "on the fly" while travelling in the Philippines. Email communication with the Quo Vadis was a bit troubled as we were struggling to find WiFi spots, but in the end it all worked out - even though we got a "sorry we're full" notice two hours after we had checked in.
The Quo Vadis is beautifully place on top of the rocks with the view over Pescador Island, the Tanon Strait and the impressive mountain ranges of Negros Island in the background. Prcedures at the reception were smooth and we were in our rooms after 10 minutes and ready to explore the area. A little on the downside was the note from the reception that paying by credit card would incur a 5% fee over cash payment. Cash is only available at an ATM in the Pharmacy in MoalBoal.
The rooms were clean and well looked after with fridge and AC and a nice bed, TV and a view of the ocean from the front porch.
We went on a few dives with the attached dive centre, one night dive on the quite dramatic house reef and of course we couldn't miss out on Pescador Island, which has been a protected area for a long time and the amount of under water life is just fabulous. My personal highlight though was the dive at The Sardines. This goes down close to shore but you dive into a quite large swarm of sardines. I could have watched that swarm for hours as it moved around above and below you, reacting in that unique swarm pattern to your every move. Amazing!
We didn't eat in the hotel other than breakfast which was delicious, plenty and freshly made. So we ventured out for dinners to neighbourhood, which has quite a range of different style food on offer.
We travelled through MoalBoal in July and it was quiet and not too crowded. However, judging just by the number of diving schools in the area I can imagine that it gets quite busy out on the reef during high season.
One more on the diving: we saw turtles on every dive, often more than one and you can easily snorkel around the house reef in front of the hotel - including turtles.

Room Tip: We had a Deluxe room with sea view and a bungalow with garden view for the kids.The bungalow was che...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Panagsama Beach, Moalboal 6032, Philippines (Formerly Quo Vadis Beach Resort)
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Moalboal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Moalboal
Price Range: $34 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Quo Vadis Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quo Vadis Dive Resort welcomes divers and non divers. Perfectly located along the shore line and only 3 minutes walk from Panagsama center with bars and restaurants. We are appreciated for our clean and peaceful surroundings, big clean rooms, good food and our 5 star PADI dive center. ... more   less 
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