We had to change our vacation plans at the last minute due to some unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, and I hit the internet to check out possible places in Moalboal just 3 days before we were scheduled to fly into Cebu. Saw Bonita Oasis here, went to look at their website, and sent an email inquiry, did the same to some other places I saw listed here on Tripadvisor. Out of all the inquiries I made that day by email, Bonita Oasis was the first to reply. I thought that that was a good sign (a couple of places didn't even bother to reply to my email!).
We decided to book the 3 days-2 nights package advertised on their website, with the option to extend 3 more nights. Coordinating with the hotel was easy and quick, and as soon as we got to the Cebu airport the driver was already there waiting to take us to the place. The entire property was a pleasant surprise--the rooms were clean and spacious, with a roomy toilet and bath, and with a well-kept garden and small beachfront.
A trip to the next town to see and swim in Kawasan falls and a snorkeling trip to Pescador Island were both part of the package, and they were both experiences we would like to have again. Snorkeling at Pescador Island is comparable to some of the best reefs in the Philippines--including Apo Is. and El Nido. (Plus we got to see sea turtles and dolphins on the trip back to the resort!)
Best of all, the staff was wonderful--helpful and kind but not obtrusive. The food was also great! When we extended our stay, we requested that they just surprise us during meals as long as they stay within our budget, and we were always surprised by the amount and quality of the food they gave us.
The only possible down side that I can see is that if you're the type that likes to socialize and meet different people while traveling, the resort is a few minutes away from Panagsama, where most of the other resorts/hotels/hostels are. But the husband and I are introverts and wanted the time to really just unplug and unwind, and this was the perfect place to do it.
Note: we visited Moalboal during the off-season, which added to the quiet and peace. According to a boatman I talked to, peak season is from December-March.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the scenic shores of Moalboal, Bonita Oasis Beach Resort features an outdoor pool, spa pool and free WiFi access at the resort's lounge and restaurant. Boasting a private beach area, guests can enjoy water sports activities such as kayaking on site. The resort is within a 25-minute drive to the stunning Kawasan Falls. The popular diving sites at Pescador Island can be reached with a 20-minute boat ride. Cebu City and Mactan-Cebu International Airport are within 2 hours and 30 minutes' drive away. Fitted with tiled flooring, air-conditioned rooms include a wardrobe, desk, minibar and seating area. Rooms come with an attached bathroom offering shower facility and free toiletries. At Bonita Oasis Beach Resort, guests can rent a motorbike to explore the vicinity, while the tour desk can assist with sightseeing arrangements. Laundry and massage services are available, while airport transfer and shuttle services can also be arranged at extra charges. A wide selection of local and international dishes is served at the in-house Bonita Oasis Restaurant. Guests may utilise the barbecue facilities, and also request for meals to be delivered to the rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bonita Oasis Beach Resort Moalboal, Cebu Island