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Magic Island Dive Resort
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“Thank you to everyone at Magic Island's”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

We stayed two weeks at Magic Island's, my wife and I, and I would like to thank everyone who works there for the great holidays we had. Everything was just perfect.

The personnel is very smiling, helpful, cheerful, efficient; the bungalows are comfortable and spacious; the resort is beautifully arranged, very well maintained and very clean; the swimming pool very pleasant; the food is great and varied; the cocktails delicious.

The dives are very good and for all diver levels; the dive masters know their sites pretty well and are very good divers; the boat are well built and comfortable and the crew very helpful; the dive centre is well organised and clean.

Considering all this, why would we want to go anywhere else?

Thanks again!
Christian and Fabienne

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2012

My wife and I just spent 10 glorious days at this little gem

Staff, food and diving excellent, there was nothing that even I would complain about

From the minute they picked up, to the moment they drop you back at the airport, you feel as if your getting a holiday way above what you've paid for

Room Tip: I think we had the Bridal Suite (probably the best), but I had a look in on one of the other rooms a...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

We had a group of 9 that stayed at Magic Island from March 17 - 24, 2012. From the moment we arrived all of us felt welcome. This is a very quaint personable resort that takes care of your every need. The food is superb, the wall diving was great, and especially the staff (all 30 of them) are extremely friendly and helpful. If there is any thing special you may want - all you have to do is ask. That covers everything from the diving to the rooms to the food. Ari and Desiree and the entire staff go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. I have traveled the world in my 20 years of dive adventure and would I stay here again? Most definitely!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

There is a right time and a right place for everything, and as novices, and well-above-average-aged divers, Magic Island Dive Resort was dead right for us.From the welcome, briefing and encouragement, what started as a slightly mad idea turned into an enjoyable reality, despite considerable trepidation and difficulties from us pupils. The unflinching professional support from Arie and Eef, our instructor, brought us to Certificate success.
The limited number of simple but well appointed cabins and the secluded position of the Resort have encouraged a flow of repeat business from a select group of keen, experienced and enthusiastic diving couples who put their diving and their photography well ahead of other leisure pursuits. Evenings were spent mingling easily during meals at the long dining tables. Food was always well prepared, interesting, varied, and more than ample.
Desiree has developed a well disciplined and effective, highly responsive team for whom nothing was too much trouble.
This Resort with its own house reef was an excellent place to start our diving experience and has left us keen to continue forever 'downwards'!
Arie encouraged us to undertake the on-line theory training. This proved effective, both in time and operation, and provided a good perspective on the potential diving experience.
Standards both in the resort and the Dive centre were well ordered and effective and it was good to see our names clearly in place on the racks, ready to for our gear alongside the long experienced divers. This made us feel part of the family from the very beginning. The staff too seemed to know our names from the start. Both Arie and Desiree were often around, chatting and encouraging and engineering suitable flexibilities in schedules and additional services as required.

We must thank Desiree, Arie and Eef and all their staff for getting us diving, in the most enjoyable way. Thanks for your patience and professionalism

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

There is simply not enough that I can say to describe my experience there in October. The diving was fantastic! Arie and Desiree's staff pampered us both in the water and at the dinner table. The resort is small and secluded and I could have spent my entire visit to the Philippines there without complaints. The dive masters gave thorough briefings and really did a fantastic job finding the critters for us. I loved the diving area, it was clean and orderly (separate wash tanks for cameras and gear a huge plus)with a special "Thank You!" to Arie for coming up with a voltage converter. The house reef is a TON of fun to dive. Lots of critters and turtles as well, never did find the pygmy seahorses there but others in my group did. I would not hesitate to return there.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

Have been to Magic Island for 5 nights and it was great! Diving was new to me and we went to Magic Island on a friends advise. I got one-by-one lessons from a very good instructor who was very strict though friendly and funny in his lessons. My friend already got his Padi OW so he could join the boatdives from the beginning.
Magic Island is a real dive resort. Everything and everybody is about diving.
Somethings to know before you go: Magic Island is a social place. Breakfast, lunch and diner is al together at one table. It is possible to arrange a seperate table, but it is a strong and very enthousiastic group. So be aware of that. And almost everybody who stays there loves to dive. Pictures, stories and experiences are shared during every meal. The social aspect of the place makes it a very good place for single travelers to go. Because you will never sit or eat alone!
Don't want to make a dive? Lay down next to the pool, read a book, get a massage, go snorkling, take a walk to Moalboal town, or use the free WIFI.
Rooms are clean, personel is friendly and knows everybody by name, the owners are like part of the group, resort is very clean and well taken care off and the ambiance is relaxing and amazing.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Layton, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2011

The resort is beautiful, clean, intimate, and magical. The staff is friendly, helpful, and knows your name. The meals were great, especially the desserts. Dining on the patio at night overlooking the water really is a magical time. We enjoyed a great couples massage. The dive crew is awesome. We visited some wonderful diving spots. The dive shop is clean and organized. Each diver has thier name displayed and a spot for everything. Magic Island Dive Resort is a place we would return again!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Magic Island Dive Resort
Address: Tongo, Basdiot, Moalboal 6032, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Moalboal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Moalboal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Magic Island Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Away from the masses, you'll have a wonderful stay in one of our ten cottages. Enjoy a great dinner in our restaurant or have a drink on our terrace with its magnificent view of Pescador Island. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Magic Island Dive Hotel Moalboal
Magic Island Dive Resort Moalboal, Cebu Island

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