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Mayas Native Garden
Ranked #7 of 25 Moalboal B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 5, 2013

This place is really good. The rooms are native looking and have a good feel to them I took the fan room because that is native. The staff was nice and easy going. This is a great place to stay located in Panagsama town. A small town and easy to get around. Not much to do if you don't have activities planned. I did a course at element freedive and took a bike taxi for a few hundred pesos. I'm glad at mayas they have a restaurant. The food is great! From hamburgers to mexican you can eat big. Room is clean and fine no problems.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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peterjelsted, General Manager at Mayas Native Garden, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2013

Thanks for your review
Correct we do have native look and feel and our staff is local, which makes a stay in Mayas an authentic expirence and a slice of Philippines.. Im happy to hear you engaged in freediving, we have many activities around the area. Kawasan falls a beautiful multi level clean water fall, or fishing in fishpond, especially for the kids, mountaineering, caving, ect..

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

First off, these are basic accommodations. A bed, bathroom and a front porch. (Our room also had aircon) It was lovely. Quiet, peaceful, we wished we could have stayed longer.

The grounds and staff are wonderful. The restaurant was excellent, extra special when Rose was cooking. What a wonderful lady. My fiance and I enjoyed chatting with her and feel we made a new friend.

Took a tricycle over to Kawsasan falls which was beautiful. (Cheaper to rent a motorbike and do it on your own if you're up for a little adventure)

We rented a motorbike another day and rode over to Oslob to see the whale sharks. Be warned if you do this.. we were late.. about 12:20PM and all whale shark activities were over. Get there early if this is part of your plans. Still enjoyed the ride along the sea shore. (~2.5 hours each way)

My fiance and I can't wait to go back.

Getting there from Cebu City - We were taking a taxi to the South terminal bus station and the taxi driver offered to drive us all the way for PHP 1500. My original research found the going rate was PHP 2500, so I took him up on the deal. Return trip was by non aircon bus for about PHP 220 (110 each). I would probably use the bus both ways next time, only about an hour longer ride.

Room Tip: I chose an aircon room and glad I did... (July). I think cooler times of the year it would not be ne...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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peterjelsted, General Manager at Mayas Native Garden, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2013

Thanks for your review..
We are happy that you enjoyed your stay in Mayas. July can be very hot and a silent split aircon can be very nice. However we build the cottages in natural materials so its natural cool even without aircon. Im happy to hear you went on adventure to Kawasan, Oslob whalesharking ect. Hope to see you agian in Mayas

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

I stayed in their fan room for 3 weeks and I really had a great time in this place. The staff is excellent, very friendly and helpful, treated me like a family. Great value for backpackers. The room is basic but clean. Bathroom is spacious. It also has a veranda with chairs and coffee table for viewing the garden while relaxing. The wifi is surprisingly faster that what I have here in Manila, considering that its really far from the city. Excellent food, their specialty is Mexican food. Never leave without trying their burrito and enchiladas, and the home made yogurt with mixed fruit is to die for. It's not beach front but the beach is merely 2 min walk. Will definitely be back and is truly a home away from home.

Room Tip: wifi signal is great at the fan room, but a bit noisy every Saturday because its right next to a dis...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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peterjelsted, General Manager at Mayas Native Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thanks for your review

We are happy that all was good for you. Hope to see you again.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Mayas native garden was a real find, we arrived in moalboal at night during an electricity cut and luckily they had a room here. Panagsama beach is fairly small and mayas is fairly central, you can walk anywhere within 10mins and its only Php100 for a tuktuk from moalboal.
The staff at mayas were friendly and the room was basic but clean with a good fan, the shower is not great and is cold but for the price that was to be expected. The price was very good at Php640 per night for the budget cottage as it was the beginning of the low season. The only downside was the food, particularly the yoghurt they use which is the strangest thing ever!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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peterjelsted, General Manager at Mayas Native Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thanks for your review
We are happy that you found Mayas Native Garden. We will look into the shower in the fan cottage and change it. About our yougurt, maybe you are familiar with homemade yougurt :-)

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We booked the budget cottage for four nights: worth the money. You dont need the aircon anyway, even with the fan, it gets pretty chilly in the evening. It is a cozy, convenient place.
LOCATION:
Situated right next to anything you would need (convenience store, couple of restaurants, dive shops etc). However, if you were looking for a beach front, you may want to shell out a few pesos more to go elsewhere. There is a nice small beach just about 100 m by walk.
ROOM:
There is a hammock an a couple of bamboo seaters if you would like to just relax at your cottage. The room is dim. The lighting could improve. I think it goes with the 'native' experience. The bathroom is big and very clean. The shower doesn't really work that well though. Have to be patient as a few jets of water hits you. There is no complimentary water. Could look into that. The safe in the room is easy to use. We had a fan room, but the control to the fan didn't work. So had to climb a chair every time we wanted to change something. The sheets got better when we asked specifically for cotton stuff.
RESTAURANT:
The food is good but overpriced (just as any other resort, I am sure). Some dishes are repetitive: the adobo chicken is the same as the dorado steak is the same as fajitas. The burritos were really good. And their fresh shakes are really fresh and very tasty. The kitchen could be a bit cleaner: I saw a dog and a cat walk right in when they were cooking. Nor did I see the staff wash their hands particularly before cooking something. But again, don't think of it like a restaurant; it is more like a kitchen in a home. TIP: eat around the place. Go across the street to Tipolo for excellent pizzas. Or go to moalboal town for some food (cheaper but not particularly cleaner).
SERVICE:
The staff are friendly and mostly helpful. If you want your room cleaned or your towels changed, ask explicitly, don't expect it to be done on a daily basis automatically. One significant negative (depends on how you take it, it could be a dealbreaker to some, and just a matter of fact to the others): if you ask for help regarding a car hire, be prepared to be ripped off. We wanted to rent a car from Moalboal to Oslob for the whale watching and then be dropped off at cebu city. We asked the staff hoping they would know something about it. They got us in touch with a couple of people but the rates were unreasonably high and fluctuating (they quoted 5000, 7000 and 9000 pesos respectively. A funny moment, one of the people we were talking to said, to Oslob it is 1500 and from there to Cebu city, it is 2500, totally 5000. We just smiled and found a cheaper driver-ended up paying 3500.) Long story short, don't be gullible: they are helpful and friendly, but don't let yourself taken advantage of. Do some asking around before you agree to a price.
FINAL VERDICT:
We had a nice and pleasant stay. It was a calm getaway, exactly as we expected for a very good price (they had a further summer discount of 20%, which was not offered to us as we had paid in advance). But would we go there a second time: perhaps not, as we would like to get a seaview/beachfront the next time. Nothing wrong with the place: would recommend it to friends who are looking for an inexpensive, spartan place. Just that, when you have traveled so far to see paradise, you may not want to hesitate spending a few dollars more to get a better view.

Room Tip: The A/C is unnecessary, it is windy and pleasant enough just as it is. Go for a fan room (much cheap...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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peterjelsted, General Manager at Mayas Native Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thanks for your review
Indeed we are in the heart of Panagsama Beach, close to everything. However for some guests it can be to hot in Fan cottage, but for our guest that want to cool a little more, we have eco and Aircon cottages available. Im sorry to hear that you had problems with the fan controle, we have fix this now by changing batteries. We encourage guest to let us know these matters so we can fix asap.
We do not recognize your statments regarding our restaurant, we do not have any dog and kitchen is closed for entry. Our cooks and staff is very observant to hygiene and our food prices is as cheap as it can ! See our many reviews that praise the value and quality!
Regarding transport we do arrange transport, but surely we can get best prices from our external providers when this is arrange beforehand.
Like you say our Fan cottage is a good budget stay, that is clean and nice.
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We left Cebu City around 9:30 and took a non-aircon bus from the South Terminal Station. It was better than expected because the weather was gloomy so it wasn't too warm when stuck in the occasional city traffic. The rest of the trip was cool (June is rainy season in the Philippines so its better to catch the AC bus). After about 2.5 hours we got off at the Moalboal stop. They say it usually takes 3 hours but our bus driver enjoyed living on the fast lane.

There's a small pharmacy/ convenience store where you can make last minute purchases (although there is one walking distance from Maya's too). Since we were a family of 7, we took 2 tricycles - you just have to tell the driver to take you to Maya's. It was a short 5-7min trip.

We were welcomed with iced tea and lots of smiles. :) We had lunch straight away before checking in. The mexican omelet and the fish burrito were really yummy. I think the vegetable omelet and the Filipino Breakfast (corned beef) -- could be done better.

The place is open and the huts have ample space between them giving you some sense of privacy. There is a beautiful garden with different types of roses and gumamela (hibiscus), and trees which house the some very melodic birds. My parents also liked how you'll have the neighbor's chickens and chicks roaming around in the morning and this very affectionate black and white cat we named Elvis.

We got 2 native cottages with AC. They were spacious and could easily fit 2 big beds (although the standard is 3 pax per room and up to 1 extra person/cushion on the floor). The beds were simple but firm, the blankets were thin which is fine during the summer but could be inadequate if you keep the temp too low. The bathroom was designed nicely - also spacious and clean with hot water. Closet space was available with the safe but we didn't really need it.

Their service was very delightful - they paid attention and were very switched on and helpful. The meals sizes were generous but it takes a while to serve which we didn't mind if it meant our food was fresh - I particularly liked the mixed fruit and yogurt for breakfast and we ordered lots of banana shakes! The tuna sandwich could use better mayo. :-)

They don't offer any activities/snorkeling equipment which is fine because you can easily get those in nearby. Maya's is right across Tipolo - and they offer various activities like caving, hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding. You can also rent snorkels, masks and fins here but I preferred getting our at the Blue Abyss which is up the road a little. Its slightly cheaper for better quality equipment.

Overall - we were very HAPPY with our stay in Maya's even if it was only for 3 days. :D Thank you to the staff!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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peterjelsted, General Manager at Mayas Native Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thanks for your informative review
We are happy to hear you liked Mayas Native Garden. Hope to see you again..

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Stayed for two weeks in an aircon cottage with my girlfriend, very nice cabins for a good price. Like that every cottage stands on its own so you do not live "side by side" as in many other resorts. The food is good and all of the staff really nice, frendly and always offers you good service. But i missed the sweet and friendly bartender/waitress Princess this time, she had a vaccation. This is very nice and relaxing place for you to stay on your vacation.

Maya is close to great diving, snorkeling, and just 10 yards from Tipolo who offering various excursions such as biking, hiking, rock climbing. And if you go like 50 yards you will be at the beach who offer great snorkling and a amazing sunset over Negros every night.

Hope u will enjoy your stay at Mayas and Panagsama Beach...

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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peterjelsted, General Manager at Mayas Native Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Thanks for your review
We are glad you found the essence of Mayas Native Garden, we want to let guest have privacy in nice surrounding, with good food and staff to give you a pleasant stay.

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Address: Panagsama Beach, Moalboal 6032, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Moalboal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Moalboal
Price Range: $16 - $41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Mayas Native Garden 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mayas Native Garden, is located on Panagsama Beach. Panagsama Beach is an old fishing village, which has become a divers paradise, with the discovery of Pescador Island, Tongo Point and other superb dive spots. The village has developed into a laidback heaven for divers, backpackers, adventurists, sun & cocktail tourists, expats as well as eco tourists. This diverse composition of tourist together with the warm and friendly Cebuanos (inhabitants of Cebu Island), makes Panagsama a unique place to spend your holiday, leave or weekend. ... more   less 
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