Magic Island Dive Resort - Philippines


This intimate family run diving resort in Moalboal overlooks the mountains of Cebu island and is ideal for those wanting to experience the delights of Pescador island. Magic Island Dive resort is a relaxing retreat with exciting diving, the perfect combination for an unforgettable holiday.

  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 20 dives
  • Cylinders and weights
  • 10 bungalows in lush surroundings
  • Spa and swimming pool
  • Restaurant and bar
  • PADI dive centre and house reef
  • Whale shark encounters
  • Mandarin Fish, Fluoro and Blackout dives

Moalboal is a small town in the Cebu province of the Philippines, and Magic Island Dive Resort is an intimate, family run resort that can be found in the quiet southern part of the Moalboal peninsula nestled between palm trees on the west coast. The resort overlooks the mountains of Cebu island and comprises of 10 air-conditioned cottages situated in lush green tropical gardens, each with a balcony that has ocean or pool views.

The cottages can be set up either with a queen-sized double bed or twin beds, and five can accommodate a third bed if required. The swimming pool is located in front of three of the cottages where you will find spacious lounging areas with sun beds and umbrellas, the perfect spot to relax after a day’s diving, or just take some ‘me time’ soaking up the sunshine. The bar is close by so a cooling cocktail is never far away! If you feel in need of some pampering there is a fantastic spa onsite that offers massages, manicures, and pedicures. There are also two terraces and two beach houses furnished with seating areas in more hidden parts of the resort where you can get away and relax, but still with the convenience of Wi-Fi which guests will find throughout the resort.

If you want to get out and explore the area then there are plenty of options to consider, visit Kawasan Falls where you can hike through the jungle along the river to the crystal clear waterfall that spreads over five levels, at level one enjoy a refreshing swim before tucking into a barbeque. For those that love to shop there is a daily market in Moalboal selling fresh fish, vegetables, and fruit, and on Sundays you will also find clothing, crafts and much, much more.

Lively Panagsama Beach is close by and well worth a visit if you fancy a change of pace, the resort can arrange a tricycle to take you there, where you will be spoilt for choice with a variety of restaurants and bars, along with a selection of souvenir and retail shops. The sunset views across the ocean over Negros Island are stunning, and although there is not much of a sandy beach it is a popular place for swimmers and snorkellers due to the attractive coral covered rocks.

Magic Island Resort has easy access to their spectacular house reef with their dive centre’s location right on the sea front, divers can walk in for their early morning dive, and finish off the day with an exciting night dive before retiring to their cottage to let the sound of the ocean lull them to sleep.

Superior Deluxe Cottage

Superior Deluxe Room


  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Private Terrace or Balcony
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Bottled water

All 10 spacious cottages have a native style look with a private balcony offering beautiful surrounding views. Cottages consist of double or single beds and are fully adapted to the European standards.

When you arrive at Magic Island you will quickly feel like part of the family, and this becomes even more apparent in their spacious dining area where the tables are linked together so everyone can sit and talk about their day’s adventures. The open view kitchen allows you to see the chefs busy at work preparing mouth-watering delights including traditional and local cuisine, as well as European dishes, and there is a great selection of vegetarian dishes too. The bar is right next to the dining area and offers delicious tropical cocktails made with the freshest fruits and branded spirits, along with alcohol-free drinks a plenty. There are also two beach houses that offer a great place to have a quiet meal with that special someone, celebrate an anniversary or birthday, or even enjoy your first meal as a married couple!

If you want to sample what close by Panagsama Beach has to offer than the resort are always happy to arrange transport in the form of a short tricycle ride to get you there and back in no time at all. Ven’z is said to have the best food in the Philippines and they claim to serve the most authentic Filipino dishes, they even offer cooking lessons to make sure visitors learn exactly how it’s done! Another popular choice is Lantaw that specialise in Thai, Indonesian, Chinese and Indian food, and have some of the best views in the area.

Divers can enjoy superb diving all year in Moalboal, and Magic Island is the perfect place as it is a PADI 5 star resort with a dive centre located right on the ocean edge at the bottom of the resort, looking out on the fantastic house reef where you can dive both day and night. Each diver has their own individual post and crate, giving lots of space to hang or place your dive gear, and most of the time the tide is high enough for the boats to pull up all the way to the dive centre, so it just one step and you are aboard! Their swimming pool was purpose built with divers in mind, and whether you are a complete beginner or looking to become a PADI pro Magic Island has you covered.

The resort owns three traditional ‘Bangka Boats’ which are used for the day boat dives, with most sites being around 20 minutes away. You will set off for your two morning dives at 9am, then back to the resort for lunch before setting off for your afternoon dive around 3pm and finally a night dive at 6pm.

Pescador Island is just a 10-minute boat ride away and has to be one of the most famous dive sites in the area. It comprises of tunnels, swim throughs and caverns, its huge walls drop to 60m+ and there is an abundance of reef fish, along with colourful soft corals, gorgonian sea fans, white tip reef sharks and the occasional thresher shark. Tongo Point is a stunning wall dive with ledges, overhangs, and crevices where critters such as nudibranch shelter, turtles, clownfish, and barracuda also make an appearance.

One of the many attractions of the house reef is the Mandarin dive. Every day, except during full moon, these tiny little fish come out of hiding to mate. They chase each other and dance amongst the corals, eventually attaching together, and rising off the reef before releasing a cloud of eggs and sperm. Other delights on the house reef include schools of jacks and tuna, and soft, hard and fan corals. The resort also offers Fluoro Diving where divers use a UV light torch and a special lens over their mask that allows them to see the fluorescent colours emitted by the fish or coral when under UV light. Usually suspects include decorator crabs, nudibranch, snake eels and sea snakes. You can also try a Blackout Dive where, at night, divers head out to the open ocean and descend a few meters and wait to see what comes into view. You are in total darkness apart from the ray of light from your torch, and it is quite intriguing to see what weird and wonderful thing pass by!

On occasion in the Philippines you can be lucky enough to have the most spectacular large encounters, such as whale sharks which visit Moalboal all year round because the waters are rich in plankton, these beautiful creatures range from 7–14m long. Dolphins can also be seen throughout the year.

The Philippines has a tropical climate and Magic Island Resort is situated in the centre, in the area known as The Visayas. This destination offers excellent diving all year round and although there is always a chance of a shower, they are usually only short lived. Visibility ranges from 10m to 35m and remains consistent throughout the year.

Moalboal has a diverse marine eco-system, from tiny pygmy seahorses to beautiful thresher sharks, schools of snappers, jacks and barracudas, and turtles along with the occasional whale shark. For those that love macro highlights include nudibranch, ghost pipefish, frogfish, and octopus. The Sardine bait ball is a true spectacle with a school of well over a million sardines shifting and changing shape as predators swoop in and out hoping to catch a tasty mouth full.

Average temperatures in the dry season (November-May): Air 28°c / Sea: 28°c

Average temperatures in rainy season (June-October): Air 30°c / Sea 29°c

Flights to Cebu take around 15 hours from the UK, usually with one short lay over. Prior to booking we can look at which routing best suits your requirements.

Cebu Airport is 90km from Moalboal. On arrival you will be met by a representative who will transfer you to the resort by car, the journey takes around two hours and offers a lovely scenic coastal and mountain road trip.

You do not need a VISA to enter the Philippines.

The Peso is the currency in Philippines
The time difference is GMT +8 hours
The calling code is +063
The plug type is A, B & C / 220v voltage
Please follow this link for up to date health advice and details of any vaccinations that are required before travel

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