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Moalboal features an amazing array of dive sites, all only a short distance from Magic Island, an intimate dive resort located on the southern tip of the peninsula.

Set amongst tropical gardens, the ten spacious cottages offer a sea or pool view and comfortably sleep two, with some able to accommodate a third person. All feature air-conditioning, hot water shower, hair dryer, safe, unlimited drinking water and a private verandah.

Facilities include a restaurant and bar with local and European dishes available as well as plenty of vegetarian options. There are plenty of areas to relax and lounge around throughout the resort as well as a small library. The freeform pool has a deep end for diving instruction. Enjoy a massage or beauty treatment from the locally trained therapists. With great views of the ocean and Moalboal hills, the terrace is a great place to enjoy a sundowner. Complimentary WiFi internet access is available.

A twin centre option is available with Magic Oceans Resort.

Magic Island Dive Centre

The PADI affiliated dive centre offers a full range of courses and daily boat diving directly from the resort. Moalboal offers extremely varied dive sites, all within a twenty minute boat ride on one of the three locally built bancas. Explore walls, small caves, caverns and reefs teeming with marine life. The house reef is popular for night dives and mandarin fish can be seen on twighlight dives, another highlight of a visit to this area of the world.

Marine diversity around the peninsula is outstanding. Divers can expect to see crab, shrimp, morays, cuttlefish, frogfish, turtles, jacks and tuna, hard and soft corals, large fans full of macro life and black corals. If you’re lucky, maybe even a whale shark or dolphin. Water temperature ranges from 26-29C. Both DIN and INT 12L tanks are available as well as Nitrox and Fluoro diving.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Groups
    • Non-divers
    • Singles
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Dive boat: Longtail / Banca

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Magic Dive Experience

Diving in the Philippines doesn’t get much better than this. Experience the magical combination of two dedicated dive resorts located in the Visayas region, famous for its stunning dive sites.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
This accommodation is located in:

Moalboal

Meaning ‘bubbling stream’, Moalboal is a small town on the island of Cebu, with around 25 recognised dive sites and more being discovered. The range of diving is excellent, with vertical walls, a cathedral like cave, healthy coral reefs and plenty of macro life.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, mandarin fish, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, whale shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Reef diving, Underwater photography

The Visayas

This central region of islands is deservedly famous for beautiful beaches, relaxed lifestyle and stunning dive sites. Cebu City is the international gateway and provides links to the most exciting dive spots including Malapascua, Moalboal, Dumaguete and Bohol.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, pelagic thresher shark, giant frogfish, black-tip reef shark, banded sea krait
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Singles diving, Luxury diving, Reef diving, Snorkelling, Underwater photography