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Pura Vida Cabilao is a small beachfront resort on the small island of Cabilao just off the coast of Bohol in the Visayas region of the Philippines.

Featuring twenty rooms in three categories the clean, spacious rooms all feature en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, mini fridge and a verandah, all over looking the ocean. There are 12 deluxe rooms and a family suite located on the cliff top and four on the beachfront along with the honeymoon suite. There are two standard rooms located near the dive shop.

The cliff-top restaurant offers panoramic ocean views and serves delicious local and international cuisine. WiFi internet access is availalbe at the restaurant. Facilities include a spa and on-site dive centre.

It's a great place to relax and unwind on the exotic white sandy palm fringed beach.

Sea Explorers

Open daily, Sea Explorers operate the PADI affiliated dive centre located on the beachfront just beside the hotel. Enjoy up to four boat dives a day in small groups, or further your education; a full range of diving courses are available, from beginner to Divemaster.

Divers can expect to see giant gorgonians and sponges adorned with macro life including several species of pygmy seahorse. Enjoy drift dives and the chance to encounter schools of barracuda, turtles and plenty of critters. Water temperature ranges from 26-30C. Nitrox is available.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Groups
    • Honeymooners
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive boat: Custom dive boat

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Island Hopping Dive Safari

Choose from five exceptional diving locations in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Enjoy stress free diving adventures as you island hop between them, exploring everything from macro life to pelagics.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Across the channel from Cebu is the beautiful island of Bohol, a tropical haven of natural beauty, with pristine beaches and colourful coral dive sites for both divers and snorkellers to enjoy. Land attractions include the resident tarsiers and the world-famous Chocolate Hills.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, western clownfish, banded sea krait, giant frogfish, barracuda
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Reef diving

Cabilao Island

Located to the west of Bohol, the small island of Cabilao is renowned for the rich biodiversity of marine life found on its fringing reef. It’s a great escape, and the island can be explored on foot or if you prefer, you can simply enjoy life from your hammock!

  • Ideal for viewing: pelagic thresher shark, pygmy seahorse, white-tip reef shark, ornate ghost pipefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving