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Balicasag Island Dive Resort
Balicasag Island Dive Resort
Balicasag Island Dive Resort
Balicasag Island Dive Resort
Balicasag Island Dive Resort
Balicasag Island Dive Resort
Balicasag Island Dive Resort

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7.6

Very good

772 reviews

772 reviews

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9.1

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Popular landmarks
Virgin Island 5.6 km
Alona Beach 9.8 km
Dumaluan Beach 13.3 km
Hinagdanan Cave 17.5 km
Blood Compact Monument 24.7 km
Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary 35.2 km
Tarsier Conservation Area 41.0 km
Sevilla Hanging bridge 43.6 km
Mahogany Forest 46.6 km
Chocolate Hills Natural Monument 63.3 km
Nearby landmarks
Fish Sanctuary 260 m
Balicasag Island 290 m
Balicasag Reef 460 m
Balicasag Fish Sanctuary 510 m
Black Forest 750 m
Diving & Snorkeling 3.2 km
Gakang Island 4.8 km
Isola di Francesco 5.6 km
Virgin Island 5.6 km
Pungtud Island 6.2 km

Balicasag Island Dive Resort

Balicasag Island, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines - See map

Conveniently situated in the Panglao Island part of Bohol, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Chocolate Hills Natural Monument. Rated with 3 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage and restaurant on-site.

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Highlights

470 meters to Balicasag Reef

Private beach

Breakfast [free]

Air conditioning

Balcony/terrace

Facilities

Luggage storage

Breakfast [free]

Private beach

Restaurants

Shops

Coffee shop

Bar

Room service

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Bohol every 17 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money7.8
Location rating9.1
Nearest airportBohol–Panglao International Airport (TAG)
Distance to airport11.3 km

Rooms available at Balicasag Island Dive Resort

Duplex Cottage
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Beach view
  • 2 single beds
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Deluxe Room
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Standard Room (Large Bed:Double Bed(BedWidth:0.0;Num:1) / Two Beds:Single Bed(BedWidth:0.0;Num:2))
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    Room Assigned on Arrival
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      Suite
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        Deluxe Room (2 Single Bed / 1 Double Bed)
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          Standard Room (1 Double Bed / 2 Single Bed)
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            Junior Suite
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              Frequently asked questions

              What time is check-in and check-out at Balicasag Island Dive Resort?

              Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

              What are my dining options at Balicasag Island Dive Resort?

              Balicasag Island Dive Resort features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

              What is the smoking policy at Balicasag Island Dive Resort?

              Balicasag Island Dive Resort does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

              What is the closest airport to Balicasag Island Dive Resort?

              The closest airport is Bohol–Panglao International Airport, 11.2 km away from Balicasag Island Dive Resort.

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              What people love about Balicasag Island Dive Resort

              • 8.4

                Excellent

                "The meals we had were good."

                Alexis

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                February 27, 2020

              • 8

                Very good
                Location

                "Beautiful location with great snorkelling straight off the beach."

                Rassinda

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                October 16, 2019

              • 8.4

                Excellent

                "This place used to be up to date and quite nice."

                Shane

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                July 7, 2019

              Property ranking|Compared to 698 Bohol properties
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              Location score
              9.1/10
              Room comfort score
              7.4/10
              Room size
              20 sqm.
              Value for money score
              7.8/10
              Better than
              96
              %
              of Bohol properties
              Better than
              85
              %
              of Bohol properties
              Bigger than
              75
              %
              of Bohol properties
              Better than
              70
              %
              of Bohol properties
              Overall rating:

              7.6

              Very good
              772 reviews
              Cleanliness
              7.1
              Facilities
              6.6
              Location
              9.1
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              More about Balicasag Island Dive Resort

              More about Balicasag Island Dive Resort

              Balicasag Island Dive Resort

              It's time for an adventure-filled holiday! Explore Bohol with a stay at Balicasag Island Dive Resort.
              Every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable by providing the best in services and amenities. The helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with services including luggage storage. If you want seats to city's best entertainment, you can get help through the resort's tours. In-room conveniences include room service, so you can relax and enjoy your stay.
              The resort is entirely non-smoking, ensuring a clean air environment.
              Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and essential amenities. The resort provides air conditioning in some rooms for the benefit of guests. Some selected rooms at Balicasag Island Dive Resort include a balcony or terrace, as part of the room design. Knowing that bathroom amenities play an important role in increasing guests' satisfaction, the resort provides toiletries in some select rooms.


              Dining and things to do

              Start your vacation days in the best possible way. Your mornings at Balicasag Island Dive Resort begin with a complimentary breakfast. Wake up bright and energetic in the mornings with a cup of good coffee offered at the cafe right at the resort. Never let hunger affect your travel plans! Restaurants on-site provide convenient and tasty dining options. Have fun at night with your travel companions right at the resort's bar.
              Resort's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. The private beach at the resort is a very special feature, providing direct ocean access exclusively for guests. Pamper and indulge yourself with a visit to the massage. Hot days can be cool fun with water activities like fishing, non-motorized water sports and diving.
              Souvenir shopping for yourself or those back home takes no time at all at the shops.


              Around the property

              This is your chance to explore all that Bohol has to offer. Sit on the sand or sip a drink in leisure at Alona Beach located 10.4 km away. Spend a day on an ocean adventure with an easy trip to Virgin Island located 5.6 km away.


              Around the property

              This is your chance to explore all that Bohol has to offer. Sit on the sand or sip a drink in leisure at Alona Beach located 10.4 km away. Spend a day on an ocean adventure with an easy trip to Virgin Island located 5.6 km away.


              Reasons to stay here

              This resort's food and dining score higher than 88% of accommodations in the city.
              This resort scores higher than 95% of accommodations in the city for its location.
              Room comfort is said to be outstanding here, scoring higher than 84% of accommodations in the city.

              Amenities and facilities
              Good
              Facilities

              6.6

              Most talked about facilities

              Food & Dining

              20 mentions

              Beach

              17 mentions

              Swimming Pool

              7 mentions

              View

              6 mentions

              Languages spoken

              • English

              Internet access

              • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

              Things to do, ways to relax

              • Diving
              • Fishing
              • Garden
              • Massage
              • Private beach
              • Tours
              • Water sports (non-motorized)

              Cleanliness and safety

              • Body thermometer
              • Hand sanitizer
              • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
              • Temperature check for guests and staff

              Dining, drinking, and snacking

              • Bar
              • Breakfast [free]
              • Coffee shop
              • Restaurants
              • Room service

              Services and conveniences

              • Elevator
              • Luggage storage
              • Shops
              • Smoke-free property
              • Smoking area

              For the kids

              • Playground

              Access

              • Pets allowed

              Available in all rooms

              • Air conditioning
              • Balcony/terrace
              • Desk
              • Free bottled water
              • Non-smoking
              • Seating area
              • Shower
              • Toiletries
              Location
              Balicasag Island, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines
              Exceptional
              Location

              9.1

              Airports

              • Bohol–Panglao International Airport (TAG)
                11.3 km
              • Sibulan Airport (DGT)
                47.3 km

              Hospital or clinic

              • Danao Health Center
                9.3 km
              What's nearby

              Popular landmarks

              • Virgin Island
                5.6 km
              • Alona Beach
                9.8 km
              • Dumaluan Beach
                13.3 km
              • Hinagdanan Cave
                17.5 km
              • Blood Compact Monument
                24.7 km
              • Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
                35.2 km
              • Tarsier Conservation Area
                41.0 km
              • Sevilla Hanging bridge
                43.6 km
              • Mahogany Forest
                46.6 km
              • Chocolate Hills Natural Monument
                63.3 km

              Nearby landmarks

              • Fish Sanctuary
                260 m
              • Balicasag Island
                290 m
              • Balicasag Reef
                460 m
              • Balicasag Fish Sanctuary
                510 m
              • Black Forest
                750 m
              • Diving & Snorkeling
                3.2 km
              • Gakang Island
                4.8 km
              • Isola di Francesco
                5.6 km
              • Virgin Island
                5.6 km
              • Pungtud Island
                6.2 km
              Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
              Property policies
              Children and extra beds

              Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

              All children are welcome.

              Infant 0-1 year(s)
              Stay for free if using existing bedding.
              Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
              Children 2-6 year(s)
              Stay for free if using existing bedding.
              If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
              Guests 7 years and older are considered as adults
              Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
              Others
              • Please note that guests are required to print all the customer vouchers. Guests will not be allowed to check in if no voucher is presented.
              • Transfers to and from the property (including boat transfer) will incur additional charges.
              • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
              Some helpful facts

              Check-in/Check-out

              • Check-in from14:00
              • Check-out until12:00
              • Reception open until22:00

              Getting around

              • Travel time to airport (minutes)90

              The property

              • Number of bars/lounges1
              • Number of restaurants1
              • Number of rooms 20
              • Room voltage220
              • Year property opened1989
              • Most recent renovation2011

              Reviews of Balicasag Island Dive Resort from real guests

              Provided by verified guests of Agoda
              7.6
              /
              10
              Cleanliness7.1
              Facilities6.6
              Location9.1
              Room comfort and quality7.4
              Service7.6
              Value for money7.8
              High score for Bohol
              Rating
              9+ Exceptional (133)
              8-9 Excellent (132)
              7-8 Very Good (181)
              6-7 Good (94)
              <6 Below Expectation (117)
              Time of the year
              Mar - May (155)
              Jun - Aug (126)
              Sep - Nov (131)
              Dec - Feb (245)
              All guests (772)
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              10.0
              Exceptional
              ovidiu from Philippines
              Family with young children
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 7 nights in March 2019

              Wonderful time here ! Highly recommended!”

              We stay here for 1 week, mid March .... but planning for next time to stay 2 weeks . If you love snorkeling or diving, this is your own paradise . In less than 1 min out from your room you could be swimming next to beautiful fish and corals. And if you're lucky enough one of the giant turtles will be near you . Restaurant it's good enough, and everything peaceful and quiet. If you looking for luxury, just go somewhere else. If you deal directly with the resort they will provide van and boat transportation to the island, all together for about $ 60 Can. There is no wifi on the island and the power went off only a couple of times for short time. Also, did not use at all the mosquito repellent.

              Reviewed March 19, 2019

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              10.0
              Exceptional
              Rowena from Philippines
              Family with teens
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 5 nights in March 2019

              Fantastic Beach”

              Yearly we're here, beautiful beach and the best place for snorkling and diving, good food are everywhere, just pricey thats all.

              Reviewed May 14, 2019

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              8.4
              Excellent
              Alexis from Australia
              Family with teens
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 1 night in February 2020

              Fantastic Place for snorkelling with turtles and coral ”

              Really liked the feel of this place. The beach is made up of white sand and coral pebbles and it runs all the way around the perimeter of the island. Out in the water, the coral running along the edge of and down the drop-off is spectacular directly out in front of the Resort. For the best coral, swim out to the drop-off at the northern end of the Resort and then swim southwards following the drop-off around. Best time to snorkel is early in the morning (before the day trippers arrive). We saw lots of schools of fish and at least a dozen turtles. One of them was huge and most of them were happy to hang around with us. Visibility was excellent. Coral has been knocked around close in to shore (has been trampled on by the day trippers). However, you just need to get out beyond the shallows (ie beyond where the day trippers can stand up) to the drop-off to find some truly beautiful hard and soft corals. If you are looking for a 5 Star experience then this isn’t the place for you. The two rooms we had were rustic/basic but more than adequate for what we needed. They both had new air conditioners. Showers are cold water only. Some previous reviews we looked at suggested power is restricted. However, this is not the case. Electricity is on 24/7 (ie all the time). Also, you can pay at the Resort using credit card. We really enjoyed our stay at the Resort. The place does a simple but tasty breakfast. The meals we had were good. The fruit smoothies are delicious. There are 4 or 5 very nice natured friendly dogs that spend some of their time at the Resort. It was lovely watching them playing with and chasing each other up and down the beach in the morning. A couple of them sun baked with us on our verandah. We paid PNP 1,500 for a private boat to take us from Panglao Pier to the Resort; and the same amount again to go from the Resort back to Panglao Pier. We are lousy at bargaining and someone more competent may be able to get the price down lower. I re

              Reviewed February 27, 2020

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              8.8
              Excellent
              Sergey from Russia
              Couple
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

              Beautiful sea life and quite place with little inconveniences.”

              Very rich sealife (fishes, tutles), but too many ill dogs on the territory of the resort.

              Reviewed March 14, 2019

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              8.4
              Excellent
              Shane from Philippines
              Couple
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

              Past prime”

              This place used to be up to date and quite nice. However, it is falling into disrepair (pool, generator, rooms) with no plans for improvement. While it used to be a great dive resort, it is largely Chinese families and few divers. I guess this is part of the problem when the government gets into the business of running tourist resorts.

              Reviewed July 07, 2019

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              8.0
              Excellent
              Rassinda from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

              It’s all about the location.”

              Beautiful location with great snorkelling straight off the beach. The accommodation is adequate but it’s a bit dark and tired. There’s outdoor seating and lovely sea views. There is no water pressure so the shower was useless and the toilet seat was missing from room 104. The electric is turned off twice a day. Neither of the pools or pool bar are functioning. The staff wake up very early and can be quite noisy around the accommodation. Food prep was slow when the resort was almost empty. Slow to reply to email to organise boat transfer to the island. We were dropped at the wrong place on our return boat transfer, we were expecting to be taken back to Alona beach but we were dropped at St Augustines church.

              Reviewed October 16, 2019

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              7.6
              Very good
              takashi from Japan
              Solo traveler
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

              Not worth to stay”

              Room is clean. Staff were nice. But No WIFI. No network. I paid 1800peso from Banglao island from arona beach. There is pier west coast of Banglao. Please please do not use boat from arona beach. Filipino charge you a lot. If you want to dive around this island, you had better come from Banglao island. Not worth to stay.

              Reviewed May 08, 2019

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              7.6
              Very good
              Muriel from Belgium
              Couple
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

              Nice ressort, but an island which I would not specially recommend”

              Beautiful place, espacially after noon when the outside boats left the beach, but corail is not in a good shape

              Reviewed December 24, 2019

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              6.4
              Good
              Thomas from Sweden
              Family with young children
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

              Excellent location away from the crowd but experience could be a lot better with minimal effort”

              Location and reef is beautiful in a perfect location away from the daily flooding by Alona tourists visiting for snorkeling and diving. Rooms were ok but in one room the door hinge was broken and in the other the toilet seat was loose. Bathroom cleaning should be improved significantly. One small water supplied per person/day. Better to supply free drinking water and a boiler + tea/coffee in the rooms would be a great improvement and adequate for the fairly high cost of the room. Food is ok but nothing special and a little on the pricy side. Wifi is not available and phone connection is very limited - don't expect do come here to do any work. Dive operation is poorly run. Uninterested dive master, very short dives due to unfilled tanks (fill to only 180 bars) and a misunderstood requirement to be in the surface with at least 50 bars left. I got a lame execution that tanks are only certified for 190 bars. Equipment is washed in dirty water and regulator submerged FULLY.

              Reviewed July 22, 2019

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              7.2
              Very good
              Cathy from China
              Family with teens
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

              New trail”

              the faciliate is a bit old and the transportation information is no encough for the guest.

              Reviewed July 28, 2019

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              6.8
              Good
              abrame from Philippines
              Group
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

              Good”

              If you wanna max ur dive, stay here for a couple of nights. Amazing amazing reef :)

              Reviewed January 15, 2019

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              6.8
              Good
              Ekaterina from Russia
              Couple
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 1 night in November 2018

              Good”

              Need renovation! Had not water in toilet

              Reviewed February 08, 2019

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              6.4
              Good
              WING from Hong Kong SAR, China
              Family with teens
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

              Nice”

              Good staff and good Service

              Reviewed September 15, 2019

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              6.0
              Kisako from Japan
              Solo traveler
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

              nice beach and under water”

              nothing around there. But quiet and relaxing.

              Reviewed February 28, 2019

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              5.2
              Henrik from Denmark
              Family with young children
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in January 2020

              Don't stay here. Just do daytrips”

              The resort has almost no guests, the food is poor standard, the resort is not properly maintained and dogs are roaming the resort at night barking. There is no longer a pool at the resort! Snorkeling is great but the waves are high in the afternoon. Don't stay here - just do daytrips from Panglao

              Reviewed January 06, 2020

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              4.8
              Kazuaki from Japan
              Group
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 4 nights in October 2019

              No electricity? Why?”

              If you want go there for diving only, this hotel is perfect. But the problem is electricity. They cut off all of electricity from 6:00AM-10:00AM, 14:00PM-18:00PM. When we checked in, the staff said "it is eco friendly/save enviroment" So I accepted this conditions. But I heard from the other staff that there are 3 generators to make electricity for this hotel, and 2 of 3 was broken and Manager of this hotel doesn't want to fix it because of high expense. All of staff said, manager of this hotel does't want to inform it to owner. Because she doesn't want to make any trouble with owner. Now, you can imagine, after you finish 2 dives at 13:00PM, and then from 14:00PM-18:00PM is no electricity, even in the restaurant. Where you can take a rest? And also, If you want to skip first diving, and join 2nd dive at 10:00AM, there is no electricity until 10:00AM. How we can stay in the room?

              Reviewed October 24, 2019

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              5.2
              SHAN from China
              Family with young children
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

              The only resort on the Balicasag island”

              Great location, the food and view from restaurant is good, but the room is not so good, the air-conditioner is too noisy, and the service at front desk is very poor, you have to find a ship from alona beach of Bohol by yourself, it's better to ask them to pick you up again when you want to go back.

              Reviewed January 25, 2019

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              4.4
              Jiri
              Couple
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 3 nights in December 2018

              Beautiful island but very old and ugly accommodation”

              CONS: The whole "Resort" would need a lot of reconstruction, it seems very neglected. Almost like closing any minute... Advertised swimming pool was empty and filthy. Cocktail bar at the pool looked like closed several years by now -> the same about the "sunbeds" - dirty, damaged and only locals and dogs were lying there. No single one house cleaning during 3 nights stay. Bad smell & loud aircon. Half-broken toilet. PROS: Very nice suroundings, beautiful snorkeling, sea life, nature. Very quiet place, nice sunset. Make it close: Old and dirty resort with a big potential, unique sea marine life and nature. BUT need to repair and new management.

              Reviewed February 07, 2019

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              3.6
              Björn from Sweden
              Couple
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 3 nights in January 2019

              Poorly managed and disorganized”

              Balicasag Island dive resort has great potential but needs development oriented leadership and motivated staff/capacity building. There is a lot of work that needs to be done but most of the staff prefers watching TV. - Not possible to book pickup through email. Must be done by phone. - No guarantee that you will be able to dive. Diving must be booked in advance through email where no one answers. - The staff at the front desk knows little/nothing about snorkeling/diving. - The man I talked to at the dive center spoke poor English and didn’t show up the time we agreed (his friend arrived 15 min later and didn’t seem to know that I made a booking the day before). - No water in the swimming pools. - Water in my cabin didn’t work a lot of the time (not possible to flush the toilet etc). - Staff at the restaurant watch TV with loud volume and don’t bring menus to the guests (with a few exceptions). - No WiFi - No hot water in the shower. - Dirty sun beds that are used mostly by dogs (dogs also pee at the sun beds). - Forbidden to swim/snorkel in the marine sanctuary, but no land marks or signs that shows where the sanctuary is. - No cleaning of rooms during daytime unless you “give permission” (you basically have to say “I want you to clean my room” or nothing will happen. - Overpriced in relation to what you get. It feels a bit like the place is falling apart due to lack of maintenance and motivation. Very sad on a place that could be a great resort for snorklers and divers. About snorkeling on the island: Snorkeling on the island (in general) means that you pay 150-250 pesos to some guy with an over crowded canoe. For those money he will paddle/push you 100 yards or so in that canoe to an inferno of shouting snorkelers with GoPros and life jackets. Most snorkelers are kept in the same area, which is good because it limits the destruction of corals to one place. However, there are many other parts of the island that are great to snorkel. Don’t expect to much help

              Reviewed January 16, 2019

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              3.2
              eunjin from South Korea
              Solo traveler
              Duplex Cottage
              Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

              As they always say, FIND ANOTHER PLACE.”

              It is not resort. Its no better than war refugee tent. One of complimentary water was half full. and only provided at the first day. They change bath towel only when asked to. Toilet was broken but they never tried to fix it fast. We ask three times for 3 hours. Rental gear were sucks. Masks were not cared well do keep leaking while we were snorkling in the sea. We have to wipe the mask every 3 breath. Food were also sucks (we were not surprised anymore). They use different ingredients on same menu. Table sheet was changed only ONCE IN A DAY so you can guess what kind of food had been ordered by the guests before. The island is beautiful but there are so many other better places to go. I recommend you just have one day tour. 가지마세요 가지마 제발. 딴데가세요 그리고 리셉션 직원 영어 좀만 못알아들으면 아주 불친절해집니다.

              Reviewed February 20, 2019

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