Sarah and I had a chance to visit Magic Island Dive Resort in Moal Boal,Philippines a few years back. This is the kind of place you feel comfortable and ‘at home’ immediately as you step inside the grounds, a friendly welcome from reception and a nice cool drink to get you started and it doesn’t take long to forget about the hours of travel you’ve taken to get here. Comprised of just 10 bungalows there’s a personal and secluded feel to the atmosphere, the sunset bar makes it easy to meet your fellow divers before you’ve maneuvered around them on the local style bangka boats and for star gazing there’s a dedicated area where evening meals are sometimes served. The rooms have a traditional feel, made of rattan and with thatched roofs they bled in with the surroundings nicely and if the temperature gets too hot you can always head to the pool to cool off. In terms of diving there’s a variety of locations to explore, Pescador Island has some superb reef walls and at certain times of the year a huge swarm of sardines ball in the shallows and create good photo opportunities.
There’s also some good diving to be had around the shores of Moal Boal, again mostly wall diving. For anyone with a camera Magic Island’s house reef is ideal, after an orientation you can dive at your leisure being just a few steps from the resort it’s easily accessible during the day and evening. We recommend Magic Island Resort for anyone who likes a relaxed pace of diving, single divers who like personal and friendly resorts and photographers who like macro. This isn’t the place to see big marine life, yes occasionally whalesharks pass through or threshers sharks but these sightings are sporadic and there are better locations to experience this.
To get to Magic Island Resort you should fly into Cebu Airport via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific, it’s then a 2.5 hr transfer through picturesque scenery to Moal Boal and Magic Island Resort. For more details visit our Magic Island Resort page.