Philippines Dive Trip Report
Just have to start this out with WOW!! What a great group of divers, a great dive staff and a beautiful resort. Magic Island in Cebu, Philippines was recommended to our shop and boy did they deliver. From the excellent diving, smiling staff that became friends, amazing food, comfortable bungalows, and fun adventures. Philippines Dive Trip Report by Mary Christensen.
Magic Island Dive Resort
We would start our days with coffee or tea that was prepared magically all the time for us. Breakfast was served starting at 7 am every morning. There was always several choices but if they didn’t have something on the menu….all you had to do was ask and they would make it happen with a smile. After breakfast we had time to get ourselves together and headed to the dive area which was just steps away. They had your gear prepared and loaded on the boats. Had the dive briefings and off we went. Our group was 19 people, we were divided into smaller groups and had our own boats and dive guides.
The Scuba Diving
From the minute we would splash in the water we had some of the most fantastic dives. Each dive was different and if you are a photographer it was a dream vacation spot. There was so many things to see, my mask was in a constant state of flooding because I could not stop smiling. Each day we did a different dive area, unless of course we asked to go back somewhere. Between dives our boat captains and dive staff would have our gear switched over before you even knew it. They served us fresh mango, pineapple and banana’s, accompanied with hot coffee, tea or cool fresh water. Never once did they hurry you on the dives or surface interval. Personally I never did a dive that was under 70 minutes!!!!
After a three course gourmet lunch we had several choices….Go for another guided boat dive,
Go for a shored dive on the house reef, Get a massage (available at all hours and every day), Head out for local adventures on motor bikes, Lounge by the pool, Have adult refreshments at our private bar….the choices were endless. The nice thing about it was everyone could do exactly what they wanted to do. The staff was so happy and smiling all the time and just wanted to make you happy.
We all would gather around 7 at night to share dinner, again 3 course meal with an amazing deserts. We shared stories of our daily adventures, shared pictures, shared so many laughs. After dinner which was usually finished around 9ish because we couldn’t stop talking we would have again our different choices of things….Go have a drink at the bar, get a massage (offered at any time of day your heart desires) or just relax doing your own thing.
That was a few of our nights but we also had night dives, specialty dives to see the Manderin fish, a Flora Dive which lights the reef up in a way you can’t imagine. Dive boats to Pescador Island or just doing your own night dive on the house wall reef.
Whale Shark Diving
On the last day we were all offered a chance to go dive and snorkel with the Whale Sharks!!!! AMAZING! What a great day! WHALE SHARKS! Need I really say more? We woke up early and had a lovely breakfast, loaded up the vans and off we went. They set our dive gear up and diving we went…..WOW WOW WOW! Came out and were greeted with towels and beverages. Then we got ourselves together and went snorkeling with them…..I have never been much of a snorkeler but this sure changed my mind. They are so big yet so gentle and graceful. One of the best dive experiences I have ever had. When we returned back to shore this time we were met with a bbq lunch, salads and fruit. All our gear was broke down and taken back to dry out for packing in the morning. This place really took care of us. We all piled in vans and head to a waterfall hike. This hike was an easy one and had three different spots with falls. Some of our more adventurous gang jumped in the water, more of us stayed up and watched. On the hike down we enjoyed conversation about our week of adventures and how we were looking forward to the party the resort was having for us that night. We also got to see Monkey’s up in the trees.
The last night at the resort they sorted out our rides for the airport in the morning. Then we had a very special dinner prepared for us. After our dinner they had a small fun awards ceremony for us. We all got very good laughs out of it…thank goodness divers have such good senses of humor. The had live music and there was dancing until the late hours. What a Magical Dive trip we all had. We came together as just a group of divers, we left as bonded friends. Everyone was sad to say good byes….and on that note we really saw what this did for us and Matt Z. made the choice that this is somewhere that needed to be shared with everyone.
We have booked next year with Magic Island Resort the week of Feb 19-26, 2017. Super excited that we are going back there once again because I think so many of our divers will absolutely love this dive trip. We will have another fun filled adventure next year!! We hope you enjoyed the Philippines Dive Trip Report – we sure enjoyed the trip!
Looking forward to having you join us!!