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Dive Review of Magic Island & Magic Oceans/ in
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Magic Island & Magic Oceans/ "Magic Island/Magic Oceans Combo: Very Good Diving!", Jan, 2023,

by Michael Wood, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 12333 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments After 3 years of Covid delays, our group of 14 finally made it to the Philippines. Magic Island on Cebu Island (Moalboal area) was our first stop for 6 dive days. All flew into Cebu but from various other Asian hubs. Consensus was to avoid Manila and Philippines Air, both being disorganized and inconvenient. Flying into/out of Manila requires luggage claiming, tight connections and a taxi ride from a distant terminal to the other. We chose land based resorts to avoid the Petrie dish of liveaboards with Covid, back in 2020. Proof of vaccination and filling out an online e-travel app required for entry. Mask use inconsistent in transit, none used at either resort, which is all open air, of course.

I dove Magic Island 12 years ago and remembered the plethora of frogfish, ghost pipefish, soft corals, nudis and a sardine swarm out by Pescador Island. The typhoon that blew through Dec. 2021 significantly damaged the reefs around Magic Island, though we were able to get to the less damaged ones and visit the sardine swarm t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Magic Island & Magic Oceans

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Indonesia, Maldives, PNG, GBR, Philippines, Hawai'i
Closest Airport Cebu Getting There Through any Asian/Middle East hub.

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Loosely enforced 55-65 minute dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Lots of outlets in rooms. Magic Oceans had a camera room in the dive shop, which I never used. Staff handled gear carefully and carried my big rig out the long ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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