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Dive Review of Magic Island in

Magic Island: "Magic Island Resort", Jul, 2017,

by TERRY L. FLYNN, MO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9710 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was a great trip. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The resort is small and beautiful. I think it takes about 20 divers. The food was very good and plentiful. One of the staff joined us at almost every meal. The Dive shop supervisor, Jaime, was very friendly and helpful. The boat was very comfortable. The staff loaded gear and brought it ashore after diving. The diving was excellent, three boat dives daily. Unlimited shore diving was also available. There was also optional dives to see mandarin fish mating at sunset. The dive masters, Manuel and Deloy were very knowledgable and able to point out very small marine life. We saw turtles on every dive, never just one, as well as Sea snakes, eels, bait balls, etc. The corals looked very healthy and plentiful. The soft corals at Pecador Island were beautiful. We did the optional whale shark dive at Oslob and were not disappointed. After a short van ride we arrived at the site. The staff proceeded us to the site and had a pavilion and breakfast. All of our dive gear was set up and waiting for us. We dove and snorkeled with 15-16 Sharks, the largest about 30 feet. After the dives the staff had prepared a BBQ lunch, loaded our gear and took it back to the resort. I have been on many dive trips and this one ranks right up at the top of my list. Definitely a Do-over.
5 stars.
Websites Magic Island   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving East and West coast, and Gulf of Mexico of U.S.; Carribean, and Pacific
Closest Airport Cebu Getting There flight into Manila, Flight to Cebu, Van to resort

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 45-75 Ft/ 14-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Cautioned about depths (over 150) at the walls
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat was small but did have rinse buckets. There was also a separate rinse tank by the dive shop. No set-up tables.
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