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Dive Review of Magic Island and Magic Ocean/Magic Resorts in
Philippines

Magic Island and Magic Ocean/Magic Resorts: "Lots of Small Stuff, and Some Big Stuff, Too", Apr, 2019,

by Janet Westin, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10932.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We stayed at two sister resorts, Magic Island and Magic Ocean, which are located relatively near each other, but still require a day's travel between them. The resorts arranged for us to do 2 dives at Cabilao Island enroute. At the first resort, Magic Island on Cebu, the visibility was poor and the water cooler (78 rather than 82) than I expected. We heard various explanations on the lack of visibility. One theory was that since whale sharks are fed off of Oslob, the whale sharks no longer visit off of our resort, clearing the water of the murk. Most of our group of 14 took one day and did snorkel, then dive, with the whale sharks off of Oslob, but 2 of us did not choose this option, having done this a few years ago on an earlier visit to the Philippines. They reported that there were lots of whale sharks, and decent visibility. The visibility vastly improved both at the Cabilao Island stop and at our second resort, Magic Ocean. We saw lots of small stuff like cuttlefish, octopus, nudibranchs, crabs, shrimp, seahorses, pipefish, frog fish, scorpion fish, and dragonets. There were 1 or 2 turtles on most dives.
Websites Magic Island and Magic Ocean   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Palau, Philippines, Fiji, Roatan, Mexico, Florida, Raja Ampat, Hawaii
Closest Airport Cebu International Getting There Connect through Seoul

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute limit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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