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Dive Review of Magic Oceans/Magic Oceans Dive Resort in
Philippines/Bohol

Magic Oceans/Magic Oceans Dive Resort: "Lovely dive resort!", Dec, 2016,

by Larry Eggert, UT, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9443 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Lovely, modern, well kept up dive resort with spacious bungalows and a delightful pool area. Dive area well done with individual equipment baskets, hangers and pegs for gear as well as showers and adequate rinse tanks. Food EXCELLENT and special meal requests like vegetarian well taken care of. Staff very friendly and want to please guests. Special services like massage, pedicure and romantic dinners by pool were very nice. Two major areas of dive sites. West of resort: 5 meters deep there were mainly hard corals with walls going down to 25 meters with nice soft tree corals like those on Apo or Pescador Islands. East and northeast of resort, at 5 meters there were mainly hard corals, then a sandy plateau to about 12 meters, then a wall of soft corals again. Currents unpredictable and stronger with some wave action in the afternoon if wind comes up. If you want best video and photography ask for morning dives in sites likely to have less current, then just drift with the afternoon dive. Currents also dependent on monthly high and low tide differences, phase of moon and often just unpredictable in spite of dive staff constantly checking tide tables. Some sandy areas in east to northeast have unique critters such as the wonderpus, flamboyant cuttlefish, pygmy seahorses, over 30 different nudibranchs and sea moths. Use of a pointer/muck stick (available at dive shop) recommended for least impact when these sandy areas have some current. Shore entry to dive boats is over rocky, uneven area, so recommend sturdy, thick, hard sole booties. Dive crew will carry gear and even personal items as well as walk you out to the boat if you have back or joint problems. Future plans for a pier (permits pending) will remedy this. 

Transfer service to and from ferry, airport, etc. is for a fee, but well run and well worth it. 

Overall this is a lovely resort with wonderful, attentive staff. The only current issue (consequently only 4-stars) is the shore entry-exit to dive boats over uneven terrain. When a dock is completed, our review would go to 5-stars.
Websites Magic Oceans   Magic Oceans Dive Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Philippines, Solomons, Fiji, Galapagos, Bonaire, Roatan, Palau, Hawaii, Cayman, N Sulawesi - Lembah
Closest Airport Cebu or Tagbilaran Getting There Best to avoid Manila!!! Fly into Cebu for best service and least annoyance.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive within your computer limits; try to stay within site of group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 Insufficient rinse tanks on boats; very adequate at dive facility. Crew good about handing down cameras at start of dive and handing up at return, and at handling cameras.
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