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Magic Oceans Dive Resort

Bohol, Central Visayas, Philippines

Magic Oceans is located in Anda, in south east Bohol. The resort is set on the edge of the ocean, surrounded by dense tropical gardens.

The resort is intimate and welcoming with just 16 spacious bungalows each with their own large balcony providing beautiful panoramic views.

Magic Ocean’s vibrant house reef is just steps away from the well-equipped dive centre, with a further 16km of coastline to explore, including macro diving, walls of healthy corals, caves, mangroves and a huge variety of marine life from tiny critters to large pelagics.

Getting there
Cebu is easily reached with one stop from the UK and takes around 16 hours. The most straightforward routing tends to be via Hong Kong, Singapore or Manila with just short transits in each. Bohol is reached via a 3 hour ferry ride from Cebu Pier, followed by a 2 hour drive to the resort.

Guide price: 7nts / 5 days diving from £998pp*
Includes: Return transfers from Cebu airport to resort, 7nts B&B accommodation in a twin/double share Superior Deluxe Room and 10 dives package with tanks and weights on air.
Excludes: International airfare, Nitrox, equipment hire, courses and gratuities.

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Quick Guide: Magic Oceans

  • Location: Anda, east coast of Bohol
  • Transfer: 3-4 hours by vehicle, ferry and vehicle from Cebu Airport
  • No. of rooms: 16 en-suite deluxe bungalows
  • Meal Plans: Bed & Breakfast, Half Board, Full Board

Accommodation

Get some rest
Magic Oceans has 16 comfortable detached bungalows, each with en-suite, air-conditioning, mini bar, king size bed, additional day bed, Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities and large private balcony with lounger chairs.

Inside your bungalow you’ll find modern native style furniture including a king size bed and a day bed which can be used as a sofa or an extra bed when needed. There is a closet that houses a safe for your valuables; a fully stocked mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. The desk has good lighting so it is perfect for those that travel with camera gear or if you need to take five minutes to check in with work. The balconies are big yet cosy with bamboo seats and a towel rack and offer amazing views of sea and land. The energy saving air-conditioning is super-silent. Every bungalow has it own Wi-Fi router, hot water shower, soaps & shampoo and hair dryer.

Facilities

Enjoy your stay
The restaurant that serves delicious European, Philippine and vegetarian cuisine using local fresh ingredients.

The bar is the social hub of the resort and serves a huge variety of drinks including cocktails, mocktails and fresh juices.

The large swimming pool has ample loungers and is the perfect spot to relax with a good book.

The resort also has a brand new spa set in a Japanese-style garden which offers many treatments including massages, mani/pedicures and yoga courses.

Diving

Go diving
Magic Oceans is in easy access to over 30 dive sites along the Anda coastline, reached from one of the resorts three Bangka Boats. There are dedicated rinse tanks for dive gear and camera equipment.

The area is famous for its incredible macro and wall diving, where you will find frogfish, nudibranchs, octopus, Mandarin fish, pygmy seahorses, turtles, humphead parrotfish and much more. You may even be lucky to spot a passing whaleshark or manta!

The custom built spacious dive centre accommodates up to 35 divers, allowing each diver their own personal space during their whole stay and a range of courses are offered from beginner to instructor.

Day Trips, Tours and Things to Do in Bohol

Sightseeing Tour from £145 per person (minimum 2 people)
A full day trip to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bohol. Starting the day with a good breakfast and departing the resort at 8am. A few minutes of driving into the interior of the island, one will enjoy the peaceful beauty of vast rice fields and soft rolling hills on the horizon. As the vehicle glides through the winding roads, one can observe the raw and slow-paced lifestyle as the locals go on about their day. You can stop for pictures and ask questions to the locals or our staff guide to fill your curiosity. Lined along the streets are different fruit bearing trees which, for some, may be the first time to see. Tour Stops include:-

Lake Pilar: First up, Lake Pilar, also known as Malinao Dam; the lake is connected to an irrigation facility which irrigates nearby farmlands. It is a scenic lake surrounded with mango trees.

Habitat Butterfly’s Conservation Center
Second stop would be at Habitat butterfly’s conservation center for a guided tour around an open garden where over 160 species of Bohol butterflies have been recorded flying free. The tour also includes a display area and small enclosure for a close encounter with the local butterflies.

Chocolate Hills
Ones visit to Bohol will not be complete without viewing the iconic Chocolate Hills. To get a good 360 views from the top, one must climb over 200 steps with sheltered stop off spots to take a rest. For people with leg or back problems, the drop off place for viewing is just as amazing.

Hidden Valley
Next stop is what we call a trip to the “hidden valley.” This valley is part of Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape, it is a biodiversity reserve for the province of Bohol. A short stop offers an opportunity to see and feed long-tailed monkeys or Macaque and other animal species at the entrance of the valley. Other ecotourism activities such as bird watching, hiking, camping among other activities are also offered here.

Bilar Man-Made Forest
After a fascinating drive along a winding road, which locals aptly call “intestine road,” you can have a short stop for that Instagram worthy shot at Bilar man-made forest — a mahogany lined, two kilometers stretched piece of road planted by locals as a reforestation project some 50 years ago.

Lunch Break: After all that sight-seeing, heading down to Loboc river for lunch whilst cruising on a clean river with live singing on the background is a great break. The view is majestic too. Relax, fill your tummies and take in the view!

Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
Last but certainly not the least is the visit to Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary to see the famous inhabitant of Bohol. The place is responsible for the protection of this endangered species. Hush, turn off your camera flash and follow the guide to see the Tarsier up close.

The drive back takes you back to the coastal side of Bohol and you will arrive at the resort late afternoon.
Please note: Light, comfortable clothing and footwear is advisable for this trip. A sunscreen and mosquito spray is also advised.

Adventure Tour from £187 per person (minimum 2 people)
A full day trip to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bohol as well as adrenaline pumping activities. This tour is best enjoyed during dry sunny days or when it is raining for a wet and wild adventure. Program of the day starts with a good breakfast and departing the resort at 8am. Driving along the scenic coastal area, the driver will whisk you away to the interior road of the island off to your first stop at Corella to visit Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary for a close-up encounter of Bohol’s fury inhabitant Tarsier. Now the fun part begins! Tour Stops:-

Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park
At Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park, fly high and enjoy the amazing view of Loboc river below with either a tree-top zip lining or cable car over a hundred meters up. Feel the exhilarating thrill as you whiz your way to the opposite side of the mountain and back.

Lunch Break: A sumptuous lunch buffet will be waiting for you after a heart stopping zip line or cable car ride. The river cruise offers a relaxing way to bask on the serene surrounding of Loboc river and give one opportunity to have a glimpse of local culture through a cultural dance display during the cruise.

Bilar Man-Made Forest
A short stop to enjoy the fresh air and marvel on the hard work of the people behind Bilar man-made forest as manifestation that rescuing our forest is not too late if community put in real effort. A photo opt-in-between traffic might sound dangerous, but also fun to watch here.

Hidden Valley
Next stop would be to feed Macaque or long-tailed monkeys at Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape we aptly call “hidden valley.”

Chocolate Hills
One’s visit to Bohol will not be complete without viewing the iconic Chocolate Hills. To get a good 360 views from the top, one must climb over 200 steps with sheltered stop off spots to take a rest. For people with leg or back problems, the drop off place for viewing is just as amazing.

At the foot of the viewing deck is the starting point of a fun-filled hour quad riding around the foothills of Chocolate hills. Getting dirty has never been this fun!
Please note: Make sure NOT to wear your favorite shirt and shoes for this trip. Shoes or strap on sandals are advisable, and light comfortable clothing is advisable. A sunscreen and mosquito spray is also advised.

Lamanok Island Trekking Tour from £59 per person (minimum 2 people)
This half day trip can be done in the morning or in the afternoon. Best to do it during high tide for the mangrove kayaking possibility. The journey begins with the tranquil and welcoming extensive mangrove forest over bamboo foot path.

The boardwalk stretches to about 310 meters and is supported down by strings of big bamboo poles. To reach the main island, visitors can either travel by foot (possible only when it’s low tide) or by Bangka — a small paddle boat used by locals for fishing.

After a 10-minute boat ride, the guide will take you deep into lush vegetation and some moderate climb on tall limestone cliffs with their Red Hematite rock painting and rock shelters and caves. Wild flora, flying foxes, and some monkeys awaits you during the trek while the local guide shares stories of spirits and old folklore.

A secluded beach is also a pleasing surprise, tucked away with clear waters that you may explore by snorkeling. A marine protected sanctuary with giant clams, sea stars and varied species, snorkeling here is a must!

Before heading back, on a high tide you must try a 30-minute mangrove kayaking trip.

Please note: A snack will be provided for you at the waiting shed, aptly called the fisherman’s quarter, before heading back to the resort.

Can Umantad Waterfalls & Firefly Watching Tour from £80 per person (minimum 2 people)
Ready to switch up your diving with an afternoon tour? Leave the resort after lunch to view the breathtaking waterfalls. admire the vast green rice fields, enjoy a delicious dinner on the river and watch the river banks light up with twinkling fireflies.

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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
Combs
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010
Email: info@greatescapesdiving.com

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