Magic Oceans Dive Resort, Bohol

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Magic Oceans Dive Resort, Philippines

Candabong, 6311 Anda, Bohol, Philippines| Full-board + 2 dives/day from $220++/person (Avg. for 7-night stay 5 days of diving)

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Magic Oceans Dive Resort quick pitch

Magic Oceans Dive Resort in Anda, Bohol, is an eco dive resort divers from mid-March to mid-December every year. They're known for their knowledgeable dive staff and a pristine house reef for excellent shore diving.

 

Brief overview

  • No of Rooms: 16 bungalows for up to 35 divers
  • Dive Center: On-site.
  • Amenities: AC, ensuite bathrooms, wifi, bar, swimming pool, spa services, scattered terraces, etc.
  • Internet: Yes.
  • House Reef Diving: Yes
  • Nearest Airport: Bohol-Panglao International Airport 
  • Distance to Dive Sites: 1-40 minutes.
  • Food & Drinks: The on-site restaurant offers a wide range of local dishes mixed with other Asian style and western food. 
 

 

How to Get There 

Situated on the east coast of Bohol, in a town called Anda. This location is in a more 'secluded' area of the Philippines which is really nice.

From Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila (MNL), you can take a quick flight to Bohol, Bohol–Panglao International Airport (TAG) directly. The resort can arrange for a transfer from there.

And from May 2, 2020, Philippine Airlines is resuming its direct flight from Los Angeles to Cebu, and guests can fly to Cebu and then take a quick ferry over to Bohol. The resort can arrange transfers from there as well.

 

Dive Overview

Anda has 15 kilometers of dive sites. There is muck diving, walls with big healthy coral, small caves, mangroves, etc. The marine life varies from macro to potential big things like passing whale sharks or mantas.

 

Watch this awesome video to give you a great feel for what it would be like to stay at Magic Oceans Dive
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Accommodations

Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Magic Oceans Dive Resort Room Overview 

There are 16 deluxe bungalows/cottages located by the sea, surrounded by green tropical gardens. 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.

The bathrooms are spacious with a hot powerful shower. Amenities such as towels, soap, shampoo, and a hairdryer are provided. You will find plenty of room to store your toiletries. There is also a basket provided for the in-house laundry service. All rooms have additional towels for the pool and free unlimited mineral water.

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Resort Facilities 

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Activities at Magic Oceans Dive Resort

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Mahika Spa

 

Magic Oceans Dive Resort Features

  • Dive Center
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Spacious Swimming Pool
  • Mahika Spa
  • Scattered Terraces
  • Ample sunbathing beds with parasols 

 

Magic Oceans Dive Resort Food & Drinks

  • Wide range of freshly made dishes in a mixed Asian and Western-style
  • Bar with cocktails, beer, juices and more

 

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DIVE Packages & Rates

Magic Oceans Dive Resort's Latest Dive Packages & Rates

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DIVE PACKAGES 2020

Dive packages are exclusive of dive equipment, inclusive tank and weight. "Dive all you can" package are based on 3 to 4 boat dives per day and unlimited house reef diving. Prices are in USD and valid from 1 April until 30 September 2020.

PackageRate
5 Dives$233
10 Dives$455
15 Dives$668
20 Dives$880
Dive all you can package 5 days$668
Dive all you can package 10 days$1,305

 

accommodation rates 2020

All rates are quoted in USD and include breakfast. Valid from 1 April until 30 September 2020.

OptionRate
Superior de lux Cottage Magic Oceans Bohol 1 person$158
Superior de lux Cottage Magic Oceans Bohol 2 persons$173
Extra bed, incl. breakfast$42

 

 Meal plans 2020

Prices are in USD and valid from 1 April until 30 September 2020.

OptionRate
Half board (dinner) per person per day$33
Full board (lunch & dinner) per person per day$51

transfers 2020

Car prices are per trip (maximum 4 persons), depending on luggage, excl ferry ticket. Van prices are per trip (maximum 7 persons), depending on luggage, excl ferry ticket. Prices are in USD and valid from 1 April until 30 September 2020.

TransferVanCar
Cebu airport - Magic Island Resort$127$107
Tagbilaran ferry port - Magic Oceans Resort$113$94
Bohol-Panglao airport – Magic Oceans$134$115
Cebu airport - Magic Oceans Resort$184$143
Magic Island Resort - Magic Oceans resort$240$201
Ferry ticket per person economy class $21
Ferry ticket per person business class $40

 

2020/2021 RATES

Prices are in USD and valid from 1 October 2020 until 31 March 2021.

 

DIVE PACKAGES

Dive packages are exclusive of dive equipment, inclusive tank and weight. "Dive all you can" package are based on 3 to 4 boat dives per day and unlimited house reef diving.

PackageRate
5 Dives$238
10 Dives$465
15 Dives$683
20 Dives$900
Dive all you can package 5 days$683
Dive all you can package 10 days$1,335
 

ACCOMMODATION RATES

All rates are quoted in USD and include breakfast.

OptionRate
Superior de lux Cottage Magic Oceans Bohol 1 person$161
Superior de lux Cottage Magic Oceans Bohol 2 persons$177
Extra bed, incl. breakfast$44


MEAL PLANS

OptionRate
Magic Oceans half board (dinner) per person per day$34
Magic Oceans full board (lunch & dinner) per person per day$53

Transfers

Car prices are per trip (maximum 4 persons), depending on luggage, excl ferry ticket. Van prices are per trip (maximum 7 persons), depending on luggage, excl ferry ticket.

TransferVanCar
Cebu airport - Magic Island Resort$134$112
Tagbilaran ferry port - Magic Oceans Resort$121$99
Bohol-Panglao airport – Magic Oceans$141$119
Cebu airport - Magic Oceans Resort excl. ferry ticket$194$150
Magic Island Resort - Magic Oceans resort excl. ferry ticket$252$211
Ferry ticket per person economy class
$22
Ferry ticket per person business class
 -$42

 

LILA-BOHOL WHALE SHARK TRIP

Magic Oceans is one of the first resorts to offer diving and snorkeling in this area in a professional and responsible way.

ITINERARY

07:00 AM - Leave the resort after breakfast
08:00 AM - Arrive at the Whale Shark briefing area
08:30 AM - Gear up
09:00 AM - Get into the water for a shore dive/snorkel session
10:00 AM  - Get back from the dive (or snorkeling session) and enjoy some refreshments
10:45 AM  - Drive back to the resort, about a 1-hour drive

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Lila-Bohol Whale Shark Trip1 x diving1 x snorkeling
For 2 -3 personsUS $140 ppUS $104 pp
For 4-8 personsUS $110 ppUS $76 pp


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Mahika spa

The Mahika Spa offers guests the opportunity to enjoy Spa treatments in a serene, Japanese-inspired garden. This brand-new facility is perfect for non-divers on their holiday, but also an excellent addition for diving guests to relax and pamper themselves between/after their dives. Guests will be able to enjoy a massage in one of the massage suites that are set up for either individual or couple's treatment. Furthermore, guests are able to opt for manicure/pedicure treatments in the Foot Spa area, looking out over the garden whilst listening to the sounds of nature around you.

Finally, Mahika Spa offers a peaceful yoga terrace for those who enjoy some stretching and exercise. We also offer weekly Sunset Yoga sessions by the beach on Saturdays at 4:30 PM.

Give your body the rest and relaxation it deserves. Awaken your senses and delve into a different world with Mahika Spa's combination of light relaxation massages, exquisite aromas, soothing music and serene surroundings for a blissful and relaxing experience.

Massage ServiceRates
Foot & Body Massage
90 Minute Session
Hilot Massage1,850
Swedish Massage1,750
60 Minute Session
Hilot Massage1,350
Swedish Massage1,250
Shiatsu (Dry) Massage1,250
Foot & Hand Reflexology1,250
30 Minute Session
Back Massage650
Head & Neck Massage650
Special Couple MassageRomantic Couple Massage (90 Minutes of Hilot Massage)3,350
Special Aromatic Oil
90 Minute Session150
60 Minute Session100
30 Minute Session50
Foot & Nail Spa
30 Minute SessionRegular Manicure400
60 Minute SessionRegular Pedicure800
90 Minute Session
Mani + Pedi Combo1,100
Foot Scrub Therapy900
120 Minute SessionComplete Package (Mani + Pedi + Foot Scrub)1,950
Yoga
RentalYoga Mat250
Weekly ClassRegular Yoga Class950
Private ClassPrivate Session (max 2 persons)3,000
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For more information on other packages, availability or any other inquiries, drop us an email at bookings@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

 

Dive Information & Itineraries

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Bohol Dive Overview

  • Best Diving Season: January-May
  • Visibility: 50-65 ft
  • Water Temperature: 75-80
  • Skill Level: Any
  • Marine Life: Macro: pygmy seahorse, skeleton shrimp, nudibranch, etc. Big animals: whale sharks & thresher sharks. Pristine corals abound.
  • Recommended Wetsuit: 3 mm

 

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Dive Center Information 

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Magic Resorts also operates in Moalboal, on the island of Cebu where the Magic Island Dive Resort is located.

 

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Reviews (2)

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Magic Oceans is the sister resort to Magic Island. Most people spend a week at each dive resort. Magic Oceans is a bit newer and larger than Magic Island. There are a few more guests, but it does not seem crowded. The rooms and bathrooms are also newer and larger than the ones at Magic Island. Just like Magic Island, the staff is amazing. Within a day or two, the kitchen staff will greet you by name.

The dive staff is also great. Shout out to LeAnn - she's a great dive guide. The house reef is a bit more difficult to access due to tidal variations. The real draw for Magic Oceans is the muck diving where you will see ever imaginable tiny critter. Secret Place at first glance seems like a barren sandy bottom. A closer look yields frog fish the size of small coins, flamboyant cuttlefish, shrimp, nudibranchs and octopus. It was such a great dive site that our boat group chose to go there three times during the week. The food was also very good and varied. We would absolutely go back again!

Visited on 02/2019 - Submitted on 04/15/2020
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Magic Oceans Dive Resort is situated on the more remote western side of Bohol Island, about 2 hours by road from Tagbilaran City. Tagbilaran City can be reached by OceanJet Ferry which sails out of Cebu City 13 times day with a transit time of 2 hours. In my opinion, the added transfer time is a good investment if you want to avoid the crowds and clouds of bubbles in the water. Not once while I was diving with Magic Oceans, were we joined by a boat full of scuba divers from another resort. This may, however, have been a function of some choppy sea conditions which did interfere with boarding and disembarking from the dive boat on several occasions while I was there, despite the fact that the resort keeps its own jetty.

Magic Oceans Resort is not a large resort with only 16 rooms and for this reason, it keeps its charm. The service from the resort staff felt genuine and they were friendly, attentive and nothing was too much trouble. I liked the way they remembered everyone’s names. You just can’t get that in larger resorts. The traditional style Cabana’s are modern, spacious, comfortable, well maintained and came with all the amenities that one might wish for. Coffee and tea making facilities, a safe box, writing desk and air conditioning. There was also a terrace outside the front door with 2 seats and a coffee table plus clothes drying rack. There was no television provided, but the internet worked very well in all parts of the resort, so streaming video to my iPad was not an issue. In my mind, one of the real highlights of the resort are the well established and lush gardens, with large trees and plenty of flowering shrubs and greenery everywhere you looked. I have included a photo of the resort from the seaside perspective to show how the foliage effectively hides most of the resort from the sea. The garden was obviously well maintained and I really enjoyed the secluded and private feel it promoted.

There was a significant difference between my expectations of muck diving in Bohol Sea and that which I actually experienced while scuba diving with Magic Oceans Dive Resort. When I read the diving information provided on the Magic Ocean website, it certainly mentioned diverse diving sites including muck diving, but all the sites, except one, that I visited during my 5 days of diving, featured drift dives along coral walls. There are macro subjects available but they are not as numerous and diverse as one might encounter in a more well known muck diving areas, such as Lembeh or Anilao for instance. So, if you are looking for real muck diving, then this area will probably not ring your bell too much. For hard and soft corals and drift diving along coral walls, then it is well worth a visit. The top of the reef, conveniently at a depth of 15 - 20 feet, was quite impressive with an abundance of diversely colored corals and quite a population of turtles. On one special day when I was doing a safety stop there, a Whale Shark cruised around us several times. Large marine life and Whale Shark sightings are not that common according to the staff at Magic Oceans, so I guess I just got lucky that day.

The dive facilities were good with plenty of room to wash and store your equipment. The dive facilities could accommodate up to 35 divers, but while I was there, there were never more than 10 divers on the boat on any given day. The 5 rinse tubs were large, re-filled generously everyday and were designated specific to equipment, including one for camera‘s only. There was no air conditioned camera room but there were 4 small work stations along one side of the wall of the shower / rinse tub room. Each had its own light and electrical sockets but the air guns did not work. While I was staying at the dive resort, there was only one other large camera in use so the limited number of stations was not an issue in itself. I think its more of a reflection of the fact that the resort does not often accommodate many serious underwater photographers with large camera systems, at any given time. The dive boat too, was large and comfortable and even featured a good sized table upon which the camera’s could be stored. There was no large rinse tub provided however, which again indicates that the resort is not used to dealing with large camera rigs.

The dive staff could have done more. They consistently gave good briefings and guided as best they could by pointing out subjects that they could, but there were just not enough macro subjects to point out. They did not want to seem to engage you in any way and kept to themselves on the dive boat and in the dive shop. I can not remember having a single one on one conversation with any of them about any part of my diving or photography, what my expectations were, or what I thought about a dive, or anything else for that matter. Also, they could have done more to help rig up and rig down equipment. The morning preparation involved every diver assembling their own BCD and Regulator on the tank which they then carried to the dive boat. It was the same thing after returning from diving, each diver was responsible for rigging down the kit and washing everything. I can’t remember the last time I had to do all of this and it is uncommon for diving resorts to work this way. They did their job, nothing more, nothing less. Because I felt like they did not go the extra mile for service, or go out of their way to help me in any way, I did not tip the dive staff. Sorry, but it was not earned. Also, the biggest team of divers that I had to dive with was 5 divers to one Dive Master. This was a little high and should be limited to 4 maximum in my opinion.

The food was excellent and some of the best I have tasted in the Philippines. I was on a half board deal so I expected that the food would be served buffet style. I was happy to be completely wrong. A breakfast menu was provided which had a choice of about 8 different things, catering for all tastes. It was always served with fruit and the local Mangoes were my favorite. The orange juice was freshly squeezed and the coffee was real. For dinner, there were three courses and they brought up to 5 individual dishes for the main course to the table, in generous quantities, as appropriate to the number of guests seated, and you just helped yourself. I never heard anyone ask for more and the food was delicious.

In summary, if you are looking for a cosy and comfortable diving vacation with a smaller travel camera, then Magic Oceans will no doubt suit you well. You will probably not need a wide angle lens because the diving is mainly drift diving along coral walls which will not disappoint you, but do not expect large marine life, beyond the size of turtles. The top of the reef is spectacular for diverse corals, color and small reef fish. You may want to do some homework on the weather conditions which prevail at the specific time of year in which you are planning to travel, especially with respect to sea condition. Magic Oceans Resort sits on the rugged coastline of the Bohol Sea, with little shelter from nearby outlying islands, so once the wind blows the cradle will rock. Magic Oceans have gone to the expense of installing a Jetty however, and I didn’t notice any other resorts out of Anda town, that had one as well. In this respect, they are probably better equipped to offer more diving comfort than other resorts in the local area.

Visited on 08/2018 - Submitted on 04/10/2020

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