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Hotel category
3 Star
Rooms
12
Wellness/Spa
YES
Internet
FREE
5 star dive center
Walking distance
House reef
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Resort Highlights

  • Idyllic beach resort on Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island
  • Peaceful garden setting, atmospheric spa
  • In-house restaurant serving 3 meals a day, room service
  • 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi, gym & fitness center
  • Dive with the - very rare - Thresher Shark on a daily basis

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BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

CONFIRMATION

If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final

24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 50% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 50% (balance) is due 75 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 39 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 39 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

Buena Vida Resort and Spa is located on Bounty Beach, hidden in a peaceful tropical garden behind the bustling beachfront.

The resort has a full-service spa, free WiFi in public areas and a lounge space. Front-desk staff can assist with tours or tickets, dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. 

Each of the 12 air-conditioned garden rooms feature refrigerators, minibars and furnished balconies or patios including a hammock. Private bathrooms with hot and cold showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Satisfy your appetite at the resort's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner or stay in and enjoy some room service (during limited hours).

Buena Vida is the most spacious and professionally operated spa on Malapascua Island.

Explore diving around the Buena Vida Resort and Spa

Best dive sites in Malapascua

Monad Shoal – This submerged sea mount is Malapascua’s most famous dive site and the best spot for thresher sharks sightings. Diving here is either a “swimming dive” or on a stationary line waiting for the sharks to approach. Close encounters with these incredible predators are not unusual. It’s a thrilling experience and a must-do if visiting the Philippines to dive. Gato Island – This marine reserve and sea snake sanctuary offers a huge diversity of marine life. You’ll find stunning corals, swim throughs and rock formations, abundant fish life and a plethora of critters. Look out for schooling fish and cruising reef sharks. It’s a beautiful dive and every dive here is different. Lapus Lapus – Offering arguably the best coral in Malapascua, this is a kaleidoscopic site which always impresses. You can find frogfish, mantis shrimp, scorpionfish, cuttlefish and octopus on the reef. Macro critters hide out in the shallow water soft coral garden and there is an excellent variety of reef fish. Butong Bato – This underwater pinnacle site is located close to Malapascua and is home to a large school of resident batfish. Corals here are healthy, vibrant and varied. Macro photographers will enjoy the nudibranch species and tiny crustaceans including zebra crabs and whip coral shrimps. Chocolate Island – An absolute must for macro photographers. Chocolate Island is a critter haven and regular sightings include flamboyant cuttlefish, Pegasus seamoths, nudibranch, flatworms, octopus, cowries and a host of shrimps and crustaceans.

What to see

The biggest draw to Malapascua is the year round thresher shark sightings. Other pelagics and predatory species include reef sharks, tuna, barracuda, trevally, jacks and sea snakes. Don’t forget to bring your macro lenses and look out for nudibranch, frogfish, flatworms, pygmy seahorses, seamoths, cuttlefish (including flamboyant), octopus and all manner of miniature crustaceans.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • World class macro and night diving
  • 13 different dive sites for low current and relaxed diving
  • Up to 4 dives a day, small groups
  • PADI courses up to IDC level
  • Good quality, well-maintained rental equipment
  • Early morning diving with thresher sharks
  • Late afternoon dives with mandarin fish & sea horses

Description

Sea Explorers Malapascua is a 5* IDC Resort located on Bounty Beach, Malapascua, Philippines. 

Established in 1989, the diving center is open daily and offers first class diver training from Open Water through to Instructor Development. Nitrox is available for an additional fee. 

Up to 4 dives per day is possible and diving is done in small groups (max 4 divers per guide). 

Malapascua is famous for early morning diving with thresher sharks, but trips to other locations like Gato Island, Calanggamn, Sambawan and Maripipi are possible on request. 

 

DIVING SERVICES

PADI Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Adaptors & tanks

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Other

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Dive boat facilities

  • Surface Interval Snacks
  • Camera Rinse Tanks
  • Camera Table
  • Tea And Coffee
  • Ladder
  • Custom Built
  • Drinking Water
  • Shaded Space
  • Seating Area
  • Dry Area
  • Toilet

Resort Amenities

Food & drink

  • Private Dining
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services
  • Yoga

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden

Great for families

  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Eur)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling

How to get there

Arrival

  • The best way to arrive at the resort is to arrange a transfer in advance (advance notice required, additional cost).
  • The resort's driver will pick you up from Cebu International Airport and escort you to Maya, the most northern point of Cebu.
  • From Maya there will be a traditional outrigger boat that will bring you directly to Bounty Beach and from there into Buena Vida.
  • Overall journey time from Cebu International Airport to Malapascua Island will take between 3.5 and 4.5 hours. 
  • Check in time is 2pm.

Departure

  • Check out time is 12pm.
  • The resort staff will organize your transfer back to Cebu International Airport (advance notice required, additional cost). 

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