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3 Star

Rooms

25

Wellness/Spa

YES

Internet

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5 star dive center

Onsite

House reef

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Resort Highlights

  • Beachfront resort on small and relaxed Cabilao Island
  • Air conditioned, spacious guestrooms with a view
  • Wide range of European and Asian dishes
  • Away from the typical tourist trail
  • Atmospheric spa with skilled massage therapists
  • Tasier monkeys, butterflies, Chocolate Hills

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1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

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  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 55% (downpayment)
  • 75 days before trip start: 45% (balance)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5% 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

Pura Vida Cabilao is located on a stretch of white sand beach off the west coast of Bohol. 

Cabilao is a chilled-out, natural island away from the typical tourist trail. The resort offers a restaurant, bar, spa and selection of cultural and nature-based activities. 

Rooms set on the cliff edge offer spacious balconies with beautiful views of the ocean. Other rooms are located on the beachfront, allowing immediate access to the house reef. 

Activities include a visit to the Chocolate Hills, lunch on a floating restaurant and the chance to see Tarsier monkeys and dozens of different butterfly types. 

Explore diving around the Pura Vida Cabilao

Best dive sites in Bohol

Balicasag Fish Sanctuary – Thriving with marine life, this dive site is located in a marine protected area where the number of divers and fishing is restricted. This is a wall dive that is characterised by many ledges and overhangs which are great places for finding critters. The highlight here is the tornado-like school of jacks and an abundance of all kinds of fish including snappers, trevally, surgeonfish and other colourful reef species. Arco Point – Also known as “Hole in the Wall”, this site features a tunnel which runs through the wall starting from just 5 metres/15 feet and ending at 16 metres/52 feet. The site offers excellent photography opportunities and highlights include ghost pipefish, banded sea snakes, blue ring octopus and frogfish. Bohol Divers Wreck – This deep steel wreck was sunk in 2011 and lays at between 31 metres/102 feet and 37 metres/121 feet. Despite being a relatively “new” wreck you’ll find an array of unusual critters including pipefish, ghost pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish and octopus. Doljo Point – This Panglao Island dive site has a candy box selection of coral species from giant sea fans and barrel sponges through to elephant ear, leather corals and healthy stone corals. The dive is along a steep slope / wall and in the deeper sections there are seasonal sightings of white tips and hammerhead sharks. The shallow sections offer an abundant mix of reef fish. Snake Island – This sloping reef and wall site is famous for the large population of black and white banded sea snakes that reside here. This is also an excellent macro photography site. Look out for a variety of nudibranch, shrimp and bottom dwelling species. Occasional reef sharks and barracuda are spotted in the blue.

What to see

From macro to pelagics, Bohol has it all. Many sites are teeming with nudibranchs, seahorses and mantis shrimps. Sponges, soft corals, and giant fans make every dive beautiful.

Of course, fish are also plentiful. Lionfish, glass fish, fusiliers, frogfish, schooling jack, snake eels, moray eels, triggerfish, parrotfish, devil fish, stonefish, sea snakes and napoleon wrasse are frequently seen.

On the bigger side of things, lucky divers might encounter barracuda, turtles, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and even manta rays.

When filling in your log books from diving Bohol, you’ll be writing so small to get it all on the page that your hand will be aching for days.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • PADI 5* Dive Resort in Cabilao
  • 4 dives per day in small groups
  • Great wall diving, huge gorgonians, muck diving 
  • Different species of pygmy seahorses
  • Trips to Balicasag Island, Pangangan Island, Sandingan
  • 4 dive boats with safety gear, spare equipment, tea, coffee and water

Description

Sea Explorers Cabilao is a small, beachfront PADI 5* Dive Resort located in the Philippines' Bohol region. 

The dive center is open daily from 7am till 5pm, offering up to 4 dives per day. All diving is done in small groups, with up to 4 divers per guide. 

The local area offers great wall diving with big gorgonians, the chance to see pygmy seahorses and fantastic muck diving. Special day trips depart for Balicasag Island, Pangangan Island and Sandingan (additional cost). 

Full rental gear, including computers, is available for 10 guests and Nitrox is available for an additional cost. 

DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

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

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

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

For your safety

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

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Other

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star

Dive boat facilities

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

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Cultural Excursions

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge

Great for families

  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

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

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there

Arrival

  • The resort is approximately 1.5 hours ride from Tagbilaran airport.
  • The journey will see you driving to Mocpoc pier, then taking a 30 minute boat ride to the resort. 
  • Tagbilaran is reachable from Manila (by plane), Cebu and Dumaguete (by ferry). 
  • Transfers from Tagbilaran are organised by the resort (advance notice required, additional cost). 

Departure

  • The resort will arrange your return transfer for you, provided you give advance notice of your departure date, time and next destination (additional cost). 

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