- Understated luxury with stylish facilities, tempting meals, and spa
- Tranquil and intimate setting with only ten guest cabins
- Conveniently located for easy access from Cebu town and Panagsama beach
- Unlimited access to the house reef’s 50m drop-off and coral gardens
Located in the quiet southern part of the Moalboal Peninsula, Magic Island Resort offers welcoming getaways with easy access to the area’s tourism hotspots and legendary scuba diving. This boutique resort’s well-designed facilities and dedicated staff provide sociable and intimate experiences, balancing luxury with nature and incredible underwater adventures. With just ten guest cabins, this lush tropical getaway feels more like a sleepaway camp for scuba divers than a high-end resort, helping create unique and unforgettable memories for divers of all stripes.
About Magic Island Resort
Magic Island is a boutique resort located in the quieter southern part of the Moalboal peninsula, overlooking the mountains of Cebu. Nestled among tropical palm trees and lush gardens, this resort is well located with close access to the town centre and the main tourist area of Panagsama, offering a quiet yet convenient getaway. Featuring multiple terraces with ocean views, secluded relaxation areas, and easygoing social spaces, Magic Island Resort allows guests to create their own intimate dive and stay experience - minus the stuffy resort atmosphere.
The resort’s superb facilities - including an in-house spa, stylish and spacious beach houses, and an array of exciting excursions - are complemented by a large team of local travel experts who are on hand to ensure each guest’s individual needs are catered to. Magic Island’s PADI 5-Star dive centre is equipped with everything needed for a comfortable day of diving and more, boasting outstanding facilities and a patient and professional dive crew. The resort’s house reef is easy to access by day or night, perfect for unguided reef and wall diving any time you want. Just grab your dive buddy and go!
Explore the resort
Magic Island’s restaurant boasts a sociable family-like atmosphere with long dining tables and community-style meals. Delicious Western and local offerings are prepared in the open-view kitchen, with a different menu each day. Dinners are often served on the terrace above the dive centre, which offers fantastic ocean views. Just next to the restaurant, the resort’s cosy bar serves a selection of tropical cocktails and soft drinks, plus fresh juices and snacks. After a long day of outdoor adventure, retreat to the in-house spa for soothing treatments including massages, manicures, and pedicures. Or, just kick back on your private patio and enjoy an undisturbed view of the night sky and the sound of waves.
Each of Magic Island’s guest cottages features plenty of privacy and seclusion, plus room to rest and relax in between dives, with spacious terraces and comfortable living areas. Just a few steps away, you’ll find the generous pool complex, surrounded by sun loungers and parasols, and lush tropical gardens. A variety of excursions can be organised by Magic Island Resort including canyoning, visits to waterfalls, trekking, mountain biking, and dirt bike riding. Transport can also be arranged to take guests to Panagsama Beach to enjoy the restaurants, bars, and nightlife.
Diving from Magic Island Resort
The resort’s PADI 5-Star dive centre is located directly on the water’s edge, providing easy access to the dive boats and the fabulous house reef. Personal crates and hanging posts ensure plenty of storage space for each diver, while the spacious outdoor area allows for easy gear assembly. Additional facilities include dedicated rinse tanks for cameras and electronics, nitrox for qualified divers, a well-equipped classroom, and high-quality equipment rental. A full range of PADI courses is also offered by this resort, including a range of specialities.
Each day’s boat diving is conducted from three traditional Bangkas, combining classic design with modern functionality, and comfortably carrying up to ten divers. You’ll never run out of adventure here, with close access to over 20 sites, as well as the resort’s house reef - boasting colourful coral gardens, and a dizzying drop-off to well beyond 50 metres. Exciting nighttime experiences such as fluoro and blackwater diving are also available, allowing guests to experience the reef’s incredible local marine life in full fluorescent colour or in almost total darkness. No matter which adventures you decide to take part in, you’ll feel perfectly looked after with small group sizes, eagle-eyed local spotters, and hands-on assistance both above and below water.
- Hire a motorbike and tour local beaches, waterfalls, markets, and towns unguided.
- Try your hand at a unique underwater experience like blackwater or fluoro diving.
- Magic Island welcomes guests of all ages, but its facilities are recommended for couples and dive groups.
- Combine your stay with a trip to Magic Oceans in Bohol for the ultimate diving adventure.
Diving in Moalboal
Schooling FishYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Walls & pinnaclesYear round
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
PADI 5-Star IDC Resort
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water