Best Resort in Moalboal in a Class by Itself; So Relaxing
Photographs kindly provided by the guest.
I want to share with you a comprehensive report recently posted by a widely traveled Canadian guest who stayed with us in October 2011. You can read the original on Trip Advisor.
My stay at this resort was for 3 weeks. I was uncertain about what the weather would be like as October is the tail end of the rainy season. With the exception of one day, however, the weather was very good to excellent.
Turtle Bay Dive Resort is family owned, hosted by Chris and Fe White. Located in the deep south of Moalboal, Cebu, it fosters a very intimate and relaxing environment, providing everything you need on site. The property is exquisitely maintained by very pleasant staff. There are many things to do at and outside the resort.
Divers and snorkelers will be very pleased with the many dive sites. Pescador Island is nearby and frequented by the resort's on site dive facility. This site will satisfy all divers and snorkeler's equally. Shore diving is very good as well and the resort's house reef is filled with a variety of life. Turtle Bay is a very fitting name for this resort. If you are looking for turtle encounters, you won't be disappointed. They are plentiful and used to divers so taking pictures/video is easy. Both Green and Hawksbill occupy these waters.
While on Cebu, try to arrange a trip to Apo Island, south of Negros, which is next to Cebu. The diving is pristine, but advanced skills may be necessary for some sites, since currents can be strong and unpredictable.
Outside of diving, we enjoyed a couple of trips to Kawasan Falls. It’s about a half hour to 45 minute drive south. The resort can make all the arrangements for you. There is a nice 20 minute to half an hour walk to the first level of the falls upon arrival. There is a well defined walking path and all around is lush jungle. The first level of the falls is nice, but its best to walk up the path leading to the upper falls. Make sure to ask your tour guide about this, as there are less people. The water in the falls is chilly, and the falling water comes down HARD, so be ready. The ambient temperature will warm you up nicely afterwards, however. We also visited the Orchid, Garden in the town of Moalboal, which has a variety of flora to enjoy, as well as some caged monkeys and birds. The Horn Bill birds are fascinating. A visit to the rice fields was educational and fun. There you'll see how they irrigate the land to water the rice, and all around are the local carabao, a type of ox, used to work the fields. Getting there is a bit of a bumpy ride, as the fields are up in the mountains. The town of Moalboal is about half hour walk from the resort. In the town are pharmacies, fruit stands, restaurants, police, schools, government buildings, etc.
The resort itself has plenty to offer to the diver and non-diver alike. They have a games room, a double swimming pool, a gift shop, massage therapy, a two level restaurant with guest lounge, complete with a large TV, DVD's, WiFi, books, magazines, water dispensers, washrooms, and a computer, if you need one. The layout of the eating/living areas is inviting, done in a Filipino/ Indonesian theme. The landscaping is intricate and garden-like, with a myriad of plants and trees (even grass) with pathways by which to enjoy them. There is a nice area for sunning yourself near the sea, but no beach per se. If you would like to lay and play on a white sand beach, White Beach is a 25 minute drive away.
The food was delicious and always different, especially at lunch and dinner, with large portions, variety and fresh ingredients being the norm. If you have a food preference, they will provide it, and the fish is always wonderful. When dining, Chris and or Fe would join us and the other guests, which we all enjoyed.
The rooms are colonial style and very clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated, with AC, fans, fridges, etc. They provide bottled water in the room fridges everyday. The cleaning staff is thorough and friendly. Rooms are available for families, couples and singles. I stayed in a seaside room with a lovely view. There are garden rooms available as well if you prefer.
Overall, the staff at this resort really works closely with Chris and Fe, to ensure that the guests are always taken care of. I've stayed at many resorts over the years, but this one is exceptional and in a class by itself.