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Hippocampus Beach Resort
Hippocampus Beach Resort
Hippocampus Beach Resort
Hippocampus Beach Resort
Hippocampus Beach Resort
Hippocampus Beach Resort
Hippocampus Beach Resort

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8.3

Excellent

841 reviews

841 reviews

Housekeeping35
Beach21
Food & Dining13
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9.2

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location - 0 meters to the beach
Parking
Available
Popular landmarks
Tops Lookout 109.7 km
Taoist Temple 113.2 km
Ayala Center 114.6 km
Temple of Leah 115.2 km
Casa Gorordo Museum 116.6 km
Yap Sandiego Ancestral House 116.7 km
Colon Street 117.0 km
Basilica De Sto. Nino 117.3 km
Fort San Pedro 117.3 km
Magellan's Cross 117.3 km
Nearby landmarks
Evolution Diving 460 m
Tepanee gym 590 m
Evo House Reef 1.0 km
Dakit-Dakit 1.1 km
Dakit-Dakit Coral Reef 1.1 km
Dakit-Dakit Island 1.1 km
Bool Beach 1.8 km
Lighthouse 1.9 km
Japanese Ship Wreck 1.9 km
2021

Hippocampus Beach Resort

Malapascua Island, Bounty Beach, Daanbantayan, Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines, 6013 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Conveniently situated in the Malapascua Island part of Cebu, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Basilica De Sto. Nino. Rated with 3 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage and restaurant on-site.

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Highlights

Check-in/out [private]

Airport transfer

Excellent breakfast

Excellent food & dining

0 meters to the beach

Hygiene Plus
Wellness
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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call

Facilities

Airport transfer

Pets allowed

Car park

Shuttle service

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Check-in/out [private]

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Cebu every 2 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.1
Location rating9.2
Nearest airportOrmoc Airport (OMC)
Distance to airport57.5 km

Rooms available at Hippocampus Beach Resort

Standard
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds or 1 double b...
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Deluxe
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Beach view
  • 2 single beds or 1 double b...
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Superior
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Garden view
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Double single use
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    DELUXE 2 BEDS 1 TWIN BED
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      Room Assigned on Arrival
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        double room 1 twin bed
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          Single room - De Luxe
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            1 Twin Bed
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              Single Room - Superior
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                Frequently asked questions

                What time is check-in and check-out at Hippocampus Beach Resort?

                Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

                How do I get to Hippocampus Beach Resort?

                Hippocampus Beach Resort is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 4950 PHP. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Hippocampus Beach Resort also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the resort. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Hippocampus Beach Resort has a car park right on site for maximum convenience.

                Is breakfast offered at Hippocampus Beach Resort?

                Wake up to a great continental breakfast at Hippocampus Beach Resort. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 262 PHP if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the resort.

                What are my dining options at Hippocampus Beach Resort?

                Hippocampus Beach Resort features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

                What is the smoking policy at Hippocampus Beach Resort?

                Hippocampus Beach Resort does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

                What restaurants are nearby Hippocampus Beach Resort?

                Restaurants including Hippocampus Bar and Restaurant, Da Alfredo's - Swiss Italian German Restaurant and Ocean Vida are popular in Hippocampus Beach Resort’s neighborhood which is known as Malapascua Island.

                What popular beaches are close to Hippocampus Beach Resort?

                Hippocampus Beach Resort’s Malapascua Island neighborhood also includes Bounty Beach, Bool Beach and Langob Beach.

                What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Hippocampus Beach Resort?

                Hippocampus Beach Resort’s nearby natural sights include Evo House Reef, Dakit-Dakit and Lighthouse located in the same Malapascua Island area.

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                What people love about Hippocampus Beach Resort

                • 10

                  Exceptional
                  Staff 

                  "Staff are nice and friendly."

                  Dian

                  |

                  July 27, 2022

                • 10

                  Exceptional
                  Cleanliness

                  "The room was clean and have nice scent, it also have a view of garden outside, perfect when you’re having coffee at the patio."

                  Brigitte

                  |

                  July 19, 2022

                • 9.2

                  Exceptional
                  Bathroom

                  "The restroom is clean."

                  Ivan

                  |

                  July 18, 2022

                Property ranking|Compared to 1,911 Cebu properties
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                Location score
                9.2/10
                Room size
                27 sqm.
                Room comfort score
                7.1/10
                Service score
                8.5/10
                Better than
                98
                %
                of Cebu properties
                Bigger than
                91
                %
                of Cebu properties
                Better than
                90
                %
                of Cebu properties
                Better than
                88
                %
                of Cebu properties
                Overall rating:

                8.3

                Excellent
                841 reviews
                Cleanliness
                8.3
                Facilities
                7.9
                Location
                9.2
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                What travelers say they love:
                Beach front property with super courteous staff!
                Jonna from Philippines
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                More about Hippocampus Beach Resort

                More about Hippocampus Beach Resort

                Hippocampus Beach Resort

                Find yourself in a truly relaxing place and fulfill yourself with all that Cebu has, with a refreshing stay at Hippocampus Beach Resort.
                All offerings provided by Hippocampus Beach Resort help to ensure a pleasant stay for all travelers. Free internet access provided within the resort keeps you connected throughout your stay. Airport transfer services can be booked before your check-in date, to ensure a smooth and convenient arrival or departure. Exploring Cebu is made even more convenient with the shuttle services available at the resort.
                For those driving their own car, parking is available for guests. Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. Booking the best tickets and getting the hottest restaurant reservations are made easy with help from the resort's tours. For longer stays or whenever you need it, the dry cleaning service and laundry service keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available.
                Feel like doing nothing? Available services like daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at Hippocampus Beach Resort. For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
                A range of amenities is offered in guestrooms at Hippocampus Beach Resort. Enjoy your stay even more at the resort, knowing that some selected rooms include blackout curtains and air conditioning. Some rooms at Hippocampus Beach Resort are available with design features like a balcony or terrace. Don't worry about being thirsty as a refrigerator and mini bar are provided in some guestrooms.
                Bathroom amenities are just as important as others, and at the resort you'll find towels available in some guest bathrooms.


                Dining and things to do

                Each morning you can start the day with a delicious in-house breakfast offered at Hippocampus Beach Resort. Don't start your vacation days without your morning coffee, available every morning in the café. A number of great dining options at the resort assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar.
                Are you a great cook? Make your own meals in-house at the resort's BBQ facilities.
                A day in will be as fun as a day out with ranges of recreational activities offered at Hippocampus Beach Resort. A beach that's accessible right from the resort puts you close to the ocean during your stay. A relaxing end to every day is possible with a visit to the massage, located right in the resort. Beat the hot weather with cooling water activities like snorkeling, non-motorized water sports and diving.
                Fun in the water is easy with aquatic activities available, like watersports equipment rentals. Challenge your travel group members or other guests to competitive fun, with the resort's yoga room. Family time on relaxed evenings is easy with the resort's library and shared lounge and TV area.


                Reasons to stay here

                Find rooms here that are cheaper than 92% of all other options in the city.
                Compared to the city's accommodation options, this resort scored higher than 95% of them for food and dining.
                Guests who stayed at this resort have scored it higher than 97% of accommodations in the city.

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                Amenities and facilities
                Very good
                Facilities

                7.9

                Most talked about facilities

                Beach

                55 mentions

                Breakfast

                31 mentions

                Food & Dining

                17 mentions

                Housekeeping

                16 mentions

                Languages spoken

                • English
                • Filipino
                • French
                • German
                • Hebrew
                • Spanish

                Internet access

                • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
                • Internet services
                • Wi-Fi in public areas

                Things to do, ways to relax

                • Diving
                • Garden
                • Massage
                • On-site entertainment
                • Snorkeling
                • Tours
                • Watersport equipment rentals
                • Water sports (non-motorized)
                • Yoga room

                Cleanliness and safety

                • Anti-viral cleaning products
                • Body thermometer
                • Breakfast in room
                • Cashless payment service
                • Daily disinfection in all rooms
                • Daily disinfection in common areas
                • Doctor/nurse on call
                • First aid kit
                • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
                • Hand sanitizer
                • Hot water linen and laundry washing
                • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
                • Room sanitization opt-out available
                • Rooms sanitized between stays
                • Safe dining setup
                • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
                • Shared stationery removed
                • Staff trained in safety protocol
                • Temperature check for guests and staff

                Dining, drinking, and snacking

                • Alternative meal arrangement
                • Bar
                • BBQ facilities
                • Coffee shop
                • Happy hour
                • Kitchen
                • Restaurants
                • Room service

                Services and conveniences

                • Air conditioning in public area
                • Currency exchange
                • Daily housekeeping
                • Dry cleaning
                • Elevator
                • Facilities for disabled guests
                • Food delivery
                • Laundry service
                • Library
                • Luggage storage
                • Meeting/banquet facilities
                • Safety deposit boxes
                • Smoking area
                • Terrace

                For the kids

                • Babysitting service

                Access

                • CCTV in common areas
                • CCTV outside property
                • Check-in/out [private]
                • Fire extinguisher
                • Non-smoking rooms
                • Pets allowed
                • Security [24-hour]
                • Soundproof rooms

                Getting around

                • Airport transfer
                • Car park [on-site]
                • Shuttle service

                Available in all rooms

                • Accessible by stairs
                • Air conditioning
                • Alcohol
                • Balcony/terrace
                • Blackout curtains
                • Clothes rack
                • Desk
                • Dining table
                • Fire extinguisher
                • Free bottled water
                • Free welcome drink
                • In-room safe box
                • Linens
                • Mirror
                • Non-smoking
                • Outdoor furniture
                • Private bathroom
                • Safety/security feature
                • Seating area
                • Shower
                • Sleep comfort items
                • Tile/marble flooring
                • Toiletries
                • Towels
                • Trash cans
                • Wake-up service
                • Walk-in shower
                Food and dining
                Breakfast options
                • American
                • Asian
                • Continental
                • Vegetarian
                Restaurants on site

                Magellan's

                • Cuisine: American, Asian, European
                • Menu: Buffet
                Location
                Malapascua Island, Bounty Beach, Daanbantayan, Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines, 6013
                Exceptional
                Location

                9.2

                Airports

                • Ormoc Airport (OMC)
                  57.5 km
                • Calbayog Airport (CYP)
                  95.7 km

                Hospital or clinic

                • Barangay Lanao Health Center
                  13.3 km
                What's nearby

                Popular landmarks

                • Tops Lookout
                  109.7 km
                • Taoist Temple
                  113.2 km
                • Ayala Center
                  114.6 km
                • Temple of Leah
                  115.2 km
                • Casa Gorordo Museum
                  116.6 km
                • Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
                  116.7 km
                • Colon Street
                  117.0 km
                • Basilica De Sto. Nino
                  117.3 km
                • Fort San Pedro
                  117.3 km
                • Magellan's Cross
                  117.3 km

                Nearby landmarks

                • Evolution Diving
                  460 m
                • Tepanee gym
                  590 m
                • Evo House Reef
                  1.0 km
                • Dakit-Dakit
                  1.1 km
                • Dakit-Dakit Coral Reef
                  1.1 km
                • Dakit-Dakit Island
                  1.1 km
                • Bool Beach
                  1.8 km
                • Lighthouse
                  1.9 km
                • Japanese Ship Wreck
                  1.9 km
                Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
                Property policies
                Children and extra beds

                Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

                All children are welcome.

                Infant 0-3 year(s)
                Stay for free if using existing bedding.
                Baby cot/crib available upon request
                Children 4-17 year(s)
                Stay for free if using existing bedding.
                If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
                Guests 18 years and older are considered as adults
                Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
                Others
                • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
                Some helpful facts

                Check-in/Check-out

                • Check-in from14:00
                • Check-in until23:00
                • Check-out from07:00
                • Check-out until11:00
                • Reception open until23:00

                Getting around

                • Airport transfer fee4950 PHP
                • Travel time to airport (minutes)240

                Extras

                • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)262 PHP

                The property

                • Number of bars/lounges1
                • Number of floors2
                • Number of restaurants1
                • Number of rooms 18
                • Room voltage220
                • Year property opened2006
                • Most recent renovation2018

                Reviews of Hippocampus Beach Resort from real guests

                Provided by verified guests of Agoda
                8.3
                /
                10
                Cleanliness8.3
                Facilities7.9
                Location9.2
                Room comfort and quality7.1
                Service8.5
                Value for money8.1
                High score for Cebu
                Rating
                9+ Exceptional (164)
                8-9 Excellent (95)
                7-8 Very Good (106)
                6-7 Good (50)
                <6 Below Expectation (64)
                Time of the year
                Mar - May (168)
                Jun - Aug (103)
                Sep - Nov (75)
                Dec - Feb (133)
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                9.3
                Exceptional
                Enes from Turkey
                Couple
                Standard
                Stayed 4 nights in December 2011

                Friendly warm service, great location”

                Great location, warm welcoming staff, clean rooms

                It is a bit tiring to reach the island. From Cebu you have to take a bus or taxi, and 4 hours drive way to Maya. And from Maya taking a boat which is 30-40 minutes ride to reach Malapascua. But fares are cheap,from Cebu to Malapascua, including bus & boat wont cost more than 300Peso per person! The island is small, not crowded. And if you are after a relaxing vacation, even during Christmas or New year time, this island is the best! Hotel is located along the beach which all the other hotels and restaurants are. We stayed at standard room, no AC or hot water. Not a big issue! It was a Fan room and AC is not a must. Staff is friendly, breakfast was great also. Haven't tried their dinner. You can see many foreign tourist around, but all are there for same reason, to have a cool relaxing vacation, thats the mood of the island, which i loved! if you are a diver, the island is again a good choice, and lots of divers boats, shops etc around. Hotel has plenty of birds, and one of them is speaking! Really funny, fun to have her around. After having a very tiring busy year, this island experience at Hippocampus resort recharged me i can say. Ready for new year!

                Reviewed January 12, 2012

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                10.0
                Exceptional
                Amalina from Malaysia
                Couple
                Standard
                Stayed 2 nights in September 2017

                Beautiful beachfront, cosy rooms, clean bathroom & amazing breakfast!”

                Stayed at this hotel from the 1st-3rd Sept and enjoyed our stay here. We arrived at the island at 6am on the 1st Sept and waited at the lobby for the reception to open at 7am. Slept by the beach in front of the lobby in the meantime. When the staff arrived, my partner asked them if we could check in early and rest and they gladly allowed us to enter our room. We were so thankful as we were really tired because we traveled from Cebu city by bus for 3 hours plus (bumpy ride all the way). Up north the roads are bumpier hence try taking the V-hire (van) instead. We had a rest till afternoon and woke up to find lunch and a cheap diving shop. That's where we found a local who recommended Ging- Ging dive shop called Sea Slug Divers. I recommend diving with them as they are a local divemasters and are so friendly. They offer the cheapest dives than most dive shops around. We had dinner at the lobby of the hotel on that Saturday night where there is a bar and live band. They had amazing singers and perfect dinner food. We decided to have an early night to rest after a long day of dives. Despite having a live band at the hotel, our room was peaceful as we stayed in the non-aircon room at the back of the resort. The room wasn't hot at all as it is surrounded by big trees. At night it was nice and cosy and not hot at all. The non-aircon rooms are definitely sufficient enough for our stay. One thing is there are many stray dogs around but they aren't fierce at all so don't worry. Overall I loved our stay at this hotel as the rooms are so spacious, beds are comfortable, bathroom was so clean, sheets and towels are changed daily and have an amazing choice of food for breakfast. Will definitely stay here again and thank you for the perfect stay Hippocampus Beach Resort!

                Reviewed September 07, 2017

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                10.0
                Exceptional
                Mary from Philippines
                Family with teens
                Standard
                Stayed 3 nights in August 2019

                Great location, staff and dogs!!!”

                This property is located in bounty beach where you will be dropped off by the boat from Maya port so getting to the property is not a problem. If you are a diver then this place is perfect for you, I personally considered getting certified in this resort soon because their staff is very friendly. You will feel very welcome. Malapascua is a small island with locals residing in it and DOGS. The dogs here are FRIENDLY. Especially the dogs in Hippocampus, they deserve a special mention, Magnum - the leader of the pack, and The loyal Ysla, you can really feel they are guarding you all the time. On my 1st morning I decided to go for an early morning run and guess what? The dogs knew and sort of showed me the way! And they would bark at other dogs like trying to say to them to better behave. It was crazy! I would go back to Hippocampus for the dogs alone. Oh and their breakfast is amazing!

                Reviewed August 18, 2019

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                9.2
                Exceptional
                Graciel from Philippines
                Couple
                Standard
                Stayed 2 nights in February 2016

                Perfect place to unwind!”

                Hippocampus resort! What More can i say. The location is almost accessible to everything. Just a few steps Away and you are in the beach front. The room were okay. You still have open cabinet for your things and swimming gears in the room. And a balcony with table and chairs. Simple room yet very comfortable to stay. The staffs are very friendly and courteous. We just loved to stay in beanbags in the beachfront watching the sunset plus an happy hour and a good tropical vibe too perfect to unwind. It is highly recommended. I certainly go back to Malapascua Island and stay here again.

                Reviewed February 23, 2016

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                9.0
                Exceptional
                Ruthy from United States
                Solo traveler
                Superior
                Stayed 3 nights in April 2015

                Good Vibes and Tasty Food”

                Maria, one of the co-owners greatest us with smiles and drinks on arrival. Location is convenient to all dive shops and is right on the beach. Good and quiet night's sleep with fan and air con.

                Enjoyable stay! Service is friendly. Although Malapascua is limited in resources and activities, we were pleased with our stay. Reasons why the Hippocampus is a 3-star: this tiny island caters to divers, so everyone is easygoing. Room includes a fridge with a few overpriced drink choices and no other amenities. Water pressure for shower is nonexistent but is the same for the entire island. We were able to join dives at the last minute but booking a day ahead is recommended. Food was excellent but depended on what was available on the day. Nice variety of menu choices, from traditional Philippine cuisine to western favorites.

                Reviewed May 04, 2015

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                9.2
                Exceptional
                Kenny from Philippines
                Couple
                Deluxe
                Stayed 1 night in July 2018

                Best Spot in Malapascua”

                Best location in bounty beach, we chose the beach view (money well spent). you will be relaxed by the sound of the sea and the rustling of the leaves. The staff was very accomodating, they have bean bags and duyan (hammock) in the front but their chairs are already the best! Ergo designed for beach bumming 😆. The food was decently priced, we ordered pesto olio and malapascua meat lovers and it was another perfect choice can level with ginos and mamalous 😆. you can try other resto around the area but hippocampus for us is the best. we will surely go back because of the food, the people and the vibe. i will posting complete itinerary for our malapascua - bantayan vacation soon. 😁

                Reviewed July 15, 2018

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                8.8
                Excellent
                Morgan from Italy
                Couple
                Superior
                Stayed 10 nights in February 2018

                Best location”

                Excellent location for diving lover but not only. Few meters from the beach and in strategic position to reach all others site of Malapascua island. Staff very kind and friendly but also efficient always ready to help. The structure is nice and well cheeped and easy going, for sure I raccomand Hippocampus for stay in Malapascua. P.S. breakfasts really super delicious !

                Reviewed February 21, 2018

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                10.0
                Exceptional
                Jennine from France
                Couple
                Deluxe
                Stayed 6 nights in April 2018

                Best Place in Malapascua!”

                Hippocampus is the best place on the island! The staff were all fantastic, from the first moment we were greeted, to our final goodbyes! The rooms were clean (we had a delux room facing the beach), spacious and bright. The on site dive shop (Devocean Divers) was also great. We absolutely recommend this place to anyone wanting to feel at home on Malapascua.

                Reviewed April 15, 2018

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                8.3
                Excellent
                Anders from Sweden
                Couple
                Superior
                Stayed 3 nights in January 2013

                Great location and nice stuff”

                Lots of trees at the beach when it's to hot in the sun. Plenty of sunchairs. Great food.

                hippocampus is simply the best hotel at malapascua (in our opinion). but malapascua wasn't the paradaise we aspected.the bus from cebu city is a 5 hours journey, som we took a cab and manage to get to maya in 3 hours - on terrible roads and heavy traffic. the beach isn't great with lots of corals that hurts under your feet and you hesitate to swim when you see the sea urchins just a few meters out from the beach. if you want to go scuba-diving - then maybe this is a place for you.....maybe

                Reviewed January 17, 2013

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                8.8
                Excellent
                Ian from Hong Kong SAR, China
                Couple
                Superior
                Stayed 3 nights in April 2018

                Great place to stay ”

                Hippocampus is the go to place in Malapascau. It has a very popular dive place attached to it which is the main reason people stay here. Rooms are simple and clean with nice balcony. Great little bar and tables on the beach for the restaurant. Lee the owner was there to welcome us and provided us with all the necessary details. We arranged private transfers which were no problem and also a boat trip which we also changed at the last minute. The only downside is that the restaurant does get busy especially in the morning for breakfast so the service is a little slow, however the food is worth the wait. We booked Hippo based on reviews and weren’t disappointed. P.S WiFi is slow throughout island so don’t complain, buy a local SIM card for P300 before you get there.

                Reviewed May 02, 2018

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                8.7
                Excellent
                Angela from United Kingdom
                Group
                Standard
                Stayed 2 nights in October 2012

                Lovely staff, good service, nice room no hot water”

                Location, BBQ on the beach

                Hippocampus has a great location nestled in amongst other hotels right on the beach. We had a garden room off the beach front which was quiet and a 2 min walk to the beach. The standard room with fan was clean and comfortable and the towels, sheets were changed daily. There was no hot water from the shower which was not a problem but would have been preferred. Breakfast was included in the room price and was served upstairs in the restaurant which had a lovely view and the selection was good - continental, american, local dishes. What really made this an enjoyable stay were the staff - friendly, chatty and helpful.

                Reviewed October 29, 2012

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                8.3
                Excellent
                Demchenko from Russia
                Couple
                Standard
                Stayed 12 nights in April 2012

                The coziest resort on the Malapuscua island”

                Cozy and intimate, good service, great location, great restaurant (breakfast as well), nice garden with birds

                It's not the fanciest resort and definitely not as luxury as some others around, but the experience of staying here is very-very pleasant. It has the nicest atmosphere and has a feeling of a jungle inside as well as being right on the beach. Restaurant is great and the breakfast is awesome! Standard fan-rooms are very simple, with a nice balcony facing the garden, nothing special but comfortable, and we're spending the whole day on the beach anyway. Sea-view rooms look amazing, right on the beach! Next time we'll try to upgrade there. We've looked into other resorts around the island and didn't regret our choice for a second, next time will come back to the Hippocampus for sure!

                Reviewed May 01, 2012

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                7.7
                Very good
                David from Canada
                Couple
                Standard
                Stayed 3 nights in January 2012

                Great Location on Malapascua ”

                Clean and comfortable rooms, Great location, Nice grounds

                If you are looking for and affordable and clean place on the beach, then I would recommend Hippocampus. The location is great, right in the action on the main part of the beach. The grounds were lovely, complete with a friendly talking bird. It's a motel style set up, but every room has a nice balcony facing the leafy courtyard. The rooms were basic, but comfortable enough, with a mosquito net, lots of storage, and was always cleaned daily. The restaurant wasn't much different than every other restaurant along the beach, but the food was as good as any other. Staff was hit and miss - many were very friendly, but a few seemed like they would rather be doing anything else but serve us. We found that travel information was hard to come by, and the staff had little interest in finding out about boat schedules or activities options. Overall though, we enjoyed our stay and would stay there again if we were to return. It seemed like one of the best valued options on the beach and we had a nice and relaxing stay. However, there is a negative that you should be aware of. When we booked online they only had 3 nights available. We wanted 4, but decided we could just go and find another place for the last night once we arrived. It turned out that Hippocampus did have our room available on the 4th night so we booked it. What we found out when we payed for the 4th night, is that the room rate is actually significantly less than what we payed through agoda. We had payed $42 online, but the room was only $29. On top of that, when we checked in, they told us that breakfast was not included. We were sure that we had payed for breakfast, and once we left the island and had internet access, we checked our booking and sure enough, we had. So be aware that you may pay more to book online, and they may not actually honor the free breakfast.

                Reviewed January 30, 2012

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                9.0
                Exceptional
                Alan from New Zealand
                Couple
                Superior
                Stayed 4 nights in January 2014

                Very pleasant”

                The food and the staff were really brilliant

                Our stay was great, not a lot to do except swim but you need boat shoes as there is a lot of dangerous matter in the water/sea grass area as well as sea urchins on any rock areas in the seagrass. While the grass is a good sign and it brings in some fish, its an awful feeling under the feet. Hippocampus was a great spot, well located, brilliant view and access to the beach, wonderful restaurant,cheap good wine and excellent bar. You do need mosquito repellent and spray for your room, we had insect nets but your clothes filled up with mosquitoes. The snorkeling is ok only, but watch for jellyfish. No real coral to talk about, some dead stuff and an old shipwreck but not much to see. Recommend the swim with the Thresher Sharks though. It is no where near as good as Boracay, looks similar in set out but otherwise way less occupied because of the storm damage and even then its beach is not as good, nice place to get away from the crowds though.

                Reviewed February 07, 2014

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                8.7
                Excellent
                Judee from Philippines
                Couple
                Standard
                Stayed 3 nights in April 2012

                Great hotel on the beachfront w/ free breakfast!”

                Directly in front of the white sand beach, with beautiful balcony, you can choose any free breakfast you like

                This hotel is one of the more affordably priced hotels in Malapascua island, really a good choice. Staff are friendly, rooms are always cleaned (daily), food choices are varied. They offer free breakfast and you can choose any type of breakfast you want (continental, american, chinese, asian etc). The rooms are big enough and the bathrooms (no hot water) are nice. Wifi available at the receptionist area but not in the rooms.

                Reviewed April 10, 2012

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                10.0
                Exceptional
                Maria from Spain
                Group
                Standard
                Stayed 5 nights in January 2018

                Excellent experience”

                Great Location, Delicious food and very nice and thoughtful staff. We really would consider to stay in Hippocampus if we come back to Malapascua island.

                Reviewed February 19, 2018

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                8.3
                Excellent
                ryan from Canada
                Solo traveler
                Standard
                Stayed 2 nights in June 2013

                A Nice place to get away”

                Location, Price, Quiet

                I had a great time at this resort. It is centrally located on the beach and has great snorkeling about 300m off shore. The owner is very friendly and helpful and met me as I arrived and helped me to arrange my diving. The food is good but the service is sometimes a little slow, especially for breakfast. The internet also did not work for the duration of my stay. Overall I would recommend this resort for anyone coming to Malapascua Island

                Reviewed June 17, 2013

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                7.0
                Very good
                Thomas from Denmark
                Solo traveler
                Standard
                Stayed 5 nights in April 2012

                Friendly staff but bad management”

                Great location

                hippocampus resort have an excellent location, just as any other resort in malapascua and room that will accomodate any traveler without the need for ac rooms. the cold water shower is not unusual for malapascua and the rooms are clean, small but clean. but your there to spend time on the lovely beach, not in the room. staff is friendly and their language proficiency is good. only downside is the management, they seem uninterested in taking the service level just that extra bit higher and even though a personal review on their food didn't change their attitude nor service. another example is sitting in the bar and the management gets served before the customers, bad policy from my point of view! but then there is always loads of other restaurants nearby, so no problem if you wish to better quality of food.

                Reviewed April 29, 2012

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                9.7
                Exceptional
                Bernadette from Philippines
                Couple
                Standard
                Stayed 2 nights in August 2013

                Amazing stay in Hippocampus, staff were very nice!”

                beach front, fast wifi, great food,

                Amazing stay in Hippocampus, I love their breakfast, I love their staff, location is very good! Will probably stay hera again when I get back in Malapascua!

                Reviewed August 29, 2013

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                8.0
                Excellent
                Lorraine from United Kingdom
                Couple
                Superior
                Stayed 1 night in March 2012

                Small, basic, clean, welcoming.”

                On the beach, very convenient for dive sites.

                The hotel staff are very accommodating, the waitresses Joy and Joy are indeed a joy! Everything works, as a dive base you really don't need anything more. The beach outside the resort is nice soft white sand and the sea very shallow. Lots of sea grass so not much marine life to see, you can snorkel out 100m or so - same shallow depth - where there is a little coral. Breakfast is more than adequate with several options. Meals are varied, reasonable portions and priced in accordance with the local prices. The Philippines is not cheap. No beach towels, although you can ask for a second bath towel. Very laid back and relaxed, don't read much into 'resort' it isn't. Rooms are a reasonable size, you are not cramped. Clean. You need toiletries. Nice balcony. Linen changed every day. Malapascua is a great dive venue.

                Reviewed April 07, 2012

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