Hippocampus Beach Resort
Newly renovated

Hippocampus Beach Resort

Bounty Beach Logon, Malapascua Island, Malapascua Island, Cebu, Philippines, 6013
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    8.0
    Excellent
    /10
    (469 reviews)See what guests said
    9.6
    Exceptional

    "Great choice on bouny beach"

    eric

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    August 31, 2018

    8.1
    Excellent service
    Recommended by 93% of guests

    Property highlights

    • Airport transfer

    • 30 meters to the beach

    • Currency exchange

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    Exceptional
    Location
    9.1
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    Exceptional location - 30 meters to the beach
    Nearby
    Popular
  • Bounty Beach10 m
  • Evolution Diving470 m
  • Dakit-Dakit Coral Reef1.06 km
  • Langob Beach2.12 km
  • Daanbantayan District Hospital14.92 km
  • Bogo-Medellin Medical Center28.77 km
  • Severo Verallo Memorial District Hospital33.97 km
  • Cebu Provincial Hospital33.98 km
  • Sillon Island37.57 km
  • Santa Fe Beach38.4 km
  • Value for money7.8
    Location rating9.1
    Nearest airportOrmoc Airport (OMC)
    Distance to airport57.5 km
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Beach view
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Garden view
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
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    What people love about the property

    • 9.6
      Exceptional

      "Great value for money, The hotel is situated on the beach, you have the option to have your room beachfront or inside the garden which is more quiet."

      Sarah J.

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      November 22, 2018

    • 9.6
      Exceptional

      "The place is clean and well-maintained, I saw a poster in the hotel that they will give you free coffee in exchange for a bucket of trash from the beach."

      Sarah J.

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      November 22, 2018

    • 8.4
      Excellent

      "Staff are very accommodating, the rooms are just basic."

      Khristine

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      June 18, 2018

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    8.4
    Excellent

    "Beautiful beachfront resort."

    Jessica

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    May 13, 2017

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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "Rooms are clean."

    Christine G.

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    September 1, 2018

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    Agoda Reviews (469)Booking.com Reviews (263)
    8.0
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    Cleanliness7.9
    Facilities7.7
    Location9.1
    Room comfort and quality7.1
    Service8.1
    Value for money7.8
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    8.0
    Excellent
    lynda from Philippines
    Couple
    Standard
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018
    Staycation”
    We had relaxed and unwind. This is also oir entry point going to kalanggaman much cheaper.
    Reviewed March 04, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Sarah from Philippines
    Family with teens
    Standard
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018
    I Love it here and I will definitely come back”
    Great value for money, The hotel is situated on the beach, you have the option to have your room beachfront or inside the garden which is more quiet. The place is clean and well-maintained, I saw a poster in the hotel that they will give you free coffee in exchange for a bucket of trash from the beach. The day we stayed there, there was live band in the evening. The staffs are so hospitable and welcoming, they are very attentive with our needs even if there's a lot of guest at the resto that night. We also found out that we are the only filipino guests that night, yay! Breakfast was so good and was served on the beachfront. We were also served welcome drinks upon arrival. The only thing that's below excellent was that when we stayed there i think they were on renovation, I see the other rooms being painted as well as some of ours smells like paint, tho it was bearable. Also, when it's low tide the boats cannot dock near the resort so you will have to walk.
    Reviewed November 22, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Ian from Hong Kong
    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
    4.8
    Peter from United States
    Couple
    Superior
    Stayed 7 nights in May 2018
    Noisy, not for serious divers”
    This place is in the middle of the busy tourist area. In addition this is one of those hotels that tries to boost its revenues by having parties that go till early am hours. Malapascua is known for its shark Dives. That's the signature dive here. You have to get up at 4 a.m. to go on that dive. This is not for serious divers. But caters to large numbers newbie divers from the East.
    Reviewed November 02, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sylvia from Canada
    Family with teens
    Superior
    Stayed 4 nights in January 2019
    Exceptional”
    All the staff made our stay so enjoyable, to the Canadian owner well done
    Reviewed January 29, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Robert from United States
    Solo traveler
    Superior
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2019
    Great staff offers the basics. Very clean.”
    Nothing to get excited about. Restaurant is grossly over priced and menu is poor. Very clean and staff were great.
    Reviewed January 27, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Krista from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Standard
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2018
    Chill Vibes”
    If you're looking for a perfect combination of accessibility, relaxation and fun then you surely have to book this place! Great value for money and the food is amazing!
    Reviewed December 18, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Mark from Philippines
    Group
    Standard
    Stayed 4 nights in October 2017
    Perfection”
    Staff was so approachable, kind & attentive. Rooms was more than enough for two people. Philippine Beaches are known for its Cold mornings and Breezy afternoons so Wall Fans were perfect. Got to meet the young Manager and his family, they were very hospitable and polite. We had lotsa choices for Breakfast meals since its free everyday, we choose all of the Meaty ones. Morning Drinks (Loved the Ginger Tea the most). All in all, it was a perfect stay.
    Reviewed November 01, 2017
    Thanks for the great review! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay! Thanks and see you next time :) Lee
    Responded February 18, 2018
    Hippocampus Beach Resort
    8.8
    Excellent
    LOUIEVY from Philippines
    Couple
    Standard
    Stayed 1 night in October 2017
    Could be better”
    We arrived there, and the staff mentioned that they have just freshly opened the place for new guests since the renovation. However, i think the renovation isn't finished yet. We picked a room at the back area for a more quiet space, cons? It was hot since the room was just a standard fan room. It could have been better if we picked a room near the beach, so we could feel the wind.
    Reviewed October 19, 2017
    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
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Khriselda from Philippines
    Couple
    Deluxe
    Stayed 1 night in July 2017
    Best accommodation in Malapascua”
    I loved our stay here! The place is strategically located in Bounty beach! Also, the room where we were assigned was spectacular as we are in front of the beach. The room is also very clean and spacious. The hotel staff are friendly and accommodating. Finally, the food selection are great! we love their hippo burger!!! We will definitely come back and recommend this to our friends :)
    Reviewed July 23, 2017
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Nazer from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Standard
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2017
    Great location, very friendly staff”
    I had a wonderful stay at this hotel. The staff and reception attendants are very accomodating and friendly. I love the free breakfast and welcome drink. Based on the previous reviews, the management had upgraded the serving size😍 Cons- wifi is very slow at the garden rooms, but it doesn't really matter, if you want a faster signal, you can go to the lobby area. I will definitely recommend this property to my friends and family.
    Reviewed July 04, 2017
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Zhigang from China
    Solo traveler
    Standard
    Stayed 4 nights in May 2016
    Review”
    Accomodating and friendly staff. Great breakfast with different options. Room is big enough. Everything is great. Better to book an AC room, Fan is not recommended. No hot water for shower, but comparing the weather cool water is pretty nice too.
    Reviewed May 10, 2016
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Dave from United States
    Solo traveler
    Superior
    Stayed 5 nights in January 2014
    great staff, great service, comfortable room”
    great diving, the restaurant/bar, great staff
    Great place. Most of the resorts are up and running after tyohoon Yolanda. I was there 55 days after it happened. This resort was not affected. Shower had hot water which impressed me for such a small island. Sea quest divers is next door and is great for diving. The staff is friendly and helpful. The restaurant/bar is nice for a sunset drink or meal. The free breakfast was really great for a free breakfast with quite a few options. They have their own boat so you can leave back to the mainland without having to bother with the island taxi boats which is really convenient and not too much if you divide the 1,000 pesos between the number of passengers leaving.
    Reviewed January 12, 2014
    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
    8.3
    Excellent
    Anna from Philippines
    Couple
    Standard
    Stayed 3 nights in October 2012
    Beachfront w/ bfast in the middle of bounty beach”
    A few steps from the shore, very friendly staff, nice rooms
    Good 1. Friendly staff 2. Nice beachfront breakfast  3. Less than 10 steps from the water itself 4. Has its own dive shop for those who wants to scuba dive 5. Happy hour from 5pm to 7pm where drinks are buy-one-take-one. 6. Daily room cleaning 7. Room has ample space for 2 persons Bad 1. Check out time is 12nn but since there were some foreigners who wants to check in early, staff asked us twice if its ok to check out early too or if we can puy our stuff outaide already which I felt is rude and inappropriate since we are all paying guests.
    Reviewed November 08, 2012
    8.3
    Excellent
    Anna from Philippines
    Couple
    Standard
    Stayed 1 night in November 2012
    Beachfront hotel and nice bar”
    Staff are all friendly and nice
    Good 1. Friendly staff 2. Nice beachfront breakfast  3. Less than 10 steps from the water itself 4. Has its own dive shop for those who wants to scuba dive 5. Happy hour from 5pm to 7pm where drinks are buy-one-take-one. 6. Daily room cleaning 7. Room has ample space for 2 persons Bad 1. Check out time is 12nn but since there were some foreigners who wants to check in early, staff asked us twice if its ok to check out early too or if we can puy our stuff outaide already which I felt is rude and inappropriate since we are all paying guests.
    Reviewed November 08, 2012
    8.7
    Excellent
    Peter from Germany
    Couple
    Standard
    Stayed 4 nights in May 2012
    Very pleasant hotel right on the beach”
    great location and fabulous restaurant
    we spent 4 nights here and really enjoyed our stay. the room was basic but comfortable and clean. the shower was cold but given the climate this was not a problem. the location is excellent - right on the beach and in a fairly quiet area. the restaurant is absolutely superb - we thoroughly enjoyed all of our meals and the breakfasts were really great. staff were friendly and the owner makes a point of chatting to the guests. we would definatley come again.
    Reviewed May 28, 2012
    8.7
    Excellent
    Insik from South Korea
    Solo traveler
    Superior
    Stayed 1 night in January 2012
    Good room condition”
    Room is clean and plenty hot water.
    There has lot's mosquitoes But, installed mosquito net protected perfectly from mosquitoes attack when sleeping. It's little bit far from deck, you can seen fantastic scenery when going to the resort.
    Reviewed January 26, 2012
    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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