Ticao Island Resort

Sitio Tacdugan, San Jacinto, Ticao Island, Masbate, Masbate, Philippines - See map
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Ticao Island Resort

"Perfect place for those who would like to escape from polluted and toxic place."

Bryan - November 1, 2018

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8.0

Very good

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Excellent location
Hygiene Plus
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Exceptional service
9.6 rating for service
Excellent cleanliness
8.9 rating for cleanliness
Excellent facilities on premise
8.5 facilities on premise
Excellent comfort
8.1 room quality and comfort

It was our pleasure to stayed 3 days and 2 nights in this resort because from the staff, accomodation, cleanliness and food are all valued for money.

Mabel | August 10, 2018

Love how they maintain it nice and clean even though it is in front of the ocean the place looks new, it is indeed very well maintained.

April | November 1, 2019

Really appreciate it <3 the place, the room, the staff and the food was really really excellent.

April | November 1, 2019

We enjoyed our stay infact our tummy are always full and the place is so relaxing and peaceful.

Mabel | August 10, 2018

Would recommend firefly watching especially when the sky is clear - it’s magical!

Mary | May 1, 2019

Very relaxed and gentle accommodation and amazing staff from arrival to farewell.

Ana | July 26, 2019

  • Airport transfer

  • Private beach

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Bar

  • Garden

Cheaper than 71% of all properties in Masbate in the last 24 hoursCompared to 7 Masbate properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money8.6
Location rating8.0

Rooms available at Ticao Island Resort

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Room comfort & quality
8.1
Beach Front Cottage
Beach Front Cottage
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Beach view
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Budget Room - Shared Bathroom
Budget Room - Shared Bathroom
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  • Garden view
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 single beds
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Deluxe Fan Room
Deluxe Fan Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Beach view
  • 2 semi double beds or 1 que...
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Room Assigned on Arrival
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at Ticao Island Resort?

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. 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.

    How do I get to Ticao Island Resort?

    Ticao Island Resort is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service.

    What is the smoking policy at Ticao Island Resort?

    Ticao Island Resort does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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    • 9.2
      Exceptional
      "Would gladly return and look forward to doing so,"

      Ana | July 26, 2019

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      "Perfect place to relax for a couple of days"

      Laurence | January 2, 2020

    • 9.2
      Exceptional
      "We loved our visit to Ticao Island Resort."

      Ana | July 26, 2019

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    Overall rating:
    8.7
    Excellent
    162 reviews
    Cleanliness
    8.9
    Facilities
    8.5
    Location
    8.0
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    Staff is very accommodating and will attend to your needs qu...
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    More about Ticao Island Resort

    Designed for both business and leisure travel, Ticao Island Resort is ideally situated in Masbate; one of the city's most popular locales. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

    The facilities and services provided by Ticao Island Resort ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, room service, airport transfer, babysitting.

    Guests can choose from 14 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including private beach, massage, garden, water sports (motorized), water sports (non-motorized). When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Masbate, make Ticao Island Resort your home away from home.

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    8.8
    Excellent
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    "Resort staff are really friendly and accommodating."

    Mary | May 1, 2019

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    Facilities8.5
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    Room comfort and quality8.1
    Service9.6
    Value for money8.6
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    <6 Below Expectation (7)
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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Denis from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 5 nights in February 2016

    Little island paradise”

    Ticao Island Resort is a very pleasurable place to stay. We have spent 5 nights on the island and can't be happy enough with the place selection. Even before our journey Jessica (resort representative) arranged a transfer and provided us with all required information. During our stay all the staff were very friendly, we appreciated individual approach to their guests. Resort operates on full board basis, in the morning you get a good choice of breakfast options including local and European dishes followed by nice lunch (packed option available if you are diving) and buffet style dinner. All dishes were delicious and we never felt hungry during our stay. All the activities (scuba diving, waterfall tour, firefly tour) we participated in were very well though and we really enjoyed each of them. Or course, diving was the best, we have seen a lot of micro life around San Miquel island and being lucky to see mantas! Overall, relaxing atmosphere together with the beautiful view and delicious meals made our stay full of only positive emotions and nice memories. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed March 27, 2016
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Ana from Australia
    Family with young children
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019

    Ticao Island is worth getting too. ”

    We loved our visit to Ticao Island Resort. It is a little hard to get to, vans and boat rides. But well worth the effort. You stay on the beach after being welcomed by the friendly team. The activities are great. I started my PADI with GL in the dive shop, and we all (including a 7 yr old) went snorkelling at what I think is the best spot I have ever seen (San Miguel Island). We also enjoyed kayaking, firefly watching, a motorbike tour of the local area, and just meeting and interacting with the kids from the local fishing village. It was also geat to learn more of Whale Sharks and thew Manta Bowl from the onsite research team. Would gladly return and look forward to doing so,

    Reviewed July 26, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Orzabal from Philippines
    Couple
    Deluxe Fan Room
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

    Best value for your money!”

    Pros: Friendly staff, genuine service, delicious and affordable food. Cabanas were just spacious, couple or group would enjoy the accommodation,toilet is very clean. You will truly feel that you’re on vacation! Quiet at night and very relaxing! The ambience, place and the view was just ashtonishing! I highly recommend this place for travelers! The staff was just amazing and very helpful! Impeccable! Me and my girlfriend were very happy and satisfied with Ticao Island Resort! Will definitely visit next year! No cons! :)

    Reviewed November 13, 2018
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Neil from Australia
    Couple
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 6 nights in May 2015

    Ticao Island tropical home away from home”

    Diving, friendly staff and remote tropical village location

    Ticao Island Resort could not get any better - well maybe the bedding could be update. Cleanliness and housekeeping were meticulous. The staff are fantastic, the food delicious and when you say 'Thankyou' they say 'you're welcome' with a beaming smile. There is difficulty with wifi but hey you are on a beautiful island with great people so immerse yourselves in their island - this is what I call a vacation. I hope you get to enjoy this island as much as we did.

    Reviewed May 25, 2015
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jackie from Philippines
    Group
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 1 night in June 2018

    Awesome!”

    Great service, food and the staff are all friendly and accommodating. Its just hard to reach the place coming from Masbate City. You need to take the ferry from the port from Masbate, then a VAN and boat again before reaching the Resort.

    Reviewed June 17, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    adam from Australia
    Couple
    Budget Room - Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in May 2017

    beautiful resort in an amazing place”

    We stayed 3 nights at Ticao island resort, its been the highlight of our holiday, food was really good, place was nice and relaxing. We dived and saw mantas, whale shark and TREASURE SHARK!!!! At night we did karaoke with the dive master and instructor who are so lovely! We had such a good time with the dive crew! Thanks a lot, we hope to come back next holidays. Adam and Maya

    Reviewed May 11, 2017
    8.4
    Excellent
    JINKY from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Budget Room - Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in December 2017

    Silent Sanctuary”

    I had a great time during my stay. Though, the typhoon was forecasted to hit Samar and other nearby provinces except Masbate, but I guess since its facing Samar so it has been affected too. Its hard to get to the resort, the road heading to the resort was damaged. I had to get off the habal-habal numerous times. Good thing, I was able to arrive safe and sound. And, I got a spacious room all for myself but not the restroom. It turns out to be shared with other guy guests leaving some stains which in fact, they have their own designated male restroom. On the other hand, I wasn't able to swim; the water is yellowish like in the river. Some garbage flashed all over the shore. So, I decided to just do kayaking. I was able to feel how quaint life is in this resort. Its all worth-it after all. Their staff are courteous. You really feel like you're home away. I'll definitely go back not during typhoon season and will try diving next time.

    Reviewed December 25, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Phyllis from Philippines
    Couple
    Deluxe Fan Room
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2019

    Exceptional”

    Sumptuous food, very kind and accommodating staff esp. ms. Grace, ms. Vicky, marvin, & all of the resort’s staff. We had a great time staying in this lovely resort. Though it’s quite challenging going to Ticao Island but it’s all worth it. Highly recommendable!!!

    Reviewed August 28, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Isobella from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2017

    Exceptional”

    I had a fantastic time at Ticao Island resort. The diving was unbelievable. I did alot of reading and relaxing. The food was delicious and all the staff lovely. I hope to go back one day!

    Reviewed November 29, 2017
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Maileen from United States
    Couple
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2015

    Great experience at Ticao! ”

    Food, staff/service, activities offered

    We had a great experience at Ticao Island Resort. Excellent food, staff/service, and activities offered! The beach in front of hotel could be a bit cleaner.

    Reviewed July 31, 2015
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Ana from Australia
    Family with young children
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 3 nights in July 2019

    Brilliant place to stay ”

    We loved staying at Ticao. Snorkelling, diving (started PADI), talking to manta bowl researchers, firefly, motorbike tours, island hoping, waterfalls. All was great. Very relaxed and gentle accommodation and amazing staff from arrival to farewell.

    Reviewed July 26, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Rebecca from Switzerland
    Family with young children
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

    Best place where I was in the Philippines , the island itself, the Manta bowl, whaleshark, corals”

    Im sure we will be going back here, it’s better than El Nido, it’s very relaxing and not crowded. Diving is breathtaking , one of the most beautiful dive I ever had. The staff in Ticao Island are all friendly.

    Reviewed May 12, 2018
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Eric from United States
    Solo traveler
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2015

    Paradise in Philippines”

    Resort is unique, staff is excellent and secluded

    Ticao Resort and staff are uniquely special. Off the beat and path. Beautiful scenery. Really great staff. Scuba diving is excellent for macro and Manta Rays. Only downfall is the difficulty of getting there. But go into with an adventurous attitude and you be pleased.

    Reviewed September 15, 2015
    7.2
    Very good
    chen from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

    Amazing place to get disconnected to the world and connect to the nature ”

    It's my reschedule trip to Ticao Island. I supposed to come during last Chris time, however because of the weather issue, the manager Jessica kindly told me do not come and they will keep the room for me to let me re-schedule in any time during 2017. This is not something normal resort will do. I was impressed back then. Traveling here without private pick-up I can foresee very difficult. I was lucky enough got a on-ride pick up however later today I'm going to experience the legend public transportation. My suggestion is come here as a group, try to get the private transportation package. It's too pricy for a solo traveler. It's definitely not cheap here, especially if u are alone, however traveling alone is always more pricy. The resort actually was nice to tell me to come in certain times so that I can join other dive group to share the cost, however, my schedule is not allowed me to do so. Before came, they explained me clearly about the diving package. Average to say, if I want to take a boat out alone, it will cost me around 3,000 php / dive without gears. I was hesitated in it because it's unusual expensive. Eventually I did it. Guess because of also unusual staff, well trained, super friendly and helpful so I decide to give it a try. Lucky me, 1 day diving with 3 dives. At San Miguel point I saw black butter fish, Flounder, Green frog fish (hope I was not wrong). At Manta-Bow spot, it's amazing. First one I saw the babe whaleshark, it's was so closed. 2nd one, 5 mantaeays + a big whaleshark who was swimming in top of us. And it came to a monomer that I don't know where to keep my eyes on: right or left or top 😇🙃. I knew it sounds incredible but even the dive master and instructor said it has to be super lucky can see both in one dive and I only dive one day. The rest activities are also very nice, I tried the horse riding (not really, they don't let me really ride it), motorbike trip to the waterfall (okay, waterfall is nothing amazing, riding

    Reviewed February 27, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Sandra from Australia
    Couple
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 4 nights in May 2017

    Tropical Getaway”

    We had a terrific 4 night stay at Ticao. The island is very peaceful, staff super helpful and friendly, great food and excellent diving at the nearby Manta bowl. Cabins are all right on the beach, facing the sea, with horses and dogs roaming about freely. A great place to get away from it all.

    Reviewed May 30, 2017
    9.2
    Exceptional
    rose from Taiwan
    Group
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2019

    Manta, fireflies, glowing algae!”

    We only experienced kindness from the owner to the staff, dive master, dive guides, everyone! We are aware that this resort is off the beaten path but we still took public transportation to get to the island and it wasn't so bad. From Legazpi, take the van to Pilar Port (1-1.5hrs), then take the boat to Monreal (2hrs), then ride the motorcycle/habal-habal (40mins) to the resort. We were lucky to see manta in one of our dives and the moonless night allowed us to enjoy firefly watching, stargazing and watching the ocean glow from bioluminescent planktons! The resort is inside the cove so the waves are mostly calm and quiet. The food could use some seasoning but they have the best local beef I ever had in the Philippines!

    Reviewed February 11, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Jen from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

    Where to stay in Ticao”

    Stayed here in June and there's not much people which made it a truly relaxing vacation. Ate Vicky and the whole staff were nice and accommodating. They took care of me and made me feel at home. The only downside is the road going to the resort if you're choosing to take habal habal, otherwise you can rent a boat from San Jacinto port which is a better alternative. Food was great, big servings and they can accommodate anything you like. The beach Hut rooms were simple and comfortable. Really has an islander feel. Kudos to the free kayaks and horseback riding because you'll never feel bored. The best thing is having a dive shop on site for those who wants to take their padi and dive on real diving spots such as the manta bowl. My guide kuya Oscar was super nice as well! I'll be sure to come back and I highly recommend this place.

    Reviewed June 23, 2018
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Mark from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 4 nights in March 2015

    Fantastic Relaxing small resort & great staff ”

    Food, staff and diving

    The resort is only small with 9 individual cabanas (beach hut) rooms, each with en suite and AC. They also have 4 budget rooms in a set back block with shared facilities. Located in it's own bay and as part of a large farming ranch this is a truly relaxing spot. No TV, phone service is intermittent and internet is slow when it works - all makes this a great get away. Well established dive centre, plenty of kit, compressor with Nitrox. The dive staff are friendly and some good dive spots from micro stuff at San Miguel Island or Manta Rays in Manta Bowl within a short boat rode. We enjoyed so much thinking of going back again this year!!

    Reviewed March 21, 2015
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Maria from Philippines
    Couple
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

    Ticao Island on my mind”

    Pros.. great place and great people plus very tasty food. It was most relaxing break for us. Spent a lot of time in the balcony of cabanas 10&11. We were lounging and having a great time with dogs and horses roaming around. We went island hopping, my hubby went to manta bowl ( two mantas were sighted), 3 of us did DSD, firefly watching and rode the horses like kids.. again. Cons... hmmm nothing really except maybe it is not that easy to get there but then it makes the whole experience better. Well.. the communities on both side should be taught more about segregation of waste and not throw trash indiscriminately. The resort cleans its front every morning but they keep coming back.

    Reviewed April 02, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Benedicte from Norway
    Couple
    Beach Front Cottage
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2016

    Beautiful resort and serviceminded staff”

    The resort itself is very beautiful, clean and have most facilities you could want. The pictures do however lie a bit when it comes to location. On each side of the resort there are two small villages where suage and trash runs out from and also the fresh water river comes out right next to the resort. This gives a fresh/saltwater mix which is very brown and not very tempting to swim in... It was also not possible to leave the resort without having someone to accompany you. We wanted to rent a scooter/motorcycle to take a look around, but this they did not want us to do without a driver as the roads were in such bad condition. We were for this reason glad we only stayed two nights. So over to the good parts...:-) We came for the diving and Manta bowl. We had a fantastic day and was rewarded with seeing 4 mantas in the 2 dives. The current wasn't that bad, but the the visibility wasn't then the best, but you can't have it all...! We came very close on the first dives and had a long interaction with the mantas. On the second dive there were other boats and even though we saw a manta we couldn't get as close that time. We were very happy anyhow and GL was a great dive master. The service on the resort is outstanding and the food was great, especially the buffet. The drinks vere pricy compared to other places, but without competition that was somewhat expected. Try to arrange transfer to/from the resort together with others, that will save you a bit of money...

    Reviewed April 05, 2016
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