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Excellent8.7
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  • Cleanliness 8.6
  • Facilities 8.4
  • Location 8.3
  • Room comfort and quality 8.1
  • Service 9.5
  • Value for money 8.7
  • Food and dining 8.7
Excellent
  • Cleanliness 8.6
  • Facilities 8.2
  • Location 8.3
  • Room comfort and quality 8.0
  • Service 9.1
  • Value for money 8.0
  • Food and dining 8.0
Excellent
  • Cleanliness 8.8
  • Facilities 7.2
  • Location 8.2
  • Room comfort and quality 8.8
  • Service 9.6
  • Value for money 9.2
  • Food and dining 9.6
Excellent
  • Cleanliness 8.5
  • Facilities 6.7
  • Location 9.0
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  • Value for money 8.0
  • Food and dining 8.0
Excellent
  • Cleanliness 8.3
  • Facilities 9.6
  • Location 8.2
  • Room comfort and quality 8.0
  • Service 9.8
  • Value for money 9.3
  • Food and dining 10.0
Excellent
  • Cleanliness 9.0
  • Facilities 8.7
  • Location 8.0
  • Room comfort and quality 8.0
  • Service 10.0
  • Value for money 9.5
  • Food and dining 10.0
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9.2
Harry from Philippines
Solo traveler
Budget Room - Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in July 2017
Great Resort”
The resort is great. Friendly and accommodating staff. There's free kayak and horseback riding. Downside is the location. It's going to be a bumpy (and muddy if it rained) ride going in and out of the resort.
Reviewed July 20, 2017
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8.8
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
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10.0
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
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9.6
Jacob from Australia
Couple
Beach Front Cottage
Stayed 2 nights in December 2016
Fabulous”
We had a great time at Tico. If you are looking to go best option is to get to Donsol by Cab, Bus or whatever and get a boat to Tico island Resort. Staff were great, food was delicious.
Reviewed May 04, 2017
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8.4
Jennifer from Australia
Group
Beach Front Cottage
Stayed 2 nights in April 2017
Cute, peaceful place”
It was a hike to get there from Legazpi airport but the hotel had organised transfers and they were quite organised. The food is all inclusive in your stay and the food was of a very good standard and there was more than ample to eat at each meal. The rooms are quite basic and two out of the three rooms we had did not have flushing toilets. There was also very limited mobile service and wifi but this is due to the remoteness of the location and in fact it was quite good to be off the grid for awhile. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to help us with anything we needed. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful place with easy access to the whale sharks and other great diving locations then this is the place to come. We also went on a three hour trek on motorbikes around the island and went to the waterfalls which was so lovely.
Reviewed April 23, 2017
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7.2
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
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3.2
Kayla from United States
Couple
Budget Room - Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in February 2017
Waste of time energy and money”
We came here to dive at manta point and stay for a relaxing couple of. days. First of all the location is so far from anything, to get to it you have to take a motorcycle taxi 30 minutes away from any town/restaurants. The "taxis" in themselves were quite expensive. They wanted 600 for my boyfriend and i. Once there, you're completely stuck on this hotel. Room clean and agreeable but for 1,000 it came with no bathroom. (Shared down the hall). Now, to the diving.. when we checked in we were told that it was 1550 for each dive (only if we did 2 dives at last, and also formed a group of 4.. otherwise it would cost more) which was a bit more than everywhere in philippines but still okay. We asked if the gears included and the lady said yes. Now after we chose all our gear that night they handed us a paper with additional cost for each rental item. The "package" for all gear could be "discounted" to 850. Meaning it would be 2400 for EACH dive (granted you had signed up for 2 dives with 4 people) we were so flustered. At the end, only 2 mantas were seen in 3 dives. Now to the food, only option is the resort which is over priced. Beach was not pretty and safety felt borderline. We came here to do a fun dive to manga point because it was a 10 minute Ute boat ride but in the end you might as well dive from dorsal which is an hour and a half away at the same price and better facilities (not to mention go see a whale shark the dorsal bay!
Reviewed February 26, 2017
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5.2
Karsten from Germany
Couple
Beach Front Cottage
Stayed 2 nights in December 2016
Overpriced bungalows on a dirty beach”
After 45 minutes on a motorbike backseat on dirt roads we were very disappointed. The room was big but basic and the bathroom was run down. No lock was working properly. We had very strong winds and lots of rain from the seaside and tried to shelter behind plastic curtains on our terrace. The beach is full of rubbish. Plus factor: the restaurant is very good.
Reviewed January 08, 2017
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8.4
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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9.6
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
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