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“Somewhat Disappointed”
Review of Bohol Sea Resort

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Bohol Sea Resort
Ranked #10 of 50 Hotels in Panglao Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is really a place for divers. Not a place if you're a snorkeler or if you just want to beach it. There are better options available. The location isn't great either. You need to taxi or motor scooter any where you want to go which costs. I would have left early, but I had prepaid.

Rooms:
Rooms are clean, but my cleaning staff generally came late in the afternoon. One day, by 6pm they hadn't arrived, so I had to go up to the front desk and see when they would show up. The only rooms with a beach view are apartments #1 & #2. They are two bedrooms each. #2 is on the second floor and the more advisable one. The other so-called seaview rooms only have sidewise views. Sheets weren't changed, just made up.
Good WiFi up until the Dive Shop closes and then the WiFi is shut down. No house phone in the room.

Beach:
The beach is small and at low tide, not very appealing. Lots of boats are moored there. I thought it would be better. Again, better to stay along Alona Beach.

Pool:
Pool was small and disappointing. Not as nice as the picture on the website. No towels readily available and just 4 lounge chairs. The jacuzzi was never on.

Staff:
The staff was a mixed bag. The dive guys were ok. Since I'm a snorkeler I was aloud to go out in the dive boats, but basically ignored after that. Room cleaning staff was not so good as I mentioned previously. Restaurant staff was slow. Also, when I asked to have a taxi for the following morning to go on a tour, it never arrived. I suspect it was never ordered. If wasn't for a friend staying at the Henan, I would have missed my tour. She had the Henan pick me up.

Food:
Food was good, but you have to order your dinner at least hour in advance. The menu is put up around 3 in there afternoon and you let them know what you want and what time you want to eat. Very inconvenient. Service stops at 8. The hotel is far away from anything, so going somewhere else to eat isn't realistic.

Bugs:
The mosquitos and sand flies are extremely bad. Nothing seems to prevent them from attacking.

Snorkeling:
Well, this was disappointing too. I mainly came to Bohol to snorkel Ballcasag Island and see the Whale Sharks in Oslob. I was led to believe that the resort offered trips to Oslob, but they didn't. I had to book an outside tour. The resort did offer a trip to Ballcasag Island, but it was geared more for divers. The boat stopped quite a ways from the beach and if you weren't a confident swimmer or snorkeler, then you wouldn't go in the water. Big disappointment.

If you're a diver, this might be the place for you. Otherwise, not so great.

Room Tip: If you want a view of the sea, then ask for apartment #2. Apartment #1 in on the first floor and doe...
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Great hotel, good pool, rooms, facilities and wifi. But we still, left after a couple of days to be closer to Alona beach. You need to take an overpriced trike to the beach, really not the same as just strolling out of one of the Alona resorts. And while there is a beach of sorts by this hotel, its really not much of a recreational beach. More like just sea access for boats.
They also overcharged me on my food bill, my fault for not checking at the time I guess!

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

Great relaxed dive operation, small numbers, good equipment, excellent divemasters and the brains of the operation' Hangi' a funny witty german expat.Weather was overcast and occasionally very stormy but staff made every effort to ensure we had a enjoyable week. Lucky enough to see a whale hark on our second dive. Trip to Ballcasag islang was worth the extra day we stayed to see many turtles. Bohol sea resort is a quick 10 minute, 3 dollar cab ride to cluttered, overcrowded Alona beach. The resort is quite, safe, great food, good AC in rooms. If i go back will definitely use this hotel

Room Tip: Sea view apartment is the best room
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Mick K
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Peaceful location with very nice, very clean rooms. We had two Sea View De Luxe 2 bedroom apartments for a group of seven and it worked out very well. The dive shop is very well managed and they have very nice dive boats and crew. One of our party took the Diving Adventure class and she had a great time on a wonderful nearby reef for here first dive. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is very cool tropical. At night it very quit and the stars are fantastic down by the beach. But you are only 10 minutes by trike from Alona Beach with numerous restaurants and bars. As with much of Panglao Island there is a very broad tidal flat that limits swimming at the house beach. A great place to stay if plan to dive or just visit Panglao Island.

Room Tip: For a large group get the Sea View De Luxe 2 bedroom apartments.
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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank Joy M
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

I had doubts about the place but when I checked in, the rooms are clean, tidy, no damaged walls nor moulds. The bathroom are also sparkingly clean and definitely good hot water. The pools, dining area and the bar lounge are also clean and tidy. The only issue I have is the beach not a white sand nor they have a beach but I couldn't care less about it since Alona beach is about 2 kms away and you want to dine and party is right there then after that you a have a quiet serene Bohol Sea Resort, Plus the price is so affordable good to your pocket. Check out their diving trips I heard they are awesome.

Room Tip: well every room are great.
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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bohol Sea Resort

Address: Bohol Sea Resort Danao Beach, 6340, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Bohol Province > Panglao Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Panglao Island
Price Range: RM123 - RM385 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bohol Sea Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bohol Sea Resort is located directly on the naturally kept beach of Danao on Panglao Island, Bohol, one of the most beautiful islands of the Philippines. The famous Alona Beach is 2 kilometers (20 minutes walking or 3 minutes by motorbike) away. Great dive sites are starting just in front of the resort. Our paradise dive & holiday resort is furnished to best European standards and offers 20 elegant rooms and bungalows in different categories. Each accommodation has its own bathroom with shower, a terrace and free Wifi. The higher standard rooms also include television, minibar and air-conditioning. ... more   less 
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Bohol Sea Hotel Panglao Island
Bohol Sea Resort Panglao Island, Bohol Province

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