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“Tranquil spot with large comfortable rooms”
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Bohol Sea Resort
Ranked #10 of 50 Hotels in Panglao Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 May 2017

The location is away from the main town, which keeps it very quiet and tranquil. Of course, if you want to go into town for a bit of excitement and restaurants, you'll need to rent a motorbike, or try your luck out front for a trike - where u might wait a little while. I was impressed with how large and comfortable the bungalow style rooms were, the restaurant is nice - tho slightly pricey. The small bit of beach is OK to get that feeling of sand in your toes, and the seaview is nice, but not a good place for swimming. Most of the folks here are divers, and they all seemed to rave about this place! I enjoyed it, and would come back and stay again. I did pre-arrange an airport pick up, but the driver never showed! That was annoying, not sure whether to wait or just take one of the many taxi services there waiting. Just take one right away if that happens to you. What's so great is this place is only 20 mins or so away!

Room Tip: It's a quite place, any room will do!
  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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463feg, Duty Manager at Bohol Sea Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Hi Ray T,

In behalf of the management, let me thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We appreciate your straightforwardness with regards to the services we rendered during your stay. However, we regret the fact that some of our services went too low from what you expected our sincerest apologies. Nonetheless, we hope that you could give us another chance to serve you better in the future.

Yours in hospitality,
Duty Manager

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Reviewed 27 March 2017

As for my reason to stay at this Resort: Diving
Rooms were well maintaind, a big plus.
Pool is perfect for a small swim and about 2 m deep at the far end. Ideal for family.
Beach about 3 M whide and the water is shallow ( by low tide and 50 cm with hight tide) till about 50 M out of the cost. beware of the Sea urchin. Not good for swimming.
The food there is real good agains real good prices. Defenetly eat there.
If you want to go to the busy area go to Alona beach. Here you find supermarkets, restaurants ed.
If you are looking for diving. the resort has his own divingscool. A big plus. If there is a trip to Balisac Island, go there. Snorkeling or diving, you will see Green Turtles there. We have seen at least 30 for each trip. ( bin there 3 times)
If you want to go to snakeisland for diving. Don't. Its a waste of time. The corals have bin distroyed and there is almost no fish left cause of overfishing.
Most other dives are in front of the cost and are drift dives. Current is slow to non existent. Good for beginners, nice for experienced divers. Depth til 30 m. Best Depth between 5 and 20 m
If you do want to go go to Alona beach and find your divingscool there. Also if you just want to go somewhere else Alona is good to get out of it. But don't expect to much. Prices are high but not as hight as in Cebu. So if you want to buy dried mango, do it there.
All in all, I had a great stay at Bohol Sea resort. And do go diving.
Kind regards,
Floris Vegting

Room Tip: As far as I know all the rooms are pritty much the same. Double beds
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Floris V
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463feg, Duty Manager at Bohol Sea Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Dear Floris V,

Thank you for your lovely review of our property. We will surely be expecting you more in the future.

Yours in hospitality,
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We arrived on the first day of new management structure. We were disappointed that our confirmed transfer did not arrive at TAG airport as agreed. After waiting 45 mins we got a taxi which was the same price anyway so no problem.

We recieved a warm welcome indeed the staff are very friendly and helpful. The room we had was compact but clean and comfortable although some minor maintainance was required. Above all it was great value for money. The location is about a mile from the town which is good because it is quiet but a pain if you need to go shopping.

Please be advised the resort has a 'Corkage' policy so you may be charged if you bring food and drink into the resort. You can rent a moped for between 400 and 500 per day or a motorcycle and sidecar will take you to town for 100 one way.

Also remember to bring bug spray as you would for most tropical destinations. BRS do what they can by fogging with diesel daily but we were still bitten quite alot even with 50% DEET! Reception have a bug lotion dispenser at the desk.

Do not disturb signs would go a long way as house keeping woke us up on a few occasions. We are both vegetarian and we found the house menu a little limited. However the chef and waiting staff went out of their way to rustle up some veggie pasta and rice which we really appriciated after a long day diving.

Speaking of which the diving here is excellent with a good chance to see some unusual macro creatures like Sea Horses and Mantis Shrip etc. It was great to have an on site dive shop because you can roll out of bed and sraight into the boat!

We have been trying to get a night dive in for a long time, we did 4 night dives here! The dive operation is run by a great bunch of people who keep safety and enjoyment at the core of their decision making. All the instuctors are super friendly and highly professional Thanks to all... Highly recommended!

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Downroute
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463feg, Duty Manager at Bohol Sea Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Dear Downroute,

What a lovely review. We surely appreciate your comments and we will also look into the downsides as well. We will surely let our staff know of the praise you have given them.

Yours in hospitality,
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

This place is a dive resort. It's off the main Alona strip, but a 100 peso tricycle-taxi ride can get you to the strip in a few minutes (and the hotel can call the taxi for you and make things very easy). The food/drinks are good, but definitely pricier than at Alona itself. However, it was a great place to stay even though our dive shop was in Alona beach. Every morning we'd grab a taxi to the main strip, get breakfast, and dive. The after diving either stay in Alona or head back to Bohol Sea Resort. Part of the trip we rented scooters and were able to get back and forth easily. If you're looking for the party scene or super cheap...this is not your place. Also, there were issues with the water pressure and hot water for 2 of the 4 days we were there, but it eventually got sorted out.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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463feg, Duty Manager at Bohol Sea Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Dear ahillmd,

Thank you for your review on our property. We are in the process of upgrading our facilities and we hope to serve you back in the future.

Yours in hospitality,
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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...
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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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:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Panglao Island
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Panglao Island
Price Range: RM122 - RM348 (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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