Initially my wife, 2yr old daughter and I just went to the Isla for lunch. However they no longer take walk in diners so we decided to stay a night. The reviews that we read prior to travelling from Tagbilaran to Calape were spot on.
Yes it is very remote, but once there (and if youre not looking for noisy nightlife) it is a very relaxing and hospitable place. All the staff have been well trained and are very accommodatiing, courteous and friendly. Meal service is fantastic with all food delivered at the same time....unless you have starters and the like.
The reviews about the food are correct. We tried the clam chowder, chicken curry, spare ribs, fish cakes and various other goodies. All were of a very high standard. It was also great to see that the beer is served cold... not lukewarm like some more expensive resorts.
Paul the owner is a hive of information and very easy to talk with.
They have lots of water based activities that you can partake in, unfortunately I couldnt due to an injury and having to keep the wound dry. Pity as the water is very clean and clear when compared to Alona beach on Panglou. Snorkling kit is avaialble for rent, as are kayaks. They can also organise island hopping and diving trips if needed. Suffice to say nothing to hard for them to organise for you.
The rooms are ok. Nothing flash but clean and tidy. The bathroom/shower and CR is huge! Quite a surprise compared to other resorts....you could nearly fit a bed in the shower its that big. Good water pressure and ample supply of hot and cold water. AC works ok and not too noisy but I would have like to be able to decrease the temp a little. Unfortunately the temp knob was missing.
Would I recommend this place to friends? Most definitely....but not to those who want to party. It is more of a quiet getaway for couples of perhaps a family with a toddler. If thats you then yes its worth the trip out there.
Rates for rooms are around 1850 peso per 24hrs....not the usual 2pm and out by 1200hrs the next day. Thats a nice touch and appreciated.
I would like to return once my leg has healed as the water around the area has a fantastic visibility and worth exploring. Paul says its great for snorkling and there are some massive giant clams in the area.
For those who are planning to go there...you will not be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Isla Hayahay Beach Resort & Restaurant is situated on the peaceful Pangangan Island, Calape, Bohol. Pangangan Island is designated as a marine conservation area, and is an ideal location for snorkeling, diving and ecological adventure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Isla Hayahay Hotel Calape
- Isla Hayahay Hotel Bohol