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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Checked in last Valentine's day. Food was great. Room was small but clean. Allowed us to early check in. Accommodating staff. Beach front. Happy hour on cocktails during sunset. Their beach has a great view of sunset while lying on their beanbags. No hassle in check in and check out. Staff Encouraged us to pay them in cash since they're... More 

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hipporesort, Manager at Hippocampus Beach Resort, responded to this review

Hello and thank you very much for your Review. I only want to say, our surcharge by paying with Credit Card is only 4%. We had to charge you 9% extra because you request to cash out some Money and pay with Credit Card. This is going through our Business Bank Account and we have to pay Tax for it,... More 

Cebu City, Philippines
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Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

I would have given this place at least a three star if not for the fact that there is no running water in the faucet and the food takes almost an hour to be served. When the attendants and the front desk are asked when the water will be back, they'll give you either vague or conflicting answers.

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hipporesort, Manager at Hippocampus Beach Resort, responded to this review

Hello and thanks for your stay here at Hippocampus! The water was only an issue for 1 or two days maximum - what happened was that someone sabotaged our electric line that connects to our water pump that pumps from the deep well to our reservoir tank in the hotel! It took us all day to find the problem because... More 

Lautoka, Fiji
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Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Booked 5 nights here hoping to do some diving but caught a lung infection on the plane. Very nice little place right on the beach. Quiet, clean fan room. Breakfast included very tasty and filling. Did the sunset cruise and had a blast. Wasn't up to cliff jumping but did enjoy a nice swim while watching the sunset.

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hipporesort, Manager at Hippocampus Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! We hope to see you back again soon! More 

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

My first impression of Malapascua was 'where the hell do I sunbathe!?' The beach is just covered in boats, which is obviously not the fault of Hippocampus. I hate seeing caged animals, and hated all the caged birds at Hippocampus. Very unnecessary, and something a few other guests said they were put off by too. The managers there were lovely,... More 

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hipporesort, Owner at Hippocampus Beach Resort, responded to this review

Just let me say a few words regarding our "caged birds". In fact we keep a number of Nicobar pidgeons here, which I received from a Frenchman many years ago. We started with 4 birds. These beautiful and endangered pidgeons (they need small, forested and uninhabited islands with access to fruiting trees) are living in a well sized aviary and... More 

Tiverton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

I liked it here for the three days we stayed, right on the beach and very friendly staff, the room is basic, no air con or tv and the shower no hot water but it's fine for 3 days to put up with, nice relaxing place to be for a few days. The breakfast was good, the food was hit... More 

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hipporesort, Manager at Hippocampus Beach Resort, responded to this review

Hello - thank you for your review and staying with us! Glad you enjoyed your stay here with us. Just want everyone reading this to know that we do offer rooms with hot water and air con. You must have been staying in our "standard" room which is basic accommodation with just fan and no hot water. The next level... More 

Sala, Sweden
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2016

A simple, but clean and friendly hotel, with everything you need, at the main beach of Malapasqua. Even I, not a diver, liked this place......Are you a diver....this place is a must and The Hippocampus is a very good choice.

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hipporesort, Manager at Hippocampus Beach Resort, responded to this review

We are so happy you enjoyed your stay here with us! We hope to see you back again! We have a new dive shop and kitesurfing school, as well as new renovated beer garden for you to test out next time! Thanks for the kind words! More 

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Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

Good location and clean rooms. The room rates are not cheap. If you stay in an air conditioning room and aren't eager to save money, Here is a good choice. Location: This resort is located in the center of the Bounty Beach which is the main resort area of Malapascua. It takes 10-15 min by walk after getting off the... More 

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Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights & were very impressed as it didn't cost a lot of money. The room we stayed in was very comfortable with air con & a fan. We had a balcony to sit on. The wifi you can get whilst In your room which was great. Some would say they could do with being updated... More 

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Cebu Island, Philippines
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Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

First visit to the island and was positively surprised. A great little hideaway in a beautiful resort. Maria and Lee the owners are awesome people. Very friendly and helpful. Had a long night with them at the bar :) staff are funny and friendly. The morning shift need some training though. Breakfast was okay. Lacking a bit of taste but... More 

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Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

Hippocampus is a great, clean place to stay after a long day of diving, snorkeling or just enjoying Malapascua. The rooms were clean and simple. Our room had a fan and air conditioning. We also loved our private little patio with a table and two chairs for reading and/or relaxing. The service wasn't 5 star which wasn't expected since this... More 

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  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hippocampus Beach Resort is centrally located on the main beach of Malapascua Island, Bounty Beach. Totaling 18 rooms with three different categories, including basic fan standard room, superior air conditioning rooms, and deluxe beachfront air conditioned rooms. It has a beachfront bar and restaurant with beer garden, tables on the beach, and bean bags for sunset happy hour. In house scuba diving school, Devocean Divers, and in house Kitesurfing school, Malapascua Kitesurfing. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hippocampus Beach Resort

Address: Daan Bantayan, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Malapascua Island
Price Range: $54 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hippocampus Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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Also Known As:
Hippocampus Beach Hotel Malapascua Island
Hippocampus Beach Resort Malapascua Island, Cebu Island
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#2 Top resorts Hotel in Malapascua Island
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Malapascua Island
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“Beach front rooms nice but near the bar/noise. Back of garden much quiter”
 of 5 bubbles newdiver2014, 27 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Stay on rooms near the beach front, it really gives a good view in the morning.”
 of 5 bubbles 81arp, 14 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Rooms without A/C or hot water are a perfectly good option for a budget traveler”
 of 5 bubbles 461lindsaya, 9 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Probably the upper rooms facing the sea have a view”
 of 5 bubbles 384pietrob, 26 Dec 2015 | Read review
“For best view choose the beachfront A/C rooms. Fan rooms are cheaper, but at the back with limited views.”
 of 5 bubbles 522arshadk, 18 Dec 2015 | Read review
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