Welcome to
Hippocampus Beach and Dive Resort




Resort

The resort is located directly on Malapascua's white Bounty beach and offers a family style and relaxed atmosphere. Alltogether 18 rooms have been integrated into a natural tropical garden with many coconut and various flowering trees, ferns and orchids. Each room has a european style private bath and a large roofed verandah with view of garden and partly sea. Furnishing is in colonial style and includes a spacious double bed or alternatively two single beds. The larger and more stylish superior rooms are equipped with airconditioning, hot shower and fridge, these rooms may serve as triple room also. Four deluxe rooms, likewise with airconditioning, hot shower and minibar are located very attractively on the beach with undisturbed views of the turquoise blue sea.
A newly installed communal power net or our own noise proof generators supply electricity around the clock, voltage is 220 volts and rooms have philippine and european power outlets. Hippocampus uses its own small waterworks in the island interior which supplies almost drinking water quality (not self-evident on Malapascua!).
WiFi internet access is available for guests without charge.






Dive Shop

A dive shop, operated by SeaQuest is very conveniently located underneath the restaurant and offers everything a diver can think of. SeaQuest is one of the oldest and most experienced dive operators in the country with sister shops in Moalboal/Cebu and Alona/Bohol. Tanks are silently filled outside the resort using a powerful WF compressor and a Nitrox mixing unit. 15 complete and state of the art Cressi Sub diving equipments are ready for rent. With his team of local diveguides and boatcrews Roland, manager and instructor of the Dive Center, offers four boat trips every day, on demand also to parallel destinations. All PADI courses up to divemaster level are available. Nitrox is standard and in addition to typical outrigger boats also a fast speedboat is used in Malapascua, which makes most dive sites accessible within just minutes. SeaQuest emphasizes on personal service and for example individually cares for photographers and non-photographers. All dives are accompanied by experienced, mostly local guides, who know the specialities of Malapascua's underwater world extremely well. Diving is generally in small groups of about four and regarding the superb dive sites around the island (also see Diving page) exceptional experiences can be almost guaranteed.







Environmental and Nature Protection
Hippocampus plays an active role in a conservation project initiated in 2009, which aims at protecting important dive sites and underwater sanctuaries by armed patrol boats. Since May 2010 daily patrol runs are carried out and very encouraging results are already visible now. Hopefully illegal fishing activities can be completely eliminated soon. A key success element is also a better education of the local communities.
In several aviaries in the resort philippine birds are kept and bred, including the endangered nicobar pidgeons (Hippocampus is also a registered wildlife farm).