The Backpackers Lodge is the most authentic place for backpackers in Moalboal. A two-story building that has some single and doubles rooms but the main accommodation is in bunk beds with mosquito nets and private locker, for just 5 €. It has a chillout area where people come together to chat in the afternoon.
Chris, the owner of the resort is married to a philipino lady and has spent 25 years living in the country. They both evidently have a great passion for decorating, because the entire resort is exquisitely decorated with Philipino, Indonesian and Thai paintings, carvings, furniture and other decor. The rooms overlook the pool, garden or sea, and the diving center is next to the small pier, where all diving sessions begin each morning. Highly recommended for both divers and non-divers.
Arie and Desiree, a Dutch couple, have created a very special place here. Both are diving instructors and 7 years ago they decided to create the resort and diving centre, as they had dreamed of being divers. The result is Magic Island. A small and cosy resort with 10 bungalows that house up to 25 people, everything is designed especially for divers. It's 3 kms from the town, and there isn't much else to do in the area, but if you're looking for total relaxation it's the perfect place. Everyone eats at communal tables, unless you ask to eat separately, and the atmosphere is very good. During my stay there were German, Dutch and American guests. Every day the boat leaves from the dive centre for two dives in the area at about 9 am and returns at 12 for lunch, and the afternoon dives are at 14:30 and 17h. If you want there's a night dive around the reef, where you can see mandarin fish.