We booked a 4-day, 3 night stay at the Isla Hayayay. It was a truly amazing experience.
We really enjoyed the remote location (1-hour drive from the airport) and cottage feel. There are 8 lodges in total. The accomodations are simple, but clean and comfortable. There is also a common area where you can gather that has television/dvd player as well as a library of books and DVDs. In this area, there is also free wifi access.
The resort owner (husband Paul and wife Ara) were great, nice and friendly. We were picked up promptly by Paul at the airport. When we first arrived to the resort, we were treated to a nice delicious meal. Ara is an amazing cook, cooking all three delicious meals of the day, many of which were seafood caught on the same day. Her curried crab and giant prawns (cooked in mounds of garlic butter) are to die for. Huge portions. You won't go hungry.
Paul/Ara arranged great tours for us - which are all paid for as part of your packages. On our first full day, we enjoyed a day of island hopping - including visiting this beautifully remote and tiny island. We also arranged a separate introductory scuba diving tour that took us 11 meters deep. The marine life is beautiful, the corals alive with life - unlike some of the ruined corals in the Caribbean.
The second day, we did a full-day country side tour, seeing the cool Chocolate Hills and tarsiers among other things.
We really enjoyed this resort experience. It was simple, nothing fancy/more cottage like, but very clean, down-to-earth and comfortable. The only suggestion we have is to bring bug spray with you, because during dawn/early morning and dusk, the mosquitoes are out in full force.
We recommend this place - and a pair of friends have already booked it. For those who do take us up on our recommendation, have an awesome time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Islahayahay is a fully equipped boutique resort, and it is situated in the peaceful Barangay of Lomboy on 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