If you are looking for a diving resort and not typical for low level shoreline, I guess this is the place that suits for you where snorkeling is good due to its marine sanctuary. You can really see small fishes playing along the sea. The resort that I was once visited last May 2012 is located at the Northern part of Cebu in Villanueva, Camoboan, Tabogon. The name of the resort is Sea Turtle Lagoon Resort.
Actually, I am just feeling wondrous to share herewith this particular resort since this visit happened to be a total surprise not just for me but for my other companions that time because this was not included in our itinerary beforehand.
Meanwhile, if you happen to be unfamiliar with the town, look further because you will get surprise. The fact I was also shocked then ‘coz in a quite municipality like Tabogon, it was hard for me to figure that it has a scenic resort — there lies a hideaway resort that fits for those honeymooners who loves to stay in a serene resort.
Glad that a friend of mine celebrated the baptism of their first child, they were the ones who led us to this amazing place. Travelers must discover this hidden resort or lagoon as the staff says it also…
At the entrance you may think that it’s a private house because it has no signage and the gate was barely closed. There was no guard stationed at the entrance. My first impression was, this might be just a simple resort, but surprisingly as we got inside, the amazing view captures us like a childlike reaction because there are plenty of flowers in various forms that are planted along the sideways. Right when you enter at the gate, the flowers complementing and our appreciation arose because the landscape looks good in the place.
But in fairness, I also find their rooms quite simple, attractive in native designs with good amenities.
The resort is somewhere far from the North-Highway road, but when you are landed in the place I am sure you will never regret after all. From all of the beaches/resorts that I’ve visited particularly in Cebu, I guess this is the only resort where you can see bunch of flowers that surround all over the place. You would surely forget all your worries and takes away your boredom even for a while.
If you prefer just to roam around the place, a 20Php will be collected to all adults and 10Php for kids (This is an estimated amount – Sorry just forgot to note the exact amount) for entrance fee. There are small and big cottages (as seen in the picture) that can accommodate to more than 20 persons and it’s perfect for Team Building, family gatherings and other celebrations. The place is very clean and well organized.
Actually, we never brought some swimming stuffs with us, but the good thing is, less as expected the resort have various swim suits and other swimming stuffs for rent available right at the resort.
The resort is ideal for those who loves diving and knows how to swim. And for those individual (like yours truly) who doesn’t know how to swim, they have kayak, “salbabida” or life buoy, life jacket, snorkeling available for rent. Just ask the staff and they might share you some ideas to make your visit worthwhile. What makes me worry and sad because kids won’t enjoy the water nor dipping into the sea because it has no shoreline. Minor ages must be guided by an adult. However, there’s a life guard who’s always watching over the crowd.
The rooms and their toilets are clean, room rate is affordable. Price range from 1,500 – 3,500 Php. The staffs were very humble and accommodating. For reservation, inquiries and current rates contact Ms. Sally Kelly @ 032-5121604. Note: Rates may change in recent time.
How To Get There?
Travelers should go directly to North Bus Terminal (located at Subangdaku, Mandaue City) and ride via Tabogon bus. Approximately three (3) hours long drive of travel. The bus will drop off to Tabogon proper and you still have to ride on a motorcycle for hire and travel for less than 20minutes to reach this destination.
Story about the owner of the resort: Bill and Sally Kelly lives in another private villa on the resort. Sally was born in the Philippines but has traveled and lived all over the world with Bill’s work in Geology & Geophysics. Having come back to Cebu they have created this serene resort and are happy to share it with travelers.
Cottage rental and other fees
Daytime use: Php 1,000 (7:00am-5:00pm)
Overnight stay: Php 2,500 (6:00pm-6:00am)
Reservation fee: Php 500
BOUGENVILLA COTTAGE A&B
Per cubicle: Php 600
Whole cottage rental: Php 2,500
overnight stay 6:00pm-6:00am
Sound system: Php 300
Cellular phone charging: Php 15
Laptop charging: Php 100
Note: Fee use of 2 salvavidas
Plastic table use w/ umbrella (large): Php 250
Plastic table use w/ umbrella (small): Php 150
Other items for rent
Adults shorts: Php 25
Children shorts: Php 15
Goggles: Php 20
Life jacket (kids): Php 25
Life jacket (adult): Php 50
Snorkel (mask only): Php 25
Snorkel (1 set): Php 50
Slippers: Php 10
Sarong: Php 50
Beach towel (regular size): Php 25
Beach towel (medium size): Php 15
Salvavidas (large): Php 100
Salvavidas (medium): Php 75
Salvavidas (small): Php 50
Comfort room usage: Php 5
Short shoreline boat trips from Brgy. Camoboan Turtle Haven to Tabogon Bay: Php 100 / head (adults only)
- Address: Camoboan, Tabogon 6009 Cebu, Philippines
- Telephone No: c/o Ms. Sally Kelly (63) 0921 571 3809
- Website: www.seaturtlelagoonresort.com
- Social media: Facebook and Instagram
- Sea Turtle Lagoon Resort Tabogon Cebu: Before Yolanda Photos
Updated: July 2018