Sampaguita Resort is located along the south western coast of Cebu Island (Moalboal), in Tongo Point, facing Negros Island, in Badian bay, surrounded by a tropical garden, shadowed by gigantic palms, rustling in the marine breeze, lapped by crystal waters. It is made of simple traditionally styled bungalows, in total harmony with the surrounding environment, plus an Italian touch due to the presence of Sergio Forti, diving instructor, who, few years ago, choose to settle down definitely in the simplicity of this secluded corner of the globe.
The environment is friendly, relaxed and casual. Rooms are essential, made of wood and wowed fibres panels; the roof is in cocoon, perfectly waterproof vegetable fibre, the floor in coconut bands. Each room, of about 20 square metres, has a double bed or twin beds, wardrobe, refrigerator and minibar with the relevant table. Furthermore it is available a gate-legged table, upholstered with anti-shock and anti-slide cover, equipped with professional lighting for care and maintenance of photo equipment, blade fan, hot and cold water services, patio with armchair and deckchair.
Rooms are 14, eight of them double or twin. Six of them, the largest ones, can be made available for three persons (family arrangement). Some of the rooms have double level, all but one, have sea view and are placed in heightened bungalows, each one of two rooms.
For all guests are also available a sea facing bar restaurant, TV corner, diving shop, solarium, ample garden. All the facilities are placed in a open air area under cocoon sheds. Meals are a selection and a mix of local traditional food, made essentially of fish specialties, often combined with Italian gastronomic specialties of ever loved “pasta”.
Sampaguita Resort has got a directly managed dive shop, placed at about 20 metres from the restaurant and at about 100 metres from the last bungalow. The dive shop is fully equipped with about 20 complete high quality and full performance diving sets. Nitrox is available.
Equipment clearing pool, wide space for personal equipment and for photo and video equipments, drying racks, minor repairing emergency laboratory, are available to all. Sampaguita Resort has two 15 metres large boats, each suitable to accommodate 20 fully equipped divers.
Diving is scheduled with a first boat dive after breakfast, return to the resort before lunchtime and relax, a second early afternoon dive and, unavoidable temptation, a third “night wall dive” rightly after sunset (around 6.30 pm) for a nocturnal all-colours event. Excursions are added “ad hoc” to the diving schedule or organized separately during the day. During the whole week guests will be taken to White Beach, a very long, solitary and untouched beach of fine coral white sand, where, while divers explore wide coral gardens, non divers enjoy an undisturbed relax and a swim in the blue sea.
Non divers are always welcomed in the boats during diving excursions, free of charge. Usually boats wait for divers anchored to buoys, most of the times over coral gardens, in crystal clear waters, defended against strong streams. These ones are excellent spots for swimming and snorkelling. One more swimming and snorkelling good spot is exactly in front of the Resort. Down there, during high tide, rare marine biology forms can be easily admired.
Courtesy of the diving staff for the non divers is a short introduction course to underwater activity. At the end of it the new divers can try their first dive in the small underwater heaven in front of the Resort, in totally secure waters, at a depth of a few metres and under the dive master supervision.
Another remarkable and very popular “activity”, is to enjoy, even daily, nice relaxing, regenerating, low cost massages. Also excursions to Kawasan water falls or Moalboal market are offered.
The best period for a holiday runs, as mentioned in touristic guide-books, from March through September, however, given the Sampaguita unique position in Moalboal area, that makes it sheltered by atmosferic disturbances and strong winds, whatever their origin may be, the remaining months are nearly as good and sunny days are the rule; even during the July-September rainy season in Moalboal wheather is stable and it is exceptional to give up even only one diving session.
Sampaguita resort is a small private heaven for those who appreciate sea, nature, good cooking, deep diving and nice company.