Burgos Reef: Hidden paradise for divers, adventures


By: Vanessa Garcia / Writer and photographer

Tucked away from the noise and commotion, Burgos Reef is a secret treasure and a blissful paradise. Every aspect of this boutique resort has been carefully designed to guarantee an exceptional experience, creating a destination that has left a lasting impression on us as guests.

As someone who resides in Cebu and an enthusiast diver, my friends and I make it a point to explore marine life outside our shores at least once a year. This year, we made the decision to venture within our beautiful country but outside the Visayas. With numerous destinations to choose from, the much-talked-about Burgos Reef was at the top of our list, so we could incorporate other activities apart from just diving.

TABLE CORALS by Dre Momongan
TABLE CORALS by Dre Momongan

Let me tell you — it exceeded all expectations. The boutique resort is accessible from Cebu by land, boat or plane. We all opted for the second option. The ferry ride from Cebu Port to Hilongos, Leyte was surprisingly enjoyable and didn’t feel like it was four hours long. Being beside friends, enjoying good conversation, and food tripping made the hours pass by quickly. From Hilongos Port, we rented a coaster, and the drive from there to our resort only took 1.5 hours.

When we arrived, we were genuinely greeted by a team of attentive and knowledgeable staff. They all made us feel right at home. Their exceptional level of hospitality and meticulous attention to detail elevated our overall experience, creating an atmosphere of utmost comfort and luxury. The staff’s willingness to go above and beyond to fulfill special requests, even those outside their usual duties or menu offerings, is truly remarkable. The resort’s commitment to providing exceptional service sets it apart from others.

MARINE LIFE by Dre Momongan

With a dependable internet connection powered by Starlink, the inconvenience of having weak cellular services in the vicinity is effectively addressed. Thanks to the high-speed internet, staying connected was a breeze, making our stay convenient.

The resort was compact, yet it offered a wide range of activities to keep us guests entertained. We never had a dull moment. This location is a scuba diver’s paradise. The house reef is abundant with vibrant marine life and stunning coral reef formations. Even a shore-entry dive will surely exceed your expectations.

The exquisite marine life is astonishing! There are plenty of other activities for non-divers as well. During other days, we spent hours exploring the reef snorkeling, and since they have card and board games available, we never ran out of things to do. Unfortunately, we missed out on kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding during this trip. But since we’re very sure this won’t be our last trip there, we’ll be ready for them on our next visit.

The resort’s exclusive rooftop — reserved only for esteemed guests — is an ultimate luxury, to say the least. The sunset session, complete with melodic music and delectable cocktails, was just something we absolutely enjoyed as a group. They had a rooftop sauna with a one-of-a-kind barrel design with a window that makes you see the breathtaking views of both the sea and mountains. Additionally, the jacuzzi added to the overall feeling of luxury.

The rooms are thoughtfully designed to provide a unique blend of comfort and elegance, elevating the overall experience. We all got different tiers of accommodation, but each room offered a tranquil ambiance with stunning views, beautifully complementing the resort’s natural beauty.

Dining at the resort’s restaurant has been a delightful experience. The food was delicious, and it was served in generous portions at reasonable prices. The dining experience was wonderful, all while enjoying the breathtaking panorama of the ocean and the natural beauty that surrounded us.

The infinity pool was strategically positioned for sunbathing or taking a refreshing swim in crystal-clear waters. There was also a mini gym offered in a well-maintained space with all the essential equipment for a quick and efficient workout.

What makes the resort truly special is the exceptional level of personalized attention by the owner, Jackson Yap. We were fortunate to have him with us, as he goes the extra mile to create a sincere bond with every guest. His warm and welcoming nature is so infectious that by the end of the evening, we didn’t realize we were already making new friends and creating genuine connections with other guests.

To sum it up, Burgos Reef Boutique Resort is an unbeatable place to visit. It has the right amount of fun, serenity and luxury. At this incredible resort, you’ll have no trouble enjoying a variety of thrilling activities, discovering peace or immersing yourself in the wonders of the natural world.


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