Diving with…Jamie Gladwin, Magic Island Dive Resort, Moalboal, Philippines


In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…

What is your name?


What is the name of your business?

Magic Island Dive Resort

What is your role within the business?

Dive center manager

How long has the business operated for?

Magic Island opened its doors in January 2005.

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

I started diving in 2002 and I am a PADI Course Director.

What is your favorite type of diving?

Drift diving along beautiful coral walls.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

The staff are the best thing about Magic Island, always ready to take care of you with a big smile on their faces. Of course, we happen to be very well located next to some of the best diving in the world, especially if you like critters, turtles and coral walls.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

I have two favourite dives; Pescador Island and the Sardine bait ball. Pescador is an islet just a 10-minute boat ride, straight out from the resort. It’s surrounded with coral walls reaching down to 200ft/60m, which in turn are surrounded by all kinds of reef fish. On its west side it has a huge cavern making for some awesome wide-angle shots with great lighting in the afternoon dives.

The Sardine ball is just memorizing and unique. Unlike the famous sardine runs off the coast of the Africa, the Sardines of Moalboal are here year-round and always in the same spot. You don’t get all the big action stuff but, to watch them make their swirls of different patterns as Jacks and Tunas dart in for a tasty mouthful, really is quite a spectacle.

What types of diving are available in your location?

Lots of healthy reef walls filled with critters, colourful fish and a very healthy population of turtles. Sandy bottom muck diving in Moalboal bay.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

I love to teach, that’s why I became a dive instructor. Unfortunately, being a diving instructor doesn’t guarantee you will be teaching all the time, there are many other aspects to the job. However, being a manager is very much, being a teacher, guiding the team to make sure we are all successful. Listening to the comments of our guest or reading the reviews online, gives the feeling of success and that reward is well worth the hard work we all put in. On top of this I still get to teach many of the dive students which pass through Magic Island.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Frog Fish! All of them!

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

We are planning to start a coral reef watch program that will allow our guests to get involved in monitoring the coral reefs, giving them a better understanding of how it all works, while at the same time helping collect data that will help better protection measures in the future. We also plan to make our own Frog Fish Specialty program. Both of these can earn you a PADI specialty and count towards your Master Diver Certification.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

Governmental issues.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Yes, we do regular Dive Against Debris, which is also a PADI specialty you can take at Magic Island. As stated above we will start a coral watch program and we also do regular mooring placements and upgrades. Our next project is to get all the moorings to be a double buoyed mooring; this helps keep the lose line off the reef when its low tide further reducing any negative impact.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

Overall, I think the industry is filled with people who are both passionate about their sport and the environment it is involved in. I would like to see the passion adopted by the newcomers to the industry from other regions of the world that seem to have a lesser education on the environmental problems our world faces.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

World class diving with the world renowned Filipino hospitality.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

Magic Island Dive Resort
Basdiot, Moalboal
6032, Cebu, Philippines
Website: www.magicisland.online
E-mail: reservations@magicresorts.online

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