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From the founders of Inflatable Island in Subic, and the team that brought the iconic “Pink Bali Lounge” and also the same brains behind The Dessert Museum, comes “The Happy Beach,” a boutique resort located in Mactan, Cebu.

What can you expect at this Instagrammable paradise?

Happy Beach Cebu
Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Operating Hours: 7AM – 5PM (Day Trip)
Contact #: +63 917 174 2878
Facebook: Happy Beach PH
Twitter: @HappyBeachPH
Instagram: @thehappybeachph
Website: https://www.happybeach.ph

FIRST THINGS FIRST

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How to get there

  1. Take a taxi from Mactan International Airport to Angasil Port, right beside Mactan Newtown. The ride will take about 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic in the Mactan area.
  2. From Angasil Port, happy boats are available to take you to Happy Beach. The boat ride takes less than 10 minutes. The roundtrip fee is ₱ 50 per head.

 

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As soon as you arrive, there are already reminders for the Island Rules.

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And also the Pool Rules.

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Wristbands are claimed at the reception area.


BEACH PASS

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The Beach Pass gives access to the Mactan Beach, the Animal Cabanas, the Floating Zoo, and the Bali Lounge.

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The Pink Bali Lounge is furnished with two-tone pink bean bags and a small table for every spot. Perfect Instagram background, don’t you think?

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Spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your stuff around, lockers are available for rent.


INFLATABLE ISLAND

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The main highlight of Happy Beach is their Floating Playground which boasts of not one, but two concepts in one location.

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Inflatable Island, the larger of the two, includes a Giant Tarzan Swing and Slide, Happy Swing, Wobbly Bridge, Wrecking Ball, and Leap of Faith.

Playground Map

Unicorn Island has the same layout as the one in Subic, which includes The Wavy Dinosaur, the Rainbow Walk, Mini Jump and Fly, Climby the Seaunicorn, and Baba’s Super Slide.

Unfortunately for us, the weather wasn’t in our favor during our visit so we didn’t get to try it.

Access to these inflatables are on a timed basis and requires purchase of the Beach Pass. Rates are as follows:

SPRINKLE (+ ₱ 299) – 1 HOUR Play Time on Inflatable + Unicorn Island
SPLASH (+ ₱ 499) – 2 HOUR Play Time on Inflatable + Unicorn Island
SPRAY (+ ₱ 699) – HALF DAY ACCESS to Inflatable + Unicorn Island
SOAKED (+ ₱ 1,299) – WHOLE DAY ACCESS to Inflatable + Unicorn Island, with lunch feast, and free beach towel rental

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The Inflatable Island has a strict NO VEST, NO ENTRY policy. Life jackets are provided for free.


PINK POOL

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The Pink Pool stands at 6ft. deep, and is already rigged out with giant floaters.

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And these cute unicorn drink holders.

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The pool is rather small so it can get crowded fast. Access to the Pink Pool is exclusive to checked-in guests, and those with a Happy Jungle Lounge pass.

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The pool transforms into a neon party jungle at night!

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The Happy Jungle Lounge is a paid lounging area outfitted with daybeds and neon trees. I find that it doesn’t provide a lot of shade though.

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Whole day use of one daybed is at ₱ 1,500 for up to 4 pax. This includes access to the Pink Pool, free towel rental, and a Tampipi feast good for 2. You can bring your own towels, but in case you forget, towels can be rented at ₱ 150 each.

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The staff’s always dressed in tropical prints too.

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Best spot for drinks on the island!


DINING

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Mango Mama is The Happy Beach’s in-house restaurant which features an Asian fusion menu.

Mango Mama Menu: Soup, Starters, Vegetable, Seafood / Rice, Meat, Desserts / Drinks / Hard Spirits

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The restaurant’s interiors are almost 90% pink and with 10% splashes of green and teal.

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Towering flamingos, and hanging upside down potted plants decorate the interior. Don’t worry, the plants are fake!

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They also have an outdoor dining area.

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I love their Salted Egg Shrimp and Yang Chow Fried Rice!

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For our set breakfast, they served it in a tic-tac-toe style. A complete breakfast is served in 9 square ramekins. The eggs are really fluffy! I found the rice is difficult to eat though, as it spills all over the place when I spoon it.

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Soon to open is The Grill which will serve barbecue items.

WHERE TO STAY

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Apart from the pool and beach, Happy Beach also has a 16-room boutique hotel. The Happy Beach stands in the old Tambuli Beach Club location. Most of the old structures are still there but given a bright pink finish.

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We stayed in Room 104. The keys come in this waterproof cellphone protector with a map of the property. These have to be surrendered upon checkout.

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How cute are these bright teal windows and door? There’s no Wi-Fi yet and Mobile data reception is difficult to come by inside the room, so most of my time was spent outside in these chairs.

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It’s also another ideal OOTD spot.

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The room has one Queen bed with a pullout, and one double deck. At most, the room can fit six people.

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Even the other room’s furniture are equally as quirky.

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The restroom is bathed in even more pink. Pink walls and tiles, a marble-tiled counter, and an armchair fitted with a flamingo throw pillow.

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There’s also a Purple Bali Lounge right by the rooms.

Room rates start at ₱ 5,999. This includes overnight accommodation good for 4 (2 adults, 2 kids), free breakfast for 2, 1 full day access to the pool and other beach attractions and a discounted rate to the Inflatable and Unicorn Island.


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FINAL TIPS & THOUGHTS

Our stay at Happy Beach was definitely a unique experience. From the very pink rooms and restaurant, to the feel good music, and down to the delightful food – we are definitely going to be back.

Here our some of our tips:

  1. Don’t forget the sunblock and sunnies.
  2. Arm yourself with a lot of outfits if you want to take a lot of OOTDs. Just make sure you have something that fits their dress code if you want to swim.
  3. A day trip is already enough if you just want to swim and enjoy the inflatable pool.
  4. Bring your own towels.
  5. Prepare for weather changes. Bring a waterproof bag for your electronics in case it rains.
  6. Outside food and beverages are not allowed.

Here’s a breakdown of the rates at Happy Beach:

Beach Pass
(Access to Mactan Beach, the Animal Cabanas, the Floating Zoo, and the Bali Lounge)
₱699
Roundtrip Boat ₱50
Sprinkle
(1 HOUR Play Time on Inflatable + Unicorn Island)
₱299
Splash
(2 HOUR Play Time on Inflatable + Unicorn Island)
₱499
Spray
(HALF DAY ACCESS to Inflatable + Unicorn Island)
₱699
Soaked
(WHOLE DAY ACCESS to Inflatable + Unicorn Island, with lunch feast, and free beach towel rental)
₱1299
Towel Rental ₱150
Locker Rental ₱200
Overnight Stay (Early Bird Rate) ₱5999

Walk-in rates are different from online rates, so book directly through their website or their official partner, Klook.

Happy Beach Cebu
Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Operating Hours: 7AM – 5PM (Day Trip)
Contact #: +63 917 174 2878
Facebook: Happy Beach PH
Twitter: @HappyBeachPH
Instagram: @thehappybeachph
Website: https://www.happybeach.ph

Live an Awesome Life,

Monique of Team Our Awesome Planet

Disclosure: Our experience was courtesy of Happy Beach PH as part of their pre-opening launch. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.