Moalboal may appear to be a sleepy hamlet but it is a great place which attracts divers from all over the world. It extends from the southwestern tip of Cebu, the main island province of the Visayas, Philippines.
Its shiny-white beaches and rich marine life have made Moalboal a favorite of divers. Pescador Island, one of its many dive sites, has more than 2500 species of fish and is famous for the sardine collections around its brightly-colored corals. The rocky, coral-covered Panagsama Beach has an array of souvenir shops, seafood grills, beach bars, dive shops, and eateries. It has very little sand and is not suited for swimming but is good for snorkeling and diving.
At a distance of about 6 km from the town is the beach called Basdaku or White Beach. There is more sand here than at Panagsama Beach. In fact, the word ‘Basdako’ means ‘big sand’ in the local dialect. This beach, with beer parlors, barbecue bars, and karaoke bars, is popular not only among tourists but also among locals. In short, Moalboal caters to the needs of adventure seekers as well as laid-back beach explorers.
How To Reach Moalboal
The airport closest to Moalboal is Mactan-Cebu International Airport which serves Cebu City. This is an international as well as a domestic airport. There are many flights to it from important cities of Philippines including Manila; daily direct flights from Hong Kong, Singapore etc; and seasonal flights from Russia, The United States, and other countries.
From Cebu City, the driving time to Moalboal is about 2 to 3 hours. There are public buses, and vans are available for hire. Another option is to proceed via Dumaguete. This too will take 2 to 3 hours.
Where To Stay in Moalboal
Panagsama Beach has a range of accommodations, catering to the tourists’ differing budgets and needs. You can hire single rooms with extras like Wi-Fi or swimming pool, or you can hire a cottage, villa, or resort of your choice. White Beach also has hotels but they cater more to the laid-back category of tourists.
Activities in Moalboal
- Diving is the primary activity for which people flock to Moalboal. The more popular dive sites are Pescador Island, Kasai with its colorful corals, Airplane Wreck where a plane was sunk to create an artificial reef, Sunken Island which has an underwater mountain, Tongo Point with its Basdiot Fish Sanctuary, Sampaguita, and Saavedra Marine Sanctuary.
- Both divers and non-divers can go for snorkeling and island-hopping tours.
- Basdaku or White Beach is an ideal place for beach lovers to relax and watch the sunset.
- Seafood foodies can have their fill of fresh seafood in Moalboal.
- Those who love to explore caves can go spelunking in the tunnel-like Busay Cave full of rocky stalagmites (columns projecting from the floor of a cave).
- The waterfalls of Kawasan in Badian, accessible by climbing uphill, are quite beautiful.
Best Time To Visit Moalboal
December, January, and February are the three months when Moalboal is not very hot. Rest of the year it is hot but its rich marine life will be there round the year.
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