Moalboal

Travel Guide
Cebu featuring general coastal views
Travel to the southwestern side of the island of Cebu for scuba diving expeditions, beach relaxation and trips into the scenic countryside.

Head to Moalboal for undersea adventures among bright corals and submarine caves and canyons. Although this small town on the west side of Cebu Island is a popular destination for scuba divers, non-divers should not feel left out. Away from the ocean depths enjoy offshore snorkeling, a beautiful countryside and diverse dining.

Many of Moalboal’s resorts and diving centers are located at Panagsama Beach, a short distance from the town. Get here by renting a bicycle or taking a motorcycle taxi called a habal-habal, which can carry several passengers.

Then charter a boat for a scuba diving expedition to Pescador Island or any of the other renowned diving spots off Moalboal's coastline. Among the underwater draws are vast shoals of sardines, a sunken island and the wreck of an airplane. Alternatively, go diving at the house reef, which lies close to the shore and then drops away to deeper water. The reef is also a good spot for snorkeling. Here you may see school of sardines being chased by tuna fish.

Panagsama Beach doesn't have a lot of sand because much of it was swept away by a typhoon in 1984. If you are looking for a beautiful sandy expanse to stretch out on, travel to White Beach, a few miles north of Moalboal.

Enjoy other daytrips from your Moalboal base. Go swimming and rafting near the waterfalls in Kawasan Nature Park. Visit the Orchid Gallery, a large farm filled with tropical plants, and cool off in its swimming pool.

At the end of the day, dine on Filipino or international cuisine in restaurants that range from casual to upscale. Moalboal's nightlife scene is centered on the long strip of bars and restaurants along Panagsama Beach.

To get to Moalboal for its underwater thrills and scenic charms, fly into the international airport at Cebu, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) away. Continue your journey by bus, van, taxi or rental car.

Where to stay in Moalboal

Pescadores Suites Moalboal
Pescadores Suites Moalboal
3 out of 5
Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu, 6032
The price is ¥4,854 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Moalboal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (48 reviews)
"Perfect place to unwind"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

Pescadores Suites Moalboal
Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal
Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal
3 out of 5
Panagsama Beach, Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu, 6032
The price is ¥6,784 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Moalboal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (165 reviews)
Very nice place
"Beautiful location, very nice grounds, very pleasant and informative dive center, near to the sardine snorkelling area. Sheets were basic and two pillows would have been preferable to single one. Also, I did not enjoy breakfast. It's very basic choices-American, Filipino, Continental, or Pancake. ..."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal
Dolphin House
Dolphin House
5 out of 5
White-Beach, Moalboal, Cebu, 6032
The price is ¥10,932 per night from Sep 13 to Sep 14
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Moalboal. Enjoy free parking, a beach locale, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (38 reviews)
"The hotel is very well kept. It s a beautiful and peaceful place. The rooms are decorated with beautiful art pieces and are also very clean. I love the proximity to the beach. I found a little private spot to swim and enjoy the pristine waters. The food and service at the restaurant were wonderful, ..."

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Dolphin House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Nirvana bamboo house/private cr
Nirvana bamboo house/private cr
Tuble, Cebu
The price is ¥3,336 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this vacation home in Moalboal. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and 2 bedrooms. Popular attractions White Beach Moalboal and Naomi's Bottle Museum are located ...
Nirvana bamboo house/private cr
LRS  Apartment with swimming pool.
LRS Apartment with swimming pool.
Moalboal, Cebu
Stay at this apartment in Moalboal. Enjoy an outdoor pool, breakfast, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Panagsama Beach and Naomi's Bottle Museum are located ...
LRS Apartment with swimming pool.
Party Yacht/Island Hopping
Party Yacht/Island Hopping
Moalboal, Central Visayas
Stay at this houseboat in Moalboal. Enjoy an outdoor pool and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Panagsama Beach and Naomi's Bottle Museum are located nearby. Discover ...
Party Yacht/Island Hopping
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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