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MoalboalPhilippines

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

Moalboal Philippines

Basdiot

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Basdiot, Panagsama Beach and Naomi's Bottle Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Basdiot

Top Hotels in Moalboal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal
Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal
3 out of 5
Panagsama Beach, Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu
The price is ¥5,442 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Basdiot hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Moalboal Market and White Beach Moalboal. Kawasan Falls is 15 mi (24.2 km) ...

4.1/5Very Good! (155 reviews)

"Great hotel and dive shop. Rooms were as expected, but the star of the experience was the dive shop! The facilities were excellent and the dive masters world class. Would definitely stay here again. Next time, I would stay in the ocean front rooms if they are available."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal
Dolphin House
Dolphin House
5 out of 5
White-Beach, Moalboal, Cebu

Located in Moalboal, this beachfront resort is in a regional park, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from White Beach Moalboal, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Panagsama Beach and ...

3.9/5Good! (37 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
Speed 8 Inn by Cocotel
Speed 8 Inn by Cocotel
3 out of 5
Panagsama Rd, Moalboal, Moalboal
The price is ¥2,985 per night

Located in Basdiot, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Naomi's Bottle Museum and Panagsama Beach. White Beach Moalboal is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

Speed 8 Inn by Cocotel

Popular places to visit in Moalboal

White Beach Moalboal
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White Beach Moalboal

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at White Beach Moalboal, a popular beach in Moalboal. Discover the area's coral reefs and seek out the snorkeling spots.

Kawasan Falls
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Kawasan Falls

4.5/5(44 reviews)

Relax in the cool rushing water at the base of these falls and snap photos of the spectacular jungle terrain surrounding it.

Kawasan Falls
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Kawasan Falls

5/5(19 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Kawasan Falls, a popular spot to commune with nature in Alegria. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Monastery of the Holy Eucharist
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Monastery of the Holy Eucharist

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Light candles in this sea of color and exultations and capture photos of the mesmerizing façade of this monastery where pilgrims gather to pay homage to a miraculous Virgin Mary.

Tingko Beach
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Tingko Beach

4/5(5 reviews)

During your trip to Alcoy, enjoy the surf and sand at Tingko Beach along with the whale watching. Wander the seaside or discover the waterfalls in this relaxing area.

Osmena Peak
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Osmena Peak

4/5(5 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Osmena Peak during your travels in Dalaguete. Discover the coral reefs in this relaxing area, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Top things to do in Moalboal

Whaleshark Adventure Oslob with Breakfast
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Whaleshark Adventure Oslob with Breakfast

¥11,218
Per adult
Full-Day Whale Shark + Canyoneering Combination Tour
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Full-Day Whale Shark + Canyoneering Combination Tour

¥16,560
Per adult
Full-Day Kawasan Canyoneering and Falls
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Full-Day Kawasan Canyoneering and Falls

¥8,013
Per adult
Whole Day and All-Inclusive Osmena Peak Trekking
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Whole Day and All-Inclusive Osmena Peak Trekking

¥8,013
Per adult
Full-Day Technical Rappelling Adventure in South Cebu
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Full-Day Technical Rappelling Adventure in South Cebu

¥8,013
Per adult
Sardines and Turtle Hunting in Pescador Island with Kawasan Falls from Cebu City
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Sardines and Turtle Hunting in Pescador Island with Kawasan Falls from Cebu City

¥19,724
Per adult

Reviews of Moalboal

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 16, 2019

We loved Moalboal as a jumping off point for adventures. Highly recommend venz restaurant and Kabutogan Falls. Rent a scooter in Moalboal, do the hour ride and get a guide on the street in Malabuyoc.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 6, 2019

Nice little town with plenty to offer for adventures. Must swim with the Sardines...and visit the falls. Try Canyoneering.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 6, 2019

I love this place in the Philippines it's a beautiful place, you get the real feeling of life here. Beautiful marine life of Scuba diving and snorkeling. Very close to fantastic waterfalls with cliff diving. FUN FUN FUN

4/5 - Good

StiN

Oct 11, 2018

Currency exchange is difficult.

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