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Moalboal
Travel Guide

Moalboal showing general coastal views and a sandy beach

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

Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal
Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal
3 out of 5
Panagsama Beach, Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu
The price is ¥3,870 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
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 15.3 mi (24.7 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
Pescadores Seaview Suites
Pescadores Seaview Suites
3 out of 5
Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu
The price is ¥4,470 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Nestled on the beach, this Basdiot hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Panagsama Beach and Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal.
4.1/5Very Good! (44 reviews)
Good Place To Unwind
"It was a great stay."

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Pescadores Seaview Suites
HK Beach Resort
HK Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
Basdaku, Saavedra, Moalboal, Cebu
The price is ¥4,114 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
This Moalboal hotel is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from White Beach Moalboal, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Panagsama Beach and Moalboal Pier. Moalboal Market ...
2.7/5 (23 reviews)
"Lots of mosquitos, reception is not 24hrs. , toilet flush is broken"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

HK Beach Resort
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.
El Paradiso Resort
El Paradiso Resort
3 out of 5
Tingko White Beach, Alcoy, Cebu
The price is ¥3,003 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
This Alcoy aparthotel is on the beach, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Tingko Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Eli Rock and San Patrocinio de Maria Church. San Roque Chapel ...
2.9/5 (13 reviews)
"The room is nice and big, but the ameneties is dirty and lack of helpers to clean. The pool is dirty and I think they didn't clean it always. The staff is accomodating but during my arrival and departure I wait and search for staff to assist me because no one is there. I think El Paradiso is almost ..."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2020

El Paradiso Resort
Villa Presito
Villa Presito
3.5 out of 5
Brgy. Santa Cruz, Ronda, Cebu
Nestled on the beach, this Ronda villa is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gaisano Grand Mall Dumanjug, Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal, and Moalboal Market. Panagsama Beach ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Property manager and staff weee AMAZING and they arranged all our activities which made everything so easy and fun. Food at the house was also perfect"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2018

Villa Presito
King Arthur's Place
King Arthur's Place
2.5 out of 5
Tingko White Beach, Alcoy, Cebu
The price is ¥6,935 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Nestled on the beach, this Alcoy villa is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Tingko Beach and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from San Roque Chapel. Dalaguete Church and Eli Rock are also within ...
King Arthur's Place
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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