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.

Babu Backpackers Inn - Hostel
Babu Backpackers Inn - Hostel
2 out of 5
Panagsama Rd, Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu
The price is ¥798 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Basdiot, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Panagsama Beach and Naomi's Bottle Museum. Moalboal Market and Moalboal Pier are also within 2 ...
3.6/5 Good! (13 reviews)
"Good staffs, WiFi was very fast"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2019

Babu Backpackers Inn - Hostel
Pescadores Seaview Suites
Pescadores Seaview Suites
3 out of 5
Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu
The price is ¥4,388 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Nestled on the beach, this Basdiot hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Panagsama Beach and Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal.
4.1/5 Very Good! (47 reviews)
"Good size rooms"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Pescadores Seaview Suites
OYO 777 Rn Guesthouse
OYO 777 Rn Guesthouse
2 out of 5
Lot 1, Tongo Point Road, Moalboal, Cebu
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥1,816 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Naomi's Bottle Museum, Moalboal Market, and Moalboal Pier. Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal and ...
OYO 777 Rn Guesthouse
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Party Yacht/Island Hopping
Party Yacht/Island Hopping
Moalboal, Central Visayas
Located in Basdiot, this houseboat is within 1 mi (2 km) of Panagsama Beach and Naomi's Bottle Museum. Moalboal Market and Moalboal Pier are also within 3 mi ...
Party Yacht/Island Hopping
Parrot Resort Family Room - Moalboal
Parrot Resort Family Room - Moalboal
Moalboal, Central Visayas
Located in Basdiot, this family-friendly Moalboal cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Panagsama Beach and Naomi's Bottle Museum. Moalboal Market and Gaisano ...
Parrot Resort Family Room - Moalboal
Parrot Resort Apartment - Moalboal
Parrot Resort Apartment - Moalboal
Moalboal, Central Visayas
This family-friendly Moalboal apartment building is located in Basdiot, within 1 mi (2 km) of Panagsama Beach and Naomi's Bottle Museum. Moalboal Market and ...
Parrot Resort Apartment - Moalboal
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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