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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
Pescadores Seaview Suites
Pescadores Seaview Suites
3 out of 5
Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu

Nestled on the beach, this Basdiot hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Panagsama Beach and Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal.

4/5Very Good! (41 reviews)

"The stuff are friendly.. and the hotel closed to beach.. and room are clean.."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/6

Pescadores Seaview Suites
Parrot Resort Moalboal
Parrot Resort Moalboal
3 out of 5
Panagsama Road, Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu

Located in Basdiot, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Naomi's Bottle Museum and Panagsama Beach. White Beach Moalboal is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away.

4.6/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)

"Very nice private hotel staff is excellent. Very clean rooms and grounds. Only thing I wish they would do is use a heavyer blanket on the beds."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/21

Parrot Resort Moalboal
Kasai Village Dive Resort
Kasai Village Dive Resort
2.5 out of 5
Tuble, Moalboal, Cebu

Nestled on the beach, this Moalboal hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal, Moalboal Pier, and Moalboal Market. Panagsama Beach and White ...

Kasai Village Dive Resort

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.

Reviews of Moalboal

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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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