Extending as a peninsula in the southwestern tip of Cebu Province, Moaboal town is considered by many as one of the ‘must-dive’ destinations in Asia. Since this small town is almost entirely surrounded by water, it has become one of the many tourist favorites in terms of recreational diving and beach bumming.
Just about three to four hours drive from Cebu City, this town is most famous for its White Beach or Bas Dako, as the locals name it, Pescador Island and the extraordinary sardines run.
How to get there? ✈️ 🚎 🚗
Cebu City, being one of the premier cities in the Philippines is almost accesible daily by airplane from Manila, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Surigao, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Camiguin, Siargao, Clark, General Santos, Zamboanga, Boracay (Caticlan), Puerto Princesa, Dipolog, Ozamis, Butuan, Kalibo, Legazpi, Tacloban, Pagadian and Bacolod via Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia. There are also direct flights to Cebu from several international destinations like Hongkong, Narita, Osaka, Nagoya, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Incheon, Busan and Taipei served by Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines (also known as Silk Air), AirAsia, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Jin Air, Air Busan, and Jeju Air.
Head to Cebu South Bus Terminal. From Mactan Cebu International Airport, you can take a taxi to bring you there. Expect a fare ranging from Php150.00 to Php250.00. However, if you’re not in a hurry and you’re in a tight budget , the best option is to ride public jeepneys. Here’s how to do it:
- Take a yellow cab from Mactan Cebu International Airport. You can ask any airport employee for the yellow cab loading area. Fare: Php7.00
- Disembark at Savemore in Marina Mall or in front of Islands Hotel. From there, you can take PUJs (public utility vehicles) going to Parkmall in Mandaue City. Fare: Php10.00
- From Parkmall, there are waiting PUJs in the terminal that can take you to Cebu South Bus Terminal. Take a cab going to “Urgello”, “SWU” or simply those cabs numbered as O1K. Fare: Php10.00
- Tell the driver to drop you at Caltex Gasoline Station in Urgello, a few meters away from Elizabeth Mall. There’s a 7-Eleven store there, take a walk going there and you’ll see Cebu South Bus Terminal when you look across.
From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Moalboal or Badian. Fare is around Php116.00 for airconditioned buses and Php75.oo for nonairconditioned ones. Tell the driver or the dispatcher to drop you off at Moalboal town center.
You can also opt to take V-hires from One Citilink Terminal (just a few steps away from Cebu South Bus Terminal) to Moalboal for a fare of Php100.00. They’ll drop you off at Moalboal Municipal Hall. Travelling time may take two to three hours.
To Bas Dako (Barangay Saavedra):
From the town center, trikes and motorcyles alike can bring you to White Beach or Bas Dako. Fares range from Php30.00 to Php50.00 per person.
Where to stay? 🏨
There are a number of resorts and inns down the beaches of Moalboal, especially in Bas Dako and Panagsama. Here are some of them:
- Marcosas Cottages Resort (Contact #: (032) 474-0064)
- Quo Vadis Dive Resort (Contact #: 09175194050)
- Tipolo Beach Resort (Contact #: 09175830062)
- Cabana Beach Club Resort (Contact #: (032) 474-0034)
- Love’s Beach and Dive Resort (Contact #: (032) 474-0140)
- Savedra Beach Bungalows (Contact #: (032) 474-3228)
- Pacita’s Beach Resort (Contact #: (032) 858-2502)
- Mayas Native Garden (Contact #: (032) 474-3053)
- Sol E Mare Beach Resort (Contact #: (032) 474-3132)
- Eve’s Kiosk Dive Resort (Contact #: (032) 474-3008)
- Hannah’s Place Restaurant and Lodge (Contact #: (032) 474-0091/346-0592)
- Nido’s Garden Resort (Contact #: (032) 474-3068)
- Sunshine Pension House (Contact #: 09273051105)
- Ivonne’s Apartelle (Contact #: 09173211475)
- Moalboal Backpacker Lodge (Contact #: (032) 474-3053)
In Bas Dako:
- Club Serena Resort (Contact #: (032) 474-0050/09285072026/09209272939/09393454127/09088945847)
- Nanay Terry Beach Resort (Contact #: 09103618540/09239219703/09063171553)
- HK Beach Resort (Contact #: (032) 511-2499/09254860108)
- Sandy Land (Contact #: 09332673734)
- Sally’s Cottages (Contact #: 09098099767)
- Magic’s Place (Contact #: (09239212420)
- Ravenala Resort (Contact #: (032) 358-5400/09173248680)
- Ester Escabas Cottages (Contact #: 09255054695)
- Barefoot White Beach (Contact #: 09284939798/09228487497/09336320648)
- Delgado’s Beach House (Contact #: 09189087362)
- Bigsand Resort and Campgrounds (Contact #: (032) 417-3604/09334927595/09333014931)
Things to do in Moalboal 👍
- Spend some minutes in Moalboal Town Park, its a good place for pictorials.
- Check out the ruins of the old town parish church.
- Beach bum at Bas Dako.
- If you’re into diving, find diving centers in Panagsama Beach.
- Go and visit Pescador Island.
- Dive and snorkel in Pescador.
- Be lucky and watch for some turtles while underwater in Pescador.
- Experience sardines run or the sardines dance.
- Visit Moalboal Marine Sanctuary.
- Sidetrip to Badian’s most famous Kawasan Falls.
DDC Ideas 💡
- Travel early in the morning to avoid traffic.
- Trips to Moalboal starts as early as 4 o’clock in the morning at Cebu South Bus Terminal.
- Take trikes to bring you to the White Beach. Fares starts at Php30.00 per person. (This is the number of the driver we had hired to Bas Dako – 09438591246, his name is Kuya Ronald.)
- Prepare some coins to pay for the environmental (Php5.00) and entrance fees to Bas Dako (Php10.00).
- Try to ask locals who to negotiate with if you want to check out Pescador Island. In our case, it was Kuya Ronald who made the deal for us (Boat Rental Fee: Php2,500.00).
- There are several restaurants in Bas Dako beach, so technically, you’ll have no problem finding a place to eat.