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Moalboal

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.

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 P2,492 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

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 P1,269 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

Kawasan Falls
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Kawasan Falls

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

Monastery of the Holy Eucharist
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Monastery of the Holy Eucharist

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.

Dalaguete Beach
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Dalaguete Beach

Appreciate the views of cliffs covered with green vegetation towering over the white sand and swaying palm trees of this beach park.

Top things to do in Moalboal

Whaleshark Adventure Oslob with Breakfast
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Whaleshark Adventure Oslob with Breakfast

P5,271
Per adult
Whole Day and All-Inclusive Osmena Peak Trekking
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Whole Day and All-Inclusive Osmena Peak Trekking

P3,765
Per adult
Full-Day Whale Shark + Canyoneering Combination Tour
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Full-Day Whale Shark + Canyoneering Combination Tour

P7,781
Per adult
Full-Day Technical Rappelling Adventure in South Cebu
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Full-Day Technical Rappelling Adventure in South Cebu

P3,765
Per adult
Full-Day Kawasan Canyoneering and Falls
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Full-Day Kawasan Canyoneering and Falls

P3,765
Per adult
Kawasan Canyoneering Adventure
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Kawasan Canyoneering Adventure

P2,545
Per adult

Reviews of Moalboal

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

19 Jan 2020

Best place ever!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

23 Oct 2019

They gave us an upgrade on our room! The refrigerator was stocked with beverages. The room had complementary coffee and kettle. The A/C kept the room cool along with the 2 ceiling fans. The large pool was A+.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

30 Aug 2019

Beautiful nature

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