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.

Where to stay in Moalboal

D' Gecko Hotel
D' Gecko Hotel
3 out of 5
Panagsama Beach South, Basdiot, Moalboal, 6032
The price is P1,579 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
P1,579
per night
23 Feb - 24 Feb
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Moalboal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (150 reviews)
"Great hidden gem."

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2023

D' Gecko Hotel
Pescadores Suites Moalboal
Pescadores Suites Moalboal
3 out of 5
Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu, 6032
The price is P2,166 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb
P2,166
per night
27 Feb - 28 Feb
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Moalboal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (54 reviews)
"Good breakfast."

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

Pescadores Suites Moalboal
Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal
Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal
3 out of 5
Panagsama Beach, Basdiot, Moalboal, Cebu, 6032
The price is P3,426 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
P3,426
per night
1 Feb - 2 Feb
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Moalboal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (169 reviews)
"Excellent Experience"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2022

Quo Vadis Dive Resort 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.
King Arthur's Place
King Arthur's Place
2.5 out of 5
Tingko White Beach, Alcoy, Cebu, 6023
Stay at this beach apartment in Alcoy. Enjoy free parking, a beach locale, and a children's pool. Popular attractions San Roque Chapel and Tingko Beach are located ...
King Arthur's Place
Villa Presito
Villa Presito
3.5 out of 5
Brgy. Santa Cruz, Ronda, Cebu, 6034
Stay at this 3.5-star beach villa in Ronda. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (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
Canoy's Canyon Apartelle in Dalaguete Cebu
Canoy's Canyon Apartelle in Dalaguete Cebu
3.5 out of 5
Dalaguete, Central Visayas
Stay at this 3.5-star villa in Dalaguete. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Dalaguete Church and San Roque Chapel are located ...
Canoy's Canyon Apartelle in Dalaguete Cebu
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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