Located in the province of Cebu in the Philippines, Moalboal is a 4th class municipality bordered by the Tañon Strait and Negros islands of the Visayas. Although small, the peninsula on the southwestern tip of Cebu is a lively coastal haven lined with seaside bars and restaurants. Moalboal is a familiar name for weekend warriors and divers around the world. After all, on top of its pristine beaches, Moalboal is one of the world’s best diving destinations. Interested in visiting Moalboal? Here are the top activities to do in town.
1. Enjoy the best beaches
Cebu is known for its collection of white sand beaches but Moalboal is a standout. Revel in a kilometer stretch of white sand beach in Moalboal known as Basdaku White Beach. Coming from the word ‘Basdaku’ or 'Basdakoo’, meaning 'big sand’ in Cebu’s native dialect, the beach resort features a long stretch of white sand, pristine waters, and an array of interesting activities. Beaches in Moalboal has preserved its rustic charm with its beaches, which still posses raw beauty in its soft sandy shores with crystal clear blue waters.
Beaches like Basdaku offer activities like boat rentals, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, surf fishing, kite surfing, and more! Another interesting beach is the Panagsama White Beach. Panagsama Beach Resort is where resorts, restaurants and the like are. It also offers exciting water activities such as scuba diving.
Address: Saavedra Moalboal Cebu, 6032 Cebu City, Philippines
2. Go diving with the Cebu Dive Centre
The pristine and crystal clear waters of Moalboal – with its well preserved marine ecosystem – is perfect for diving enthusiasts to explore the unspoiled waters of Moalboal. Offshore is a coral wall where divers all over the world come to visit and see for themselves why this town in Cebu is hailed as a diving superstar. Moalboal is famous for its Sardines Run, healthy coral ecosystem, and a great chance to swim along with the whale sharks. Perfect diving sites in Moalboal include the following: Moalboal Marine Sanctuary, Compton Point, Tongo Point, and Talisay Wall.
Moalboal is also a good place to become a certified diver. Basdaku has a number of PADI – Professional Association of Diving Instructors – centers that offer a wide range of diving courses from basic to expert. Courses can take up to 1 day (basic) to 4 days (expert).
Cebu Dive Centre
Address: Panagsama, Moalboal, 6032 Cebu, Philippines
Website: Cebu Dive Centre
3. Boating and snorkeling with Planet Action Adventure
Recreational diving is the main tourist activity in Moalboal. Along with it, boating and snorkeling that is suitable for most visitors. The long stretch of coral reef – on the west coast of Compton Peninsula – is home to a number of marine animals and you don’t have to be a diver to enjoy them.
One standout is Pescador Island which features an underwater cave known as the Cathedral. A short boat ride to Pescador and visitors will have hours of fun underwater. The Cathedral has drawn tourists and the reef that follows the coastline is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. The beautiful scenery is also perfect for boating and sightseeing activities. Rentals for snorkeling gears are available.
Planet Action Adventure
Address: Panagsama Beach, 6032 Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines
Website: Planet Action Adventure
4. Visit the nearby island of Pescador
Located in the Tañon Strait, Pescador island is a few kilometers away from the island of Cebu and is still part of the Moalboal municipality. The name ‘Pescador’ is Spanish for 'fisherman’ highlighting fishing as the main livelihood activity on the small island. As mentioned earlier, Pescador is home to coral reefs, diverse marine life, as well as the Cathedral – an underwater cathedral-like cave that has drawn a number of diving enthusiasts all over the country. Boating is one way to visit nearby islands of Pescador.
Pescador Island Hopping Tour
Address: N. Bacalso Avenue, Cangcua-ay Tan-awan, 6025 Oslob, Philippines
Price: from 132.75 USD or 152.25 USD (with visit to Kawasan Falls)
Duration: 10 hours or 14 hours - with visit to Kawasan Falls (approx.)
Website: Pescador Island Hopping Tour
5. Kawasan Falls
Moalboal is home to majestic waterfalls. Witness a majestic trio of waterfalls at Kawasan Falls – 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Cebu City. Kawasan Fall is a three-stage waterfall within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of Moalboal and one of Cebu’s first attractions. A dip in its waters serves as a good “ rinse” from the salty water of Moalboal’s beaches. Along with the waterfalls, the attractions, caves, and canyons are also a fantastic find.
Address: Badian, 6031 Moalboal, Philippines
Website: Kawasan Falls
6. Enjoy nightlife by the beach
Moalboal is relatively a sleepy fishing village in Cebu, but it doesn’t mean visitors have to sleep as soon as it gets dark. Panagsama Beach is a hub for diving and boating excursion by day and at night, it becomes home to a number of establishments that offers exciting nightlife in Moalboal. The seaside bars along the coastal haven offers an interesting area for guests to spend a lively night at Moalboal.
One Eyed Jacks Bar
Address: Panagsama Beach, 6032 Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines
Facebook: One Eyed Jacks Bar
Address: Panagsama Beach, Moalboal 6032, Philippines
Cebu's best place for water babies
A weekend getaway or a place to enjoy Cebu’s great beaches and rich underwater away from the busy capital city, Moalboal is a must-visit for those who have plenty of time to explore and get to know what Cebu has to offer. If you want to enjoy Cebu’s beaches without traveling far, Moalboal is the place to go. With its varied activities, visitors from expert divers to families with little kids flock to Moalboal and experience themselves why Cebu is the Philippines’ best place to visit.
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