Located in the southwestern tip of Cebu, Moalboal is known for its pristine white sand beaches and its rich underwater life.

From the breathtaking diving sites to the offbeat Moalboal falls, the town has become a popular destination for local and foreign travelers who love the sea. It is, without a doubt, one of the south’s best.

Best Time to Visit Moalboal Cebu

Since the town is mainly popular for its stunning white sand beaches, any Moalboal beach is best enjoyed during sunny days where skies are clear and the waters are calm. If you want to catch the dry season, schedule your trip in summer. The most ideal months to experience the dry season are from March to May. The good thing about traveling during summer, you wouldn’t find yourself at the corner of your Moalboal beach resort waiting for the rain to stop. 

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About Moalboal

White Beach Moalboal Cebu

Moalboal is a town in Cebu popular for its diverse marine life. It is teeming with colorful coral gardens and various sea creatures so beautiful that you’d feel you have entered a whole different world. Aside from the rich underwater life, there are also Moalboal beaches boasting fine white sand shore perfect just for lounging  or even picture-taking. 

Travel Requirements for Visiting the Municipality of Moalboal

Interzonal travel within the entire island of Cebu is permitted. All persons shall be allowed to travel to and from the Province of Cebu and the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu. 

Fully Vaccinated Individuals

  • Valid ID
  • Vaccination Card/ Vaccination Certificates

Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated Individuals

  • Valid ID

Visit Moalboal Tourism Office Facebook Page to know more about the travel requirements and updated guidelines.

What to See and Do in Moalboal Cebu

1. See the sardine run for yourself

panagsama moalboal cebu beaches

Sardine run in Moalboal Cebu is arguably the main reason tourists flock to town since it is best known for it, wherein millions of sardines form bait balls. What makes this spectacle magical is that the sardines don’t leave the shallows of Panagsama Beach Moalboal

You can see them year-round at Pescador Island or Panagsama Beach Moalboal, whether you’re diving deep or just snorkeling. 

2. Rest and recharge at White Beach Moalboal

White Beach Moalboal Cebu 2

While the sardine run is the main identifier of the town, White Beach Moalboal also deserves a spotlight. This Moalboal Beach has a perfect stretch of white sand so fine like powder. You’ll also be amazed by its crystal clear waters that will refresh you instantly. 

3. Spot some turtles

sea turtles at Moalboal Cebu

We can’t stress enough how perfect Moalboal beach and islands are for diving! Would you believe that you can spot some turtles as you swim in various islands in town? Among the popular diving spots where you can see some turtles are Pescador Island and Tuble Marine Sanctuary.

4. Diving

Diving at Moalboal Cebu (2)

Just around 2-3 hours south of Cebu City, Moalboal is a favorite destination of water lovers, specifically scuba and free divers. The town is brimming with more than 10 Moalboal dive sites boasting diverse underwater life. From sea turtles and millions of sardines to stunning coral gardens, divers are in for a treat when in Moalboal Cebu.

One of the best Moalboal dive sites is Pescador Island featuring coral gardens Moalboal, schools of fishes, turtles, and sharks.

5. Snorkeling

Diving at Moalboal Cebu

Too scared to go deep? Don’t worry because there are lots of Moalboal resorts that offer snorkeling tours. It doesn’t matter if you just float slightly beneath the water because the underwater paradise of Moalboal can already be appreciated even if you’re just sitting on the boat, thanks to its clear waters.

Snorkeling can be done from either or both Panagsama Beach Moalboal (Basdiot) and White Beach Moalboal (Basdako).

Moalboal Beach Resorts and Hotels

If you’re looking for the best Moalboal resort, consider your search done as we’ve listed our top picks of Moalboal Beach Resorts Basdaku. From the affordable beach resort in Moalboal Cebu to luxurious Moalboal resorts with pool, there’s something that fits your taste and budget.

Budget Moalboal Resorts

  • Moalboal Backpackers Lodge
  • Mayas Native Garden Resort
  • Quo Vadis Dive Resort
  • HK Resort Moalboal
  • Hale Manna Moalboal
  • Savedra Beach Bungalows
  • Chief Mau Hostel

Luxury Moalboal Hotels and Resorts

  • Pescadores Seaview Suites Resort
  • Club Serena Moalboal
  • Turtle Bay Dive Resort
  • Dolphin House Resort Moalboal

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How to Get There (Cebu to Moalboal)

Cebu City is the main jump-off to Moalboal and traveling there is not too difficult as you have various land transport options to choose from.

By bus from Cebu to Moalboal
From any point in Cebu City, take a taxi to Cebu South Bus Terminal. Then, ride a Ceres Bus bound for Bato via Barili and drop off at the Moalboal City Hall or bus stop. The travel time by bus from Cebu to Moalboal takes around 2.5 to 3 hours depending on weather and traffic conditions.

If you’re coming from Mactan Cebu International Airport, you can take the MyBus going to SM City Cebu. Once in SM City Cebu, ride a jeepney to Labangon, Bulacao, or Pardo and tell the driver to drop you off at the Caltex Gas Station. Cebu South Bus Terminal is just in front of it. 

By van
Another convenient way to travel to Moalboal from Cebu is by van. Just a few meters away from the South Bus Terminal, look for the One Citilink Terminal in Cebu City. There are vans there bound for Moalboal, and travel time is just around 2 hours.

By taxi
If you want utmost convenience, go there by taxi instead. However, this is much more expensive than the other two options. Taxis in Cebu run on a meter but most drivers give a package rate which can be split if you’re traveling by group.

Frequently Asked Questions About Moalboal

Q: How many hours is the travel time from Cebu to Moalboal?
A: Travel time from Cebu to Moalboal is 2 to 3 hours.

Q: How much are the Moalboal beach resort room rates?
A: The Moalboal beach resort room rates vary depending on the type of accommodation you’ll choose. The rates of budget beach resorts in Moalboal Cebu range from P500 – P1,000 per night. While the luxury Moalboal resorts with pool start at P4,000 per night. 

Q: Where to stay in Moalboal Cebu?
A: Here’s a list of the Moalboal hotels you can consider booking:

Budget Moalboal Resorts

  • Moalboal Backpackers Lodge
  • Mayas Native Garden Resort
  • Quo Vadis Dive Resort
  • HK Resort Moalboal
  • Hale Manna Moalboal
  • Savedra Beach Bungalows
  • Chief Mau Hostel

Luxury Moalboal Hotels and Resorts

  • Pescadores Seaview Suites Resort
  • Club Serena Moalboal
  • Turtle Bay Dive Resort
  • Dolphin House Resort Moalboal

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If you’d ask scuba divers where’s the best place to dive in the world, for sure, the Philippines is on their list. With 7,641 islands to explore, it makes sense that the Philippines is one of the best diving destinations in the world because there are many great diving spots in the Philippines.

What invites the divers across the world is the Philippines’ water treasure. They have spectacular reefs, whale sharks, mantas and underwater UNESCO World Heritage sites. No wonder the Philippines has been recognized as the world’s leading diving destination in the 2019 World Travel Awards.

Here are the top 10 best diving spots in the Philippines!

1. Tubbataha Reefs, Sulu Sea

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Palawan, in the heart of the Sulu Sea. It is rich with such great underwater creatures and reefs that’s why many would agree that Tubbataha is the best diving spot in the Philippines.

However, Tubbataha is only for experienced divers as the currents can be dangerous. The rewards are great, though—sightings of white and blacktip reef sharks, whale sharks, mantas, turtles and hammerheads.

This definitely tops the 5 diving spots in the Philippines.

2. Anilao, Batangas

One of the country’s most popular diving spots is Anilao, Batangas. Anilao is rich with beautiful sightings of colorful coral reefs, fishes, turtles, sharks, barracuda, pygmy seahorses, and rare critters. It’s a great diving spot in Batangas because it’s literally a heaven-on-earth for muck diving, blackwater diving, and macro photography. 

3. Coron, Palawan

If you’re the kind of diver who seeks history underwater, then Coron is the best place to be! Coron is home to several World War II wrecks; Japanese supply ships that were sunk by American forces in the battle of Coron Bay in September 1944.

Vessels like Akitsushima, Iraku and Olympia Maru are big, ghostly and fascinating to visit. And to add to Coron diving spots, make sure you also dive the famous Barracuda Lake and Gunter’s Cathedral. 

4. Apo Reef, Mindoro

Often referred to as “little Tubbataha,” Apo Reef Natural Park is a 27,469-hectare natural marine park between Mindoro and Palawan provinces.

Apo Reef is home to the world’s second-largest continuous coral reef, and the largest atoll in the Philippines. You’ll see plenty of sharks, turtles, bumphead parrotfish, huge schools of snappers and tuna, manta and eagle rays, as well as other pelagic species. That’s why many divers consider this as one of the greatest diving spots in the Philippines.

5. Dauin, Dumaguete

Another world-class diving spot in the Philippines is in the province of Negros Oriental. Most of the best diving spots in the Philippines are located along the coastline of Dauin in Dumaguete City.

The place is best known for its excellent muck diving, great coral reefs nearby, and its assortment of luxurious beachfront dive resorts which are relatively affordable compared to other diving destinations in the world. 

Dauin closes the list of our top 5 diving spots in the Philippines.

6. Moalboal, Cebu

Don’t be surprised when millions of sardines welcome and swim with you when you dive in Moalboal. Seeing the huge school of sardines is the highlight of diving there, making this one of the best diving spots in the Philippines.

Another great diving spot in Moalboal is Pescador Island, just a 10-minute boat ride off the beach. There’s also a sunk Cessna plane wreck at Rhonda Bay with some massive gorgonian fans at 30 meters best for morning dives.

Moalboal delivers a good array of great diving with little effort required to access it. This is perfect for backpackers and scuba diving newbies.

7. Malapascua Island, Cebu

Aside from being one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines, Malapascua is also a great Cebu diving spot.

It is most famous for the almost certain chance to see Thresher Sharks. You can also see whitetip reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, devil rays, mandarin fish, pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, frogfish, blue-ringed octopus and a huge variety of nudibranchs and shrimps.

The best diving spots in Moalboal are Monad Shoal, Gato Island, and Kemod Shoal.

8. Donsol, Sorsogon

Swimming with the whale sharks is the most famous activity in Donsol, Sorsogon but it is now emerging as one of the top diving destinations in the Philippines. It boasts of an impressive mix of corals, rock, and sandy bottom formations.

Donsol has become famous to the tourists because of its abundance of marine life and fish species. There are also some wrecks in the area but only those with technical diving experience can go there.

9. Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Just like the diving spot in Batangas, Puerto Galera is just close to Manila. It’s just a 2-hour drive which makes it frequented by tourists in search of diving spots without hopping on a plane.

Puerto Galera is a diving paradise boasting its crystal clear waters and abundant marine life. While there are several dive sites worthy to be noted, the most sought after spot is Canyons where currents sweep divers through three beautiful canyons covered in a variety of soft corals and sponges. And while inside these structures, you’ll find large schools of fish including barracudas, batfish, snappers, emperors, and trevally.

10. Bohol

Bohol is mostly known because of its Chocolate Hills but aside from this, the province is also becoming famous for its great scuba diving spots that include the islands of Balicasag, Cabilao, and Panglao. 

What attracts scuba divers there is the great diversity of marine life there. You can find eels, octopus, sea snakes, many different species of fish, hammerhead sharks, and of course, the coral reefs.

BONUS!

Suba Lagoon, Siargao

To complete the list of diving spots in the Philippines, we’ll close it with Siargao’s Sugba Lagoon. It is a famous Siargao diving spot because of its great view and turquoise waters. Although it’s one of the famous diving spots in the Philippines, tourists go here just to take photos for the fear of heights. Whatever the case is, Sugba Lagoon is a great place to be!

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