Moalboal Cebu Travel Guide 2022
Cebu provides the best of both worlds; if you’re looking for some city adventure, the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu Lapu can always provide the best city tour adventures to satisfy any traveler’s itchy feet.
If you want to go on a deep sea adventure, however, you should go to either the southern or northern parts of Cebu. Prior to the pandemic, also known as the dark ages of solo travel, I had never thoroughly explored my hometown of Cebu. But now that the floodgates of adventure have been opened, I’ve decided to focus on visiting tourist destinations in my hometown, Cebu City, the Queen City of the South.
For my first hometown trip, I spent two days and one night in the town of Moalboal, Cebu.
Moalboal Cebu is located where?
Moalboal Cebu is a fourth-class municipality in Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2020 Philippine census, it has a population of 37,000 people.
It is a peninsula on Cebu’s southernmost tip, bounded to the west by the Tanon Strait while Negros Island can be seen from the western shoreline.
The town of Alcantara borders Moalboal to the north, the Tanon Strait to the west, Argao to the east, and Badian to the south.
How do you get to Moalboal in Cebu?
The Mactan International Airport is the closest to Moalboal Cebu. You’ll need to take public transportation from Cebu City to Moalboal, either a bus or a van for hire.
Moalboal is 89 kilometers (55 miles) from Cebu City and takes about two and a half hours to reach by public transportation.
If you want to take a bus to Moalboal Cebu, you should go to the South Bus Terminal, but if you want to take a van for hire (v-hire), your destination should be Sanciangko Cebu, or if you’re like me and struggle with directions, tell your driver to take you to the Moalboal v-hire terminal. The V-hire costs 180 PHP and takes you directly to Moalboal’s town center.
Where Should You Stay in Moalboal, Cebu?
Because of its rich marine sanctuary, Moalboal is a popular tourist destination for both locals and international visitors. As a result, finding a place to stay in town is a piece of cake!
You can easily book a hotel or a hostel through travel booking apps, or you can find one while in town.
I booked my stay in June through a newly opened aparthotel called Fil’s resort.
The rooms are brand new, and if you prefer your peace and quiet, this is the hotel for you. It’s a 5-minute walk to the beach, and you can always arrange for a tricycle (a motorbike with a side car) with Fil’s attendant to take you there.
The distinction between Basdiot and Basdako :
Now, in Moalboal, Cebu, you can only choose between Basdiot and Basadaku, which literally mean Small Sand (Basdiot) and Big Sand (Basadaku) (Basdaku).
If you want to be close to restaurants, clubs, the Sardine Run, snorkeling, and diving, stay in the Basdiot – Panagsama area. If you want to spend time at their public white sand beach and watch the sunset, stay in the Basdaku area.
Regardless, there are motorcycles and tricycles available for rent in each area, though both are relatively far away. Tricycle ride time is estimated to be 15 to 20 minutes.
Activities in Moalboal, Cebu:
Visit Hole in the Wall Restaurants – I didn’t do this one (boohoo)
When visiting Moalboal, you should try some of the local restaurants. My time in June was limited, so I was unable to visit well-known restaurants or shops in the area. But I intend to return to add some good food finds in Moalboal.
Clubbing/Bar Hopping/Beach Drinking
For someone who enjoys drinking and partying, I was unable to visit any clubs or bars during my stay because I was only there for one night. But I promise to return with updates on the best bars and clubs in Moalboal. What I know for certain is that Basdiut is brimming with nightlife excitement. So, if you enjoy a good night out, make sure to visit the area, particularly on weekends when the fun is at its peak.
What I did get to experience was drinking on the beach, literally on the sand. It had a cool, boho vibe to it. Everyone had a favorite spot on the beach. Whether it’s with friends or family. Jamming to music or just chatting the night away with musical instruments.
I’m not a fan of the beach, but I had a great time chatting and drinking the night away. So, if that’s your thing (and I had no idea it was mine until that night), make sure to stop by Basdaku for some late-night chill drinking sessions.
Swimming with the Turtles and Sardine Run
I might not have gone out to eat or go partying but I did lock in the best experience and the must do activity while in Moalboal Cebu and that is free diving exploration in Moalboal’s waters.
I am always upfront with my readers about the fact that I am not a beach person; in fact, when I was in Borcacay, the only part of my body that touched the sand were my feet. However, this trip to Moalboal was an exception.
Read my Boracay Adventure Here:
When presented with the opportunity to see a turtle up close and gazillions of sardines performing their cool “dance routines,” you don’t hesitate and simply SWIM your a** off!
This activity appealed to me because it was well-organized. You were accompanied by your own guide, who also served as your photographer. The entire tour of the area to see turtles swim in their natural habitat, live corals, and of course the sardine run would cost 500 PHP.
If you don’t have a waterproof action camera, you can rent one for 500 PHP if I’m not mistaken ( I have one so I did not bother to remember the price- yes very selfish of me LOL)
If you have the time and money, I recommend renting a boat to take you to Pescador Island. That is said to be the sweet spot for diver enthusiasts. Perhaps on my next visit, I should try to check out the place.
Head to Moalboal Now!
Okay, folks, that’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about Moalboal Cebu. Even though I only had a day and a night there, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, particularly the sardine run and turtle watching. Diving is the only reason I would agree to swimming at the beach, and swimming with the turtles and seeing sardines “run” was one for the books.
Friends, until my next travel adventure! Remember, life is too short to be safe, so book that plane ticket and get out there!