This Moalboal itinerary will help you plan for your upcoming trip to the Philippines as Moalboal is a must see! From sardine runs to the iconic Kawasan falls, this small part of Cebu has everything you need for the perfect trip. In this Moalboal itinerary, we’ll be giving you tips on everything from how to get to Moalboal and where to eat.
Getting from Cebu to Moalboal
You’ll most likely be starting your journey from Mactan-Cebu International Airport. From the airport grab a white taxi from the taxi rank (located to the right of the airport exit) and head to the south bus terminal in Cebu City. Once there, you will be asked by many bus drivers where you are going and they will help point you in the right direction. It’s a little confusing at first but the buses have their destination and route located in the front window.
There are two buses that go to Moalboal, one via Birili and one vio Bato. Be sure to get the big yellow Ceres Liner that takes you via birili otherwise the Bato bus will go all the way south instead of cutting across the island, which would add hours onto the trip. Once onboard tell them where you’re going and you can ask them to let you know when to get off the bus. Just ask if you’re unsure and they’ll be happy to help. From Cebu to Moalboal it cost us 77 peso per person and took just over 2 hours depending on traffic.
Where to stay in Moalboal
We stayed in Panagsama Beach which is one of the two most popular areas to stay aside from White Beach. Panagsama beach is where you will snorkel to see the sea turtles, schools of sardines, other sea life and beautiful coral. We didn’t see any hostels in the area, only guesthouses and resorts, however you can still find cheap accomodation. We stayed at Vivians Nipa Hut and it cost us 500 peso per night for a double room with a fan and shared bathroom. White beach isn’t filled with as much marine life, however it is a nice place to relax during the day and is a popular spot to watch the sunset. Power outages are very common in the Philippines as we experienced at least 3 blackouts during our stay in Panagsama. Some hotels have backup generators to solve this issue although most cheap guesthouses and hostels do not.
Renting a Scooter
We found 2 stores that rented out scooters for 250 – 300 Peso per day, however check with your accomodation as most hotels or guesthouses also rent them out for roughly the same price.
Where to eat
There are plenty of bars and restaurants located along the beach that you can choose from. The prices were fairly average although for us on a budget we struggled to find local street food and cheap options, however if you rent a bike you can drive 10 minutes to the town shopping centre called The Gaisano Grand Mall. Around the mall you will find street venders and local stores for cheap food as well as a McDonalds.
Moalboal Itinerary – Things to do
In Moalboal there are plenty of guided tours that will take you snorkeling at other reefs and islands. Additionally, there’s a bunch of scuba diving stores that provide lessons on how to scuba dive. Moalboal is also well-known for its beautiful coral reefs and sardine run which involves swimming amongst thousands of sardines. For an in depth guide on finding the sardines and snorkeling the coral reefs click here.
You can also visit the famous Kawasan falls from Moalboal. For information about Kawasan falls and how to get there click here.