Moalboal - Cebu's ultimate diving location
The actual place tourists head for is called Panagsama Beach which is a few kilometers from Moalboal town. This is where all the dive resorts, bars, accommodation and restaurants are located. There are numerous dive shops located in this town that sell and rent equipment, or if you’re not a diver already why not learn to dive as they offer reasonable priced PADI open water courses. Many divers are drawn to the area by Pescador (Spanish for fisherman) Island which provides one of the best dive sites in the country. Its reefs and caverns around the island provide a haven for all types of marine life and tropical corals. Some of the more popular dive spots are Pescador Cathedral, a beautiful cavern that descends to 35 meters. Sunken Treasure is a famous area to see schools of fish like tuna and barracuda. If you can’t dive, and don’t have the nerve to learn, Pescador Island also offers some excellent snorkeling as well.
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When you’re done diving, drinking and eating, Moalboal offers plenty of options for a good nights sleep. Moalboal resorts and dive resorts range from simple backpackers dorm rooms right up to more elegant rooms. Most of the hotels in Moalboal are located on Panagsama Beach, where you will find the most restaurants, bars and dive shops, all within walking distance. Rooms on Panagsama Beach you will find are usually cheap. If your looking for something more luxurious, the better resorts in Moalboal are actually located a few kilometers north of Panagsama beach at White Beach. This beach, as the name implies has white sand unlike Panagsama Beach (which is almost without sand since a super typhoon in the 1980s blew most of it away). Most of these resorts in White Beach are all inclusive where they have their own dive shops, restaurant etc. For those looking for serenity, the only drawback is that it’s generally more expensive to stay in this area. There are a few decent budget options available at White Beach. For more details on Moalboal resorts including photos, prices and details check the list below.
If your coming to Moalboal your most likely here for the diving, it one of Cebu's premier diving locations and is internationally recognised. There are still plenty of other things to do around Moalboal. Beach lovers can still enjoy white sand beaches just a few kms north of Panagsama Beach at White Beach. 10 Minutes away in Moalboal town you can visit the Orchid farm which is one of the biggest orchid displays in South East Asia . The other main attraction is Kawasan Falls one of Cebu's best waterfalls, the pool under the falls makes for a refreshing swim an escape from the tropical heat. For more information check our Badian link. Cottages can be rented and there is a small restaurant serving food. Rooms can be also rented overnight. There are a couple of levels to the falls make sure to experience them all!
This fiesta takes place from May 15th - 16th in honour of the Patron Saint, San Juan Nepomuceno. Dancers are dressed in costumes that are inspired by corals from the ocean. They dance to the beat of the song “Kagasangan,”
People who've been here
Moalboal being one of Cebu's premier tourist spots has plenty to offer the tourist. Local barbeque dishes and other Filipino cuisine, Italian , European and of course seafood.
Cebu to Moalboal
Moalboal can be reached by public buses or V-Hires (vans) from the Cebu South Terminal in Cebu City with an estimated travel time of about 2 1/2 hours.
As with a lot of places around Cebu, the name came about from a misunderstanding between the Spanish and the locals. The Spanish were asking the locals the name of the town and the locals thinking they were asking about a natural spring, replied "bokal-bokal" (the native word for spring) which to the Spanish sounded like Moal-boal.
Last Updated (Saturday, 13 April 2013 14:12)