Diving (P2500/Day)
Free Beach & Snorkeling
Suggested Stay
Cool Factor

Important Moalboal Info


  • Day Trip To Kawasan & Canyoneering


  • Avoid Weekend Crowds

  • Bring Or Rent A Snorkel


From Cebu City
From Dumaguete
From Kawasan Falls
From Oslob

The Upside

Moalboal is an amazing diving spot to see turtles and the amazing sardine run (Think thousands of sardines all swimming around you!). There is also a beautiful white sand beach which is virtually deserted during the week if you able to time your visit. You are close to 3 major attractions on Cebu, Kawasan Falls, Canyoneering and Osmena Peak.

The Downside

Transportation can be a little more than other places here, especially if you are a foreigner. My suggestion is to rent a motorbike either at your hotel or in Cebu City and tour yourself around to the travel destinations to avoid the higher than normal prices.

Moalboal Cebu

How To Get To Moalboal

From Cebu:
Take a bus from the South Bus Terminal bound for Moalboal /Kawasan Falls

From Dumaguete:
Take the ferry from the port just north of town to Cebu. Take a tricycle to the bus stataion (P50) Get a bus headed north to Kawasan Falls.

From Oslob:
Take a bus going South and transfer to the bus to Moalboal /Kawasan Falls at the station.

By Car/Motorbike:
Take the national highway south from Cebu City. When you reach Carcar take the road to Birili / Moalboal. Kawasan is about 45min south of Moalboal.
Drive time 2-2.5 hrs.

Where To Stay In Moalboal

Name Phone Cost
Babu Backpackers Inn, Panagsama Beach +63 933 336 3924 P300/700 dorm/double
Barefoot White Beach Resort
Mayas Native Garden +63 915 480 96 10
Moalboal Backpacker Lodge +63 905 227 8096 P275/350/480, weekly discounts
Nidos Garden, Panagsama Beach +63 32 474 3068 P980 per night
Quo Vadis Dive Resort, Panagsama Beach +63 32 474 3068 P1,275 – 3,600
Rositas Cottages +63 916 920 5618 P1200-2400
Sea Turtle House +63 918 356 1122
SeaBreeze Cottages, Tapales Road, Barangay Basdiot, +63 929 111 6557 P1500
Sunshine Pension House P850
Susan’s Beachside Resort and Restaurant   P1000 fan and P1500 aircon
Turtle Bay Dive Resort +63 32 316 4133 P300/700 dorm/double

Pathway to the Sea In Moalboal

The Pathway To The Sea In Moalboal

Moalboal White Beach

You Can Hire the boats here to take you out to the islands for $30-$40 for the day.

Moalboal White Beach

Moalboal White Beach

An Underwater Reef Off Of Moalboal

An Underwater Shot During The Island Hopping Trip.

My Moalboal Experiences

The first time I went to Moalboal I was there for a quick weekend retreat. The weather didn’t really cooperate so it was mostly windy and rainy so I decided to rent a ‘Treehouse’ which not your traditional tree house, it was up in the trees and was beautifully built out of natural materials. The beach was beautiful and there were sea turtles abound when snorkeling around the drop off close to shore.

Tree House Hammock
Tree House Sign

I splurged and went for the treehouse at the Moalboal Resort

Tree House In Moalboal
Selfie At The Snorkling
Underwater Reef In Moalboal
Camping On White Beach

Many Of The Resorts On White Beach Allow You To Camp For About $4/tent

Beach Hut In Moalboal

My second trip to Moalboal I spend a day island hopping and snorkeling near the dive town. The water was clear and fantastic for snorkeling. We were in the water for well over 90 minutes but I could have spent all day there just exploring the island. I have used moalboal as a jumping off point for several of the other activites in the area like Kawasan Falls and Cayoneering. All and all its a great home base while you explore the western side of Cebu.