Moalboal is a peaceful beach town at the south-western part of Cebu island. It occupies the northern part of the Badian bay – with white sand beaches surrounded by mountains covered with dense rain forests, rivers and canyons.
Since Moalboal is only a 3 hours drive away from Cebu city, it’s possible to experience it as a day tour. However, you should strongly consider spending a few days there – so you get a chance to see the whole area. Moalboal is most famous for its diving and snorkeling sites, most notably Pescador island, but it’s also directly to the north of Badian – where the Kawasan Falls and Osmeña Peak are located. With so many attractions nearby, Moalboal makes for a perfect base-camp for day tours and adventure.
It’s also possible to reach Moalboal from Dumaguete if you plan on stopping there on your way to Cebu. Take a ferry from Sibulan to Lilo-An on Cebu island, then catch a bus to Moalboal from there. The whole trip can be done in 2.5 hours if your’e lucky and time it well. Be sure to ask the bus driver if he’s going to Cebu via Moalboal – so you don’t get on the wrong bus by mistake.
If your’e looking for a nicer beach, book a resort at White Beach instead. Only 7 km to the north of Panagsama, this area is also called Basdako which means ‘Big Sand’. The beach is also a great place for snorkeling since there are beautiful coral reefs everywhere. Since White Beach is quite popular among locals, try and avoid bookings in weekends if possible, to enjoy a quieter experience.
What to do in Moalboal?
We’ll give you a short introduction to Moalboal’s most popular tourist spots and attractions. In case something seems intriguing and you’d like to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experts will explain everything and help you figure out what activities are the best for you.
You can book each of these individually, and we’ll help you organize your day tour from Cebu or Dumaguaete. Alternatively, add as many items as you’d like and create your own personal Moalboal package. We’ll then review your order and help you build a complete itinerary.
Pescador Island Hopping and Diving Tours
Pescador island is only 10-15 minutes away from Panagsama by boat. While it’s a small, uninhabited island with not much to see on its surface, underwater is a whole different story. Pescador is a scuba diving and snorkeling heaven, as its marine sanctuary is home to a large assortment of marine life.
To enjoy Pescador to the fullest, it’s much better to dive and not limit yourself to just snorkeling. You’ll get to see much more that way, most notably the famous sardine run. Swimming with millions of sardines is really a once in a lifetime experience, and Pescador is the only place in the Philippines to do so.
The huge shoal also attracts many other fish and marine mammals, creating a unique ecosystem revolving around it. While diving here, you are extremely likely to come face to face with dolphins, sea turtles and even whale sharks. It’s a fun packed experience, which can be easily combined with some time at the beach, or visiting the Talisay turtle sanctuary for example.
Most Panagsama resorts will be happy to help you organize this day tour – all you need to do is make sure you book the appropriate hotel. Scuba gear and a diving instructor are provided, so you are guaranteed to have a safe and enjoyable adventure.
Moalboal Canyoneering Day Tours
Canyoneering is an extreme sport which has become increasingly popular over the last few years. It basically means going downstream through a canyon by any means necessary – rappelling, walking, swimming and more. The trek typically ends at a waterfall or other scenic location, providing a great reward for your efforts.
Moalboal is the jumping point to 2 of the most exciting canyoneering trips in the country. The most popular option is trekking down the Kanlaob river until you make your way to Kawasan Falls. This tour isn’t too challenging, and offers a unique way of reaching the famous waterfalls. Kawasan Falls are among the most beautiful in the Philippines, so paying them a visit is highly recommended.
A more challenging option is the trek to Montaneza Falls. Located in the town of Malabuyoc, an hour away from Moalboal, these waterfalls are stunning. While they are less impressive than Kawasan Falls, the trip itself is more exciting. The highlight of the tour is descending the 30m high waterfall into the pool below. The tour ends with a visit to the nearby hot springs – a perfect way to unwind after a grueling day.
Both tours are of moderate difficulty, and take a full day to complete. No swimming skills are required, all you need is a fun-seeking mindset. You’ll be escorted by professional guides, so everything is perfectly safe.
How Does Moalboal Fit Into My Travel Plan?
Both Kawasan Falls and Pescador Island are amazing and you should really do everything you can to not miss them. If you are ambitious enough, it’s possible to squeeze both into a day tour from Cebu city. It’s not ideal though, and recommended only in case you have limited time to spend in the province.
Spend a few days in Moalboal and explore it properly, so you can truly discover everything it has to offer. Our agents will help plan your time in the most efficient way, and build your whole Moalboal itinerary. All you have to do is add Moalboal to your Cebu package, and let us take care of the rest. This package could also be combined with other interesting locations nearby, such as Oslob, Bohol or Dumaguete for example.