Moalboal, Cebu : Travel Guide

Moalboal is a sleepy town located in Southern Cebu.  Best known for its beaches and colorful underwater world, it’s an impeccable weekend get-away from the hurried capital of Cebu.  It’s the best snorkeling site in the Philippines that I have been to so far because of the teeming corals and fishes in the shallow waters of  Tuble Marine Sanctuary. For Moalboal diving, head to Pescador Island.


How to Get to Moalboal from Cebu City


There are buses from Cebu City South Bus Terminal  to Moalboal (City Hall)  for roughly 2.5 to 3 hours ride for PHP 110 ($2.20/€1.96) -PHP 120 ($2.39/€2.14)  + PHP 5 ($10/€0.09) terminal fee. Ride a Ceres Bus bound for Moalboal via Barili or Badian.  Vans are also available at One Citilink Terminal in Cebu City.

The bus will drop you off at  the bus stop.  Once you’re in Moalboal town, you can hire a tricycle to take you to Moalboal beach – White Beach or Panagsama Beach where most beach resorts are located. Tricycle fare is roughly PHP 80 ($ 1.60 /€ 1.43)- PHP 100 ($2/€1.78).  Alternatively, you can also take a habal-habal (motorcycle) for PHP 50 ($ 1 /€0.89).





For a hassle-free tour from your hotel in Cebu ir Mactan (includes hotel pick up), you can avail of the private tour that will take you directly to Moalboal for snorkeling in Pescador Island. The private tour includes a local guide, snorkeling gear and safety gear. You will be picked up from your hotel at around 7:30 AM and estimated arrival in Moalboal is around 9:30 AM. BOOK A MOALBOAL/PESCADOR TOUR HERE




Moalboal Tourist Spots



*Sardine Run



For snorkeling, there are several boats for hire in White Beach. You can just approach a boatman.  Island hopping boat in Moalboal is roughly PHP 2,000 ($ 40/€ 36) (good for 8-10 persons).


Alternatively, you can also book a private tour from Cebu or Mactan to Moalboal and Pescador Island. The private tour includes hotel pick up (Cebu or Mactan) and drop off, local guide, snorkeling gear and safety gear. You will be picked up from your hotel at around 7:30 AM and estimated arrival in Moalboal is around 9:30 AM. BOOK A PESCADOR SNORKELING TOUR HERE



Pescador Island

This uninhabited limestone island with a charming lighthouse is a marine sanctuary and a famous diving spot because of its schools of sardines and turtles. This is where you go for the sardine run.


Marine Sanctuaries

Aside from Tuble Marine Sanctuary, you can also check out Bgry. Basdiot and Saavedra Marine sanctuary.

Busay Caves and Springs


The underground springs and caves are located in Brgy. Busay, Moalboal.

You can also take a side trip to Kawasan Falls  located near Moalboal, in Brgy. Matutinao in Badian. Bus fare is Php 33 from Moalboal to Badian.

For me, Moalboal beach is just an ordinary white sand beach in the Philippines.  The water is clean, but the sand is not that powdery and there are rocks and dead corals under the water so be careful when swimming near the shores.  Wear aqua shoes.  You can rent snorkeling gears and auqa shoes from dive shops.  The real beauty of Moalboal is hidden under the water, so snorkeling and diving in Moalboal beach is highly recommended.





*Sardine run

Here’s a list of Moalboal travel budget good for  person, if you have travel buddies, it will be cheaper.

Bus to Moalboal (roundtrip)PHP 110 x 2 = PHP 220 ($ 4.39 /€ 4)
Habal-habal to Moalboal (roundtrip)PHP 50 x 2 = PHP 100 ($ 2 /€ 1.78)
ResortPHP 500 ($ 10/€ 9)
Food budget  (x # of meals)PHP 100 x 3 = PHP 300($ 6/€ 5.35)
Boat to for island hoppingPHP 2,000 ($ 40 /€ 36) (good for 8-10 persons)
Tuble Sanctuary Fee per personPHP 25 ($0.50/€ 0.45)
Snorkeling GearPHP 100 ($ 2 /€ 1.78)
GRAND TOTALPHP 3,245 ($ 64.76/€ 57.85)

 *Rates based on PHP 1 = ($ 0.02/€ 0.02)









moalboal-Hotel Sister’s Inn
Hotel Sister’s Inn


Private Road 12 Basdiot, Moalboal

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moalboal-Moalboal T Breeze Coastal Resort
Moalboal T Breeze Coastal Resort


South of White Beach, Saavedra,, Moalboal

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moalboal-Maya’s Native Garden
Maya’s Native Garden Resort


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moalboal-Marcosas Cottage Resort
Marcosas Cottage Resort

Panagsama Beach/Basdiot, Moalboal

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moalboal- Quo Vadis Dive Resort
Quo Vadis Dive Resort

Panagsama Beach, Moalboal

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agoda - moalboal beach resort
Moalboal Beach Resort


Sitio Kalingking,Brgy. Saavedra, Moalboal

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moalboal -Turtle Bay Dive Resort
Turtle Bay Dive Resort


Tongo, Basdiot, Moalboal

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moalboal-The Blue Orchid
The Blue Orchid


Saavedra, White Beach, Moalboal

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Where to eat in Moalboal

moalboal 6 (1 of 1)

There are several dirt cheap carinderia and small restaurants lined up in White beach,Moalboal you can also use there videoke/ video cinco  for PHP 5 ($0.10 /€0.09) per song.







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First published : November 17,2011

Last Update: Nov 2016

Photos with * = public domain






  1. bwahahaha. natawa naman ako sa videoke shot. lol. ok lang yan. di naman halata kung sino kumakanta! ;p

    buti ka pa, nakapagsulat ka na ng guide! will refer people to this entry once matapos kong masulat yung moalboal (next year pa ata. haha!). “D

  2. Now i miss moalboal. hindi kami nakapagdive dito kasi typhoon ramon joined us on our trip.. bummer no?

  3. I chose Malapascua before over Moalboal. Sha ako na ang kapos sa budget. hahah! Sayang! Mukang ok na ok nga yung underwater world dito. Thanks for sharing this detailed entry gael. Pag nagka-seat sale talaga babalikan ko yan sa Cebu. Yung 2nd to the last pic ha.. parang nasa discovery channel lang. Nice!

    .. sabay may videoke shot si Ed. hahah! Ang kulit lang. ‘My Way’ ba yan Ed? hahahah!

  4. I love Moalboal. I have so many good memories on this place and the beach never fails to amazed me every time i visit. Snorkeling is a must-try activity also.

  5. wow…nahuli ito sayang…next time na pag punta ko sa Moalboal mag snorkel na ako kasi wala na ako ng time, uminom na lang kami sa beach

  6. Moalboal is one of the cheapest travel I ever had. Too bad lang di ko ntry ung island hopping because of limited time. A reason to go back 😀

  7. grabe naman sa underwater pic, ang ganda.. ceres bus? familiar sakin, im not sure pero parang siya yung sinakyan namin sa port papuntang bantayan island. and it was about less 4 hours ride.. so andun lang din pala sa area na yun ung moalboal.. mapuntahan nga din 😉

  8. haha, i wanna hear ed singing!

    gusto ko din magpaturo lumangoy kay lakbay diva. grabe ang galing, parang batang pier lang. =)

    1. hahaha natawa ako sa parang batang pier lang! si Edcel din batang pier din lumangoy.

  9. and yep, panalo underwater shots nya. PRO!

  10. Thanks for this! Will be going there by December!

  11. hehehe i’m plattered miss chyng. i’m envious of this moalboal guide. maraming hits to promise. 😀

  12. Hagis-Barya boys ba sina Edcel at Edwin nung bata pa sila? LOL ganda ng mga kuha ni Edwin! 😀

    I am looking forward to the Moalboal trip this December. Sana sumama ka sa amin tamang-tama birthday mo 😛 😛 😛

  13. ang ganda. sana may mas mura pa na accommodations for solo backpackers. thank you for this post.

  14. Thank you so much for this post. Helpful as always.. Pupunta kami jan this weekend.. Nangingisay na naman ako sa excitement. Hihi 🙂

    1. haha nangingisay tlga! 😀 enjoy girl! ganda mag snorkeling dun!

  15. very detailed and helpful. namiss ko ang moalboal 🙂

  16. Hi,

    For non-overnight stays, what time do the buses leave to Cebu City? 🙂

  17. Hello,

    Thanks for sharing the info,
    I have a question tho, how much is the cost to rent the boat for snorkeling?

  18. this i read this right…40pesos for lunch and brunch? do you guys eat? hehehe

  19. I have a question, for the 2,000 boat ride for island hoping is that per pax? And is it for the whole duration for the island hoping already or per ride?

  20. Hi
    May I know if you have any idea how much the transpo from South bus terminal to Oslob?

  21. Your travel and experiences are very much appreciated.

    Thank you for sharing your notes and recommendation, punta kami dito soon.


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