Have you been planning on visiting the Philippines for a while now and have finally come around to researching your trip? Then you will know the internet is saturated with information on this topic.
That’s why my husband Phil and I have created this up to date Blog Post Extravaganza to help make planning your trip to the Philippines super easy. This comprehensive guide will breakdown the Must See’s in Moalboal but also link to our other Must See’s in the Philippines including Siquijor, Coron, Bohol, Nacpan and Port Barton (notice El Nido is not on that list – click hereto find out why). The posts are packed to the brim with everything we learnt on our month long trip and include some super helpful time and money saving tips.
Moalboal is a cute and chilled beach town on the island of Cebu. Approximately 3 hours drive from Cebu City you will reach Moalboal and have access to two of the most beautiful natural phenomenoms – Moalboal Sardine Run and Kawasan Falls.
What to do in Moalboal
Moalboal Sardine Run
Ever wanted to snorkel with hundreds of thousands of fish? Then look no further than the incredible sardine run in Moalboal. One of the most amazing experiences we have ever had underwater was snorkelling through hundreds of thousands of sardines. Watching their huge shifting shoals parting ways as you head through them is incredible. Just 50 meters from the shore you can be snorkelling or diving in no time at all. Unless you look below the surface you would have no idea that this beautiful thing is even happening.
The best way to find these sardines is to swim out from in front of the Chili Bar to the edge of the reef. As soon as the reef drops off you will find the sardines. We also had our closest turtle encounters in the same area so keep an eye out in the shallows. Check out this video we made of our encounter here:
Moalboal Sardine Run Video
Moalboal is a great base to explore Moalboal’s equally famous Kawasan Falls. Enjoy your scenic 40 minute scooter ride from Moalboal or Badian and reach the much photographed and stunning falls. After you pay the 40php entrance fee and walk a short distance to the main falls you will be swimming in the bright blue fresh waters of this stunning waterfall. It does get crowded fairly fast so we think it’s best to arrive early if you want a more peaceful experience. We arrived at 8am and there were people there, come midday the families arrive with picnics.
Once you are done with the main falls make sure you make your way to the jungle trek to the upper falls. On the way you will find other waterfalls and pools. Once you arrive at the upper falls you reach a rope swing and natural rock slide with more awesome lake swimming.
Where to stay in Moalboal
Soul Travellers – based a short scooter ride from Moalboal town, Soul Travellers in Badian was a fantastic quiet get away from the main busy area. Having the use of a kitchen was a bonus and scooter hire from the owners worked out great to explore the sights of Moalboal.
Jocelyn was a fantastic host and helped organise and plan our stay. We had a huge private double room but they also have bunk style accommodation if the budget is tight. This place really deserves its great reviews and also serves as a base for popular canyoneering trips to Kawasan Falls. They also have the most stunning sunsets here.
Where to eat in Moalboal
Chili Bar – serving oceanside food with reasonable prices this casual bar and restaurant is a great option in Moalboal. They also have pool tables with views overlooking the ocean.
Getting to Moalboal
We caught the Ceres bus from Cebu City South Bus Terminal. They have air con and non air-con options and it costs approximately 150php per person. Make sure you get the bus that says Bato via Barili so you don’t go the wrong direction towards Oslob.
Getting around Moalboal
The easiest way to get around Moalboal is to hire a scooter. We hired a scooter from our Hostel for several hundred Pesos per day. This means it is a lot easier to get to Kawasan Falls by yourselves. There are also tricycles that you can catch a ride with if you want to travel locally and don’t want to ride a scooter.
How long to spend in Moalboal
If you plan on snorkelling with the Sardines and visiting Kawasan Falls we recommend spending at least two nights here.
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