One of the easier beaches to access when you have limited time in Cebu is Moalboal. It’s a quick beach fix whenever there’s a need for you to get away from the city while enjoying the sun, sand, and water.
I’m a beach boy at heart. I used to spend weekends with my cousins in different beaches in Davao which may have resulted to my fondness of taking a dip in salt water when opportunities arise. With so many beaches I’ve featured in this blog, I wonder why I haven’t been able to create a write-up about this nice retreat when it’s very much accessible from the city.
hut under the heat of the sun
I also have a couple of fond memories of Moalboal. Those occasions were spent with colleagues at work and with classmates in school – both of which I was able to do at the same time. Remembering those times when I had to work at night and then study during the day, I found my much-needed stress buster in this beach.
photo by Bangbang
How To Get to Moalboal
From the Southbound Citilink Terminal, you can hire a van at the Citilink terminal or bus to Barili at the South Bus Terminal. We usually take the van as its faster at 2.5 hours travel time.
Be warned though, that the van can get crowded and uncomfortable as they’ll fit 4 people in one row. Better to take the front seat.
Once you’ve arrived at the town in Basdaku, you can hire a trike to take you to the public beach resort. There are different cottages available or you can just set up your own tent. From there, you can start enjoying the beach. Food eateries are available and drinks are not that expensive so you can just eat there during lunch time.
Van Fare: 100 Php per person
Trike Fare: 30 Php
with team mates at work
photo by Bangbang
To set expectations, the sand in Moalboal is not as powdery white as Bantayan’s or Malapascua's. The land is also uneven. There are parts when there are lots of corals and stones and there are parts where it’s pure sand. Also, one needs to be careful about the deep trench in the water so make sure you don’t swim too far.
These points are not meant to discourage people from visiting Moalboal. It just goes to show that one needs to be cautious to avoid unfortunate events just like in any other location. Still, this place has its own charm that any Cebuano would not hesitate recommending this place for a quick break.
Aside from swimming in the water or sunbathing, you may also ask some locals for skim boards for rent. Children of the townsfolk usually have boards available because it’s part of their past time. Maintain your balance and test your endurance.
Average Cost of Skimboard Rental: 100 Php for a full-day use.
Got to stay on the platform for half a second.
photo by JennyRuth
Moalboal is a great place to chill and have a drink with friends and colleagues while singing your favorite tracks in your generation through karaoke machines that are a staple in every beach destination.
Videoke Sessions: 5 Php per song
videoke sessions are a staple
photo by BangBang
Before heading home, you can drop by the San Juan Nepomuceno Church Ruins which is located at the town. A better account of this landmark can be read through Marky’s blog article here: San Juan Nepomuceno Church Ruins in Moalboal
Church in Moalboal
Although best known for diving such as the island of Pescador, Moalboal is a quick place to take that much-needed beach fix with friends as there’s no need to spend a lot there. I tell you, you’ll make it through the day for less than 500 bucks; including fare.
Even back in my sophomore year in college. I took classes during Summer and recall the time when we had to answer a Physics exam as fast as we could as friends were already waiting for us there. At work, if a new team has been formed and there is a need to bond for team building’s sake, Moalboal comes up to mind.
kept telling these ladies to bend some more.
photo by JennyRuth
Of course, taking photos is another staple that one can’t deny when going to places. I scanned through my archive in my Multiply album to check out snapshots of this beach. I later realized that these photos were taken with borrowed digital cameras and low-resolution camera phones. I became more surprised when I found out that these shots were taken 4 years ago.
But even with the not-so-current technology, with a little tweaking and editing, one can still create art once an idea is conceptualized.
It’s been awhile since I last visited one of the first beaches I’ve stepped foot on in Cebu. I should get back to check how it’s been. Maybe I'll try diving too, once I have enough funds.
Moalboal is located South of Cebu.
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