Snorkeling and diving in Moalboal, the Philippines

The truth is that we had only heard about this sleepy little town 2 days before arriving while investigating what places are good for whale shark watching in the Philippines, and were looking forward to seeing these creatures as well as the turtles that are supposed to abound in the area. To get there from any hotel in Cebu city go for (like we opted)  the quicker van ride (100 pesos p/p and takes about 2 hours) and enjoyed the great scenery the drive had to offer. Mind you the vans are very crowded, but you should be used to this by now! They are faster than the buses and aren’t too bad anyhow.

In the Philippines this costs about 40 cents of a USD. Wohoo!

Right before getting on the van an American expat recommended Anthony’s Beach Resort for accommodation, and it is where we went. Simple, well priced and in a great location we dumped our stuff as soon as we got there and went for a walk. Moalboal has many beach resorts  to choose from though


Initial impression is that unless you are a diver there is not much to do there (and if I was one I would go to the Perhentians or Sipadan in Malaysia) and thought we’d leave in a day or two. But the following day we  enjoyed the snorkelling right in front of our place, although truth be said it is not spectacular. Mike showed up and lent us a camera, which pleased us greatly because we could finally take some underwater pictures. That night we had a great dinner cooked at his place and the following days were spent snorkelling, enjoying the lovely nearby White Beach (needed a motorbike to get there)and simply chilling out.

This is what Moalboal is about

We ended up staying 4 days and only left because we ran out of money and the closest ATM was an hour away. All in all 4 very pleasant days despite never seeing a turtle or whale shark. Our nest destination was Alona Beach in Bohol Island, one of the top beaches in the Philippines , recommended by the staff at Anthony’s, as a stop-over on our way to Cloud 9 in Siargao, Northern Mindanao. It ended up being a great recommendation!

Friendly locals

Friendly locals

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