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Moalboal Cebu Philippines
Your Destination Travel Guide to Moalboal Cebu Philippine
Pescador Island in Moalboal Moalboal Diving - World class and exotic underwater life Moalboal Church and Bell Tower
Pescador Island in Moalboal Diving in Moalboal Moalboal Church and Bell Tower

The Municipality of Moalboal is located approximately 89.3 kilometers south of Cebu City and is bounded by the Municipality of Alcantara in the north, the Municipality of Badian in the south, the Municipality of Argao in the east and by the Tañon Strait in the west. Moalboal is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines which is administratively subdivided into 15 barangays namely Agbalanga, Bala, Balabagon, Basdiot, Batadbatad, Bugho, Buguil, Busay, Lanao, Poblacion East, Poblacion West, Saavedra, Tomonoy, Tuble and Tunga.

Moalboal White Sand Beach Resort

Moalboal White Sand Beach Resort

According to legend, Moalboal got its name from a bubbling spring near the seashore. Locals of the area have circulated stories about a Spaniard asking natives what is the name of the place was. Thinking that they were asked about the bubbling spring, the natives answered "bokal-bokal", which means spring in the local dialect. Language barriers between Spaniards and the natives resulted to the naming of the area Moalboal, which sounds like "bokal-bokal".

Despite its proximity to Ceby City, Moalboal has retained a unique charm and relaxed atmosphere that has endeared to local and foreign tourists, especially those who love nature. Beach resorts, dive spots and orchid farms abound the area, making Moalboal the ideal getaway from the busy city life.


Most of the resorts lining up the seashore of Moalboal boast great food, cozy accommodations, breath-taking views and interesting dive spots.

Right in front of Love's Beach Resort is the House Reef, which slopes down from 1 to 20 meters. The reef has different coral blocks, sponges and sea anemones, making it ideal for taking dive trainings, night dives and underwater photography. Another must see in Moalboal is Pescador Island, which is famous for its beautiful and untouched marine life. The small island is fringed by shallow reefs of about 3 to 10 meters wide and drop-offs plunge away to depths of more than 40 meters. Caverns and overhangs decorate the island's cliffs, such as the majestic Pescador Cathedral which is a large underwater cavern reached by a 15-meter wide funnel which descends to 35 meters. White tip sharks are common in the area while hammerheads occasionally appear. Divers are also treated to beautiful coral gardens and schools of rare fishes. Dive enthusiasts should also not miss the famous Sunken Island, which is the best place for early morning dives. Schools of big fishes like lion fish, Spanish dancers, sharks and tunas frequent the area which is ideal for more experinced divers.

Getting there to Moalboal Cebu Philippines

To get to Moalboal, one only has to take a bus at the Cebu South Bus Terminal. There are also vehicles of hire or VHire within the terminal's vicinity. Once there, tourists can go around the beautiful town by tricycles, trisikads or motorcycles for hire which are locally called habal-habal.

Click here for the Historical Background of Cebu Philippines

See also the Flight Schedules of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines from Cebu to Manila, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Kalibo, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga and Davao and vice versa.


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