Moalboal is a 4th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 27,398 people.
Extending as a peninsula in the Southwestern tip of Cebu, Moalboal is bordered to the west by the Tañon Strait. From the western shoreline, the island of Negros can be seen. Moalboal is located 89 kilometers from Cebu City, about 2.5 hours by bus.
To start things off, we will bring you to Moalboal.
There are a number of ways to reach Moalboal depending on your start point but we will be giving you the route from Cebu City. You can take a bus, either Librando or Ceres Liner (via Barili), from the Cebu Southern Bus Terminal. You can also take a V-Hire bound for Moalboal from the CitiLink Terminal (Citilink is 5-minute walk from the Cebu South Bus Terminal). If you are coming by your own car , leave Cebu City following on the Southern highway via Carcar and Barili route. Upon arriving at the Moalboal Public Market, there are two places to go, either go to Basdiot for dive spots or Basdaku for major sand, waves and beach loving!
Well, we love major sand, waves and beach loving so we preferred to go to Basdiot. In the Moalboal Public Market, you can ride a tricyle bound for Basdaku, just negotiate.
In Basdaku, Moalboal…
Place. Basdaku has a number of beach front resorts/cottages/houses that you can choose from or you can just lay you mats or fetch a tent on the long white sandy coastline that extends for about a kilometer of Basdaku. Unfortunately, I forgot the name of the resort that we stayed in but it’s just priced at 1,700Php AC overnight.
The sand in Basdaku is white but you may see some small pieces of garbage or dead seaweeds on the shoreline that may change your mood about the beach, don’t mind it and enjoy the beach. Enjoy the sand, sun and the beach with a number of locals and tourists also doing the same thing. Enjoy the saturation of colors on the area, blue skies, crystal clear waters and white sand.
Food. If you did not bring for yourself food that you can munch on, don’t despair as the resort that you are staying will have their own menu and if not, you can check out the carenderias or small sari-saris stores lined up on the long shoreline of Basdaku. If you are lucky in an early morning, you can wait for fishermen selling their freshly-caught fish and other edible sea creatures that should complete your sea-village-Basdaku-adventure.
If you are just wanting to spend a weekend off to contemplate or just be away from the busy city, on a tight budget, Moalboal is one place I can suggest as you can just lay a mat on the long sandy beach, reading a book, IPODs on, and just enjoy the sand, sun and beach.
One thing that you can note though is the sand on Moalboal shifts from one side to another (as the case applies in some other beaches too) depending on the season (Habagat or Amihan). This could be one of your basis on which part of Basdaku to stay on what season. You might be disappointed to stay in a beach front resort and only see a portion of the sand and much of beach rocks. Here’s a sample pic of the shift of the sand.
And of course, what’s a trip to the Southwest part of Cebu without a Sunset shot? Anyway, this is not much of the “sunset shot” since there was not much to be seen when the sun set since it was a very cloudy day. ENJOY MOALBOAL!