If the Philippines is a puzzle, I would say that its puzzle pieces symbolizes the different wonders that the country could offer and one of these pieces is the island called Cebu. For the past years, I was aware of the beauty that lies within my own hometown but I was not able to explore its wonders. Road trips, hiking, mountain climbing, diving, snorkeling, and island hopping – name it and it’s everything that Cebu could offer.
Going south of Cebu will always be a good idea for spontaneous adventures. Even getting to your desired destination will not be boring as the road itself has a lot to offer most especially when you are with the best company plus the fine addition of music to jam with.
For the Summer of 2017, my friends and I decided to explore one of the many beach destinations in southern Cebu which is Moalboal. It is known for its white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and a marvelous underwater world thus making it a great spot for diving and snorkeling among the tourists.
I have heard of the municipality before from a friend in college who lived there and true to what she says, Moalboal is indeed a wonderful gem most especially when one needs a dose of Vitamin Sea. Just as we went there, I found out that there is so much more to this haven that makes it worth sharing to other people – a must-see for everyone.
HOW WE GOT THERE
Plus Estimated Time and Budget
From Cebu City, we went to Cebu South Bus Terminal with bus companies operating 24 hours to and from the southern part of Cebu province. As early as 5 a.m. we took a Ceres bus all the way to Moalboal. The estimated travel time is 2-3 hours and of course, we don’t want to arrive at a time where we would roast our skin under the heat of the sun.
Our plan of taking an air-conditioned bus was roughly challenged since it was not on schedule as we arrived in the terminal. We had the choice to wait for about an hour for the next air-conditioned bus but our excitement left us with no choice but to take the departing bus which is air-lapse. In other words, we were fated to connect with nature along the way. Well, the experienced turned out to be worthy as the summer breeze and fresh air embraced us with a warm welcome.
For the fare expenses, each of us allotted Php. 200.00, but since we came prepared (we bought our student ID’s for student discounts), we only paid Php. 92.00 each. Really saved a lot!
So I recommend those who are planning to take a public vehicle (like bus) in traveling to use your privileges like discounts because mind you, it will really help you save a lot of money, which means you can maximize the fun when you reach your destination.
After an hour or two, we arrived at the municipality of Moalboal, however, we still have to take a tricycle to get to the beach area. Good thing that near the bus stop area, there is a station of tricycles, hence, we did not have a hard time looking for one.
It took about 20-30 minutes before we reach the beach area, and since it is really a long drive from our first drop-off, each one of us paid Php. 30.00 each.
And so the fun begins!
THE BEST THINGS WE DID . . .
#1 White Beach: Basdako, Saavedra
First things first, so when we got by the area, a lot of people are sharing fun moments under the heat of the sun. Colorful tents of different sizes and vibrant colors are being assembled by the beach which made the whole scenery add up to what we so-call the ‘summer feels’.
So one thing I recommend when planning to go to this beach is to bring your own tent if you intend to stay for a day. But if you wanted to stay overnight and you have a bunch of members with, then I advice you to take a cottage or a room. As for our case, we brought our own tent so we can have our own spot on the beach, but we also decided to get a room since we stayed overnight and we wanted our things to be secured most especially because we went on an island hopping. We rented a cottage which originally costs Php. 1,600.00, but with our good negotiation skills, we got it for only Php. 1,500.00. Not bad even of we saved only a hundred pesos!
#2 ISLAND HOPPING
After our early lunch, our tricycle driver referred us to a motorboat (commonly called “lantsa”) for an island hopping experience. Usually, renting a motorboat costs Php. 2,500.00, but we were given a discount so we only paid a total cost of Php. 2,000.00 which is good for 3 hours.
I recommend you to take out your cameras along the way as the sight is really magnificent. But of course, don’t forget to savor the moment and have fun with the people you are with as well!
#3 PESCADOR ISLAND
Our first destinations was one of the most famous tourist spot in Moalboal – Pescador Island, which is about 20-30 minutes away from the beach. This is a good spot for diving and snorkeling as various and diverse sea creatures are found in the area. To name a few, we saw some fish of different colors (the famous Dory was even spotted), sea stars, corals of different sizes and shapes, sea turtles and a lot more. The view underwater was really a spectacular thing and a must-see for everyone. Everything just seemed to be so radiant and glowing underneath the water.
Too bad, we were bot able to bring with us a water-resistant camera. Capturing the underwater scene would have been worthy for us to remember and to share to everyone. But, I would definitely come back if given a chance, and by that time I will come prepared and equipped!
So I recommend you to bring a water-resistant camera to make the experience even worthwhile. But even when we came without one, I can say that we still had a great experience.
#4 Swimming with the Sardines
After an hour at Pescador Island, we immediately went to our next destination which was supposedly the area where we could swim with a lot of sea turtles, but we were not lucky enough to do so since it was low-tide on the area. Good thing we previously saw one sea turtle while we were at Pescador Island. Thus, we immediately moved to our next destination (we don’t want our time wasted, of course) wherein we could swim with hundreds and thousands of sardines underwater.
The spot where our motorboat positioned was nearly at the same spot where famous teen stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, better known as the love team KathNiel, also had diving to swim with the sardines while they were shooting for a blockbuster romantic-comedy movie.
The view underwater was definitely a great scene as we saw a school of sardines gathering in a single spot and swimming from one place to the other. At first it feels weird having a lot of sardines near you, but once you get used to it, you will enjoy watching and even swimming with them.
Again, a water-resistant camera will be a good equipment!
THE BEST THINGS I LEARNED . . .
From My Experience
Spending time with the closest people to your heart is a great feeling, but spending it at Moalboal could even make it better. It does not only offer a marvelous scenery like the white sand and clear blue waters, nor wonderful tourist spots and activities like the Pescador Island, island hopping, snorkeling, and diving, but it also has people who are hospitable enough to accommodate us and make our stay worthwhile.
Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but pictures. Kill nothing but time.
Follow some of my recommendations if you plan to go to Moalboal and discover its wonders, but if you already did, feel free to comment down your great and fun experience!