Moalboal - Cebu Province Destinations


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.


Moalboal is nestled between the towns of Alcantara and Badian. From the tulay, an unfinished bridge located in Moalboal's town proper, Badian Island can be clearly seen, as well as the popular tourist attraction, Pescador Island.


The people of Moalboal speak Cebuano. Locals often call themselves Moalboalanons, taken from the name of their town. The "Moalboalanons" said they came from the "Boholanon" decscents.


Moalboal is a peninsula and as such, it is a town almost entirely surrounded by water. Majority of the people who live in the flat lands engage in fishing as their main mode of livelihood. Those who live in the mountain regions live through farming.


The common mode of transportation is by motorcycles with side cars, known locally as pedicabs or, depending on the distance, tricycles with side cars, called tri-sikad. However, due to the burgeoning economy of the whole province, tiny jeepneys or multicabs can now be seen in many of the rural areas, transporting people from Moalboal to many of its nearby towns.


Since the 1970s, Moalboal has developed a tourism industry based on diving and beaches. Panagsama Beach, which was blown away by a typhoon in 1984, is where most resorts are established and White Beach, which still has sand, in Barangay Savedra, which used to be a quieter beach that locals frequent, has only recently developed.


Tourists wanting to stay in Moalboal can easily take a taxi from Cebu International Airport. It should cost around 2500 Pesos, the ride takes around 2.5 hours. Other ways to get to Moalboal would be to take a taxi to the Liberando bus terminal or the South Bus station across the road. Librando, Rough Riders and Ceres buses all go to Moalboal, Fare is 109 Pesos. Make sure you are on a bus going via Barili, or you will end up in the South of Cebu.


In Moalboal most tourists stay at either Panagsama Beach (Basdiot) or White beach (Basdako). There is plenty of accommodation near either beach, although Panagsama has the most bars and restaurants.


According to lore, Moalboal has a spring where many of the locals get their water. Once, a foreigner asked a woman with a cleft what the place was called. The woman thought he was asking her about the spring so she said that it was a bukal-bukal. However, because of her speech impediment, her words came out sounding like Moalboal and that was how the town got its name.