Surely the pandemic made many of us miss traveling to places we love the most. For some, it may be the mountains or it may be the beach. Time sure flies as it’s gonna be a year since Cebu has been first put into lockdown. And for the past few months, we have seen a bit of improvement as cases went down. With that in the line, many businesses have already started running once more from restaurants and even hotels and resorts. Transportation has been back as well following safety protocols.
And when we say transportation, that includes public vehicles that can take us back again to the places we love to go. And for us, that would be the beach! So let me take you with us as we travel once again to one of our favorite beaches in Cebu, Moalboal.
Panagsama or Basdaku Moalboal?
Moalboal is a well-known paradise for tourists because of its sardine run attraction. Besides this, it’s pretty popular as well because of its unspoiled pristine white beach and beautiful marine life. That counts not only tourists coming from the Philippines but around the world.
Don’t be confused about Moalboal as going to which part of Moalboal will depend on your liking. If you’re someone who’s into diving, you should head to Panagsama, Moalboal. And if you want to experience the beauty of Moalboal’s white beach, that should be in Basdaku, Moalboal which we are headed.
Getting to Moalboal in the New Normal
Getting to Moalboal in the New Normal is simple. It’s just like how one can go to Moalboal in the old times. But this time, you’ll just need to be careful and follow safety protocols.
By private car.
By bus. From where you are at, hail a taxi or jeepney going to Cebu South Bus Terminal. Simply look for a bus bound for Moalboal. Get off at Moalboal Public Market. Travel time is around 3-4 hours depending on the traffic. Fare runs around Php 130-140.
Upon reaching Moalboal, head directly to Moalboal’s Tourism Office. Tourists coming over to Moalboal either staying overnight or just day use would need to register themselves to be given a Day Pass. Your Day Pass will serve as your ticket to enter the checkpoints before the beach.
NOTE: Moalboal’s Tourism office opens by 8:00 AM so if you’re just there for Day Use, be sure to come early as DAY PASSES ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 TOURISTS ONLY. If you have booked yourself a room in any resorts in Moalboal, you can just come anytime between their office hours. You will just be given your Day Pass regardless if it’s past 200 already.
Once done, get yourself a tricycle and tell the driver where you are headed to. Basdaku Beach would be a 5-10 minutes ride from the market. Fare would start around Php 150 – Php 200 for the whole tricycle up to 5 pax.
Life at the Beach after so long
I’ve been longing to visit the beach for so long! As many of my friends know, I surely love visiting the beach. It’s just because the heat of the sun at the beach and the sound of waves is just so meditating.
For those who are wondering, we stayed at Ravenala Beach Bungalows. It’s one of the cleanest resorts that you can find in Moalboal. Their food is pretty good too and their staffs are also very friendly! Haven’t taken many photos in the place though as I was just really enjoying myself outside the beach. 😂
If you wish to see other resorts, you can also check out at booking.com
Healthy Smoothie Bowls at Shaka Cafe Moalboal
Part of our Moalboal trip was also making a quick stop at Shaka Cafe. If you’re into beautiful cafes like those that you can find in Siargao, Bohol, and Palawan, then this should be part of your things to do in Moalboal.
Shaka has been really popular when it comes to their pretty and healthy smoothie bowls. And for many people, especially those who have already traveled to Siargao where it’s usually known, this cafe is simply beautiful. I have also been there during my Siargao trip last year and the vibe is just amazing! Like imagine eating a healthy smoothie bowl or having coffee just in front of the beach, it just feels awesome!
Read about Shaka Cafe here.
Shaka Cafe is located at Panagsama Beach which would be the other side of Moalboal. So if you’re staying at Basdaku, you would need to get a tricycle to get here. It can be quite far so just prepare extra money for the fare.
So that’s it! That simply sums up my first beach trip of the year under the new normal! It was just a quick trip but indeed a memorable one! So what are you waiting for? Invite your friends now and let’s go beachin! Just remember to keep safe! 😉
1. Are there any restaurants in Basdaku, Moalboal?
Restaurants in Basdaku, Moalboal are hardly seen but there are karinderyas. But if you’re staying in Panagsama, Moalboal, there would be a lot there. So I suggest you bring food from the outside already before going to the beach.
2. Are there many people in the Tourism Office?
It depends on what time you are going there. As for early in the morning, the answer would be YES! But if ever you have accommodation, need not worry as you can just go there anytime in the afternoon with less crowd.
3. Are there buses going back to Cebu City?
YES! This was also my worry at first if we can go back to Cebu City from Moalboal knowing that it’s my first time to travel in the new normal. But don’t worry as there are many buses passing by going back to the city. And there aren’t many passengers compared to before.
4. Do I need to bring my quarantine pass?
You may or may not bring your quarantine pass. As long as you have your company ID and a certificate of employment, you’re good to go.
5. Is camping still allowed on the public beach in Basdaku?
Unfortunately NO. So it would be better if you have booked your accommodation ahead of time for less hassle.