Wildly popular with travelers, Moalboal is a small but lively coastal resort around 55mi (90km) southwest of Cebu City. There's a lot to love about the place, its craggy coastline lined with shoreside bars and restaurants where you can sip a sundowner and gaze over the azure waters of the Tañon Strait to the distant hills of Negros Chocolate. Directly offshore is a stupendous coral wall, so you can amble out of your hotel room, don snorkeling gear and encounter outstanding marine life (including Moalboal's world-renowned sardine run).
However as there are only a few patches of sand, head to nearby White Beach for dreamy days by the sea.
Confusingly, the actual settlement of Moalboal (pronounced mo-ahl-bo-ahl) is a small town on the highway, 4mi (6km) west of the coast. The tourist resort is officially Panagsama Beach. However everyone just calls the area “Moalboal”.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Moalboal.
Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Moalboal.