Philippines

Moalboal and Malapasqua Island

Continuing our journey along the coast, we reached the town of Moalboal within a few hours using the local buses. Transport in the Philippines is very cheap, its also a great way to meet locals and to see the country.

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Moalboal is a small town on the south west side, of Cebu island, the hotspot being Panagsama beach, where most resorts, resturants, bars and diving schools are.

We had attempted to book accommdation online prior, however our budget range was fully booked, so taking the gamble we decided to find something once we were there. Hopping into a tricyle, the local mode of transport. We decided to try our luck in Panagsama Beach, its a great spot for exploring the surrounding area.

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We managed to find a guest house for the night close to the ocean, but later managed to book a shared house via AirBnb for 5 nights which is situated away from all the noise. A lovely big house, with a good sized kitchen, garden and animals. Including a very cute 4 month old puppy. Franks place is in good proximity to local resturants, beaches and supermarkets.

Renting a scooter is the best way to explore. From Moalboal we decided to do a day to the Kawasan Falls, stopping along the way on a quiet and lovely beach which didnt incur an entrance fee. We virtually had the beach to ourselves. Pure paradise.

We continued our day trip to the Kawasan Falls which is around a 30 to 40 minute scenic drive, with little traffic. Kawasan is made up of three stepped falls, located in the rain forest. With many activites including canyoning, swimming or just simply relaxing in the water. The falls can be crowded and they also charge for the use of tables and chairs.

After a week in Moalboal, we decided to head to the island of Malapascua . Taking another local bus back to Cebu, we caught a bus heading north. This journey can completely vary, the traffic within and around Cebu is just horrible. It took us around 6 hours to reach the ferry port, where we were lucky to catch the last boat to the island.

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Becoming our style we found a nice beach hut to stay the night close to the ocean. Malapascua island is a small idyllic island. Well known for its diving, it is home to some beautiful beaches. We had planned to stay on the island for several days. Being so small, it has no vehicles. You can easily spend a decent amount of time wandering around.

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With lots of diving schools, boat trips and warm clear water perfect for snorkling, you can easily fall in love with this place.

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