Living in Dumaguete is a holiday every day.
Dumaguete is a resort city with lots of activities for tourists and residents to do. However, it is still exciting to hop on our motorcycle and see other nearby resort towns. One of our preferred destinations is Moalboal.
It is an easy trip, on any motorcycle, from Dumaguete to Moalboal which is located in Cebu. The road is good, the traffic is fair, and even an inexperienced motorcyclist should have no problems. Getting from any area of Dumaguete to the ferry terminal at Sibulan is the first step. That is the area you will encounter the worst traffic.
Our trip began on a sunny Wednesday morning at 7 am. We are a short drive from the Maayo Ferry terminal in Sibulan so we arrived in plenty of time for the 7:30 am departure. (Boats leave every hour and a half from 6 am until late evening.) We paid our 302 peso fee for the return trip, (for 2 people and a motorcycle), boarded the ferry, and by 8:15 we were on the island of Cebu and ready to ride to Moalboal.
It took us two more hours to ride to Moalboal. It was a sunny and clear morning so we stopped a few times to stretch and smell the flowers, then rode on at a top speed of 60 kph. Arriving in Moalboal, we turn left to the resort area of Panagsama. This is where you will find the tourist area.
There were a few couples in our group so the choice of hotels varied with the personalities and budgets of the group members, but there are a lot of room choices. You can find rooms with a fan for under 1,000 pesos but the air-conditioned rooms start at 1,000 pesos a night. Somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 pesos is the average rate at the dive resorts. Notice I am not giving away the location of Max and Yvonne’s secret hideaway, but we have stayed at Tipolo and Quo Vadis resorts and can recommend them.
The Chili Bar is the most popular restaurant along this coastal strip so we ate there twice this trip. You can find many Internet reviews on this place but I have to tell you it is losing customers fast. On a Friday evening the place was almost empty and the few customers there (ourselves included) were not exactly raving about the food. We can only hope they improve their standards to the absolutely great restaurant they have been in the past.
What to do in Moalboal, you may ask. Diving is the activity that draws a large crowd. Others enjoy snorkeling, swimming, people watching on the white sand beach, or just enjoying the array of bars, restaurants and people offering massages all along the paths. It’s a jolly holiday so we hope to see you there next time we visit Panagsama, Moalboal.