On National Heroes Day, a breath of fresh air and some quality time together was much needed, so we decided to travel not so far from the city to enjoy the beach.
How to go to Moalboal
To get to Moalboal, we went to CitiLink which is around 7-min walk from South Bus Terminal (SBT). We took a v-hire going to Moalboal town proper.
Alternatively, you can take a bus for ~Php120 at SBT but with its many passenger drops, it may take a little longer to reach the beach town compared to taking the v-hire with its continuous travel, you can get to Moalboal around 2 hours.
After arriving in poblacion (town proper), we took an early lunch at an ordinary eatery thinking we can save than eating at the beach area and we’re also already hungry that time.
Soon, we headed to Panagsama beach via tricycle ride that took around 20 minutes. Upon arriving we were greeted by Rose, the caretaker of Maya’s Native Garden, with iced tea as welcome drinks and a warm smile. 🙂
Maya’s Native Garden
We booked through Agoda at Maya’s Native Garden for ~Php1,500 and it’s a good budget stay in Panagsama beach with comfortable small cottage rooms with free wifi. Every cottage has its own bathroom and sink, veranda and a safety deposit box. Check in time is 1pm but you can come early if the room is ready. Check out time is 12 noon. If you’re going here on a weekend, make sure to reserve a room as they only have 5 cottages available.
Their restaurant serves delicious Mexican food and opens as early as 7am until 10 in the evening. For dinner, we tried their mini pizza, Aglio Olio pasta and Chili con carne and we love it!
Panagsama Moalboal Beach
The beach is only about 2-3 minutes walk from our cottage. Though not with powdery white sands like in Bas Dako, it is however perfect for snorkeling or diving. Just a few meters from the shoreline, you’ll see rich corals, a multitude of tiny fishes and get to marvel at nearby the sardine run.
Panagsama is popular for shallow diving but we didn’t try scuba that time (~Php2,000 budget). If you’re lucky enough, you can swim with turtles in the shallows early morning but no turtle showed up to us that time. You can also do island hopping to Pescador Island and also witness bottled-nose dolphins during the half-day tour for Php2,000++ small-sized boat rental.
If you walk around a little more, there are restaurants and lodgings found nearby. The next day, we had a hearty breakfast and coffee (instant) in a restaurant with a sea view because we’d like to smell the salty air early morning.
Basdaku Moalboal Beach
The next day, we rented a tricycle and went to Basdaku to enjoy the nice waters.
Note that there’s an entrance fee at a guard house to the road entering the beach and then another fee to enter HK Beach Resort.
The beach was crowded that time because it was a holiday, so we searched for a good spot with few swimming around.
By lunch time, we were back at the poblacion to find something good to eat. A little past 1pm, we rode a non-aircon bus and we were back in the city around 4pm.
We had a splendid time together at the beach, enjoying every bit of the weekend. As much as possible, we’d like to spend the weekends to unplug from the day-to-day. Hope to have more weekends like this.
Note: Prices may have changed now.
• Citi Link Terminal to Moalboal Poblacion: P120/person
• Moalboal Poblacion to Maya’s Native Garden: P150/tricycle ride
• Meal budget in a carenderia in poblacion: P50/person
• Maya’s Native Garden Aircon Cottage Rate: P1500/room
• Dinner budget in Maya’s Restaurant: P200/person
• Seaside Restaurant breakfast meal: P150/person
• Panagsama Beach—Bas Dako/HK Beach Resort—Poblacion tricycle: P350/tricycle ride (We realized that this was higher than normal, taking the habal-habal will cost P50 one way/person so that should only be around P200 for both of us.
• Entrance fee to Bas Dako: P5/each
• Entrance fee to HK Beach Resort: P10/each
• Bath/Washing Fee: P20/gallon
• Lunch Budget at a poblacion eatery: P50
• Moalboal to South Bus Terminal Bus Fare: P107/person
Total Budget: around P1800/person
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