On National Heroes Day, Benjie and I wanted to take a breath of fresh air and spend some quality time together, so we decided to travel not so far from the city to enjoy the beach.
Going 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 with a P120 fare.
Alternatively, you can take a bus for P105 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 the poblacion(town proper), we took an early lunch at an ordinary eatery thinking we can save than eating at the beach area.
We then headed to Panagsama beach through a tricycle ride around 20 min. 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 P1,500 and it’s a good budget stay in Panagsama beach with comfortable small cottage rooms with free wifi–each with bathroom and sink, veranda and a safety deposit box. Check in time is 1pm but you can come early if the room is ready and check out time is 12noon. 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 (P130), Aglio Olio pasta (P150) and Chili con carne (P270).
Panagsama Moalboal Beach
The beach is only about 5 minutes walk from the 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 with many tiny fishes.
Panagsama is popular for shallow diving though we didn’t try scuba that time (P2,000 budget). If you’re lucky enough, you can swim with turtles early morning but no turtle showed up to us that time. You can also do island hopping to Pescador Island for P2,000 on boat rental.
If you walk around a little more, there will be more restaurants and lodgings nearby. The next morning, we had our 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 morning 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 for a cheap meal instead at the beachfront resto because their menu was pricey (poor us!). 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.
Citi Link Terminal – Moalboal Poblacion: P120/person
Moalboal Poblacion – Maya’s Native Garden: P150/tricycle ride
Meal budget in a carenderia in poblacion: P50/person
Maya’s Native Garden Aircon Cottage Rate: P1500.00/room
Dinner budget in Maya’s Restaurant: P200/person
Seaside Restaurant breakfast meal: P150/person
Panagsama Beach – Bas Dako/HK Beach Resort – Poblacion tricycle fare: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 – South Bus Terminal Bus Fare: P107/person
Total Budget: around P1800/person
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