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Monday, March 9th, 2009

Moalboal may have a name that is difficult to pronounce but the town is familiar to scuba divers near the region. The name means “bubbling brook.” Located 55 miles away from Cebu City, the Philippines’ Queen City of the South, Moalboal is better known for its two beaches: Panagsama Beach and White Beach. Unfortunately, typhoons have made Panagsama a beach only by its former status because it no longer has sand. Moalboal is not exactly a tourist paradise except for serious scuba divers. The population of Moalboal is estimated at 27 thousand.

The town of Moalboal is better appreciated by actually trying scuba-diving. There are no longer bars around to cater to clubbers. Better stick to Cebu City if you are looking for busy urban life. However, if you enjoy natural wonders such as corals, anemones and other underwater life, you will discover that deeper into weather-beaten Moalboal there are treasures that have to be seen by your very own eyes. For a great beach experience, you may visit White Beach and have a barbecue with friends and locals alike.

To reach Moalboal, you first have to fly to Cebu City. From Cebu, you can only take a bus or rent a van. Buses are, of course, much cheaper. You have to take the bus at the Cebu South bus station just like locals. If you are willing to pay more, you can rent a van just for you and your companions. Because of the tropical weather, you can enjoy scuba diving all year round. Temperature is usually in the low 86 degrees Fahrenheit or high 68 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you do have to avoid typhoon season if you want to make the most of your Moalboal experience.

If you want to visit Moalboal, you have to follow general Philippine requirements. You need a valid passport. If you are from the United States, you can stay for up to three weeks without a visa. If you want to extend your stay, you have to consult the Bureau of Immigration. If approved, you may get two months extension every time; the total period of extension, however, should not exceed a year.