Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bumming around Moalboal, Cebu

We said our sayonaras to the butanding and said hello to the powdery sand and blue waters in Moalboal. Even without sleep from the previous night, we still had a lot of energy though obviously absent mindedlutang much. The feeling was like pulling off an all-nighter trying to finish our thesis. 

From Oslob:
1.       Ride non-aircon bus to Bato bus terminal - ~Php 50
2.       Ride non-aircon bus from Bato bus termianl – Moalboal - ~Php 70 

Traveling from Oslob to Moalboal is around 2 hours and 15 minutes.

The coastal view from the bus.
It was hard to get some shut-eye at first... but we still ended up napping due to exhaustion.

There weren't a lot of passengers on the bus with us that morning.

The Bato bus terminal doesn't look like much but... this was it.
We transferred to another bus that took us to Moalboal.

The Moalboal bus terminal.
It's beside Three Sixty Pharmacy, in front of the public market, and across the ruins of Nepomuceno church. 

Feeling artsy. Reflection of the old church.

The ruins of San Juan Nepomuceno Church. I regret not exploring this!
For beautiful pictures of the church and a bit of history, check out this blog

Off to lunch!
For 3 people in a trike, the cost was Php 25/pax one way. We asked the driver to wait for us.

There are a lot of resorts to choose from around Panagsama.

Lunch at Maya's Native Garden.
This deserves a separate blog entry! Soon.

Our resort for the night: HK Beach Resort.
(+63) 919-476-6385
The rooms are quite big in HK Beach Resort. We got the aircon rooms, which had two big big beds good for four people. Very basic. Reminds me of the usual resorts we stay in at White Beach, Puerto Galera. We didn't really mind not having a TV.

For one night, the cost was Php 4,375 for 2 rooms. We even extended for a few hours after supposed check-out. Caretaker was very nice, too. 

Time to head for the beach!

Free time!

Boy Wander under water!

School of fish!

Pretty blue fishes

Here's where we dozed off... and got extra dark.
Forgot to wear sunblock after whale shark watching. 
Knocked out... though still holding on to my camera.
(Thanks for the pic, Ada!)

Vendors selling honey. I was too sleepy to try it. It looked yummy, though.

Cute kids!
A posh resort just 10-minutes away by foot from our place was our merienda place--the Club Serena Beach Resort. Below-zero beer never tasted better though the fish 'n chips didn't really live up to our expectations. It didn't help that the waiters weren't accommodating, too.

After washing up, we requested for the guard at HK to hail a trike for us. We went back near Maya's for dinner. The trike ride was Php 60 round-trip per person (tip included as the driver waited for us.)

Dinner at Marina Cucina Italiana!
This place got nice reviews over the net so we wanted to try it. The food was great but the servings were quite small. A bit pricey, too. I spent around Php 300-400 for our meal. I'd recommend this place for pizza and pasta lovers but for those who are on a budget, just skip it. There's free Wi-Fi, though! 

Drinks and shots followed at Chili Bar!
There were a lot of foreigners there. Drinks were pretty affordable. Php 50 for Tanduay Ice!

It wasn't even 11 PM but we were dead tired already. It was just our second day in to the trip. All of us missed sleeping and just lying down on a decent bed. Relaxing day at Moalboal... check! 

Agenda for Day 3: hardcore snorkeling! Watch out for it!

For more pictures of our stay in Moalboal, click here.
View our full 5D/4N itinerary here

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