Solo Backpacking Day Trip to White Beach To Moalboal

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

Finally! After a long run of battling whether to go solo or not I’ve finally made it going out alone on a Saturday. I am aware that I’ve been enjoying good times with my friends that it keeps me outdated of what’s been happening with my negative thinking, but travelling solo made me realize on how is it truly to know your inner being. Sounds a bit deeper than I thought, but until this very moment I am still trying to grasp every happening during that day. Days before I finally decided to try it out was confusing and worrysome to think I am not really familiar with the place. I had to go through researches, asking a friend and had to deliberately convince myself to push through. Moalboal is a 3 to 4-hr ride away from the city of Cebu, so why not? Good thing I had extra savings in my wallet which swayed me to really go and enjoy.

As much as I wanted to blab a lot of my experience, I also kind of want to make this post a little of whatever and more of the being informative part. But I guess no one can stop me lol, it’s my first time.

Moalboal is a paradise located at the South of Cebu and is 90-kim away from the city. “It is the fourth income class municipality in the province of Cebu.” Moalboal easily established its name due to the fact that it is wealthy of the natural grandness; from beaches, to its coral reef, down to its healthy environment.

One good thing about travelling alone is that you never tag along someone with your doubts, in this sense, you’re free to decide on anything and everything. I made my own itinerary, by the way. With it, I wrote 5:30 in the morning, that’s the time I should be leaving the house. But then I got lazy so I decided to move it at 6 o’clock, bought food then headed to South Bus Terminal. The bus left at exactly 7:25 AM (Note: This is not the exact time of departure. The fare from the South Bus Terminal to the municipality of Moalboal is Php 107 for non-airconditioned bus. And I guess, that’s additional Php 10 or Php 15 for air-conditioned bus).

Wander Soul | White Beach, MoalboalI was alone in my seat so I was never too shy to take some photos. Hehe

One thing I’ve learned it to be friendly with everyone, that should be a must. I had this really shy slash low voice when I asked the “konduktor” (someone who collects the money) as to how long will it take to reach our destination, and in a good gesture he answered right away. I also asked him to open my window – I like to demand lol. Happily enjoying my food while we depart, and I enjoyed the views along the way too.

 Then finally, reached Moalboal at around 10:15 AM. Dropped off at Gaisano Grand Moalboal where you’ll see lots of Motorcycles and habal-habal ride that will take you to your destination. I took the courage to negotiate, but it didn’t work (was it because I was the only one so they’d make me look foolish?). But then I realized it was really a bit far from the proper and I was the only passenger, I guess the Php 150 I paid was worth it. (Note: The usual fare for motorcycles from the Moalboal proper to the beaches is Php40/pax, up to you to negotiate with the drivers if you are alone).

Wander Soul | White Beach, MoalboalThis is your ride, queen. 

Tip: Since motorcycles from the beach to the highway are very minimal, better ask for the driver’s contact number  to secure your ride back to Moalboal proper.

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

Thought the place is really beautiful. I’d never hesitate to go back, but this time I’ll be with friends already. I enjoyed the big sandbar which looks like a sugar, so fine. I also enjoyed watching so many foreign people. They surely love the place that Moalboal as a municipality actually felt like I was in America or some regions in the states. There you can imagine that there were a lot of them during my visit.

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

I’m so sorry, I got carried away so I took really random selfies just for proof (Hmm reasons). But really though, I love how picturesque the place is. I don’t mind how I looked, I just wanna do it. I can’t ask anyone to take photos of me, so I had to do it with my own click. I took several photos of me which will forever stay away from the internet – those are terrible shots.

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

Note: It’s a public beach, so expect that you are allowed to bring food but be cautious enough to dispose your own trash. There are also food houses just along the cottages.

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

I had my moments by the beach, it took me awhile to finally grasp the idea that I am alone but never in a lonesome scenario to be in distress. It got me the chance to write something and to think that travelling solo is really a good venture for a 20-year old, even for a much younger or the older-aged wanderlusts.

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

Note: For rent cottages cost Php 300 for day use. And Php 600 for overnight. But if you do not want to spend more money, a cheapskate like me, you’re free to bring your own tents and place it where you would want it to be. It sounds more fun than the usual, right?

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal
Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

Unlike any other public beaches, White Beach has its own comfort rooms for public use. Oh, it’s not for free by the way. I forgot how much it costs when you want to use the shower and the toilet. But since I only used the room to change, I paid Php 3 for it. Below, small “Nipa” houses, that’s where you’ll find food inside.

Wander Soul | White Beach, Moalboal

You might ask if the place is accessible for private vehicles, yes it is. You might also want to try a distance to distance walk? You can since the road there is cemented, no hassle at all. Hope I convinced you to finally try to get out of your comfort zone. I will soon be making a list on the things as to why I opted to go solo, the reasons and the realizations I’ve made too. I had so much fun, it’s so ironic because I was on my own, but still I found this side of me that made me even think of trying it out once more, can be twice or more. Hitting the beach for a solo travelling beginner wasn’t so bad afterall. I want to try waterfalls soon, but that’s too much to ask for right now.

I may not have found new friends or failed to talk to people, but my experience going there then back home was enough to check a list of satisfaction in achieving a goal.

List of Expenses You Might Want To Take Note

Non-airconditioned Bus from Cebu City to Moalboal – Php 107

Entrance fees – Php 5 and another Php 10

Comfort Room – Php 3

Fare for a motorcycle from Moalboal Proper to Basdaku Public Beach – Php 150

Fare for a motorcycle from Basdaku Public Beach to Moalboal Bus stop – Php 30

Air-conditioned bus from Moalboal back to Cebu City – Php 116

Prices and costs are subject to change upon negotiation. For a much cheaper getaway, you might want to bring your own food and other necessities. My budget was only Php 500, but I exceeded because of the food I bought along the way. But those on the list is just less than Php 500 in total. Experience Moalboal now!

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by the LGU of Moalboal. Feel free to ask me here: Ask

White Beach, Moalboal, Cebu 

Baranggay Saavedra, Basdako, Moalboal, Cebu, Moalboal, 6032 Cebu
Phone:(032) 474 0050

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  1. One of my favorite places on earth, Moalboal! ???Maayo ta mkatry sad ko anang solo travel ui, wa pa jud ko ana ka try. Haha?. Anyway, great post Lou, very informative. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I feel so shy, nanggaling pa talaga sayo Ate Hahaha But anyways, I’d like to credit you kay sa imo ko blog nakakuha ug idea how to be informative, sorry medyo nasundog jud nako imong style te 🙁 But anyways, hope you’d get the chance to go out solo 🙂

  2. I remember the mall! That’s also where we rode a trike when we went to Moalboal, coming from Badian. We didn’t go to Basdaku though. We were on the other side, it’s Panagsama, if I’m not mistaken? Hehe

    I want to go back to Cebu and go to Basdaku. But maybe I’ll go explore the North naman, kasi nagSouth na kami hehe

    Good for you, for taking one step to solo travelling! A beach is a good place to unwind and relax on your own 🙂
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    1. I actually thought of Badian instead of Moalboal but then it’s way too far pa pala. And I am not sure about the places there :/ Only that I have to memorize the municipalities before reaching Moalboal. Yes, go for Bantayan, I suggest 😀

  3. OMG Lou! You finally did it! I’m so happy for you.. been thinking about wandering solo too but can’t imagine if I can really do it. This inspired me! Never been to Moalboal so this makes me excited. Hmmm.. 🙂

  4. I should really make it a point to visit Cebu soon! I’ve been seeing a ton of beautiful spots in the Queen City of the South on my feed. 🙂 I recently went on a solo trip myself and I do agree that it’s an experience to be had, even for just once in our entire lifetime. So much to learn!

  5. Below Php500.00 for a whole day trip!!! Oh Lou!!

    Also, that’s true. When travelling alone, we suddenly have to be more friendly with people or else we’ll totally get lost. I learned that too when I had to travel back and forth to Bataan since I was in the middle of a one week outreach but had to go back to Manila for my enrollment. It’s crazy but really fun. It helps us be more confident with ourselves. <3

    I'm so glad you pushed through with this day trip, Lou! Looking forward to read more of this kind of adventures from you. 😉

    1. I was so nervous ’cause I only bought less that 1k with me, but it ended up too much pala. Nasanay naman din ako solo kasi ako lang umuuwi sa province din most of the time 🙂 The time I travelled my dog from Cebu to Leyte was the time I was actually molded to be independent talaga. So in totality, it’s a learning process. Hopefully soon, Yan. Ipon muna lol

  6. Another beautiful place in Cebu! I really admire you for having the courage to go on a solo trip. I know this is a bit on trend nowadays, but I still can’t see myself doing the same thing. haha! But who knows? The beach looks clean despite the affordable price. I love how white it looks on photos, the sand looks fine. I’m wondering what other activities can be done there? And I love the selfies! The look away shot seems legit!

    I’m sure this is just the start of your solo explorations. It’s really a cool thing to do when you just need to have a break from all the stress, you know? 🙂
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    1. You can do snorkeling, beach volleyball, kayaking and so many things there. I even saw foreigners who were just there on the side with a book, she was just reading and it’s so nice to see that people actually go to the beach feeling like they’re at home.

      Thanks Ate Dianne. I really hope I could do this again anytime soon. 🙂

    1. I actually thought of the same thing before I left the city. But the time I got to sit on the bus, it just felt so worry-free. I think it gave me the guts to ask for help from people. 🙂

  7. Way to go Lou!!! Ikaw na! Pareha baya gyud mi ni Lyss nga mahadlok mag travel solo. It’s not on my vocab yet because I’ve always wanted to travel with my partner (for photo ops HAHAHAHA!) para naa koy ka share sa experience. Hehehe. I’ll take note of this kay dugay nako ganahan muadto og Moalboal!

  8. I remember, a friend brought me here… (or was it a beach in argao?) when I was so maoy last 2013! Hahaha. The place looks so similar sa among giadtoan. I cried all day by the beach ra jud and the sun was scorching hot! Aaah~ I just laugh at it now. I wish to go back someday… hopefully, alone nasad. I really wanna try out traveling alone. But I don’t have the courage yet. Mahadlok jud ko unless naa koy friend nga suweto sa lugar ba. XD Anyway, great photos as always, Lou! If I were with someone sa bus seat, I wouldn’t be able to take a lot of photos pud kay mauwaw jud ko tan-awon ba. Hahaha. I’ll bookmark this for future solo-traveling goals pud. Char xD

    1. I’ve never been to Bantayan nor Badian, but they’re on my list too. By the way, Moalboal is the municipality just before Badian Ate, why not go for an all around trip? 🙂

  9. Bookmarking this cos I’m also going to travel solo to Cebu on July! I really would like to see if I can pull it off hahaha! Something I wanna do before I turn 30! I might e-mail you some questions! 🙂
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  10. That place looks so beautiful – If I could teleport, I’d go there right now! And I think it’s amazing that you’re doing it on your own. I hope you had a wonderful time x

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