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 I am aware that I’ve been enjoying good times with my friends that it keeps me outdated of what’s been happening with my negative thinking, but travelling solo made me realize on how is it truly to know your inner being.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).
I 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).
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!