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Are you looking where to stay in Moalboal? We listed the top Moalboal hostels to help you book a budget stay in South Cebu.
Moalboal is a known travel destination in South Cebu, especially to freedivers. In Moalboal, you can swim with a school of sardine all year round. Moalboal is also surrounded by several interesting travel spots so it is best to stay in a hostel to save money.
At a glance, here is my list of the best Moalboal hostels by category.
Top Moalboal Hostels by Category
Laguno Bed And Breakfast Hostel – Best Moalboal Hostel for Budget Travellers
Moalboal Shaka Traveler’s Place – Best Moalboal Hostel for Solo Female Travellers and Couples
Hangover Hostel – Best Moalboal Hostel for Party People
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6 Best Moalboal Hostels
To further help you in planning a trip to Moalboal, here is my list of the best Moalboal hostels with details. Do note that ++ means taxes and other charges will be applied which is usually 10% to 15% of the price.
The Laguno Bed And Breakfast Hostel is 3.3 km away from Panagsama Beach. But it is strategically located near the Moalboal Public Market and bus stops to Cebu and Oslob.
It is also one of the cheapest accommodations in Moalboal. A bed in a mixed dorm in the Laguno Bed And Breakfast Hostel is at ₱350++ while a double room is at ₱700++.
All guests will enjoy air-conditioned rooms, free wi-fi, and a shared lounge. Private parking and a la carte breakfast can be arranged for a fee.
Bathrooms are shared with toiletries provided. Guests can use the kitchen for basic cooking or get drinking water for free which is great if you are on a budget.
Stay in budget accommodation near the beach as the Smooth Cafe, Cocktail Bar & Hostel is 350 meters away from Panagsama Beach.
A bed in a mixed dorm in Smooth Cafe, Cocktail Bar & Hostel is at ₱359++ with airconditioning and free wi-fi. Each dormitory room has 8 beds and a private bathroom.
By its name, it has a cafe and cocktails bar. A la carte or halal breakfast is also available.
The Pig Dive Hostel Moalboal will easily catch your attention when you pass by. It is a hostel that is uniquely designed from container vans.
A bed in the 6-bed mixed dorm rate is at ₱550++ and ₱650++ for the 4-bed mixed dorm. The Pig Dive Hostel Moalboal also has private rooms that are at ₱2,580++ for two persons. All rooms have a private bathroom with a hairdryer.
Guests will enjoy a shared lounge and kitchen, free private parking, free wi-fi, air-conditioned rooms, and a terrace. American breakfast is also available is Pig Dive Hostel Moalboal.
The Pig Dive Hostel Moalboal is 1.5km away from Panagsama Beach and 500 meters away from Kugita Seafood & Charcoal Grill. Kugita is a known sushi place in Moalboal.
Located 550 meters away from Panagsama Beach, the Crazy Bears Hostel is a budget accommodation in Moalboal that has a restaurant, a bar, and a garden. American or vegetarian breakfast is available.
Although they have private rooms available, the Crazy Bears Hostel is for adults only. A bed in the 10-bed mixed dorm rate is at ₱650++ and ₱700++ for the 8-bed mixed dorm. The hostel offers a double room at ₱1,600++.
All rooms have airconditioning and a shared bathroom. Guests will enjoy free wi-fi and board games and puzzles. Plus, schedules night activities such as Jenga night and Beer Pong night.
Another adult-only accommodation in Moalboal near the beach. Moalboal Shaka Traveler’s Place is 350 meters away from Panagsama Beach.
The dormitory rooms in Moalboal Shaka Traveler’s Place are exclusive for females only. A bed in the dormitory is at ₱665 that includes continental breakfast.
Private rooms rate for two persons ranges from ₱2,470 to ₱3,230 with continental breakfast. All rooms have airconditioning, toiletries, and free wi-fi.
Moalboal Shaka Traveler’s Place has a restaurant, a private beach area with a good house reef, and a terrace.
By its name, the Hangover Hostel is perfect for party people. It is 650 meters away from Panagsama Beach and has a restaurant, free private parking, a bar, and a shared lounge.
A bed in an 8-bed mixed dorm is at ₱484. All rooms have a patio, airconditioning, free wi-fi, and a private bathroom.
The bar has a happy hour from 5 PM to 7 PM. Hangover Hostel also provides its guests with free rum coke every 7 PM.
They also arrange entertainment such as Movie Nights and Boodle Fights.
Tips on choosing the right hostel for you
The price is the main reason you choose to stay in a hostel but not because it is the cheapest always means it is the best. Choose the one that fits your budget and needs such as location, amenities, and experience.
You will want to choose an affordable accommodation that is near public transportation or interesting spots yet safe for tourists.
Do you need wi-fi, hot shower, and drinking water? Is there a table or desk available in case you need to use your laptop? Find the one that meets your needs.
Are the hosts accommodating and friendly? Can they speak your language? Do you want a uniquely designed hostel? Is the hostel promoting socials and parties? Choose what suits you.
What to pack for your trip to Moalboal
- Reef safe sunscreen
- Insect Repellent
- Dry Bag
- Reusable Water Bottle
- Wet Shoes
- Mask and Snorkel
- Underwater Camera
Money-saving tips and tricks when planning your trip
Find cheap flights
Jetradar is a free online search engine for flights around the world that compares airfare from airlines and travel agencies. It will help you find the best flight deals.
Opt for a short ferry ride
A ferry ride is cheaper than a flight. Choose this option for short trips. 12GO is one of the largest travel agencies in Southeast Asia that will help you check the ferry schedule and prices and conveniently book a ticket online.
Search a reasonable accommodation
Rent a scooter
Renting a scooter is cheaper than renting a car! As long as it is safe to ride and you know how to ride, opt for a bike or a scooter. Bikesbooking.com is an online service to help you compare prices of rental companies for bikes, scooters, and motorcycles and book it in advance.
Get a travel insurance
Travel insurance is a usually overlooked item when planning a trip. World Nomads is simple and flexible travel insurance that will help you when things go wrong while travelling.