Where to stay in Cebu?

Want to stay in a hostel or resort? Hope my review about my experience during my stay with Moalboal Backpacker Lodge (a budget friendly hostel) and Seafari Resort (a small out-of-the-way paradise with a bit pricey amount) will help you in choosing your accommodation when you visit Cebu. Or, why not stay to both? 🙂


Moalboal Backpacker Lodge is the only hostel in Moalboal and is located near all of the bars, restaurants, dive shops and the Moalboal beach.


We stayed for one night in a Private two story studio cottage ‘Red Dragon’ with bathroom and chill-out hammock for 700 pesos (350 each). The room is spacious and clean. It comes with bed linen and towel, free coffee facility and mineral water.




It’s only a short walk from the beach. Though the beach is not good for swimming. It is also near from Badian, where the Kawasan falls is located. So, if you are planning to try Canyoneering or Diving this place is good for you.




I highly recommend this place for its affordable price, friendly staff and its good location. This is the best place for backpackers.

Check their website for the updated rates per room.

Location: Panagsama Beach, Basdiot, Moalboal, 6032

How to get there?

  • Take a metered taxi from Mactan International Airport or Cebu Ferry Terminal to Southern Bus Terminal.
  • Then ride a local bus (CERES LINER) to Moalboal (via Barili), bus fare is 107 pesos.
  • Took off at Moalboal bus stop, near the public market you’ll find tricycle and habal-habal (single motor) waiting for passengers. Just asked them to take you at Moalboal Backpacker Lodge. Fare is 70 to 100 pesos depending on your negotiation skills.


After staying in a Kubo for 2 days we finally got the chance to relax in this little paradise. Seafari Resort is situated in the town of Oslob.


We stayed here for 1 night as the place is near the whale shark watching area. We arrived at around two in the afternoon and one of the staff helped us carry our bags down the 200+ steep stairs – the resort is set at the bottom facing the ocean. On the way down we are greeted to an exceptional view of the turquoise sea and Sumilon Island from afar.



Their room rates include breakfast, boat transfer to & from the (Butanding) Whale shark area. The room was satisfactory, clean and spacious, though nothing remarkable.



Amenities are very nice, they have 2 swimming pools and the other one is an infinity pool. It is small but the view is really spectacular. They have two Jacuzzis one is at the ground and the other is at the 2nd level.






Food is okay nothing great. I can say that the price is reasonable considering that it’s in a secluded place. During dinner we also arranged our swimming with Butanding for tomorrow. We booked for a 6 AM trip to avoid the crowds. Good thing that they have a free boat transfer going to and from the area. An estimated 10 to 15 minutes travel time going there.



Visit this link and find out why Swimming with the Butanding is the best thing to do in Cebu.

I still recommend this place for its great view and a close proximity to the whale shark watching area. But, if you’re not planning to visit the Butanding this place is not for you.

To check their room rates and packages visit their website.

Location: Cuancua-ay, Tanawan, Oslob, Oslob, Oslob, Philippines 6025

How to get there?

  • From Moalboal, we ride a bus going to Oslob, bus fare is 70 pesos
  • Took off at Oslob terminal and ride again a bus going to the hotel, bus fare is 30 pesos

Enjoy your stay and happy travels! 🙂

“If we were meant to stay at one place we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Unknown


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