Why Moalboal Can Be Better than Puerto Galera
Seeing both paradise, Puerto Galera and Moalboal (in this order) in one long weekend, I was compelled to write this piece. Puerto Galera is known as Luzon’s version of Boracay. Puerto Galera boasts of vast clear blue waters, average waves and pebble-sands. It’s very convenient for the people of greater Manila to spend a night or even the weekend in this paradise as a break to their hectic schedules.
As a result, over the years, Puerto Galera has become a must-see beach by the day and a party hub by the night.
Coming from Cebu, its no big news to see beautiful beaches as my island holds most, if not the best, beach in this part of the world. But having been wrapped up with work, I have forgotten how beautiful our beaches are until this vacation. Moalboal is a two hour drive to the south of the city. The roads are good and the scenery going there is just breathtaking. The tall trees of Naga highway ushers its visitors to the forth coming towns. The sea side view from Barili to Dumanjug is simply awesome. The locally made bibingka sold in the Barili sidewalk, is very welcome to hungry adventurers. While the South Expressway can only boasts of toll gates, numerous gas stations and food chains.
When one reaches Moalboal, the road to the beach strip, Basdako (literally means big sand), is long and winding. For public commuters, this may post as a problem as going around town one will need a pedicab that don’t have fixed rates. Quite amusingly, Moalboal is better known by foreigner divers than the local travelers. Consequently, prices here are usually “dollar rate.” There are a good number of resorts offering budget friendly rooms, with the basic one bed, bulb light and water, although the most desirable ones usually favors the above average travelers. If part of your itinerary in coming to Moalboal is to party, you’re in no luck. Moalboal is a sleepy town, only the drunk drivers and occasionally drunk divers, singing to My Way stays up this late. But what is definitely inherent in this place is the beautiful beach it offers, its clear waters with white sands so soothing to the feet even at noontime. I see many possibilities in this place. Good investment and advertisement can do this place good. It can be our Puerto Galera, even better.