Moalboal is best known for its white sand and superb marine life. To fully enjoy what it has to offer, you may stay at Maya’s Native Garden located at Panagsama Beach in Basdiot. Established in 2009, the resort is owned by a Filipina and her Danish husband. It is named after their first-born daughter, Maya.
You will love the accommodation at Maya’s as it gives you that rustic feel, without compromising comfort. You would not believe that these native-style houses have modern facilities. All the fees include a safety deposit box, free WiFi connection and daily housekeeping.
This is a two-storey house built on stilts and made with light materials. This house with a nipa roof and mahogany floors has a wonderful sea view. It boasts of an air-conditioned master’s bedroom with a high quality king-sized mattress and colored television, a kitchenette equipped with a refrigerator and stove, and an upstairs family room with a mattress and a Mexican hammock. It has a big modern bathroom with hot and cold shower. The spacious living room and balcony has an overlooking view of a lush garden.
The owners say it is “perfect for the family who wants to stay together and have the freedom to cook.” For only Php2,500, a group of six can enjoy a comfortable place with all these amenities.
Native Air-Conditioned Cottage
The air-conditioned cottage is made of mahogany. It has one large room with a king-sized bed and a single bed. It boasts of a clean and nice bathroom with hot and cold shower. It has a nice balcony with native seats overlooking the garden. The room has a silent split air-conditioning unit.
According to their Web site, it is “ideal for the couple, divers or adventurists, who want a quality room and a good night’s sleep.” It only costs Php1,500 for a maximum of three people.
Native Fan Cottage
Made of stone and mahogany, this cottage can accommodate two persons. Like the other cottages, it has a nice and clean bathroom with hot and cold shower. It has a high quality queen-size bed and an electric fan. The cottage has a loft and a balcony with native seats.
Costing only Php800 per night, it is described as “perfect for the single traveler, the couple who doesn’t need air-conditioning or a small group of backpackers on a tight budget.”
Guests may dine at Maya’s Native Garden Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu comprises of Filipino and international cuisines. They serve various types of grilled chicken, pork, beef, and seafood. They also offer short orders like burger and burrito. For breakfast, one may have some freshly brewed coffee made from high quality coffee beans from Negros, and pair it with homemade bread with Danish blue cheese, pancakes or Mexican Eggs Ranchero.
Aside from delectable freshly cooked meals, the restaurant offers various kinds of drinks. You may have some fresh fruit shakes or order from their wide variety of excellent wines, spirits, and beer.
Things to Do
Aside from frolicking under the sun and enjoying Moalboal’s clear waters and white powdery sand, there are a lot of fun activities you may do on your vacation. If you want guided tours and action-packed activities, they specifically recommend Planet Action Team. You can try trekking, horseback riding, canyoning, rappelling, caving, island hopping, snorkeling, diving, and a lot more. You may also include a trip to Kawasan Falls in Badian, where you get to see three waterfalls and magnificent flora.
Moalboal’s flat coastline and mountainous areas make it a great venue for mountain biking. Maya’s has good quality mountain bikes you can rent at Php300 per day. How about motorbike cruising around the wonderful scenery? The motorbikes for rent, which are mostly scooters, cost around Php700 per day. With Moalboal’s growing mountain biker community, you will always find companions to guide you.
If you are a fan of football, join the locals and expats in their games that take place every Monday and Friday at 4 p.m., in front of the church. After the fun games, join these players in a nearby eatery referred as a carenderia for some beer.
How to Get There
Moalboal is approximately 90 kilometers south from Cebu City. The travel time is about three hours by taxi, bus, or van. To reach Maya’s Native Garden, board a bus at the South Bus Terminal or van at the One Citilink Terminal. From the town proper, ride a tricycle to Panagsama Beach and tell the driver to take you to Maya’s Native Garden. The resort also provides airport transfer for a certain fee. For inquiries and reservations, you may call landline (032)474-084 or mobile (0915)480-9610. You may also book your stay online. Just visit mayasnativegarden.com. They accept payments via PayPal and credit card.