The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago consisting of some 7,100 islands lying about 800km off the southeast coast of Asia and stretching about 2000km from north to south. It is bounded by the Philippine Sea to the east, the Celebes Sea to the south, and the South China Sea to the west and north.
At the heart of the Visayas region, Cebu Island (home of 6 million inhabitants with a length of 200 km and a width of 40 km) is one of the cultural and economic centers of the Philippines. Cebu offers both many interesting cultural sites and fascinating nature.
The island of Cebu is a tropical beauty where pineapple, coconut palms and orchids grow on the wild while the splendid sandy beaches adorn their shores. The coral gardens of Cebu, astonishing diversity, are known worldwide and are among the finest in Asia.
Cebu City (3 million people), the oldest city in the country, is teeming with life. This glittering metropolis is pleasantly combining the charm of a cosmopolitan city with the friendly Filipino hospitality.
Moalboal, located on the west coast of Cebu, is the ideal base for exploring the dazzling diversity of Philippines’ underwater world as well as its unspoiled nature.
Transfer from the Cebu International Airport to Moalboal will take you around 3 hours.
Home to around 28,000 inhabitants, this provincial town is a well-known tourist and diving paradise due to its amazing diversity of marine life. Divers and snorkelers will enjoy the rich and colourful underwater life, home to one of the highest biodiversity of soft and hard coral in the world. Within a distance of 20 km from Moalboal you can also explore numerous waterfalls, caves and canyons.
The republic of the Philippines, 2500 km from north to south, has various climates. We are a good diving destination all year round.
Cebu Island is one of the driest islands of the Philippines and has no clear "wet" or "dry" season. Furthermore, we have a very dry micro-climate on the Moalboal peninsula. March and April are usually the hot months where it seldom ever rains. The climate is particularly pleasant during the summer months (Jun to Nov) with temperatures around 28˚C, regular rain showers at night and where most of the days you can enjoy the sunshine. The rest of the year we have an average of 5 sunny days per week.
Water temperatures range from 26-30˚C. Air temperatures range from 25-28˚C at night and 28-32˚C during the day.
Typhoons: Moalboal, protected by high mountains in the east, is a safe haven in case of typhoons. The classical typhoon path proceeds about 400-800 km up north of Moalboal, which is far south of the dangerous corridor of about 100 Km in width crossing the Philippines from East to North-West. For more than 25 years since typhoon “Ruping, Nov. 1990”, Moalboal and its coral reefs have not suffered any typhoon damage.
No special precautions or vaccines are required to visit the Philippines by the exception of Mindoro, Palawan and Mindanao island where cases of malaria are reported now and then.
The republic of the Philippines is known throughout the world for its outstanding health care staff. In all major cities you will find hospitals that operate on a high international standard.
Cebu is about 1000 Km away from a small area in the very southern part of the country where there is an occasional but very local unrest caused by a Muslim minority.
Since the republic of the Philippines is one of the few countries in the region with a constitutional democracy and a free press, even minor local incidents are frequently blown-up out of proportion!
The Philippine people are well known for their hospitality, kindness and a smile that comes from the heart.