Moalboal is considered as one of developing tourism in Cebu based on recreational diving and beaches, as one of the favorite destinations for tourists around the world. You will find plenty of accommodation near either beach, and resorts in the area provide mostly with diving as it’s the main tourist activity. Our team is in awe for the privilege to advertise Moalboal’s one of the best resorts, The Sampaguita Resort.
Photo Courtesy of Sampaguita Resort
The resort welcomes us in more laid back and chilled style atmosphere. I think it’s understated in that way, but as time taken us to dig deeper about the resort, we are surprised how this visit opened our eyes to an inspiring and fresh cultural perspective in the hospitality industry.
Photo Courtesy of Sampaguita Resort
Expanding as a peninsula on the southwestern coast of Cebu, Moalboal frontiers to the west by the Tanon Strait. Island of Negros can be seen from western shoreline. About two and half hours drive from the city, Sampaguita Resort is located in Tongo point, Moalboal, Cebu Island, Philippines.
The resort boasts over the hand-crafted traditional style bungalow with 1 -2 rooms, their own restaurant, sunset bar, wifi, spa, chaise lounge and operated tours. And like most resorts, meals and drinks are included in the cost of the room.
Sampaguita Resort’s rooms offers a relaxing view of tropical garden, they only have one room that gives you an amazing sea view. The interiors speaks native materials including wood and woven panels with the floor in coconut bands and the roof is made cocoon – a perfect waterproof.
A Bite of Bliss
The Resort's Buffet, Photo Courtesy of Sampaguita Resort
One of the best things we love about traveling and visiting new places are discovering new taste, from a kicking authentic dishes to traditional Filipino cuisine combined with other Asian or Western cuisine. Sampaguita Resort offers both Italian and Filipino cuisine served in buffet style for every meal, you can also order from their restaurant. The setting is simple and casual, yet the focus is on the super fresh ingredients that are alive with the flavor. We find our entire dining was healthy and gastronomical experience, it gives us a chance to try the Italian foods with the traditional Filipino twist.
Uncovering the Sampaguita Culture
The Resort's Spa is enjoyed in the Gazebo (PHP 800.00 for 45 mins to 1 hour), Photo Courtesy of Sampaguita Resort
Our team had been claiming that this resort had been my favorite of all my travels this year so far, based purely on the warmth of the people and the laid back atmosphere. Everyone we meet was so eager to share their culture with us and I can’t help but admire the local staff and their endearing smiles.
Everyone in the resort was very friendly, whenever you ordered for drinks at the bar, walk around the resorts or ask something they are committed to assist you. It’s one of the reasons why guests keep on coming back in the resort.
The Diving Dream
The Resort has five boats that will bring you in Moalboal's different diving areas, Photo by Cebutrip Team
We have been introducing quite a bit more other resorts who promoted diving as their main activity. As diving in Cebu has become world famous, it is considered as a diver’s dream in underwater activities. Cebu’s top diving sites are Malapascua, Olango Island, San Juan Wreck in Liloan, were considered as a diving haven for diving enthusiast. Moalboal was no exception, it is considered as an excellent diving site for beginners and experienced divers who partake thrilling adventure of underwater experience.
Diving in Sampaguita Resort is scheduled multiple times, two morning dives, one in the afternoon and a night wall dive scheduled right after the sunset around 6:30 PM. Ganga Divers is Sampaguita pride brand in diving, managed by PADI Course Directors, they’re one of the best dive masters that offers personalized diving services at different levels of experiences. They provide all the equipments like rinse tank, wide space for personal dive gear and photo / video equipment, drying racks and even emergency pairs. What makes them different with other diving resorts in Cebu? For more than 20 years of experience in underwater, they are more than committed to comfort divers. We must say that there service is a top notch!
Enjoy The Exciting Their Rates
The Resort's Single Room, Photo Courtesy of Sampaguita Resort
SINGLE ROOM PHP 6,223
DOUBLE ROOM (Per Person) PHP 4,114
TRIPLE ROOM (Per Person) PHP 3,850
*Infant under 3 years old are Free of Charge and 2 Children below 12years old in parents’ room is PHP 1,951.
Transportation Transfer Services
Adult is PHP 2,848, while children are 1,424 and Infant are Free.
*Transfer are from/to Mactan Cebu International Airport, Cebu Pier, Argao Pier, Liloan Pier, (to/from Negros) by A/C car and per person, one way.
*Transfer from/to any other resort or location are subject to surcharge.
ONE DAY PHP 3,323
NIGHT DIVE PHP 2,215
*1 or 2 guided boat divers in the morning, on request 1 guided boat dive in the afternoon and unguided free dive shores entry (included in any of the Diving Rates provided)
*Protected Marine Area Conservation Fees of PHP 100 per boat dive are not included and have to be paid on site.
Catch The Other Activities
Photos from Insect Night Tour, Photo Courtesy of Sampaguita Resort
There’s another reason why we loved Sampaguita Resort quite more, which you might guessed from the heading is because of all the activities. As someone who likes it easy when looking around, Moalboal has a lot to offer rather than diving. Cyan Adventures is the resorts affiliate that provides full day package tour, including meals, proper safety equipment and free pictures.
Enjoy as they will surprise you in this exciting outdoor activities like Canyoneering in Kawasan/ Alegria Falls maximum of 2 persons (ages 10 above), Kawasan Falls for PHP 1000, Malabuyoc Canyoneering, Osmena Peak Trekking and Hot Spring or try to take a little wander in the Insect Night Tour that starts at 4:45 PM.
One we would like more time to do is to venture off on the resort, in a way this remind us in Moalboal and thecendless activities in the place.
Beyond Sampaguita Resort
Cebutrip's Editor in Chief Chimpa with the Resort owner, Mr. Gaspare Davi, Photo by Cebutrip Team
One my favourite things about the resort as I mentioned - actually was the people. Their smiles, enthusiasm and willingness to share their culture with you, what stays you long after your visit. We asked the owner Mr. Gaspare Davi, a travel enthusiast who’d travel in Moalboal and bought the resort, about how he envision the resort 10 years from now. And we look up to him in his respond to us, he believed that in the present world of political, cultural and technological changes is not easy to look so far into the future. Our Company is looking at more investments in Sampaguita and our mission is to continually adapt to these changes and to new markets and always offer a satisfying, comfortable and personalized service with a traditional touch. However, without in any way disturbing the peaceful and charming atmosphere of the Resort. Indeed Sampaguita resorts is a paradise that will always welcome you and you can always come back for more!
“Moalboal is a Retreat where traditional Philippino Country life melts with the richness and beauty of nature on land and particularly at sea. The sea of Moalboal is one of the world’s most pristine and with a rich biodiversity that makes it a world class diving area. Moalboal is for Divers, Snorklers, and sea lovers.”
- Gaspare Davi, Owner, Sampaguita Beach Resort
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