I stayed back when Mayas had a single cottage and were still at work on the landscaping. I showed up on a trike looking for a budget place - had a look around the area; Tipolo looked great, but was fully booked. The backpacker's lodge was cheap, but hardly a place to leave your things when your out diving or drinking Tanduay. The other places were middle of the road, and none of the front desks really wanted to barter or discount rooms.
Maya's offered a great bang for the buck - a personal cottage with a safe, a fan, and a clean bathroom with a hot shower - perfect for a solo traveler. The deck was great for lounging, and it included an outside sink for cleaning up dive equipment and washing off your feet and footwear. The staff were great, and if you ask they can take care of laundry, cook any food you bring in, or provide a good breakfast for a few hundred pesos.
Unfortunately you don't have a beachside place to sunbathe, but I recommend stopping over and having lunch at the neighboring Restaurant/Resort and buy Jochen a beer or two. He happily let me have access to his beach and furniture, which was literally 1 minute from the cottage. Mayas is also a 5 minute walk from most of the bars/dive shops, but this can be good/bad depending on how much peace and quiet or excitement you're looking for. All in all a great place to stay - I've recommended to friends who have had similarly good experiences at Mayas in Moalboal. I will stay here again if I'm ever in the neighborhood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mayas Native Garden, is located on Panagsama Beach. Panagsama Beach is an old fishing village, which has become a divers paradise, with the discovery of Pescador Island, Tongo Point and other superb dive spots. The village has developed into a laidback heaven for divers, backpackers, adventurists, sun & cocktail tourists, expats as well as eco tourists. This diverse composition of tourist together with the warm and friendly Cebuanos (inhabitants of Cebu Island), makes Panagsama a unique place to spend your holiday, leave or weekend. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mayas Native Garden Moalboal, Cebu Island