I stayed here for two nights, I had come down for the diving. I also had room 6, solo male traveller, but I didn't mind the guards nearby - not least because I had my laptop and other valuables and there's no safe in the room. This place is not the Shangri-La and it's quite basic, but it does the job and for $30-odd per night with a clean bed I'm not complaining.
There is free wifi - you need to get the password from reception (closed after 5, but the guards will give you the key for your room) - which shuts down in the evening, I reckon this is when the lady turns off her PC. Daytime is fine but at night you can connect to the router but won't get to the internet, so don't waste your time with repeated efforts to connect. Anyway, you're on holidays.
Location is great. All the rooms overlook the sea (they're almost in it) and have a balcony with table, chairs and light. You are on the sea, it is noisy, especially at full tide. There is no 'gentle lapping' and if the wind picks up, the sea will wake you, it goes with the turf.
I dived with Savedra. The dive shop is 3 metres across the street, you cannot get more convenient than that. I has very pleased with that dive centre and happy to recommend them (hi and tanks to Larry!), but there are also many others in Moalboal and I gather they are good too. It's up to you to mix and match accommodation and dive centres.
The title 'Beach Resort' is stretching things a bit. First there isn't really beach, and second, neither the place nor the property is a 'resort'. As long as you understand that it's rooms for divers, you'll be happy enough with it. If you're expecting 5 star, you will be somewhere between very upset and total meltdown. BTW, no property in Moalboal is anything near 5-star. When you get here, that will become clear.
Savedra is room only, you need to find your breakfast and meals in the village. Depending on your risk-sensitivity, you can get breakfast from P95-250 ($2-$5) and lunch/dinner with a few beers for $4-12, all within three minutes walk.
The diving is good here, and they make an effort to mix up the dive spots over the days. It is attentive and relaxed at the same time, not crowded, and very reasonably priced. Lots of turtles, but otherwise surprisingly few larger marine life. Probably more suited to the relaxed browser and the photographer. Great walls, good light, lots of small stuff, drift and moderate/minimal current.
Getting here takes about 3 hours by car from Cebu, even though it's only 100 km. Dive centres can arrange your transfer. Budget the time and accept it - there's no way to go faster - and just appreciate the view of rural Philippines. You can get here by bus from the South Bus Terminal in Cebu, but that will only take you to the main Moalboal village and it's still another 5-6 km by 3-wheeler or taxi. Travel by day if possible.
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- Also Known As:
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- Savedra Beach Resort Moalboal, Cebu Island