I stayed at the Blue Orchid Resort in Moalboal, Cebu, the Philippines for four nights and five days in the second week of June 2019. Even though the rainy season had just started in Cebu, and it was still hot and humid, I enjoyed my trip very much. The best time to visit Cebu is however during the winter season. The summer months from March to May are scorching and humid, while the rainy season from June to August can experience heavy downpours and typhoons.
The Blue Orchid Resort is located at the north tip of one of the few white sandy beaches in Moalboal. Flying Cathay Pacific from New Delhi via Hong Kong, I arrived at the Mactan–Cebu International Airport in the Philippines around noon. Joining me was another friend from Australia, Brad Chilby (https://chilby.com.au/), a landscape photographer based in Sydney, whom I met at the airport.
Before leaving India, I had already booked a driver to take us from the airport to the resort in Moalboal. The driver Danny Noy, who drove an Innova car, came highly recommended on TripAdvisor. I found him an honest and decent man. He can be contacted on Whatsapp at +639061534659.
From the airport, it took us about 3 hours to arrive at the Blue Orchid Resort in Moalboal. At the resort, we were greeted by the resort manager, who after welcoming us with a refreshing drink, helped us check-in. He also briefed us about the various activities we could participate in while at the resort. The resort is tucked away in the Southwest corner of the picturesque island of Cebu. It is just minutes' walk from the kilometer-long white sandy beach of 'bas dako' (Big Sand) as well as the stunning tidal rock formation known locally as 'mag payong' (umbrella stones).
The resort is also a dive center with diving classes from professional instructors. It also offers various personalized services from experienced local guides like Kawasan canyoneering, snorkeling boat trips, swimming with the whale sharks at Oslob, hiking to the top of Osmena Peak, sunrise dolphin watching and private boat trips. Scooters are also available for hire. One can enjoy good food at the resort's restaurant from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is also an outside cabana for massages.
I didn't book any activities at the resort as I had already hired a tour guide and driver in Moalboal to take my friend and me around. We visited the Kawasan Falls (and also did some canyoneering), Inambakan Falls, Binalay Hidden Falls, and Sumilon Island where we hired a private boat. The resort was centrally located and was a perfect base for us to make day trips to the various places we wanted to go. I can highly recommend the services of tour guides Mike Vincent (Whatsapp: 09363859321) and his friend Wilson (09975063173), and driver Bogs (09677201369), all very reliable and honest people.
The rooms at the resort were clean and spacious and had large glass windows. My room had a small outside patio with a stunning view of the sea. However, there were a lot of mosquitos, and I suggest carrying some good mosquito repellant. Sunrise and sunset from the resort were surreal and spectacular. We even saw a couple of dolphins one evening just before sunset. I also went swimming in the sea just outside my room.
For those wanting to explore the South Island of Cebu, Philippines, this is a great place to stay!